o Leadership Washington County (LWC) develops leaders creating impact for career professional of any age. We are a leadership development organization providing programs that leverage classroom learning, experiential learning, and exposure to government, academic, nonprofit and corporate institutions. Our program offers access to a large network of business and community leaders, and professional networks that will help participants gain a better understanding of our economy and community while promoting personal growth.
The LWC model focuses on transformational leadership, which creates valuable and positive change in individuals, both personally and professionally. LWC is a 9-month, intensive program that develops & equips effective leaders to strengthen & improve our communities. Through monthly, day long sessions that run from September through May, participants are guided to a better understanding of themselves, their community, and the skills necessary to assume and enhance their leadership roles so they can have a positive impact in Washington County.
From the kick off reception to the graduation ceremony, participants interact and build teamwork skills with classmates from various organizations and background. Sessions are typically held the 3rd Tuesday of the month and address topics such as board membership, business and economic development, justice system education system, quality of life, leadership in a changing society, health and human services, and government and politics.
Participants also receive a 2-hour session Strengths Finders training from Stephanie Masters, a CliftonStrengths certified coach and organizational development consultant specializing in employee development, that will aid each participant in their own personal growth as leader.
After graduation, Leadership Washington Co. provides participants with opportunities for board membership in order to stay actively involved in the community
"Leadership Washington Co. provides the opportunity for professionals in our area to learn more about the inner workings of our judicial system, meet our elected officials, tour health care facilities, and see several of the amazing gems we have in this region. In addition, the program is set up for networking with your classmates as well as with the robust group of speakers at each session. The class attendees become close and form lasting friendships and professional relationships. If you are a professional looking to learn more about how to positively impact our communities, then Leadership Washington Co. is for you.”
Sara Schumacher, Executive Director, Washington Health System Foundation