Building, Connecting and Engaging Community Leaders

Leadership Tomorrow prepares, engages, and challenges participants through a 10-month long program combining leadership skill development and a raised awareness of our local community. 

Participants connect deeply with each other, develop practical leadership skills, explore community leadership roles, learn about the needs, opportunities, and challenges facing our community, and meet and engage directly with leaders of the organizations working to address them. The outcome is increased leadership ability and passion, and an increase in our overall capacity to make our community the great place it is to live and work.


After completing Leadership Tomorrow, participants will be able to:

Appraise their leadership capabilities to focus on strengths, skills, and expertise.
Apply the leadership concepts and practices at their workplace and/or in the community.
Gain a broad understanding of local business, governmental, and nonprofit organizations and the characteristics of each.
Prepare to step into a leadership role within the community or with their employer.
Commit to lifelong learning and community engagement.


Participants will:
Develop, practice, and improve leadership skills.
Expand business and community networks for current and future leaders.
Develop an awareness and appreciation of the resources, organizations, cultures, challenges, and opportunities in the greater White Bear Lake community.
Develop long-term professional relationships within the community.

Become a part of a team within your community, grow in leadership, and make a difference within your community.


Organizations who say it's important to develop leaders at all levels


Of organizations say they are effective at developing leaders

Baby Boomers are retiring each day



Of organizations say that their top priority is closing the leadership skills gap


Participants meet one afternoon a month January through December 2018. Sessions are held the second Thursday of the month, beginning in January 2018, from 11:30 am–5 pm. The program concludes on December 6 with graduation and celebration. No sessions are scheduled for July and August.

Sessions are five hours each, with half of each session focused on leadership topics, and half focused on local community topics. Participants are expected to attend all 10 sessions and complete all assignments.

Application Process

Program participants (18-20 individuals) will be selected by the Leadership Tomorrow Advisory Committee. Every effort will be made to include representatives from business, government, education, nonprofit organizations, residents at large, and those bringing diversity to the program in areas including, but not limited to professional, geographic, age, gender, and ethnic background.

Note: Application for the 2017-18 cohort is closed. 

                                       LEADERSHIP TOPIC                            COMMUNITY TOPIC

Jan 11                                      What’s my Style?                                             Our Community

Feb 8                                     What is Leadership?                             Local Gov’t & Civic Engagement

March 8                    Boosting Performance & Outcome           Economic Development & Business

April 12               Resolving Leadership Challenges Part 1                           Arts & Culture

May 10                Resolving Leadership Challenges Part 2                             Education

June 14                                     Leading Change                                            Human Services

Sept 13                               Emotional Intelligence                            Health & Healthy Life Style

Oct 11                           Conflict and Difficult People                                    Environment

Nov 8                                          Trust and Fear                           Dynamics of a Diverse Community

Dec 6                                           Impacts: Application, Reflection, Graduation and Celebration

COST: $350

This covers all instruction, activities, program materials, meals, and graduation expenses. Partial scholarships are available and a separate application must be submitted to be considered for scholarship assistance.

Informational Sessions

Learn more about Leadership Tomorrow at an Informational Session.
Stay tuned for 2018-19 Informational Sessions Fall 2018.

Leadership Tomorrow is a program of the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation
In partnership with White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce, White Bear Lake Rotary Club & The AWL Group


L E A D E R S H I P  T O M O R R O W  C O M M I T T E E


RYAN STEEN, Chair White Bear Township
JERRY KWAPICK White Bear Township
ROBERT MORSE White Bear Lake
LARRY WALKER Birchwood Village