Doing Good in the Community: Retaining Young People

As a group, we all found that it is becoming increasingly obvious that employers in our community are having a challenging time retaining employees. Often employees will find themselves directly out of college starting out their working career in the Waupaca community. Once they have a couple years of work experience, they will move to […]


Doing Good in the Community – Class XVIII Aging in Place Team

Our group started our project knowing we wanted to go in the direction of health care/access to health care. What we found after discussion was a common concern among all that as our population ages, the difficult decisions about whether to leave the home for additional health care support and the financial burden and stress […]

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Early Bird Registration – through July 15!!

Early Bird discount* is available until July 15, 2018.  Apply now – paper or online. What is Leadership Waupaca County? Leadership Waupaca County (LWC) is a nine-month leadership development program consisting of an orientation, seven one-day workshops, one overnight seminar in Madison, and a formal graduation. LWC’s mission is to develop informed, civic-minded volunteer leaders […]


Class XVII Community Projects

From October 2016 – May 2017, LWC Class XVII participants brainstormed, planned, prioritized, and developed strategies to tackle issues they felt were important to Waupaca County and its residents. Following are summaries, in their own words, of their projects and why they chose to work on them as well as links to the videos for […]


Join Us for LWC Class XVII Graduation Celebration!

On behalf of all those involved in the development, encouragement and support of Leadership Waupaca County, THANK YOU!  The class, and consequently, the development of future local leaders would not be possible without your support. Please join us in celebration of Leadership Waupaca County Class XVII. The graduation program begins at 5:00 p.m. at the […]

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Thoughts on Systems

Systems. Of course, all workplace executives or administrators understand and apply the Systems Analysis approach easily and appropriately, right? Unfortunately, this is incorrect issue #1. But let’s gloss over that. Let’s assume they do. I’ve found problem #2 is that when they DO apply Systems Theory well, they often don’t explain the logic behind it well to […]


You Have To Choose

After spending two days in Madison with the Leadership Waupaca County program, these words have resonated with me, “you have to choose,” spoken by Lt Governor Rebecca Kleefish.  The Lt Governor related this statement to balancing our careers and personal life.  Often as leaders we find ourselves feeling the need to do so much to […]

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Active Listening – The Key to Successful Communication

In this first guest blog post, Leadership Waupaca County participant Kurt Schwan shares insights from the October 13 LWC session: Effective Communication. Special thanks to FVTC (Fox Valley Technical College) for sponsoring the classroom space. Are you an active listener?  To be an active listener can prove to be difficult for most to master.  Through personal […]