A program initiated by the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation seeks to create a new generation of leaders for the community. The program, called Leadership Tomorrow, is accepting applications for participation in its second year, set to begin in January 2019. Applications are due by Nov. 10.


Leadership Tomorrow involves 20 current and emerging leaders in a series of 10 monthly sessions that feature leadership development concepts and skill training, together with an introduction to various community organizations and issues.


The leadership component is facilitated by The AWL Group (Action Wheel Leadership), experienced consultants with hands-on expertise in building leaders and solving organizational issues. A diverse group of community leaders serve as resource presenters and discussion guides for the community sessions. These involve learning about the history of our area, current demographics and future trends, local government, business and economic development, arts and culture, human services, education, health and wellness, and the environment.  

“This program has given me the tools and the confidence to move into new leadership roles at work and in the community,” said Ashley Filipovich, a member of the 2018 pilot program and chair of recruitment and selection for the second cohort.


After completing the program, participants can expect to recognize their leadership abilities; 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 area; step into new or expanded leadership roles within the community and/or with their employer and commit to lifelong learning and community engagement.


“Participation in this program has the potential to be life-changing,” noted Craig Drake, chair of the Leadership Tomorrow Steering Committee and a member of the foundation’s board of directors. “It’s a great opportunity to learn more about yourself and your leadership abilities and to gain a better understanding of your community and the ways in which you can be engaged in its future.”


Tuition for the program is $500 and scholarship assistance is available. More information and an online application form are available on the foundation’s website, greaterwblfoundation.org.

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