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Class Sessions:

Class Orientation and Welcome Dinner
Session 1 - "Collaborative Leadership Styles"
Session 2 - "Natural Resources"
Session 3 - "Local and Tribal Government"
Session 4 - "Economic Development"
Session 5 - "Diversity"
Session 6 - "Education, Youth, and Lifelong Learning"
Session 7 - "State Government"
Session 8 - "Health Care and Wellness"
Session 9 - "Personal Engagement"
Monthly sessions are typically the second Thursday of the month, held at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Session 1

Collaborative Leadership Styles

The first session focuses on understanding the variety of leadership styles within the class participants. The day is spent getting to know each other through team challenges and exercises directed by a facilitator from Team Leadership. 

Session 2

Natural Resources
A walk through the Learning Path behind the College of Menominee helped us to understand the sustainability practices the Menominee Nation have used for over 140 years.

A visit to Green Valley Dairy, one of the largest operations in a two-county area, allowed us see an example of closed loop farming. 

Part of the curriculum for LSC is to participate in a community service project.  After reviewing Request for Proposals, the class selected three service project topics to work on the remainder of the program.

Session 3

Local and Tribal Government
Public speaking skills are put to practice this day. LSC participants are asked to prepare a three-minute speech on any topic they choose. The speeches were presented to a Green Bay Toastmaster representative who provides tips on improving public speaking skills.

Round table discussions with our Mayor, City Administrator, Alderman and County Board Supervisors allowed us to discuss current City of Shawano and Shawano County issues.

The day ended with the history of the Menominee Tribal government.

Session 4

Economic Development
Tours of Timber Pro and Genex provided an opportunity to visit two Shawano County businesses that have a global presence.

Tourism as Economic Development was the topic discussed by the director of the Shawano County Chamber of Commerce. Tourism is responsible for millions of dollars spent in Shawano Country and extremely important to our area economy. 
Individuals from GEXEX, Extension Shawano County and individual dairy farms representing different aspects of agriculture, were available for an Agriculture Panel discussion. From seed to feed to dairy and beef products, we learned how  these businesses depend on one another and understood the large impact agriculture has on our local economy.   

Session 5

A tour of an Amish school, furniture business and breakfast with an Amish family gave us insight into their culture and their neighboring community. 
An exercise named “PACE” Poverty Awareness for Community Engagement provided key lessons regarding poverty and classism in our culture.

Session 6

Education Youth and Lifelong Learning
At NWTC we learn about programming at their campuses with state-of-the-art classrooms and access to distance learning classes.

Alternative Education programs, the role of a School Board member and an overview of School Funding is covered by Shawano School District administrators.  

Understanding the different ways in which each generation prefers to communicate is covered in the topic “Communicating Across Generations”. We learn about each generation’s unique values, work ethics and learning styles.  Understanding these differences can help us communicate with a multi-generational work force.

The Youth Action Panel with area high school students gave us the opportunity to candidly discuss their hopes for the future and issues confronting them today.

The topic of Native American Mascots and Imaginary offered a perspective and understanding about the subject.

Session 7

State Government  
The group travels to the state capitol for the day.  We meet with our area legislators to discuss current issues and learn about governmental processes. 

Supreme Court clerks explain types of cases the Supreme Court reviews, and we tour the architecturally stunning State Capitol.

A discussion about a controversial topic allowed us to gain insight and opinions from those who support and do not support an issue.

Session 8

Health Care and Wellness
Due to COVID-19, the Leadership Shawano County class was unable to meet in person for the first time in twenty years.  A Zoom videoconference offered us the next best thing.

An open discussion about the four dimensions of heath, Physical, Mental, Social and Spirit, allowed us to share the strategies we are using to cope with the isolation that COVID-19 has caused.

Lifestyle Medicine-The Power of You in Your Health, provided suggestions on how to change habits and improve our overall health.

ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Interface training offered understanding into the long-term health affects a person may live with.   

Session 9

Personal Engagement
The final session was held on a Zoom videoconference due to the COVID-19 “Safer at Home” order. 

A presentation called “Being Your Best Even in Turbulent Times” talked about how leaders are required to be adaptable, resourceful and keep a positive mindset during times of uncertainty.

The topic of Emotional Intelligence explains our ability to understand, use, and manage our own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.

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