Austin - Mower County

What is LEADERSHIP Austin?

LEADERSHIP Austin is a community leadership program which provides participants an intense look at the business, agriculture, politics, education, quality of life, health care, human services, public safety and diversity of our community. The program is designed as an educational opportunity that enables participants to learn about this area’s resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. The intent is to motivate and encourage participants to assume individual leadership roles in community affairs. Participants create strong relationships to encourage their future involvement and collaboration in addressing the region’s challenges.

Who should apply?

Ideal candidates for LEADERSHIP Austin are individuals who:

  • are highly motivated to serve their community and have a passion to make a difference
  • want to cultivate relationships with a network of other community leaders, for both personal and professional benefit
  • have demonstrated community involvement
  • represent various sectors of the community: business, industry, education, public and private agencies, civic groups and other facets of the community

When are application due?

Applications must be received by June 13, 2016.

Download application and return to:
Austin Area Chamber of Commerce
29 North Main Street, Suite 102
Austin, MN 55912

What is the time commitment involved?

LEADERSHIP Austin consists of nine sessions the 2nd Thursday of every month. Participation in the program requires a serious commitment of time and energy. Participants meet for a full day each month, meeting September through May. In addition, a three hour evening kickoff event is held in August.

Selected applicants will be expected to meet the following commitments:

  • attend all program sessions
  • arrive on time and attend the entirety of each session
  • submit a final portfolio and give a 10 minute presentation at May graduation


“We’ve had one of our managers participate in Leadership Austin almost every year. They gain valuable information and contacts within the community, and always return a better employee.”

Where will program sessions be held?

This localized program was designed by the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Riverland Community College and its Training and Development Division. All sessions are facilitated locally and are held at a different location each month.

How: A series of intense thematic seminars conducted by local and regionally known professionals. The bulk of the instructional staff is drawn from volunteers in the community and area.

What is the tuition cost? Tuition for LEADERSHIP Austin is $699. Tuition is payable at the time a participant is accepted to the program and must be received prior to the August Kickoff session. Scholarship opportunities are available. 

Contact Information

Roberta Czaplewski


Contact Information

Sandy Forstner, Executive Director
Austin Area Chamber of Commerce
329 North Main Street, Suite 102
Austin, MN 55912

Adenuga Atewologun, Ph.D.
1900 Eighth Avenue NW
East Building
Austin, MN 55912
507-433-0607 (Office)
507-433-0370 (FAX)