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County leadership needs are changing fast.  As a commissioner or key staff member, your leadership example is a critical element to creating a culture that attracts, retains, and motivates a workforce that can meet today's needs. The Summit provides intensive leadership skills training can help you become a better leader by preparing you to meet the increasing demands and challenges facing counties today.

Facilitated by Willow Sweeney, this two-day Summit is a deep dive into local government leadership today by exploring five key areas:

  • Living Above and Below the Line: Discovering the Power of Choice
  • Creating a Culture of Safety and Trust
  • Reducing Negativity: Eliminating Thought Circles and Tornadoes
  • Resolving Conflict Heart-to-Heart
  • Leading from the Inside Out

You'll address the critical leadership qualities and practices your county needs from you today.  You'll also learn the obstacles that keep competent elected officials and key staff from demonstrating those leadership qualities.  You'll leave with the foundation for your own leadership plan that you can take back to your county and the incentive to implement it.

The Summit is also an opportunity for you to meet and interact with your fellow county leaders who share your commitment to lead at a higher level.  You'll develop long-term relationships and networks that will be as beneficial to you as they will be to your employees and constituents.

Basic Schedule:
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018   
(Lunch on your own)  
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.    Registration Open 
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.   Welcome and Introductions
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Living Above and Below the Line: Discovering the Power of Choice
5:00 p.m.    Social Hour
6:00 p.m.            Dinner
Thursday, April 5, 2018  
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.       Breakfast Buffet
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Creating a Culture of Safety and Trust
12:00 p.m.                 Lunch
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.    Reducing Negativity: Eliminating Thought Circles and Tornadoes
5:00 p.m.   Social Hour
6:00 p.m.    Dinner
Friday, April 6, 2018  
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.   Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.     Resolving Conflict Heart-to-Heart
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Leading from the Inside Out
12:00 p.m.    Adjourn (Lunch on your own)
     Willow Sweeney      

About the Presenter:

Willow Sweeney
is co-founder of Top 20 Training that provides training and materials to empower leaders, teachers, parents and students to develop their potential. She and her Top 20 team have trained over 600,000 leaders throughout the United States.

Willow has co-authored four books: Top 20 Teachers: The Revolution in American Education, Top 20 Parents: Raising Happy, Responsible and Emotionally Healthy Children, Top 20 Teens: Discovering the Best-kept Thinking, Learning and Communicating Secrets of Successful Teenagers and their newest book, Rebalanced Thinking, Rebalanced Living.
Willow's career has included high school teaching, coaching and she has been a national speaker and trainer since 2002. She and her husband, Brian, have two sons and live in St. Cloud, Minnesota.