• 2017/2018 Leadership Class

    Leadership Cheyenne County, class of 2017-2018, visited Lincoln Nebraska for their government session in February.  The group started with a tour of the Lincoln Correctional Center.  After the tour, the class was part of a question and answer session held by an inmate and correctional guards.  This tour provided a real look in the corrections system in Nebraska and the goals and vision of the administration.

    The group spent the entire next day at the Nebraska State Capital.  They met with Governor Pete Rickets, watched session in action and spoke with Senator Erdman concerning his priority bills of this session.  The group was given a guided tour of the beautiful, historic, Capital building and watched committee hearings.  James Dukesherer, a lobbyist for NREA, conducted a presentation to explain the protocol as to how legislation is introduced, and steps taken before it reaches the floor for a vote. This busy day ended with a visit to the State Chamber office and a presentation by Barry Kennedy, President of the State Chamber, and Roberta Pinkerton, the State Chamber Leadership director.

    The next morning the group took a tour of Husker stadium before the long drive back to Sidney. 

    The Lincoln trip is a great opportunity for our Leadership class to be involved with upcoming legislation and speak to those making the decisions which will affect all of Nebraska. 

    Class members pictured are Tara Fischer, Janet Lienemann, Kathryn Brown, Styles Moody, Cassie Haupt, Dawn Martin, Emily Thomas, Melissa Williford, Rob Kuhns, Todd Schrotberger, Cole Honstead, Tom Mathine and Chamber President, Denise Wilkinson


    The LCC committee is very pleased that Jamie Weingart, JNW Consulting, will be the instructive facilitator for the entire 10-month course. She developed a custom program for the class which includes the following topics: 

    • Discovering your Strengths 
    • Maximize your Strengths as a Leader 
    • Effective Leadership: The Four Non-Negotiables 
    • Building a Engaged Workforce 
    • Leading Effective Conflict Resolution 
    • Leading with Emotional Intelligence 
    • Creating an Organizational Advantage in the Workplace 
    • Well being, Productivity, and Goal-Setting for the Future 

    We are so excited to offer our Leadership students this curriculum and first class instruction and would like to thank the employers of our LCC students for investing in their employees!  You will see a great return on your investment!


    What makes an organization great? Jim Collins, author of the book Good to Great, sums it up by saying that great companies “First get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats. People are not your most important asset. The right people are.” The right people are those individuals who fit into your organization and help you to accomplish your future goals. The same holds true for communities. Those who participate in LCC and help shape the region’s future are the “right people” for the county and continue to be an invaluable resource for our region.
    One of the benefits of participating in LCC is the network of contacts. Your classmates and contacts you make through the program will serve as great resources for many years ahead.

    Leadership Cheyenne County (LCC) is a ten-month program that promotes a better understanding of our community, builds leadership skills, and develops a network of community leaders. Participants will attend a full day learning session each month starting in September and ending in June. The LCC program is composed of leadership training and acclimation with issues and opportunities facing Cheyenne County. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the fabric of our community, including government, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Included in the program is a kick-off social in August to begin the program, a learning day for team building, education in the areas of: Agriculture, Health Care, Education, Legal/Law, Economic Development, Human Services, City/County, and an overnight trip to Lincoln in February to visit the state legislature.

    There is really only one way to learn how to do something and that is to do it. Learning to lead is no different. Not only do you obtain worthwhile community leadership experience, but you also will provide a valuable service to the region. If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Hope Feeney at 308-254-5851.

    **Applications will be accepted June 1st-July 31st.**

    To broaden and deepen the pool of community-based leaders; people who will dedicate themselves to accomplishing worthwhile community goals with a sense of vision, purpose, excitement and common good. Participants will leave this program with an improved understanding of the potential of Cheyenne County and its citizens, as well the leadership skills necessary to advance Cheyenne County into the future.

    Program Basics:

    • Eight individual learning days that focus on different aspects of Cheyenne County.

    • Each Learning Day will start at 8:15 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

    • Leadership skill development will occur during each learning day.

    • A Kick-off Social will be held to introduce the class

    The first learning day in September consists of a full day program:
    • Course Introduction and Expectations

    • Teambuilding

    • History of Cheyenne County

    • The class will be required to complete a group volunteer project to the betterment of Cheyenne County.

    • In February, the class will travel to Lincoln to visit the legislature.  This will involve an overnight stay.

    • Graduation will occur in June.

    Program Requirements:

    - Participants for Leadership Cheyenne County will need to submit an application for review. Attendance is mandatory. Participants that miss more one full day or two half-days will not be able to graduate with their current class. However, the participant may graduate with the following class upon attendance at the previously missed days.

    - Tuition is $450 per participant. This will cover the cost of the trip to Lincoln, and all materials necessary for the program.

  • Leadership Cheyenne County Testimonials:

    I really enjoyed going through the leadership class.  Jamie did a great job and always made me feel comfortable throughout the year.  I believe Leadership Cheyenne County affected how I am a leader in the work place, but as well as how I am a leader inside my home and with the youth group kids I sponsor.  I left the class with a different approach on leading within the work place and I feel positive in the direction I am going.  Thank you to the Cheyenne County Chamber for offering this for businesses within Cheyenne County, it truly is a fantastic and necessary program! 

    Kathryn Brown, The American Bank of Sidney 


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    Attending Leadership Cheyenne County was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself, coworkers, community, and career. Leadership Cheyenne County has been beneficial in more ways than either myself or my employer anticipated. Whether you are learning in the classroom environment from the highly knowledgeable JNW Consulting group, learning from shared experiences from other classmates, or learning about local businesses and organizations, you will grow in unexpected ways. This class gives you the knowledge and helps you build your own tools that can be utilized in any business environment. Learning about the community and all it has to offer was also one of the most rewarding aspects of this class. I’ve lived here for 26 years and had no idea of all of the businesses, organizations, and opportunities we have in Sidney. Sidney is a thriving community and this class aids you in becoming a positive part of it! Overall, this experience has, and will continue to, help progress myself to a new caliber of leadership in my business ventures and in the community.

    Thanks, Josh Olsen, Bell Lumber & Pole Co.