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January 15, 2018

Linda Ross, Executive Director

Linda Ross, Executive Director

The Leadership Development Academy (LDA) is looking to empower more leaders across all of Rock County. This means we’re looking for the next wave of our program participants for the upcoming class of 2018-19. Who would you recommend for this life changing experience?

Consider those who could be ready for this commitment. The program consists of one full-day session per month for nine months of leadership training. The program also offers repeated networking opportunities with fellow program participants and more than 50 community leaders. It wraps up with a final team project that makes a lasting, positive impact on the community.

The leaders that emerge from the LDA experience are fundamentally changed and deeply connected to our community. If you have been touched by the LDA, you know how profound this experience can be.

Take action now and recommend someone for LDA. Please direct applicants to fill out an application and submit it directly online. Application submission deadline is Friday, June 1, 2018.

Detailed information can be found elsewhere on this page. To learn more about LDA and what our program is all about, visit our blog.

Thank you in advance for your consideration to support these future leaders. LDA’s mission is to inspire leaders to build and strengthen our community. LDA’s vision is to be a premier leadership organization that will empower future leaders to create a better place to live. I look forward to strengthening Rock County with you.

Warmest regards,
Linda Ross
Executive Director

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LDA Program Info & Outcomes

Leadership Development Academy Alumni go on to benefit employers through formal leadership training, extensive Real Colors training, stress management, self-awareness as a leader, enhanced networking, expanded community exposure and involvement, and team building with a final team project.

Additional information

  • Formal leadership training, community awareness, exposure and involvement with a final team project.
  • Participant Commitment: Sessions are a full day, once a month, for 9 months. The first week in September requires two days; one day for orientation and a full day retreat.
  • Orientation/Program Start: September 20 & 21, 2018
  • Graduation/Program End: May 9, 2019
  • Submission/Payment Deadline: Application due June 1 / Full payment due September 4, 2018
  • Tuition Fee: $1,200

LDA Program Curriculum

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

Fun Facts & Benefits

  • Founded in 2003
  • Non-profit 501(c)3 organization
  • Nearly 400 graduates
  • Represents 75 area organizations
  • More than 50 team projects that have impacted the community