Steering Committee Plans Greene Leadership 2013

A series of leadership workshops is coming to Greene County in early 2013, thanks to a local steering committee partnering with Greene County Extension to design and plan the program.  Greene Leadership 2013 is a six-session course designed to help participants develop leadership skills and networking abilities for both career and community.  The course is also intended to create strong future leaders for Greene County through helping them connect to local issues, opportunities and growth.  The series is scheduled to start January 28, 2013.

“We’re excited to again offer the Greene Leadership series in Greene County to help continue to develop our next generation of leaders in the workplace and in civic groups and organizations,” said Michael Cooley, county Extension coordinator for Greene County.  “This will be the fourth time the program has been held in Greene County since 2001, resulting in over 100 past participants who are now doing some great things in the community.”

The program is cooperatively sponsored by Greene County Extension, Greene County Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Development Corporation, Greene County Board of Supervisors, Jefferson Matters: Main Street, and the Greene County Community Foundation.  The steering committee consists of several past participants in Greene Leadership, including Nancy Teusch, Norm Fandel, Tom Heater, Tim Heisterkamp, Carla Offenburger, and Mike Palmer.  Also on the steering committee are Ben Yoder, Mary Jane Fields, Fran Teagarden, Ken Paxton, and Michael Cooley.

Past participants of Greene Leadership have gone on to take numerous leadership roles in a variety of Greene County community organizations, and many have also advanced in their careers.  The program includes a series of highly interactive sessions led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program specialists.  Topics covered include personality types, leading effective meetings, dealing with controversy and conflict, and learning about effecting change in your community and workplace.  Sessions will be held every other Monday evening at locations around the county.  A six-month follow-up session is also planned for the class to reconvene and review progress toward personal and professional goals.

Letters will be going out soon to businesses, organizations, government agencies, and churches to encourage them to consider sponsoring all or a portion of the registration fee for their employees or members.  Individuals interested in furthering their leadership abilities are also invited to participate.

To learn more about Greene Leadership 2013, visit with any steering committee member or contact Cooley at the Greene County Extension office at 515-386-2138 or email  For more information about Greene County Extension, including other community and economic development programming, visit

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