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” pieces where she gets to include stories that are a bit more personal.
“They’re some of my favorite things to write,” said Clausen.
After submitting three of her columns to the North American Agricultural Journalists annual writing competition, she won first place in the columns category. Her stories included adventures with her family through their travels and on their small farm.
“The NAAJ writing award was the pinnacle of my career so far,” said Clausen.
Despite her successful journalism career, Clausen pursues excellence in other aspects of her life—it does not go unnoticed. Clausen also received the Amery FFA Appreciation Award last spring and shares that it was another great honor for both her and her husband, Dave.
Their involvement with FFA dates back to the first time they met. Clausen served as the Wisconsin State FFA Vice President and was state runner-up in prepared public speaking. The couple also helped establish the Amery FFA Alumni chapter several years ago. Their children are carrying on the legacy of active participation with FFA.
“We’ve been avid FFA supporters for many years and plan to continue in that for as long as we can,” said Clausen. “We are also proud to see our kids reap many of the same benefits that we did as FFA members and would love to see more local youth grow through FFA.”
As a Wisconsin leader, Clausen has dedicated a lot of time and talent to these causes and has rightfully been recognized for her efforts and leadership—both in her career and her community. Clausen credits her experience with Leadership Wisconsin for giving her the extra push she needed.
“Going through the Leadership Wisconsin experience helped give me confidence to continue striving in both my career and in my community,” said Clausen.
Interested readers can see Clausen’s three winning columns, originally published in 2015, by clicking the following links: