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  • "Someone once said to me “Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs”

    When we had the opportunity to sign up for this class I was certain I wouldn’t have the time for it and thought, how could this possibly benefit me?

    Well I must say I have been rewarded with lifelong friends and a deeper understanding of Shakopee business’s and their leaders. From the Jail to the Courthouse, to the Casino we went and learned as a group, asked questions, laughed and bonded! This one-day event actually became a day, each month, I got excited about. (I even rearranged my travel schedule so as to not miss a class)

    This should be on any serious Management or Leader’s radar as a way to inject yourself into the fabric of a community, while furthering your business acumen with expertise and other like-minded individuals!

    Opportunity knocks but it has never been known to turn the handle and walk in. To those thinking about enrolling I would say “you don’t get wet if you don’t jump in the pool”. Open the door, walk in, the waters warm, and a years- worth of genuine, life changing experiences are waiting for you!"

    Rodney J. Southwood
    President & CEO
    Freight Management Logistics

  • About the Program About the Program

    Leadership Shakopee is a leadership development program coordinated by the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce. This six-month program informs emerging and existing leaders about the critical inner workings of our community.

    During the seven sessions, the class will participate in a series of educational and hands-on opportunities designed to inform and inspire leaders – and challenge them to make a difference through personal commitment and involvement. 

  • Guidelines Guidelines

    Attendance at both retreats, each day session and graduation is MANDATORY to receive your Leadership Shakopee graduation certificate. Arriving late and leaving early is not permitted. No cell phones, iPads or tablets during the sessions. If an emergency arises, please contact the Chamber to communicate your absence from the session. All absences must be made up during the next Leadership Program in order to receive the graduation certificate.

    All applicants must be a Chamber member through their business or at the individual level. Applicants must be a resident of Scott County or employed in Scott County. 

  • Program Objectives Program Objectives

    • Engage area leaders in extensive discussion about critical impacts to our community
    • Gain VIP access to area organizations and institutions
    • Increase the class participant’s visibility within their workplace and the community
    • Develop lasting relationships with other group members and program contributors
    • Experience a tangible improvement in their leadership abilities
  • Leadership Shakopee Graduates of 2016
  • Rhonda Kalal
    MRCI WorkSource

    Megan Menden
    Menden Accounting & Tax

    Matt McCormack
    Valleyfair

    Crystal McNally
    Shakopee Public Schools

    Lindsey Puffer
    Anchor Bank

    Craig Swanson
    American Family Insurance

    Molly Warmka
    St. Francis Regional Medical Center

  • Leadership Shakopee Graduating Class of 2017
  • Kevin Bonney
    St. Francis Regional Medical Center -
    Saints Foundation

    Julie Kay Carr
    Guild Incorporated

    Nick Christoffer
    Insperity

    Brad Marcy
    Valleyfair

    Becky Mullen
    River Valley YMCA

    Jennifer Palmer
    Canterbury Park

    Rodney Southwood
    ​Freight Management Logistics

    Joe Vaughan
    CAP Agency

    Sandy Wedmann
    Associated Payroll Services

    Lizabeth Wemeier
    Thrivent Financial

  • Participants for Leadership Shakopee Participants for Leadership Shakopee

    • Sincere interest in and commitment to being an active participant in Leadership Shakopee
    • Dedication to setting and attaining goals
    • Interest in and commitment to volunteerism
    • Commitment to seeking and cultivating leadership roles in the workplace and in the community
    • A desire to better understand topics facing the Shakopee community
    • Willingness to participate in problem solving and resolution
    • Reputations as creative, responsible, and effective people in their endeavors
    • Interest in going beyond conventional thinking to search for new opportunities for fundamental change and growth 
  • Registration Registration

    Register online here

    The deadline for the registration is Friday, March 16 at 4:30 pm CST. All registration forms not submitted by the deadline will not be considered.

    Shakopee Application

  • Leadership Shakopee Graduate, Brad Marcy, Valleyfair Amusement Park
  • Leadership Shakopee Class Schedule Leadership Shakopee Class Schedule

    April 13
    Retreat I

    April 24
    Economy

    May 15
    Law & Justice

    June 19
    Local Government & Workforce Development

    July 17
    Tourism

    August 21
    Shakopee Culture & History

    September 18
    Graduation & Retreat II

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  • Tuition Tuition

    Tuition is $750.00, payable no later than Friday, April 6th

    Class days are scheduled between 9 A.M.– 4:30 P.M. Not all days may extend until 4:30 pm. We will start promptly at 9:00 A.M. 

  • “Shakopee Leadership was a great way to quickly get connected to the community in Shakopee. The tours of the local businesses were interesting and informative. The people we got to meet along the way and the tight group we formed in leadership will be lasting for years to come.”

    Nick Christoffer
    Business Performance Advisor
    Insperity

  • Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau

    1801 East County Road 101, Shakopee, MN 55379

    PH: 952.445.1660 | FX: 952.445.1669

    chamber@shakopee.org

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