Previously called Community Leadership

Program Starting January 2024

Time: Monthly, Half-day, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Dates: January 17, February 14, March 27, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 24, August 21

Location: Location will be different for each date depending on the given topic

The Leadership La Crosse 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.

Who should sign up?

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.

2024 Sessions: 
  • January 17, 2024: Why La Crosse?
  • February 14, 2024: DEI
  • March 27, 2024: Community Justice & Mental Health
  • April 17, 2024: Education
  • May 15, 2024: Celebrating the Arts
  • June 19, 2024:  The Outdoors
  • July 24, 2024: Economic Development
  • August 21, 2024: Leadership & Graduation Lunch

As a participant you will:

  • Gain an understanding of Greater La Crosse and the complex interplay of our area.
  • 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.

Leadership La Crosse is facilitated by Tom Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership / graduate faculty member at Viterbo University, and Neal Zygarlicke, CEO of the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce. 

Program Sponsors

Scholarships Available!

Your business must be a member of the La Crosse Area Chamber for you to apply for a scholarship.


Non-Chamber Members

  • Tuition payment includes all materials and refreshments.

What Others Are Saying

You will feel inspired! I left every session wanting to be more involved and engaged in my community. I have a deeper understanding of the workings and people behind the “power” – a term we use in the utility industry that also lends itself to the worker bees in our community from government to nonprofits.

Ellie Meyer

Communications & Public Relations, Dairyland Power Cooperative

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

Market President, Home Federal

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