• Purpose

    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.


  • Program

    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.

    2015-2016 Graduation Class

    The graduates of this year’s class are (left to right-row 1) Mike Mallow (Glacier Hills Credit Union), Bart Williams (West Bend School Board), Ross Weber (DACO Precision-Tool Inc.), Guilhem Domenget (Manitou Americas), Tom Thrash (West Bend Fire Department),Bradley Mitchell (Moraine Park Technical College), Rob Lloyd (West Bend Police Dept., Bill Greymont (West Bend High Schools, (left to right row 2) Brooke Stangel (Averill Anderson, LLC), Margaret Zickuhr Zolp (Houseman & Feind, LLP, Carolyn Hein (WB Parks, Rec. & Forestry Dept.), Melinda Seiler (West Bend Mutual Insurance Company), Susan Reiss (Froedtert-St. Joseph's Hospital), Cathy Majkowski (Cedar Community), Mindy Schuett (West Bend Mutual Insurance Company), Peggy Fischer (Shooting Star Travels), Jenn Koehn (Koehn & Koehn Jewelers)

    Betty Pearson Community Leadership Award Winner

    Betty Pearson & Candy Sarauer 

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