The Leadership in the Valley (LITV) program is designed to bring emerging and existing leaders,and consequently their organizations, 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.
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.
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 .
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - New Class Reception (Evening Event)
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - Program Kick-Off
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - Community and the Arts
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Public Safety and Law
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - Diversity
Thursday, January 9, 2020 - Health & Human Services
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Education
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Business and Economic Development
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - Government
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - Agriculture & Environment
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - Graduation Ceremony (Evening Event)
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? Applications for 2021 Class will be open soon!