Leadership Shakopee

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Leadership Shakopee

About the Program

Leadership Shakopee is a five-session development program designed to give emerging and existing leaders a behind-the-scenes look at our community and the role it plays in our state and global economy.

During the five sessions, the class participates in a series of educational and hands-on opportunities designed to inform and inspire leaders. In addition to going behind the scenes, cohort members will engage in discussions with local elected officials and senior leadership at many of our companies and city/county departments.

What our grads are saying

“Leadership Shakopee was an excellent experience!  The relationships I developed with not only my leadership group, but with key leaders that have been instrumental in the success of making Shakopee a great community to live, work and play!  Leadership Shakopee has helped me understand the direction our leaders want take our community, which has given me a head start on personal planning as well as in some professional decision making.  Every session I took away something that has helped me grow professionally and give me a better appreciation of how this great city was built.  Leadership Shakopee has definitely been a motivator for me to want to do more, contribute more, and be more involved with this awesome community.”

Lindsey Puffer
Branch Manager/Vice President 
HomeTown Bank


Attendance at ALL sessions is MANDATORY to receive your Leadership Shakopee graduation certificate. Arriving late and leaving early is not permitted. No cell phones, iPads or tablets during the sessions. If an emergency arises, please contact the Chamber to communicate your absence from the session. All absences must be made up during the next Leadership Program in order to receive the graduation certificate.

Applicants must be a resident of Scott County or employed in Scott County.

Program Objectives

  • To engage participants in extensive discussion about critical economic impacts to our community
  • To provide participants with exclusive VIP access to area businesses and institutions
  • To increase the visibility of participants within their workplace and the community
  • To support participants in developing lasting relationships with other group members and program contributors
  • To assist participants with tangibly improving their leadership abilities

2023 Schedule

August 17 – Local Government + Law & Justice

September 21 – Tourism

October – TBD

November – TBD

December – TBD


*Dates subject to change based on availability of venue and speakers. 

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Leadership Shakopee Graduating Class of 2021

  • Matt Anderson
    Valleyfair Amusement Park
  • Cassaundra Henderson
  • Michael Klemm
    Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC
  • Nicole Monnens
    South Metro Federal Credit Union
  • Kristina O’Brien
    Greystone Construction Company
  • Samantha Waller
    St. Francis Regional Medical Center
  • Sharon Walsh 
    Shakopee Public Utilities


Leadership Shakopee Graduating Class of 2020/2021

  • Randy Dehmer
    Canterbury Park
  • Kaitlin Kamm
    HomeTown Bank
  • Ashley Grotewold
    Canterbury Park
  • Logan Kuhn
    Shakopee Chevrolet
  • Matt Hanson
    Shakopee Public Schools
  • Lyle Jaeger
    Valleyfair Amusement Park

Leadership Shakopee Graduating Class of 2019

  • Jason Haugen
    Canterbury Park
  • Brian Alexander
  • Bryce Hotzler
    Greystone Construction Company
  • Mike Louden
    Mortgage Avenue
  • Tara McNeally
    Shakopee Chevrolet
  • Jenny Ames
    Shakopee Public Schools
  • Elizabeth Duehr
    Shakopee Public Schools
  • Tamara Severtson
    St. Francis Regional Medical Center
  • Raul Rehnborg
    Valleyfair Amusement Park

Leadership Shakopee Graduating Class of 2018

  • Griffin Myslivecek
    All Saints Senior Living
  • Rob Wolf
    Canterbury Park
  • Jason St. George
    Calhoun Companies
  • Aubrey Strong
  • Rose Hullett
  • Heather Gramont
    Land Home Financial Services
  • Meghan Graham
    St. Francis Regional Medical Center
  • Jason Spinosa
  • Tyler Pike
    Western Bank

Leadership Shakopee Graduating Class of 2017

  • Kevin Bonney
    St. Francis Regional Medical Center – Saints Foundation
  • Julie Kay Carr
    Guild Incorporated
  • Nick Christoffer
  • Brad Marcy
  • Becky Mullen
    River Valley YMCA
  • Jennifer Palmer
    Canterbury Park
  • Rodney Southwood
    ​Freight Management Logistics
  • Joe Vaughan
    CAP Agency
  • Sandy Wedmann
    Associated Payroll Services
  • Lizabeth Wemeier
    Thrivent Financial

Leadership Shakopee Graduating Class of 2016

  • Lindsey Puffer
    HomeTown Bank
  • Rhonda Kalal
  • Matt McCormack
    Valleyfair Amusement Park
  • Crystal McNally
    Shakopee Public Schools
  • Megan Menden
    Menden Accounting & Tax Service
  • Craig Swenson
    American Family Insurance – Nick Atkinson & Associates Inc.
  • Molly Warmka
    ​St. Francis Regional Medical Center