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January 2018 Headlines





Leadership Wisconsin Group XVII to Study Water Issues

Inspired and motivated by November’s successful Food Systems seminar held in LaCrosse, Leadership Wisconsin Signature Program Group XVII fellows have been hard at work to deliver a second fellow-planned and fellow-led seminar on Natural Resources in February. This seminar will be held February 21-23, 2018 Stevens Point and will focus on water issues in Wisconsin’s Central Sands. Read More…






Support Group XVII in the Final Stretch

Sincere thanks to those who sent tuition sponsorships and donations to support the final six months of Group XVII’s Signature Program experience. I you are still interested in supporting the group, you can send a donation to “Leadership Wisconsin” at 610 Langdon Street, Room 331, Madison, WI 53703 or donate online by clicking here. Please indicate how you would like your donation used. Read More…





Baye’s Pre-Croatia Blog: An Invitation for Adventurous Dining, January 3, 2018

As I sit at my desk fending off the frigid “Saskatchewan Screamer” of 2017-18 my mind has wandered to our upcoming adventure to Hrvatska. I am honored and excited to be one of you seminar leaders. I expect to send off a number of these “blogs” during the upcoming months. Some will be reflective and some preparatory. Hopefully, each will find a welcome in your reception.  Let’s begin with a preparatory version. Read More…





Baye’s Pre-Croatia Blog: A Brief Comparison of Croatia and Wisconsin, January 11, 2018

As I sit at my desk, gazing outside the window, I see overcast and fog. The thermometer reads 44F, an appreciated break from the brutal cold of the past two weeks. I check in on the weather reports of three of our destination cities: Split, 53F, rest of week in 50s lows in mid-40s, mostly sunny. Zagreb, 47F, overcast, rest of week in high 40s and lows in 30s. Osijek, low 40s/low 30s and overcast-to- rainy. The similarity of weather extends to many aspects of comparison between Croatia and Wisconsin. Read More…

Alumni Updates

Sheila Harsdorf (Group I) becomes the first woman to lead the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in its 88-year history! Congratulations Sheila! Read the formal announcement on Governor Walker’s page… Read Secretary Harsdorf’s profile on the DATCP page…

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Thank You For Your Support

Leadership Wisconsin would not exist without the incredible support of our alumni and friends. Thank you to the following supporters for their generous donations.

December Donors
Margaret Bau (Group X) in Memory of Dr. Ron Shaffer
Carolyn Davis (Group XII)
Bruce (Group IV) and Hollee Holsclaw
 Holte (Group VI)
 Hunt (Group XIII)
Russell Karow
Margaret Larson (Group X)
Samuel Miller (Group VII)
Jennifer Ondrejka (Group XII)

Sustaining Donors
Cindy (Vana) Petted
(Group XV)
Henry Veleker (Group X)

Tuition and Signature Program Sponsors
Francette Hamilton (Group II)
Jo Beth Kroetz
Juanita Peck
 (Group XIII)
David and Miriam Rohrer
 (Group II) and Michele Ziegeweid

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