Leadership Oconto County

Leadership Oconto County is a program of the Oconto County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC). The goal of the leadership program is to build a pool of citizens with broad knowledge of the ideas, issues and concerns faced by our local communities. It is hoped that as the participants become aware of the challenges and the many existing resources they will take leadership and active participation roles in helping to meet those challenges.

Topics include:
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Styles Natural Resources
  • Family & Diversity Issues
  • Education, Youth & Lifelong Learning
  • Local and Tribal Government
  • Health Care & Wellness
  • Economic Development
  • Personal Engagement
Participation in Leadership Oconto County is open to the general public living and working in and around Oconto County. Our participants represent a diverse perspective and variety of experience. The melding of individuals into a focused team over the year is a very rewarding experience.

Individual Benefits
  • Be exposed to a broad range of issues
  • Improve decision-making skills
  • Develop confidence as leaders
  • Build county-wide networks
  • Be prepared for positions of influence
  • Develop personal and interpersonal skills
Leadership Oconto County is a nine month (one day per month) program consisting of workshops, seminars, discussions and tours. Each session will focus on an issue in the community and an aspect of leadership development. Practical learning is emphasized - not a full day of lectures. Each participant will become involved in a community-based project - the laboratory part of learning.


The cost of Leadership Oconto County is $600 per person. The tuition covers the costs of all sessions including educational materials, meals and breaks, bus transportation on field trips and graduation. Limited scholarships are available based on financial need. Tuition is often paid by the participant's employer. Some of the employers expect individuals to personally contribute a percentage of the fee.


To graduate from Leadership Oconto County, a participant is expected to attend all sessions in their entirety including the orientation, all full-day sessions, and graduation. The sessions are held at various locations throughout Oconto County.

  • Orientation
  • Collaborative Leadership Styles
  • Natural Resources
  • Health Care and Wellness
  • Economic Development
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Community Engagement and Graduation
*Monthly sessions are typically the first Thursday of the month, held 8:00am-5:00pm.


Application and brochure are now available!

Leadership Oconto County Project RFP
Leadership Oconto County (LOC) is dedicated to cultivating current and future leaders. Each year, a new class of business and community leaders are selected to spend nine months learning about the area, developing their leadership skills, and working on a class project to benefit local communities. Through the class project, class members will experience a hands-on, leadership-in-action component to the LOC program while providing a meaningful contribution to local communities.

We invite area organizations to submit potential projects for our participants to complete during their upcoming class year by filling out this application. 

View Leadership Oconto County's new website!