Community Leadership Program

What the La Crosse Area Community Leadership Program Offers

Unlike any other leadership program you have experienced, the La Crosse Area Community Leadership program introduces you to the core aspects of our economy, connects you with local leaders, and infuses your leadership style with a powerful perspective of community interdependence. As a member of the La Crosse Area Community Leadership class, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of Greater La Crosse and the complex interplay of our area, including:
    • the rivers, bluffs, and Driftless Region
    • civil service and public office
    • our courts and justice system
    • public health, including mental health
    • economic development and talent attraction
    • the arts
    • diversity, equity, and inclusion, and more.
  • Get hands-on experience with local volunteering, as you work in small groups to assist an organization with a community service project.
  • Grow your cross-industry network of local leaders, and meet new people.
  • Be challenged to take an active leadership role in your community and your business, in a way that fits you best.

This leadership program is fantastic for those new to the La Crosse Area as well as those who have called this region home for years. Participants will develop their leadership skills and gain a new perspective to enhance their roles in the workplace, on non-profit boards, at home, as a volunteer, and as a community member.

Facilitator: La Crosse Area Community Leadership Program is facilitated by Tom Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership and graduate faculty member at Viterbo University. Tom is well-recognized locally and nationally for his work in servant leadership.

What Participants Will Gain

  • Knowledge of themselves and how to utilize their strengths
  • A new network of professionals
  • A passion to improve our community
  • How to work together with a diverse team for common good
  • Understand the community impact of your decisions
  • Enhanced leadership through strength & weakness finding

What Employers Will Gain

  • Engages your leaders in the community, connecting their job, your company, & greater needs
  • Identifies employees’ strengths and how to work well with others
  • Improves employees’ vision for “big picture” thinking
  • Enhances self-awareness, improving their abilities to lead others
Program Facilitator - Tom Thibodeau

Program Facilitator - Tom Thibodeau

Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership Director, Master of Arts in Servant Leadership

Tom is a distinguished professor of Servant Leadership in the College of Business and Leadership. He is the first person to be appointed as the Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership for Viterbo and is also graduate faculty member. Tom is nationally recognized for his work in servant leadership and presents regularly around the country.


Program Investment

Non-Chamber Members

  • Tuition payment includes all materials and refreshments.

This is a great investment to one’s professional growth and development. The program provides exposure to local key leaders and their influences over social, economical and environmental issues within the community we call home. The education received through the program is invaluable and simply can’t be substituted.

Joe Moua

Business Banker, Bremer Bank

We met leaders from all walks of life that, if not for this program, I may have never had the opportunity to meet. We learned a great deal about the area including its assets and its challenges. Presenters provided us with new leadership insights and it was great to engage others with a desire to improve the broader community.
Craig Ubbelohde

Executive Director, Bethany St. Joseph Corporation