The LDA Program

The Leadership Development Academy of Rock County is an opportunity to learn about our local history, economy, arts and government. Realize your potential to make a difference in your community!

About LDA

The Leadership Development Academy was founded in 2003 by a group of public- and private-sector leaders and organizations who saw a need for leadership training and community engagement in order to make Rock County a better place to live, work, and play.

Our Mission

To inspire leaders to build and strengthen our community.

Our Vision

To be a premier leadership organization that will empower future leaders to create a better place to live.

Learn more

LDA Group Tour
460+
Program graduates since 2003 ... and counting!
100+
Companies who have enrolled at least one participant.
75+
Completed projects, helping improve our communities.
97%
Graduates who recommend the LDA program.

Guiding Principles & Core Values

Leadership

We provide excellent learning opportunities to continuously strengthen our community.

Teamwork

We create a fun environment that teaches organizational and communication skills through networking and mentorship.

Excellence

We value individual initiative and innovation driven by quality, vision and results.

Awareness

We believe in bringing attention to the diversity of the community.

Integrity

We value developing respectful and responsible leaders.

Diversity

We value and respect a diverse organization that promotes unity.

LDA Class of 2016-17
Without a doubt, LDA has awarded me the pleasure to work with talented, passionate, and engaging leaders here in Rock County. Connecting with all the awesome people in this program has been the best part of the experience, as well as collaborating with them to make our community work better.

Nathan Fuller

LDA Class of 2016-17

Curriculum overview

Leadership Development Academy participants experience formal leadership training, extensive Real Colors development, stress management, self-awareness as a leader, enhanced networking, expanded community exposure and involvement, and team building with a final team project.

Topics covered during sessions:

  • Active Shooter Training
  • Civic Responsibilities
  • Community Awareness
  • Crisis Communication
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Economic Development
  • Fundraising
  • Image & Volunteerism
  • Introduction to Marketing & Branding
  • Networking Skills
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Project Management
  • Public Sector Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Real Colors Leadership Development
  • Time Management

Important dates & info

Sessions are a full day, once a month, for nine (9) months. The first week in September requires two days; one day for orientation and a full day for a retreat.

  • Tuition fee: $1,200
  • June 1, 2019: Application deadline
  • Sept. 1, 2019: Tuition payment due in full
  • Sept. 12, 2019: Orientation session (full day)
  • Sept. 13, 2019: High ropes course (full day)
  • May 14, 2020: Program graduation

Program history

  • Year founded: 2003
  • Organization status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
  • Number of graduates: 460+
  • Organizations involved: 100+
  • Collaborative community projects: 80+
Linda Ross, Executive Director

Meet the facilitator

As a Leadership Development Academy alum (Class of 2013-14), Linda Ross is passionate about the mission of the organization and enthusiastic to work as Executive Director/Program Facilitator.