Local Government Leadership Academy

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Elected officials who understand the basics of their role and are ready to step up and lead, including chairing a committee or running for new positions (e.g. Mayor).
Employees who are new to leadership roles (e.g., department heads, directors, managers), and those aspiring to and/or preparing for leadership roles.
Others who want to become more effective leaders in local government.




Become part of a network of dedicated local government leaders. Enhance your leadership skills and gain tools to address issues impacting your local government. The program draws upon the knowledge of participants so that you can learn from the experiences of other local government leaders. Explore and find solutions to generate results.

The program runs January through August and includes four two-day workshops*, group conference calls, and self-study modules.
*Workshops are held in Stevens Point from 10:00 a.m. Thursday through noon Friday.

Online Self-study Modules
Self-study modules are accessible online and prepare you for in-person workshops. Modules include brief videos, short articles, discussion boards and other formats relevant to the concepts the program explores.
Solutions-based Learning
Come to each workshop with an issue or challenge in your department, committee, or local government that you want to address. Workshop activities will apply the skills and tools you’ve learned to your organization’s issue or challenge.
Outside Educational Activities
To graduate, you must engage in two outside educational activities approved by Academy facilitators. Activities you select can include, but are not limited to, online educational events, workshops, and regional meetings.

“I have continued to glean information from the academy that helps me build my understanding of current societal trends and how they can and will affect what we do as public employees and department heads.” - 2019 Academy Graduate




The program cost is $1,200. This includes instruction fees, learning materials, a professional portrait, and workshop meals (Thursday lunch and Friday breakfast). You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging costs, as well as meals not included as part of the workshops. A $150 nonrefundable deposit is required upon acceptance to the program. The remaining fees may be paid in monthly installments.




Registration is not yet open for the 2021 offering of the Local Government Leadership Academy. If you are interested in learning more about the program or want to be contacted when registration opens please contact Jeremy Solin at jeremy.solin@wisc.edu.







“The Academy has helped me lead change by continuously sharing with us new methods and ways to stay mindful that everyone interprets things a little bit differently...” - 2019 Academy Graduate


The Local Government Leadership Academy is made possible by a partnership of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, the Wisconsin Counties Association, and the Leadership Wisconsin Foundation.
UW-Madison Division of Extension


An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities or limitations should be made prior to the date of the program or activity for which it is needed. Please do so as early as possible prior to the program or activity so that proper arrangements can be made. Requests are kept confidential.

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