Leadership Elk River is the ideal program for anyone interested in becoming tomorrow’s leaders. We look for the best, brightest, most energetic and interested candidates.
From September through June, participants attend an all-day session centered on a key topic. Each day is comprised of a combination of presenters, panels, hands-on activities and on-site visits to locations relevant to the day’s subject. Participants get an in-depth view of the community, develop the skills necessary to assume leadership roles, and are exposed to involvement opportunities.
The program provides insight into key issues impacting the area and introduces the class to potential contacts and resources. Although it is designed as a community training and leadership program, alumni attest to the fact that the experience has a significant positive impact on their careers and personal lives as well.
The Leadership program began in 1996 and has had over 300 graduates. Now it’s your chance! Applications are being accepted for the 2017-2018 class.
Class size is limited, and enrollment in the program is not transferable.
What People Are Saying
"It’s a must! I have learned so much about Elk River in these few months and I grew up here!" ~ Shelly Maloney, Sherburne County
"I have spoken so much about Leadership to others. I hope some of them will do it also. It was so worth the time and such a wonderful experience!" ~ Kim Williams, Edina Realty Elk River
“Leadership Elk River is great for people who are new to the community as well as people who have been a part of this community for a long time. The relationships you build during the class provide connections to many different areas of the community. The various presenters provide you with insight as to what makes Elk River such a great community. Your classmates end up being a resource that you can carry throughout your career. Attending Leadership Elk River was truly a great experience.” ~ Corey Wemple, The Bank of Elk River
"Leadership Elk River provides the opportunity to meet key decision makers at some of Elk River’s most key businesses while learning about the great hidden treasures this area is home to, is priceless. Whether you have been here a few years or have lived here all your lives you will learn something new and amazing about why Elk River is unique. You can learn how to get more out of Elk River and how we can contribute more with opportunities to be local leaders." ~ Ben Bauman, North Central Insurance Agency
"Whether you have lived/worked in this community for years or are new – Leadership Elk River will revitalize your appreciation of the history of Elk River and a taste of the interrelationships between businesses, government, charitable organizations, schools and all the people who live and/or work in this great community. Great leaders come in many different forms and this program provides opportunities for all participants to enhance their leadership skills and use these skills to make an impact in the community. Leadership Elk River provides opportunities for both professional and personal growth - this is a great program provided by the Chamber!" ~ Michelle Anderson, MidWestOne Bank
“Understanding Elk River’s growing community and our commitment to its continued success is what you will gain from enrolling in the next learning opportunity of Leadership Elk River. After experiencing the course for yourself, I believe you will appreciate at a higher level all Elk River has to offer you and your company.” ~ Dan Dixon, Guardian Angels of Elk River
"As a new business leader in the community, the Elk River leadership class offered by the Elk River chamber was absolutely phenomenal! Every class was so incredibly helpful in getting me acclimated to the community/area. The networking and relationships I have formed throughout the community are amazing! I look forward to working with and seeing those individuals on an everyday basis! Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the class, I am looking forward to facilitating a few of the classes this year!" ~ Mike Paulsrud, Coborn's
Find Out More
To find out more about topics covered, who is eligible, graduation requirements, cost, or for any other questions, download the application or contact Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce at (763) 441-3110.
Leadership Elk River classrooms are not necessarily traditional!
LEADERSHIP ELK RIVER
Class times are 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 It’s All About You
OCTOBER 14, 2016 History & Heritage
NOVEMBER 11, 2016 Volunteerism / Non-Profits
DECEMBER 9, 2016 Law & Justice
JANUARY 13, 2017 Education
FEBRUARY 10, 2017 Local Government
MARCH 10, 2017 State Government
APRIL 7, 2017 Day of Business
MAY 12, 2017 Health & Recreation
JUNE 9, 2017 Leadership In Action & Graduation
All dates are subject to change
Complete the application and send with payment by August 15. Class begins in September. If your application is not accepted, your original payment will be returned.