Leadership Unlimited's flagship program, Leadership Tomorrow, enhances community leadership by providing an educational program for individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who demonstrate leadership ability and commitment to the community.
Each of the nine monthly sessions, from September to May, is dedicated to a specific aspect, including:
- Understanding your thinking and behavioral preferences
- Discovering Our Community/Choosing to Lead
- Economic Development/Fueling the Economic Engine
- Community Needs/Volunteer Leadership/Media Relations
- Community Investment/Diversity
- State Government
- Crime & the Criminal Justice System
- City/County Government
- Preparing Today’s Workforce
For a successful experience within Leadership Tomorrow programming, the ideal candidate:
• Is intrinsically motivated. - An individual operating with intrinsic motivation, rather than extrinsic motivation, is moved to act because of their personal interests and curiosities, rather than external rewards, pressures, or influences.
• Is curious and inquisitive. - A curious person will understand the value of an opportunity to learn; and to be inquisitive is to be willing to ask questions, discuss ideas, and explore those learning opportunities.
• Has a desire to lead within the community.- A person with an interest in community leadership will be receptive to leadership skills development, exposure to area businesses and organizations, community education, and project participation.
• Conducts themselves ethically and with integrity. - By handling challenges and opportunities ethically indicates a sense of honesty, responsibility, and equity; and to act with integrity is to have strong moral character, no matter who’s watching.
• Is intellectually capable and agile. - Intellectual capability indicates a readiness to comprehend and discuss concepts; and to be mentally agile is to actively listen to various input and perspectives, maintaining the ability to be flexible and open to new ideas.
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Know someone that should be in Leadership Tomorrow? Nominate them!
Interested in being a part of the next LT class? Applications are open in January and will be due on March 1, 2024.
It is recommended to type out your essay responses in Word or other typing software before pasting them into your application. Your application score is soley based on your responses to these questions.
Applicants for the Leadership Tomorrow program must have the support and commitment of their employer. This completed commitment is required for the applicant to be considered.
Partial scholarships are available. Please submit this scholarship application with your application to the program.
Roster for Class 37. To see rosters from previous classes visit the alumni database on the Alumni Directory page.
CURRENT CLASS ROSTER
Leadership Tomorrow Class #37
Riley Baasch John Baasch Auger Flighting
Kyle Boysen Amur Equipment Finance
Rachael Buck Bosselman Energy, Inc.
Cassie Casares Unity Eye Centers
Marissa Cornelius YWCA of Grand Island
Katie Coufal Union Bank & Trust
Mirta Delgado Five Points Bank
Curtiss Dill Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska
Jen Figueroa Hope Harbor
Betsy Foltz Grand Island Physical Therapy
Nelly Fry-Venegas Chief Carriers
Laura Gamboa Urrego Multicultural Coalition
Casondra Gustin GIX Logistics, Inc.
Christine Haba Central Community College
Ryan Hanousek CNH Industrial
April Jilg Equitable Bank
Mikaela Keene Roe Buick/ Roe Chevrolet Buick, Inc.
Zach Mayhew Hornady Manufacturing
Kelli Mayhew Grand Island Public Schools
Maggie McDermott EmpowerMe Wellness
Kelsey Musich Amur Equipment Finance
Cora Njuguna Zabuni Specialty Coffee Auction
Jeremy Ross Heartland United Way
Vince Ryan Northwestern Mutual
Teshawna Sawyer Willow Rising
Schuyler Sharp Contryman Associates, PC
Michelle Simmons Grand Island Public Schools
Liza Thalken Central District Health Department
Mitchell Thompson Live Well Physical Therapy
Jason Tomjack Eakes Office Solutions
Kipp Williams Chief Buildings
During these day-long sessions, participants have the opportunity to visit facilities across the community, to meet and interact with community and state leaders, to study community issues, and to decide how they will work to make the area a better place to live.
A key objective of Leadership Tomorrow is to provide a foundation for class members to identify their goals and to prepare and motivate them to help shape the future of Hall County.
In addition, class members have the opportunity to interact more informally with community leaders during small group focus luncheons.
The nine-month program provides training for leaders in the following areas:
- Team building
- Time Management
- Personal mission and goal setting
- Parliamentary procedure
- Running a meeting
- Conflict management
- Consensus building
- Experiential learning cycle
- Servant leadership
- Fund raising
- Customer service
- Media relations
- Leadership styles
Tuition for the program is $1,200 per participant. Partial scholarships are available to those who show need. Please submit your scholarship application with your application to the program. Need for scholarship is not a factor in class selection. All application information is kept confidential and selection to the program is made “blindly” meaning those who review applications do not know the name or any demographic information about the application they are reviewing.
Requirements to graduate from the program include:
- Attending nine full-day sessions September through May (participants who miss more than two session will be withdrawn from the program)
- Sessions are generally the second Thursday of the month
- Attend a minimum of nine Focus Meetings
- Participate in a class project
- Participate in a class fundraising project
Upon completion of the program, participants are expected to seek roles of responsibility within their professional career and within Hall County for the betterment of the community.
There is no age requirement for this program.