• 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.


  • Leadership 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.

    2016-2017 Graduation Class

    The graduates of this year’s class are (left to right-row 1) Tami Winkler (Glacier Hills Credit Union), Amanda Follett (Schloember Law Firm, S.C.), Brian McAndrews (West Bend Police Dept.), Chris Lang (Westbury Bank), Chad Feltz (West Bend Mutual Insurance Co.), Ramiro Paz (Thrivent Financial), Lisa Ferguson (Moraine Park Technical College), Andrea Lange (River Shores Chiropractic), (left to right row 2) Kathy Vorpahl (Regal Ware), Sarah Malchow (United Way of Washington County), Amanda Hansen(Hampton Inn & Suites), Laura Eggert (The Threshold, Inc.), Meghann Reigle (WB Park, Rec. & Forestry Dept.), Megan Pea (Horicon Bank), Sara Huntington (Froedtert & Medical College of WI), Darlene Nash (Girl Scouts of Wisconsin SE)

    Betty Pearson Community Leadership Award Winners
        Betty Pearson & Craig Hoeppner                   Betty Pearson & Mike Nowack

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