Leadership Wisconsin Remembers Ayse Somersan

Leadership Wisconsin was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Ayse Somersan on Monday, April 17, 2017. Dr. Somersan served as the Dean and Director of University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension from 1988 – 1996. During her time as Dean and Director, Somersan is credited with being one of the early standard bearers […]


Fellow Feature: Jan Dworschak

Leadership Wisconsin Group XVII Fellow Feature My name is Jan Dworschak and I live in Arcadia where I serve as a music minister for several area churches and provide piano and organ lessons. I returned to my hometown in March 2010 to care for my mother when she returned home from the hospital on hospice […]


Announcing Additional 2018 International Travel Seminar

Leadership Wisconsin is excited to announce another International Travel Seminar opportunity in the spring of 2018. This ten day travel seminar will be held in Finland where Seminar Scholars can explore how the country invests in and applies innovation and collaboration. The purpose of the leadership seminar is to learn from the innovative approaches Finland […]


Leadership Wisconsin Values Alumni Feedback

Leadership Wisconsin held three listening sessions at the end of February and beginning of March for alumni, former board members, and former staff to discuss our future directions. We value the continued support of our alumni and friends as we continue to develop as an organization. This was the first step and there will be […]


Leadership Wisconsin Invites Seminar Scholars to Upcoming U.S. Seminar

Leadership Wisconsin is pleased to announce the location of the upcoming U.S. Seminar in the Bay Area and Central Valley of California. Seminar Scholars will be traveling to this area of the country in the fall of 2017 from September 10 – 15. The Bay Area and Central Valley of California offer multiple and contrasting landscapes to […]


Leadership Wisconsin Alumna Awarded in Career and Community

Heidi Clausen, Leadership Wisconsin Alumna of Group XIII, has spent much of her career developing her writing skills. As an agricultural journalist, Clausen spends a lot of time reporting the news but found recognition in a different style of writing. Of her twenty-three years with The Country Today, she has written dozens of “Writer’s Notebook” […]


Leadership Wisconsin Announces 2018 International Seminar Destination

Leadership Wisconsin is pleased to announce Croatia (Hrvatska) as the International Seminar destination for spring of 2018. Throughout the programs’ history, the International Seminar has provided invaluable experience in leadership development, cultural understanding, and personal growth. We are excited to share all that Croatia has to offer with dedicated leaders in Wisconsin. Meet the Co-Chairs […]


Fellow Feature: Jennifer Thatcher

Leadership Wisconsin Group XVII Fellow Feature My name is Jen Thatcher and I am a self-employed finance and small business consultant in Wilson, Wisconsin where I live with my husband and two children. I enjoy landscaping, fishing, exploring, and people. I have a masters in business administration and finance, and bachelor of arts degree from Bethel […]


Leadership Wisconsin’s criminal justice seminar tugs at heartstrings

Written by Mary Hookham, Janesville, WI Leadership Wisconsin Group XVII’s seminar centering on the study of criminal justice issues in Madison proved useful and interesting to all participants as they listened to speakers, toured local facilities and evaluated Wisconsin statistics. But most importantly, it enlightened the Fellows of Group XVII when they heard personal, heart-wrenching […]


Fellow Feature: Mary Hookham

Leadership Wisconsin Group XVII Fellow Feature My name is Mary Hookham and I live in Janesville with my husband Matt. I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer working primarily for Agri-View Newspaper of Madison and am so grateful to have the career path of my dreams! I am excited to be a member of Leadership […]