Leadership Lake County has provided leadership development programs since 1987. The experiential nature of our program days and the preparation for workplace and community leadership roles are the hallmarks of our programs.

Participants: Leadership Lake County Community Builders is designed for front-line employees and entry-level managers.  This program focuses on advancing communication, conflict resolution and strategic thinking skills. The program includes development of a personal, professional and community leadership plan. 

Time Commitment : Community Builders runs October - May on the first Monday of each month. time: Noon -5 pm. Class size is limited to 24 individuals.

Cost: Tuition is $595 and includes all materials, texts and assessments.


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Class of 2019 Dates and Topics (subject to change)

Monday, September 17                 Orientation, Noon - 1:30 pm- Business Dress, Professional Headshots and Class Photo

Monday, October 1, 2018                  Opening Retreat – Diagnose the Situation I – Understanding your Behavior Style

                                                      Facilitators: Lee Nesler '16 and Dr. Jessie Baginski '04

                                                       Location: West End YMCA

Monday, November 5, 2018              Diagnose the Situation II – What You Say and How You Say It Matters!

                                                      Facilitator: Lee Nesler '16

                                                      Location: Laketran

Monday, December 3, 2018               Managing Self I - Conflict and Values

                                                       Facilitators: Wes VenHoff '18 and Dr. Bryan DePoy

                                                       Location: Lake Erie College

Monday, January 7, 2019                   Managing Self II - Experiments and Failure

                                                       Facilitators: Wes VenHoff '18 and Judge Joe Gibson

                                                       Location: TriPoint Physicians Pavilion

Monday, February 4, 2019                 Energize Others I - Collaboration and Intergenerational Communications

                                                       Facilitators: Shawn Walsh '16 and Dr. Jessie Baginski

                                                       Location: TBD

Monday, March 4, 2019                    Energize Others II - Inspiring Others and Reach Common Ground with Integrity

                                                      Facilitators: Shawn Walsh '16 and Pat Perry '92

                                                      Location: Holden University Center

Monday, April 1, 2019                       Intervene Skillfully I - Making Choices

                                                      Facilitators: Adam Stull '15 and Judge Eugene Lucci

                                                      Location: Lake County ADAMHS Board

Monday, May 6, 2019                        Intervene Skillfully II - Purpose

                                                      Facilitators: David Reed '17

                                                      Location: Lincoln Electric Global Headquarters

Wednesday, May 29, 2019                 Graduation with the Signature Class of 2018


A few comments from Class Evaluations:

The most interesting and also valuable thing I learned was different perspectives from CEOs/ high level managers on what they are looking for in employees who are just beginning their careers.

I learned that even those in leadership positions question themselves, and that it's okay to be unsure, ask questions and even fail because that's how we will learn and grow.

Learn to listen with the intent to learn about the other person. Prepare for conversation and follow up.

Every session I have had with Leadership, I always feel I gain more knowledge I how to interact with people, how to handle conflict with guest and employees, just fine tuning where I may have lacked. Learning about and visiting business's in Lake County, and the speakers have been fantastic such professionals with great knowledge and insight.

The most interesting thing I learned was during our discussion on different generations. It was great to hear different perspective on how generations are perceived and what you can do to communicate better with different generations in the workplace.