"I had the opportunity to attend the Converse County Leadership Institute several years ago, and since then I have recommended it to multiple people as an amazing professional development option," says Lisa Thalken, an alumnus of the program.

Class participants are being sought for the 2018 Leadership Institute of Converse County. The six-month program begins January 19 and runs through June. Classes are held once a month at the library in Douglas. The Leadership Institute is offered as a partnership between The Enterprise and the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service.

"The topics discussed were practical and relevant to challenges faced in the workplace and there were multiple opportunities given to apply what we learned," says Thalken. "I also appreciated that we got to tour different organizations and businesses in the community and get a better understanding of the challenges and successes that are current to Converse County government and the economy. This training helped make me a better community leader and a better citizen."

Class graduate Kim Pexton says, "Not really knowing what to expect of the leadership class I was really pleased with what I learned from the guest presenters and field trips. Leadership skills, community organizations and government entities were presented to the class. But most importantly, I feel I learned my leadership style, skills and how to work better with other leaders."