• Mission

    To engage local leaders to invest in their community by embracing our history, community affairs, and current challenges to enrich life in the valley, make our communities stronger and enhance personal leadership skills. PRESS RELEASE 10/30/2018

    About the Program

    The Leadership in the Valley (LITV) program is designed to bring emerging and existing leaders together who welcome the opportunity to expand their involvement in community affairs and are willing to explore new leadership responsibilities in the community, enhance and grow their personal leadership skills, form beneficial professional relationships, stimulate an understanding of the forces and trends affecting the area, and become involved with a community project. Meet the LITV Steering Committee.

    How does the Program Work?

    The LITV program will consist of a nine-month commitment, one-day a month, with day-long sessions and requires a personal investment to the community and LITV classmates. Applications will open in March of 2019, with a May 15, 2019, deadline. The program begins in September of 2019, and will meet every month through May with a May 14, 2020 graduation ceremony. The 2020 Leadership in the Valley class will be known as the founding graduating class! Participants will be exposed to the challenges, opportunities and vital issues affecting the valley; and will be required to participate in a small group community project that will be presented at graduation. 

    What is the Curriculum?

    Each day-long session is devoted to an in-depth exploration of various topics relevant to the greater Stillwater area. Participants are introduced to speakers and leaders from the area and the state, onsite visits and field trips, hands on learning, all while weaving in leadership skills throughout the program. Check out the class schedule HERE.

    Who Should Apply?

    • Anyone living or working in the St. Croix Valley area who has a stake in and passion for the community
    • Anyone with an interest in government, advocacy, non-profit work, or who wishes to contribute to the betterment of our community 
    • Anyone interested in civic and professional development as well as leadership skills training 
    • Participants may come from a wide array of backgrounds and often include executives, business owners, consultants, non-profits, local-residents, and business employees
    • Cohorts develop a close bond that provides them a valuable network after the program ends. Participants will also benefit from involvement with the future Leadership in the Valley Alumni Association

    How will it Benefit Me?

    • Expand involvement in community affairs and explore new leadership responsibilities in the valley
    • Enhance and grow leadership skills while forming beneficial professional and personal relationships
    • Stimulate an understanding of the forces and trends affecting the development of the community
    • Increase knowledge of and commitment for the St. Croix Valley
    • Earn trust, enhance confidence and give back to the community

    How will it Benefit my Business or Organization?

    • Paves the way for future leaders and increases exposure for current community leaders
    • Identifies employee’s strengths and how to work well with others
    • Increases knowledge of the community
    • Instills forward-thinking with new trends, current challenges, and future opportunities
    • Offers representation and exposure for companies
    • Improves employee’s communication, professional presence and leadership skills
    • Provides real-life learning opportunities that affect us every day both professionally and personally

    How do I Apply?

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