Every autumn for the last 81 years, county officials from around the state have gathered at the Wisconsin Counties Association’s (WCA) Annual Conference...(read more)
WCA Partners with Leadership Wisconsin
- Posted on April 4, 2013
Contribution to Help Develop Leaders and Strengthen Communities
UW-Cooperative Extension's Leadership Wisconsin has been working to develop leaders and strengthen our communities for thirty years and the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) has been a close ally of the group. Today, it was announced that WCA would be contributing funds to help ensure leadership development continues to thrive in our state.
“Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker has said that America's greatest deficit is in the area of leadership and the work of Leadership Wisconsin in our state to develop individuals who can move our communities forward has been unparalleled,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell. “Alumni of Leadership Wisconsin's program have gone on to prominent positions in state and local government, as well as successful business people. We are proud to be affiliated with this group and look forward to working with them to continue to cultivate leaders in Wisconsin.”
The goal of the innovative Leadership Wisconsin is to develop leaders to strengthen communities. In order to meet community challenges and recognize opportunities, Wisconsin needs leaders who show initiative, listen intently, understand the breadth of perspective on issues, assume responsibility and exercise sound decision-making.
For thirty years the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program - now Leadership Wisconsin - has provided communities, businesses, and organizations with leaders; leaders who have a broader vision, an understanding of themselves and the world, as well as a clearer appreciation of the interdependence of issues that impact it.
“Our relationship with counties has always been imperative in building strong communities through individual leaders and we are grateful to the Wisconsin Counties Association and their Executive Committee and Board of Directors for their continuing support of our work,” said Leadership Wisconsin Executive Director Sarah Schlosser. “I believe that moving forward, their contribution will allow us to reach even more of tomorrow's leaders and make a bigger impact on our communities.”