Preparing Willmar Lakes Area Leaders

Vision 2040 Leadership is a training program that focuses on preparing the next generation of leaders to answer the call to serve the communities of the Willmar Lakes Area. Vision 2040 Leadership brings together a diverse group of participants to develop skills necessary for building inclusive communities.


This program enhances the Willmar Lakes Area by engaging, developing and empowering the leader within. Participants develop a base of leadership knowledge and skills including effective communication, facilitation and conflict management. Personal development throughout the course helps students gain an in-depth understanding of their leadership style and how to work with others more effectively. These newfound skills will help build personal and professional networks with community leaders and organizations to prepare the next generation of leaders within the Willmar Lakes Area.


“The Vision 2040 Leadership program provided a transformational experience. The facilitators helped to create the space necessary for us to be reflective and ultimately empowered to engage in life, work, and our community, in ways we never imagined. I gained new skills in facilitation and coaching. I walked away with tools that could be immediately used for team building and development,” wrote Kasey Baker 2015 Vision 2040 leadership attendee.

Vision 2040 Leadership is an eight month cohort leadership program.  From October through May participants gather on the first Thursday in communities around the Willmar Lakes Area to participate in an interactive leadership development session. Due to COVID-19, virtual meets may occur if the need arises. The session presents education based on University of Minnesota Extension’s research based leadership and civic engagement curriculums.  Participants work in coaching groups to discuss the materials and practice skills in a supportive environment to prepare them for serving their communities. To learn more about upcoming cohorts, check out the Vision 2040 Leadership website.

Vision 2040

Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 is a grassroots movement in Kandiyohi County to make our communities better than they were yesterday. Our mission is to support the dreamers and the doers in Kandiyohi County. We strive to create a better tomorrow through supporting projects that are community minded with special emphasis on the four focus areas; Health & Wellness, Communication, Inclusion and Engagement.

Vision 2040 is a collaborative, community-led and driven initiative composed of your neighbors, friends and coworkers.

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