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Leadership Elk River


Leadership Elk River is the ideal program for anyone interested in becoming tomorrow’s leaders.  We look for the best, brightest, most energetic and interested candidates. 

From September through June, participants attend an all-day session centered on a key topic. Each day is comprised of a combination of presenters, panels, hands-on activities and on-site visits to locations relevant to the day’s subject. Participants get an in-depth view of the community, develop the skills necessary to assume leadership roles, and are exposed to involvement opportunities.

The program provides insight into key issues impacting the area and introduces the class to potential contacts and resources. Although it is designed as a community training and leadership program, alumni attest to the fact that the experience has a significant positive impact on their careers and personal lives as well.

The Leadership program began in 1996 and has had over 340 graduates. Now it’s your chance! Applications are being accepted for the 2018-2019 class.

Class size is limited, and enrollment in the program is not transferable.

 What People Are Saying


"I thoroughly enjoyed the Elk River Leadership program, as I learned so many valuable things about our community and businesses. I found myself looking forward to each monthly session, which were very well organized! I sincerely value the connections made with our Leadership group, our facilitators, and those businesses in which we had the opportunity to visit. The hands-on learning was most interesting, and I wish I could take the program again :) ~ Madison Bromberg, Sherburne County


“I highly recommend this program. The Leadership Elk River class was a wonderful resource for individuals who live or work in the Elk River community to better appreciate and contribute to it. This program helps you to develop a connection with the town, the businesses and the people in it. Now knowing the professionals from my class and working in a community with them gives me a deeper sense of pride to be part of it. The classes themselves were varied, well organized, packed with information and a lot of fun!” ~ Leigh Lander, Vision Midwest


"It’s a must! I have learned so much about Elk River in these few months and I grew up here!" ~ Shelly Maloney, Sherburne County

“Leadership Elk River is great for people who are new to the community as well as people who have been a part of this community for a long time.  The relationships you build during the class provide connections to many different areas of the community.  The various presenters provide you with insight as to what makes Elk River such a great community.  Your classmates end up being a resource that you can carry throughout your career.  Attending Leadership Elk River was truly a great experience.” ~ Corey Wemple, The Bank of Elk River

"Leadership Elk River provides the opportunity to meet key decision makers at some of Elk River’s most key businesses while learning about the great hidden treasures this area is home to, is priceless.   Whether you have been here a few years or have lived here all your lives you will learn something new and amazing about why Elk River is unique.  You can learn how to get more out of Elk River and how we can contribute more with opportunities to be local leaders."  ~ Ben Bauman, North Central Insurance Agency

"Whether you have lived/worked in this community for years or are new – Leadership Elk River will revitalize your appreciation of the history of Elk River and a taste of the interrelationships between businesses, government, charitable organizations, schools and all the  people who live and/or work in this great community.  Great leaders come in many different forms and this program provides opportunities for all participants to enhance their leadership skills and use these skills to make an impact in the community.  Leadership Elk River provides opportunities for both professional and personal growth - this is a great program provided by the Chamber!" ~ Michelle Anderson, MidWestOne Bank

“Understanding Elk River’s growing community and our commitment to its continued success is what you will gain from enrolling in the next learning opportunity of Leadership Elk River. After experiencing the course for yourself, I believe you will appreciate at a higher level all Elk River has to offer you and your company.”  ~ Dan Dixon, Guardian Angels of Elk River 

Find Out More

To find out more about topics covered, who is eligible, graduation requirements, cost, or for any other questions, download the application or contact Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce at (763) 441-3110.

Congratulations to the 2018 graduates of Leadership Elk River!

Pictured: (back row) Brian Bitzan, MidWestOne Bank; Lori Arko, The Bank of Elk River; Stacy Mohs, Guardian Angels By the Lake; Jen Kroells, The Crown Room Banquet Center; Jenine Rumreich, Inky Elf; Michelle Champagne, YMCA Elk River; Julie Spiers, Guardian Angels; Michelle Venema, Elk River Municipal Utilities; John Findorff, The Bank of Elk River.
Front Row: Jen Johnson, Edina Realty Elk River; Heather Kliewer, CAER Food Shelf; Leigh Lander, Vision of Elk River; Michele Brandt, Fairway Independent Mortgage; Gary Pioske, ISD 728 Community Education; Madison Bromberg, Sherburne County; Krista Thoe, Sherburne County.
Not pictured, Jeff Mueller, First National Bank of Elk River.

Leadership Elk River classrooms are not necessarily traditional!


Class Dates
Class times are 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018  It’s All About You

OCTOBER 12, 2018   History & Heritage

NOVEMBER 9, 2018  Volunteerism / Non-Profits 

DECEMBER 14, 2018  Law & Justice

JANUARY 11, 2019  Education

FEBRUARY 8, 2019 Local Government 

MARCH 8, 2019  State Government 

APRIL 12, 2019  Day of Business

MAY 10, 2019  Health & Recreation

MAY 17, 2019 Leadership In Action & Graduation

 All dates are subject to change

Note: Deadline

Complete the application and send with payment by August 17.  Class begins in September. If your application is not accepted, your original payment will be returned.


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