Twenty-two people from the White Bear Lake area had their first session of Leadership Tomorrow training Jan. 11. The 10-month program is an initiative of the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation, in partnership with the White Bear Lake Rotary Club and the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Members participate in a series of workshops that develop personal leadership strengths, broaden awareness of community issues and resources, and explore opportunities for greater engagement in the community.

A key partner in the program is The AWL Group. This local group of experienced consultants with expertise in solving organizational issues and building leaders will deliver the leadership part of the workshop sessions. Representatives of other local organizations will provide content for the community awareness sessions.

The January session, “Our Community,” featured Sara Hanson, executive director of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, and Ellen Wolter, research scientist at Wilder Research. Hanson provided a history of the greater White Bear Lake area and Wolter described its current demographics and future trends.

“This is going to be an amazing opportunity for these participants to grow both personally and professionally,” said Ryan Steen, a foundation board member and chair of the committee that developed the program. “We are hoping they are the first of many cohorts to participate in this program. We believe Leadership Tomorrow will benefit each attendee, which in turn will benefit the communities that share the shores of White Bear Lake.”

Members of the cohort include: Jessi Aakre, RedBrick Health; Lynn Amon, White Bear Lake Senior Program; Lauren Auge, Advanced Medical Health Care; Dan Baltzer, Pinnacle Realty MN; Julie Bixby, Bixby Real Estate; Ryan Drake, Ecolab; Israel Emmanuel, Century College; Ashley Filipovitch, Ramsay & Associates; Tom Hackworthy, Dellwood Country Club; Dawn Hank, White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation; Deborah Hasdorff, Parkview United Church of Christ; Danielle Howe, Wilson Tool; Sumawoi (George) Kawalawu, YMCA White Bear Lake; Stephen Kelly, Minnesota State System; Kerri Kindsvater, city of White Bear Lake; Jazmin Kittleson, Rudy’s Redeye Grill; Katherine Rugg, Danna Agency; Kelly Sam, Grand Casino Mille Lacs & Hinckley; Tracy Shimek, River Heights Chamber of Commerce; Julie Swanson, White Bear Lake Police Department; Elizabeth Tauer, Merrick Inc.; and Mary Wingfield, Birchwood Village.

For more information on Leadership Tomorrow, contact Jackie Reis,

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