Register to Be a Member of the Local Government Leadership Academy Class of 2021!

Registration for the 2021 Wisconsin Local Government Leadership Academy (LGLA) is now open. Join local government leaders from across the state in honing your leadership skills and strengthening your network.

The LGLA program is focused on four primary skills of being an effective local government leader: relationship-building, communication, decision-making and vision. Each of these four topics is grounded in the idea that we lead in service of the community and “we can accomplish more together than we can alone” (Max DePree).

The Local Government Leadership Academy is a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Counties Association, Leadership Wisconsin, and UW-Madison Division of Extension.

Financial support is available to cover full or partial costs of registration for the 2021 Academy. The availability of partial and full scholarships are intended to encourage the recruitment and participation of person who have been historically underrepresented in local government.

If you or someone you know identifies with one of the following groups, we invite you to apply or share this information. We have a specific interest in improving the representation of persons who identify with at least one of the following groups:

  • African Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Hispanic/Latinx
  • Asian Pacific Islander Desi American
  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged persons whose registration and participation in LGLA would cause a financial hardship

We are recruiting from these groups to facilitate change and improve representation among those making decisions and setting policy in local government.


Registration is now open for the Class of 2021, with a registration deadline of December 1, 2020. The virtual orientation sessions kick off January 21, 2021. Graduation is slated to occur September 28, 2021 at the Wisconsin Counties Association’s Annual Conference in La Crosse County.

More details including the schedule, costs, and registration can be found here. The 2021 program will be held in a hybrid format with online self-study, virtual sessions, and in-person workshops (Note: in person workshops are dependent upon state and federal guidelines during the pandemic.)


The Academy serves:

  • elected officials who understand the basics of their role and are ready to take on new leadership challenges.
  • department heads, directors, and managers who are new to leadership roles, as well as those aspiring to or preparing for leadership roles.
  • anyone interested in becoming a more effective leader in local government.

For more information, contact Jeremy Solin, LGLA Facilitator, at or 715.498.4733.