Awards and Testimonials

2016 CLA Class Testimonial

Connecting with others, growing as a professional and leader, and inspiring others to make a difference in the community are major take-a-ways from the Community Leadership Alliance program. CLA offered valuable knowledge and resources regarding understanding different personalities and individual strengths, teambuilding, civility, leadership, diversity and multicultural awareness, community building and organizing, running effective meetings, and grant writing. The program allowed me to have the opportunity to learn more about myself, as well as, have a deeper of understanding of others too. The experience was truly an uplifting, motivating professional development opportunity that I would recommend to anyone wanting to lead and help within their communities!  Amy Pennekamp, Administrative Manager, UW-Platteville Office of Continuing Education

2015 CLA Class Testimonials

I highly recommend CLA for anyone who is a current or aspiring leader in their community. CLA has changed my life! During the 6 months of attending the classes, I have grown both professionally and personally. It has given me the opportunity to understand not only myself on a deeper level, but others as well. I have become more insightful, purposeful and grateful as a leader which has already resulted in many successes. I honestly use the tools I have learned in CLA on a daily basis and plan to utilize these tools to inspire others. It is widely known that the goal of a great leader is to develop more leaders and CLA is a testament of that! Thank you CLA!  Jenny Pritchett, MBA, MPH, RN, CIC, Director/Health Officer, Iowa County Health Department

The Community Leadership Alliance program truly inspires and encourages tomorrow’s leaders.  Each month I left with more energy and excitement about our beloved Southwest Wisconsin, which I couldn’t wait to put the new skills into practice.  This program came in a perfect time in my life and career to help me overcome leadership challenges in my community and prepare me for the new opportunities I’m facing today.  I recommend this program to anyone that is looking to learn more about leadership skills but more importantly learn about their personality and how they interact and influence others.  It is absolutely a life changing program that I will draw knowledge, relationships and experience from for many years to come.  Samantha Goss, Foundation Assistant, Southwest Tech Foundation                                             

This class absolutely changed my life. I am recently empty-nesting and felt it was time to shift my focus from primarily family and business to business and community. CLA gave me the resources, inspiration, and most of all, the contacts to get started in giving back. The instruction about gifts and passions and making the most of your strengths was especially important for me, and the team-building aspects will be invaluable as I go out to lead and start groups and associations in my town and county.  Kriss Marion, Circle M Market Farm

“Meeting people, improving self-esteem and leadership skills, and utilizing contacts to help others in our communities is what CLA is all about.  The number of professionals from our small towns that come together to make this opportunity available is amazing!”  Lori Berget, UWEX Lafayette County