"I've been very impressed with the leadership program and the team that puts it together. It's been a terrific opportunity to meet with leaders across our community from government, non-profits, business, and academics. The two things that have been the most valuable part of this experience for me has been chance to build new relationships with my classmates and to work with a small team to create and implement our Community Change Initiative project."
Aaron Buffington, Microsoft
Class of 2017-18
“The Chamber Leadership program gave me a new view into our community and the people, programs and organizations that make it thrive. Throughout the 10-month program, I learned the importance of social responsibility, giving back and how to develop my own personal growth.”
Brianne Hoffman, Doosan Bobcat
Class of 2013-14
“My favorite part is the opportunity to share ideas with a diverse group of people. Everyone is committed to the community of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and making sure we’re doing our part to ensure a bright future. We want to continue what’s been done in the past so that when we’re in positions of leadership within our companies and the community we have that same forward-thinking, progressive vision for the community.”
Josh Swanson, Vogel Law Firm
Class of 2014-15
“The program is about opportunities, opportunities, opportunities! It’s also about meeting people in the community as well as the community and all the things I didn’t know the Fargo-Moorhead area had to offer. It’s about awareness and opening my eyes to the opportunities and community.”
Joanna Slominski, Mortenson Construction
Class of 2014-15
“Not being a native of the area, this program has given me a good opportunity to see what a diverse, complex, and interesting community this is as well as given me insight into the organizations, business and nonprofits working here.”
David Ebinger, Moorhead Police Department, Class of 2014-15
For more than 30 years, Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo has connected and developed leaders who greatly impact the community through dedication and service. You will find our alumni holding prominent public leadership roles within our community and a host of others who actively serve the community every day as board members, diligent volunteers and dedicated employees. Each year, LFMWF selects 40 emerging and existing leaders from all sectors of the community to participate in the nine-month program.
Since 1989, more than 1,000 graduates have been given the opportunity to build a diverse network of like-minded people with a shared commitment to the community and personal growth. Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo fosters the development of this elite network of engaged and well-informed leaders.The program is designed to expose emerging and existing community leaders to the issues that face our region while challenging and engaging participants to strengthen the community through service and leadership.
Please watch for more info on how and when to apply for the following class in 2019.
This committee plans and conducts an annual leadership program for adults that provides participants with an opportunity to develop or enhance their personal leadership skills, network with business and community leaders and learn more about themselves, The Chamber, their community and servant leadership concepts. We ask that individuals complete a leadership program prior to joining this committee.
Chair: Stephanie Maier, ClayWilkin Corn & Soybean Grower's Association
Staff support: Alyssa Ralston, Professional Development Coordinator
Meeting time: 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month