Leadership West Bend (LWB) is a community stewardship program that began in 1991 and is sponsored by the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce.
To date, LWB has welcomed more than 400 graduates and created a strong alumni network of individuals with a wide range of experience and knowledge ready to serve the community. The primary purpose of LWB is to seek out emerging leaders in the West Bend area and prepare them for positions of public influence and decision making.
LWB begins each September with a 2 day retreat, followed by seven monthly, day-long classes. Monthly classes are held the third Thursday at various locations, with a focus on community-based curriculum. The program concludes with graduation in May. To graduate, a minimum of 90% attendance is required. Absenteeism will result in being dropped from the program. Program tuition is not refundable.
During the nine-month program, candidates will also be part of a group community project chosen from presentations made by non-profit groups. Final presentations of completed projects will be offered during graduation.
2017-2018 Graduation Class
First row, left to right: Matthew Rohlinger, West Bend Police Department;
Justin Pogodzinski, Robert W. Baird; Sara Helbing, West Bend Mutual Ins. Co.;
Kelly McDonough, Glacier Hills Credit Union; Brenda Kunkel, National Exchange Bank & Trust;
Burn McIlvried, West Bend Mutual Ins. Co.; Jeffrey Gustafson, West Bend Fire Department;
Jennifer Fechter, ADRC of Washington County
Second row, left to right: Nicholas Lemke, West Bend Park, Recreation & Forestry;
Christa Weindorf, Westbury Bank; Tracy Ellingson, Cedar Lake Sales and Service;
Jonelle Todd, Supercuts of West Bend; Kellie Boone, Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center;
Maria Jostad, Froedtert & Medical College of WI, Carrie Kasubaski, Moraine Park Technical College;
Luke Knuppenburg, Regal Ware
Betty Pearson Community Leadership Award Winner
Craig Farrell & Mary Driscoll