Green County Leaders



Green County Leaders is an educational program where individuals practice leadership skills, deepen their understanding of community issues and prepare for leadership roles, thereby creating a network of active and visionary individuals who leverage their experience and expertise to benefit their community and local community-based organizations.

The program begins with an orientation at the end of August and continues one day per month, September through May. Program days are dedicated to both personal leadership development and community orientation, led by a variety of trainers, facilitators, and community leaders. Additionally, there are activities required outside of program days that provide outlets to use and refine skills, concepts, and tools introduced in sessions, and readings which are integral program components.

Through interactive community orientation, personal leadership development training, outside activities, and a hands-on team project, GCL provides participants with in increased capacity to contribute as effective leaders and a great knowledge of the area in which they live and/or work.



To provide an educational program where individuals practice leadership skills, deepen their understanding of community issues and prepare for leadership roles., thereby creating a network of individuals committed to the future of Green County.

Who Benefits?
Everyone–as individual capacity increases, so does the capacity of our communities!

  • Increased awareness of local issues
  • Enhanced leadership skills
  • Expanded network of local leaders.


  • Employees are trained in leadership skills
  • Employees are able to be better engaged in our communities
  • Employer involvement in county activities
  • Employer profiled as a good corporate citizen

Green County Communities…

  • Active community leadership networking.
  • County-wide collaboration
  • Increased citizen participation in community issues.


  • Peruse the Green County Leaders 10 Year Report
  • From prior participants read the
    Testimonials 2014 2015
    Testimonials 2013-2014
  • View the Class Community Project Achievements
    2014- 2015  Twining Park Fitness;Mental Health Resources; Telehealth & Mental Health Capacity; Monroe Farmers Market
    2012- 2013  Silver Lining, SAHA Group, Family Promise Video
    2011-2012  Literacy Council, Sustainability, GC Humane Society, Toolbox for Homeless
    2010-2011  Welcome, We Care Meal Kit, Healthy Habits, Volunteer Network
    2009-2010  Homelessness Awareness, Green-Green County, Pawlapalooza, Community Based-Funding
    2008-2009  Volunteers, Green Grant Directory, Dairy Tourism, Connecting GCL Ldrs, Forward Brodhead
    2007-2008  Lend-A-Hand, Future Economic Development, Green County Human Society, Welcome Pkts
    2006-2007  YP Survey, Sugar River Cleanup, Green Recommendations, Language Translators, Empowerment
    2005-2006  Connect Volunteers, Link Schools/Businesses, GCL Reunion, Green Haven Repairs, Alt. Crops
      Improving GCL, Reduce Brain Drain, Meals on Wheels
    2003-2004  Community Leader Exhange, 6th Grade Pilot Program, Youth Asset Building Tools
    2002-2003  7-Habits Training, Welcome Wagon, Service Learning, Local Government, Safety Town Program

NEW!  Professional Development Scholarships Available for Green County Leader Alumni

Green County Leaders Board of Directors is pleased to offer a new scholarship opportunity to eligible Green County Leaders (GCL) alumni. “This competitive scholarship fund is designed to support GCL Alumni in continuing their leadership journey” said Nikki Matley, co-chair of the GCL Board of Directors. “Through this scholarship, we hope to make it easier for our alumni to pursue additional professional development opportunities that will strengthen their ability to be effective community leaders.”
Up to $2,000 has been made available for this scholarship. Preference will be given to participants who demonstrate that their educational experience will contribute to strengthened community leadership in Green County. Eligible topics for the scholarship must be related to community leadership and/or community development. Applications are due to the Green County UW-Extension office by September 1, 2016.
For more information, print the Green County Leaders Alumni Scholarship Description and Application or contact Victoria Solomon, Green County UW-Extension Community Resource Development Educator, at 608-328-9440.


To Apply:

We are seeking individuals who are:

  • Passionate about strengthening community and civic awareness, commitment and involvement.
  • Interested in their community and committed to making a difference.
  • Open-minded and willing to take risks.
  • Motivated and interested in new learning, self-discovery, community exposure, and networking.
  • Interested in opportunities for advancement into leadership positions within their own organization, which may in turn play a significant role in the community.
  • Individuals with a commitment to live and/or work in Green County.

If this sounds like you, please consider applying! The application and instructions are available to fill out, as well as a fillable application form.
GCL Application 2015-2016
GCL Application 2015-2016 – Fillable PDF

The application period for the 2015-2016 Green County Leaders class has closed. If you are interested in being notified of the next open application period, please contact Victoria Solomon, at 608-328-9440 or  to be added to the application notification list for 2016-2017.

Applications for the Green County Leaders Class of 2015-2016 are due by July 31, 2015. Tuition assistance may be available on a limited basis. For consideration, fill out the Financial Assistance Request Form.

Leadership Resources

Good leaders are continually learning and growing, and Green County Leaders works hard to provide additional materials to support continued education. If you know of resources we should connect our alumni with, please let us know!

Leadership Resources
Blackhawk Tech Leadership Library
Giving Persuasive Speeches
How to Run for Office
How to Talk So Legislators Will Listen
How To Volunteer Wisely
Technology Tools for Leadership
Working with Media

Additional Leadership Training

Leadership Wisconsin
Leadership Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s premier leadership development organization with a national reputation for producing highly effective leaders.  In order to meet community challenges and recognize opportunities, Wisconsin needs leaders who show initiative, listen intently, understand the breadth and depth of issues, assume responsibility, act with cavity, and exercise sound decision making. For more information, visit the Leadership Wisconsin webpage.

Outward Bound
Outward Bound is an experiential learning expedition school and outdoor leadership program that serves people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information, visit the Outward Bound webpage.

Green County Leaders is made possible by a partnership between Green County UW-Extension and the Green County Development Corporation with strong support from community organizations and businesses.

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Victoria Solomon
Community Resource Development Educator
608-328-9440          Email:


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Michael Johnson
Green County Development Corporation
608-328-3452           Email:



Board of Directors

Mark Thompson, Monroe Clinic, GCL Class 09-10
Tracy Wren, Blackhawk Tech, GCL Class 10-11
Alicia Augsburger, Augsburger Law, GCL Class 10-11
Nikki Matley, Woodford State Bank, GCL Class 07-08
Lisa Bell-Righter, Small World Childcare, GCL Class 07-08
Dave Murphy, Precision Drive & Control, GCL Class 10-11
Terry Hensel, Pleasant View Nursing Home, GCL Class 10-11
Stephanie Derendinger, Colony Brands, Inc, GCL Class 12-13

Business/Education/At Large Representatives
Chris Wellington
Lori Rodefeld, Monroe Clinic