Contact: Christina Williams, Executive Director
Phone: 608-837-4547
Date: September 16, 2022
    SUN PRAIRIE, WI… Thirteen working professionals will begin the Leadership Sun Prairie, a program for emerging leaders, which provides exclusive training to increase local leadership throughout the non-profit, private and government sectors.

    After a two-year hiatus, Leadership Sun Prairie is back for its 24th class. The course was developed by the Sun Prairie Area School District, City of Sun Prairie and the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce in response to the need for formal leadership development on a community-wide basis.

    Leadership Sun Prairie emphasizes concepts and community needs. Specific course objectives include developing an awareness and understanding of the resources, processes, programs and issues. To broaden the participants’ understanding of the economic, political, and social systems. To promote involvement and participation in volunteer, elective and appointed positions. Increasing participants’ analytical and decision-making abilities and developing a support system amongst participants which will aid them in their leadership journey for the betterment of our community.

    Training sessions require a commitment of one full day each month from September to April (excluding December), with a graduation ceremony in May. Each monthly session will feature local leaders and specialists in various forums, including lectures, round table discussions and tours throughout the community. Specific course content includes:
  • Leading Change: Developing leadership skills to team building, identifying leadership styles and qualities.
  • Health and Wellness: Personal and community health issues, alternative medicine and stress relief.
  • Government: Overview of city services, departments, planning issues and emergency services.
  • Business and Industry: Tours of local businesses, economic development goals, strategies and small business issues.
  • Education: Key issues in today ’s education environment such as diversity of population, revenue caps and discussions with students.
  • Volunteerism: Personal and community benefits, motivation, how to get involved and opportunities available.
  • Communications and Media: Working with media, technology, effective personal communication, cable access TV, advertising and public relations tips.
This year’s Leadership Sun Prairie participants include:
  • Amanda Babiarz, Colonial Club 
  • Andy Eyers, State Farm 
  • Anne Baranski, Forever Home Real Estate 
  • Ben John, City of Sun Prairie 
  • Chris Pederson, City of Sun Prairie 
  • Colin Lessig, Sun Prairie Media Center 
  • Dawn Ferengo, Pop Art Entertainment 
  • Kristin Grissom, City of Sun Prairie 
  • Kyle Lindert, Summit Credit Union 
  • Leticia Silva, Sunshine Place 
  • Mike Steffes, City of Sun Prairie 
  • Rebecca Ketelsen, Exchange Club 
  • Stacey Christenson, Sun Prairie School District 
Upon graduation, participants will better themselves as well as the community at large. To be considered for the Leadership Sun Prairie 2023/2024 please send an email to christinawilliams@sunprairiechamber.com.

The Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce is a 501(C)6 organization driven by members to promote, advocate, educate and connect members. It is a volunteer Board of Directors representing Sun Prairie businesses, civic organizations, non-profits and other organizations. To learn more please visit 
www.sunprairiechamber.com, email Barbarabehling@sunprairiechamber.com or visit their offices, 109 E. Main Street, Sun Prairie.