A community-based initiative called Leadership Tomorrow will prepare, engage and challenge participants through a 10-month program beginning in January 2018. The program is a joint initiative of the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation (GWBLCF), White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce, White Bear Lake Rotary and The AWL group. The monthly training will combine leadership skill development and a raised awareness of local community.

“The greater White Bear Lake area has an incredibly strong community of civic and business organizations,” said Ryan Steen, GWBLCF board member and chair of the Leadership Tomorrow Advisory Committee. “But we need to ask ourselves, ‘Who are the future civic and volunteer leaders going to be?’ At the (Greater White Bear Lake Community) foundation, we believe that deliberate action is needed to develop tomorrow’s leaders.”

Eighteen to 20 participants will have the opportunity to connect with local leaders, develop practical leadership skills, explore community leadership roles and learn about the needs, opportunities and challenges facing the community. The outcome of the program is to increase leadership ability and passion, as well as the overall capacity to make the community a great place to live and work.

Applications will be available online starting Oct. 1 at www.greaterwblfoundation.org/leadershiptomorrow and will be accepted until Nov. 10. Brief interviews may be held with applicants. Notification of acceptance into the program will be completed by Dec. 1.

Jackie Reis, executive director of the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation, is hopeful that the inaugural cohort of Leadership Tomorrow participants will include representatives from business, government, education, nonprofit organizations and residents at large.

“This program is not limited to a specific professional, geographic, age, gender and ethnic background. We want it to be diverse.”

Tuition for Leadership Tomorrow is $350 and covers all instruction, activities, program materials, meals and graduation expenses. Partial scholarships are available; a separate application must be submitted for scholarship assistance.

Information sessions about the program will be held at Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi on Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. and at White Bear Country Inn on Oct. 5 at 7:30 a.m. If you’re interested in Leadership Tomorrow or know of someone who may be, visit the foundation’s website, greaterwblfoundation.org, email jackier@greaterwblfoundation.org, or call 651-408-5412.

From press release