What is Leadership Portage County?

Leadership Portage County (LPC) challenges participants to broaden their understanding of Portage County and develop their leadership skills through network development, education, and community engagement.

The 10-month curriculum is an intensive leadership development program designed to give all leaders the skills, knowledge, and on-going support they need to succeed. LPC is not only for new or young professionals, but instead for leaders of all ages and titles.

As a participant in LPC, you will grow professionally and personally from the variety of leadership, team-building, communication and self-awareness exercises that are part of the curriculum. Coordinated by expert facilitators, these activities will grow and shape you as a leader, enabling you to take on the challenge of effective leadership.

Application Process
1. Review all program information and then complete the application below in full.

2. Have your employer or sponsoring organization complete the Employer Consent & Recommendation Form.
*Note: If applicant is self-employed or retired completion of this form is not needed.

3. If applicable, complete the Scholarship Application Form. *Note: this must be submitted at the time of your application to be considered for scholarship funds.

4. Return all materials and $250 tuition deposit to the Portage County Business Council via email: talent@portagecountybiz.com

Applicants must have full support of the organization or corporation they represent. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and, if applicable, any scholarship funds awarded. The program is limited to 25 participants each year. A waiting list will be established if applications exceed program space. Those who are unable to fulfill the attendance requirement may be asked to withdraw with no refund of tuition.

2018-19 Session Schedule
Leadership Portage County sessions are the third Thursday of each month. The Opening Retreat is the only two-day session. Please save these dates:

August 16, 2018
August 17, 2018
September 20, 2018 
October 18, 2018 
November 15, 2018 
December 13, 2018 

January 17, 2019
February 21, 2019
March 21, 2019
April 18, 2019
May 16, 2019
May 23, 2019 5:00-7:00 PM - Graduation Program
Program Components & Goals
Each full-day LPC session combines leadership skill development and character building with exploration of community programs and challenges. Each session is held in a different location providing a diverse, inside look at Portage County. As an LPC graduate you will have had opportunities to:
  • Enhance, develop and practice leadership skills;
  • Expand business and community networks;
  • Identify and explore community challenges;
  • Learn about involvement opportunities in the community;
  • And promote an appreciation of Portage County’s resources, institutions, cultures and concerns.
Program outcomes are achieved through:
  • Leadership Skill Building: LPC participants identify and practice their leadership skills in a safe environment through interactive sessions. Participants learn about personal leadership styles, active listening, conflict management, public speaking, consensus building, and other skills valuable in any workplace. 
  • Community Tours & Speakers: Get behind the scenes tours of businesses, hear from experts, and learn what makes our quality of life exceptional. Experiences include agri-business/farm tour, courthouse/jail tour (and lunch!), and a photo scavenger hunt.
  • Network Development: Not only are participants given ample opportunity to network with their classmates, but being in LPC connects you to an alumni network of 500 past participants. You will also connect with civic leaders, CEOs and other business and community innovators. 
  • Session Themes: Each of the monthly sessions is packed with information related to a community theme. Themes include; history of Portage County, Agribusiness, Human and Public Services, Legal System, Wellness, Economic Development, and others. 

Program Commitment
Participants spend approximately 150 hours on LPC related activities during this program. Attendance is expected at each of the monthly sessions. Outside of the session dates, participants are encouraged to participate in optional interim assignments, tours and community building experiences. Additional activities are developed to provide flexibility and choice so that participants can select the option that best fits their schedule.

Program Tuition
LPC tuition is $1025 per participant. This is an average of $93.18 per session. Program tuition covers all course expenses including; program materials, meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks) and graduation expenses. The initial deposit of $250 is due at the time of application. The remaining $775 will be invoiced, and is due by January 1. Tuition is non-refundable after January 1, 2019.

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Kayla Rombalski, Director of Talent Development, at 715-344-1940 or talent@portagecountybiz.com. Thank you for your interest in LPC!

* 1. Contact information

* 2. Employment Information

* 3. Have you participated in other leadership programs/training?

* 4. Leadership Details

* 5. Is this the first time you have submitted an LPC application?

* 6. Why are you applying for LPC? What are your short and long-term expectations of the program?

* 7. Briefly describe your familiarity/experience with Portage County. Were you born and raised here or are you new to the area? What is your favorite aspect of this community?

* 8. What would you consider to be your most impactful leadership achievement to date?

* 9. In your opinion, what are the three most important challenges or concerns in Portage County today?

* 10. Which leadership skill/trait are you most looking to enhance/develop as part of LPC?

  Unimportant Less Important  Neutral Important Very Important
Active Listening
Change Management
Collaboration & Consensus
Communicate Effectively
Conflict Management
Creative Problem Solving
Decision Making
Personality Types
Productive Meetings
Public Speaking
Relationship Building
Stress management
Supervising Employees or Teams
Time/Project Management
Work/Life Balance

* 11. Please elaborate on the skills you marked "Most Important" and why you chose those skills.

* 12. Is there anything else you would like to note about yourself or your leadership experiences?

I have read the expectations above. I understand that attendance, participation and a willingness to experience new activities is essential to a successful LPC experience. I plan to attend each of the sessions and will be present and ready to learn and engage with my fellow participants. If for any reason I do not complete the program, I realize that any scholarship funds I have received will have to be repaid.

* 13. I understand the above commitments and agree to be bound by them in signing this application. If applicable, I have gained the support of my organization to participate in the program.

* 14. Date of Consent Given

Date / Time