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Leadership Madison is an educational program intended for Madison area citizens that have an interest in their communities, their leaders and institutions, and specific leadership opportunities. During the six-month program, participants will hear from area experts, tour places that make our community unique, participate in thought-provoking discussion and learn how and why decisions are made.

What does it take?

Participants must live in the Madison Area and work for a member of the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. They are expected to attend all sessions, graduation, and participate in a group project over the course of the program.


  • Make Connections
  • Community Awareness
  • Networking
  • Develop Leadership Skills
  • Create a Sense of Purpose for Civic Involvement

The Leadership Madison Committee will select up to 12 area people that live or work in the Madison Area. Individuals that are not selected as one of the 12 participants will be added to a wait list.


Tuition for the Leadership Madison Program is $300 and non-refundable. Tuition covers all program costs including materials, speakers, graduation banquet, and Madison/DSU Hosts the Legislature. If selected for the program, the tuition fee must be paid in full by Friday, August 31st, 2020.

2021-22 Session Schedule:

September 15th | Discover Yourself

September 29th | Project Planning & Time Management

October 13th | Working Together

October 27th | Social Media & CyberSecurity

November 10th | Local Government

December 1st | Being an Effective Leader: Part 1

December 15th | Being an Effective Leader: Part 2

January 12th | Getting to Know Madison

January 26th | Maintaining Company Culture/Hidden Bias

February 9th | Madison/DSU Hosts the Legislature - All Day Trip to Pierre

February 23rd | Volunteerism

March 9th | Graduation

Class of 2021-2022:

The GMACC Leadership Madison Committee is eager to unveil the Leadership Madison Class of 2020-21! We want to say thank you to everyone who applied. There were many fantastic applications and it was a competitive selection process.

Congratulations to the individuals in this class! They will begin their year on September 15th and celebrate March 9th with graduation.

Congratulations to:

  • Taylor Bloom -- Lake County International
  • Julie Breu -- Lake County Historical Society
  • John Dougan -- The Shipwreck Bar & Grill
  • Josh Entringer -- Madison Regional Health System
  • Melissa Hegg -- Madison Daily Leader
  • Mike Kane -- First Bank & Trust
  • Haley Skattum -- Bulldog Media Group
  • Tyler Steele -- Dakota State University
  • Jason Williams -- Firstline Funding Group
  • Kaylee Winrow -- The Community Center
  • Charity Woslager -- Falcon Plastics
  • Sami Zoss -- Dakota State University