Leadership Tomorrow

Building, Connecting and Engaging Community Leaders

Learn more by contacting Jackie Reis at (651) 408-5412, or
email JackieR@greaterwblfoundation.org.


Leadership Tomorrow prepares, engages, and challenges participants through a 10-month long program combining leadership skills and community awareness. 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.


Leadership Tomorrow programming begins with an overnight retreat at the White Bear Country Inn. Cohort members will then meet once a month through November. Sessions are held at different locations around the community. Each session has a two-part focus on leadership development and community topics.

The AWL Group (Action Wheel Leadership), experienced consultants with hands-on expertise in solving organizational issues and building leaders, collaborated with us to design the 2018 pilot program and continues to serve as facilitators for year two. A diverse group of community leaders serve as resource presenters and discussion guides for the community awareness sessions.


2018 Cohort Members

2019 Cohort Members


                                       LEADERSHIP TOPIC                            COMMUNITY TOPIC

January (Retreat)                What’s My Style?                                      History & Demographics

February                           What is Leadership?                                          Local Government

March                    Boosting Performance & Outcome              Economic Development & Business

April                 Resolving Leadership Challenges Part 1                                Education

May                  Resolving Leadership Challenges Part 2                           Arts & Culture

June                                    Leading Change                                                 Human Services

August                          Emotional Intelligence                                        Health & Wellness

September               Conflict and Difficult People                          Environmental Stewardship

October                             Trust and Fear                                  Dynamics of a Diverse Community

November                                Impacts: Application, Reflection, Graduation and Celebration


After completing Leadership Tomorrow, participants will be able to:

Recognize their leadership abilities: expertise, strengths, gaps.
Apply leadership concepts and practices in their workplace and/or in the community.
Appreciate the resources, organizations, cultures, challenges, and opportunities in the greater White Bear Lake community.
Step into new or expanded leadership roles within the community and/or with their employer.
Commit to lifelong learning and community engagement.

Tuition: $500

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.


Cohort members are expected to attend and actively participate in all 10 sessions, complete all assignments, and develop and present a personal, professional or community engagement project.

Application Process

Program participants (18-20 total) will be selected by the Leadership Tomorrow Recruitment and Selection Team. 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 profession, geographic area, age, gender, and ethnic background.

Applicants are invited to complete an online application form after August 2, 2019. Brief interviews may be held with applicants. Individuals selected to be a member of the Leadership Tomorrow Cohort  will be notified by November 15, 2019.


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


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

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, and The AWL Group, with support from Rudy’s Redeye Grill & White Bear Country Inn and Century College’s Continuing Education & Customized Training Department.