Leadership Development

The Leadership Development Wabash County program invites young professionals and emerging leaders to become resourceful stewards of the community. Over 200 Wabash County leaders have graduated from the LDWC program and continue to serve on local boards, enhance the companies they work for, serve in government positions and ultimately grown as individuals.

This is a program that commands commitment of time and relies heavily on a diverse group of participants from throughout the Wabash County community. It takes participants from business (all sizes), education, government, community organizations, and healthcare.

Those interested in participating in LDWC will benefit from the program’s objectives including:

  • Learning new leadership skills
  • Creating community awareness
  • Team building
  • Creating stewardship opportunities
  • Fostering a community vision
  • Best Practice business ethics
Join the incredible LDWC network and register for the 2021-2022 cohort set to begin in October 2021!
2021-2022 LDWC Schedule

The LDWC 2021-2022 will meet on the third Thursday of every month from October 2021 - May 2022 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) at various locations across Wabash County. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 21 - White's Residential & Family Services
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 - Community Foundation of Wabash County
  • Thursday, Dec. 16 - Heartland Career Center
  • Thursday, Jan. 20 - Ford Meter Box
  • Thursday, Feb 17 - Honeywell Center - NOTE: The LDWC cohort will meet at 7:30 a.m. on this day to attend Grow Wabash County's State of Our Communities event at the Honeywell Center.
  • Thursday, March 17 - Manchester University
  • Thursday, April 21 - Grow Wabash County / Honeywell House
  • Thursday, May 19 - GRADUATION
LDWC Program Curriculum

The Leadership Development Wabash County curriculum consists of several facets meant to not only educate participants on topics and issues relevant to leadership, but to also encourage them to examine and better understand their own personal leadership strengths and styles. The program also helps these emerging leaders make important connections to people, places and resources in Wabash County to help them find success. 

Grow Wabash County is thrilled to partner with Indiana University Kokomo to bring a fresh, relevant slate of professors into the program to speak on topics such as emotional intelligence, implicit bias, conflict resolution and public speaking. 


Participants are required to complete two self assessments during this program: DISC and StrengthsFinder to better inform the group of each leaders' strengths, challenges and opportunities. Links and instructions for those assessments will be sent to the participants by the facilitators ahead of time.

It is important for all participants to complete the assessments within the expected timeframes to ensure that the facilitators have ample time to compile and prepare the results and better inform the instruction connected to those assessments.

Nonprofit Project Submission

Every participant will be placed in a group with fellow LDWC classmates to plan, prepare and execute a community service program that addresses a need or concern in Wabash County. Each group is required to complete 250 hours of community service related to this project over the course of 8 months. Each group will present on their community service projects at graduation in May

Wabash County nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit a project or need that would benefit from a LDWC community service group lending a helping hand. Organizations may do so by calling 260-563-5258 or by emailing Grow Wabash County at info@growwabashcounty.com.

Reading Assignments

In addition to completing a community service project, each group will be assigned a book that covers a topic related to leadership. Groups will be scheduled to present on their assigned books at various times throughout the program. 



Tuition for the 2021-2022 cohort is $485 for GWC Investors and $585 for the General public

Tuition includes all related course materials and meals and refreshments provided during these monthly sessions.

Register for LDWC 2021-2022

Jim Smith Scholarship

 Grow Wabash County will award one LDWC participant the Jim Smith Scholarship Award which will cover the full tuition for the 2021-2022 program. 

Apply for the Jim Smith Scholarship.