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  • Leadership Watertown

    There’s not much difference between effective employees and leaders in any organization.  Leadership Watertown has seen young members of the program grow into Presidents and Vice Presidents of local banks, dozens of local successful business owners, City Council members, State Representatives, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and even a Chief of Police.

    When it comes to employee retention, we all know that an engaged employee is a great asset to any organization and will likely stay with an organization longer and in most cases, become an employee that
    accepts roles of greater importance and responsibility as they grow within a business.

    Leadership Watertown is designed to acquaint program participants with the knowledge necessary to effectively participate in community affairs by exposing them to community structure, problems, resources, people and decision makers. Leadership Watertown helps enhance the community's composition with a well-founded base of informed leaders.  Course coverage includes: Networking activities featuring professional headshots, leadership speaker sessions, social hours, business tours, speakers, fun social activities, entrepreneur panel and more.

    The eight-session course will begin in April of each year and conclude with a graduation recognition at the Chamber's Annual Celebration & Dessert Auction in September.

    Register NOW!


    Leadership Watertown will begin on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until approximately 6:00 p.m.

    Classes will be held every-other Tuesday through July 11th, 2023, for a total of eight sessions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions.

    Tuition for the course is $400. This fee covers all Leadership Watertown activity expenses. A limited number of scholarships for half of the tuition are available.

    For more information, please contact the Chamber at (605) 886-5814 or email coc@watertownsd.com.

    Application deadline for Leadership Watertown is Friday, March 31, 2023.



    The 2023 class will experience a new and improved curriculum!

    Each student will receive a copy of 
    The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader By John C. Maxwell 




    Tuesday, April 4th - Break the Ice! Welcome, Iron Chef Competition & Professional Head Shots
    Tuesday, April 18th - What Do Leaders Look Like? A Lesson in Character presented by Kim Bellum, Director, Mount Marty University, Watertown
    Tuesday, May 2nd - Hot Takes & Hot Seat - Watertown Fire Rescue Tour & Business Brief
    Tuesday, May 16th - Leaders Who Listen! A Lesson in Communication presented by Kim Bellum, Director, Mount Marty University, Watertown
    Tuesday, May 30th - A Peak Behind the Curtain: Manufacturing Tours
    Tuesday, June 13th - Local Law Enforcement & Leading with Heart presented by Tim Toomey, Chief of Police
    Tuesday, June 27th - Dreams to Reality: Entrepreneurs & Leadership
    Tuesday, July 11th - The Legacy of Leaders! A lesson on Relationships & Servanthood presented by Kim Bellum, Director, Mount Marty University, Watertown
    Tuesday, September 26th - You're a Leader! Commencement Recognition at the Annual Celebration & Dessert Auction
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