Program Description

Our Participants

Selected on an annual basis, the participants broaden their knowledge of the community, develop networks among existing and future leaders, and learn skills needed to meet the challenges faced by the community. 

Candidates may be nominated by themselves, an employer or another interested party.


All of the topics in the program are designed around issues which are relevant to the Northland in the twenty-first century and beyond. Starting in September, the ten-month program includes a two-day retreat during the fall and nine full-day sessions. Sessions are interactive and allow participants to become involved through a combination of small group and panel discussions, special projects, informational tours, and presentations by experts in their fields. Topics include:

  • Growth Management
  • History of Superior/Douglas County
  • Douglas County Nonprofits/Communication, Media, and Public Speaking
  • Local Government and the Public Policy
  • Business and Economic Development
  • Public Education
  • Health and Human Services
  • The Superior/Douglas County Courts and Law Enforcement
  • Personal Goal Setting


Cost for the program is $875, payable by the individual, the employer, or sponsoring organization. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.