“Trust Rules” served as the theme for this month’s class. We began the day at the Kenosha County Administration Building, learning about the structure of our county government, the roles of local officials and learning why our local leaders chose to become involved in government.  A big thanks to Jennie Tunkieicz, Kimberly Breunig, Curt Wilson, Terry Burns and John Kiel for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.  Toastmasters, led by Ron Morishita, shared with us best practices for public speaking and conveying a message clearly and earnestly. We had an opportunity to put this knowledge to use with some amazing and entertaining impromptu speeches by our classmates.

The class spent the afternoon at the Kenosha News learning about the role of media in Kenosha, led by Janine Anderson and Daphne Ursu.  We learned about the process by which our local paper publishes stories and the fact-checking that takes place to ensure that news published is accurate.  Verifying facts and truthfulness fed into our next session led by Lou Molitor, President and CEO of the Kenosha Chamber of Commerce. He spoke to the class about ethical leadership and the value in, and difficulty of choosing to do what is right over what is easy or popular. The class evaluated case studies and understood immediately the difficulty of having to choose one competing value over another.

A big thanks to Tedi Winnett from UW-Extension for coordinating this day’s content and to classmates Steven Mui, George Andrews, Willie Days and Amy Garrigan for their contributions to this month’s class.

Anne Rasmussen, LK 2016-17 class

Leadership Kenosha – December 2016 Session