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What is the Leadership Development Academy of Rock County?

The Leadership Development Academy offers a leadership center of excellence for the development of leaders in southern Wisconsin. The LDA is comprised of individuals, businesses and organizations interested in positively impacting our communities by providing a personal and professional empowerment experience for aspiring leaders.

We strive to provide an opportunity for community leaders of diverse backgrounds and interests. LDA participants gain knowledge and business acumen, skills in building community, and an expansive, professional network with others necessary to assume leadership roles in the rapidly changing public, private and nonprofit sectors. 

The future of our community is predicated on the capabilities of those individuals who assume leadership roles within the next 10 years. Knowledge and understanding of the community, its people and its needs is one of the most important traits for those who play active roles in shaping our community-based organizations, businesses and governmental organizations.

The Leadership Development Academy of Rock County prepares leaders of all ages and helps them find their niche within the community. How can you best lend your time, talents, and skill set to make your community a better place?

LDA participants meet in early September for an orientation session with the program facilitator, followed by a high-ropes course retreat.

The program continues with one full-day session per month, from October through May. Sessions explore the Rock County community and promote leadership skills using tours, guest speakers, mock sessions, case studies, role-playing, multimedia presentations and more.

Each participant works within a small group to produce a collaborative project that addresses a specific community need. Many of these projects have made Janesville, Beloit and all of Rock County a better place to live, work and play.

The program concludes with a graduation celebration in May, but LDA does not end. We have an active and engaged alumni base, which is always invited to participate in committees, social events and LDA-led volunteer projects!

Leadership Development Academy Class of 2015-16

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Our Program's Core Competencies


Develop leadership self-awareness. Self-awareness is essential to leadership. In order to lead others, you need to first be aware enough to lead yourself.



Demonstrate effective leadership communication. Clear communication is a key component of leadership. To grow as a leader, you must learn how to be an effective, compelling communicator.



Enhance team leadership skills. To effectively manage relationships with others and create positive outcomes a leader needs to learn the valuable skills of team-building.



Expand community network, awareness, and involvement. Community leaders take responsibility for the well-being and improvement of their communities and make a lasting, positive impact.


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Participant Testimonials

Through my LDA journey, I emerged having a greater understanding of myself and my leadership style, nurtured my ability to effectively communicate with others, enhanced my team-building skills (and made some amazing friendships along the way), and gained a deeper understanding of the needs of the community I live and work in.

Katrina Bird, First Community Credit Union, Class of 2013-14

LDA has taught me a great deal about myself. I am much more open and confident in a group setting and while presenting thanks to LDA. I also now have a much greater appreciation for Rock County and the many great people and organizations that make it thrive.

Bill Frisbee, City of Beloit, Class of 2015-16

LDA has given me the opportunity to learn more about the positives of Rock County … our economy and growth positives, both residential and business….Rock County is truly on a path to bigger and better….Every LDA graduate has a place to lead in our neighborhoods and work place markets…

Deb Curtis, Johnson Bank, Class of 2015-16

The Leadership Development Academy has been a great experience for me both personally and professionally.  I’ve gained insight into some wonderful organizations and have made connections with great leaders in Rock County.  The LDA has paved the way for me to continue an active role within the community.

Jane Golberg, Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change, Class of 2015-16

Participating in the LDA was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Not only did it help me understand the people, places, businesses, and organizations that make Rock County what it is, it also helped me find my niche in the community. I have used lessons learned during LDA almost daily…

Eric Kuznacic, Why The Fuss? Technical Solutions, Class of 2009-10

The Leadership Development Academy … taught me that stepping out of my comfort zone creates adventure, excitement and opportunity. If you stretch your limits even a little bit, you can build and improve your confidence and self-esteem. No matter what happens when you try something new, even if you fail at least you tried and probably even learned/gained something…

Jean Miller, ANGI Energy Systems, Class of 2014-15

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