Testimonials

Dr. Pam Lange, BHSSC Director of Development and Grant Management

“Leadership SD has provided me with the opportunity to not only develop a cohort of friends of up-and-coming leaders throughout the state, but also has opened my eyes to the wealth of opportunity available in all industries in our state.”

Suzanne Stluka, SDSU Extension Food & Families Program Director

“I came into the program looking forward to the professional development aspects, and while those have been excellent, the opportunities made available to me as a leader to network, diagnose real SD problems and create solutions with my peers is what I carry back to my office, and team, after each and every session.”

Brian Sandvig, Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc

“From the foothills of Crazy Horse Monument to the factory floors of Brookings’ premier manufacturers, and everywhere in between, Leadership SD provides unprecedented access to some of our state’s greatest resources: past, present, and future.”

Dana Dykhouse, CEO, First PREMIER Bank

"Leadership South Dakota promises to provide its participants with the opportunity to see places that few people have seen, meet people that most people want to meet and learn skills that will help them lead in the future. First Premier Bank is a proud sponsor of this program."

Jeff Erickson, Spectrum Financial

"In reviewing the Leadership South Dakota Program, I believe it is just what the young leaders in our state need. It will be a great experience for the participants to learn about South Dakota's history, and in turn help shape our state's future. However, the best part of this program will be the opportunity to meet other leaders from all over our great state. I believe the friendships developed by the participants will be priceless."

Jen Ford Reedy, President, Bush Foundation

"The Bush Foundation is delighted to support Leadership South Dakota. The future of the state rests in the hands of its people. We believe that getting more people better equipped and better networked to lead change is one of the most critical strategies for ensuring our region’s strength and prosperity."

Stephanie Judson, President, South Dakota Community Foundation

“Leadership South Dakota will be an opportunity for emerging leaders to learn how South Dakotans have overcome challenges in the past and see first hand the hurdles we face today... We also hope they will emerge from the seven sessions with a deeper desire to use their talents and resources to find innovative solutions to challenges within our borders.”

Mike Begemen, Executive Chief of Staff & V.P. Public Affairs, Sanford Health

"Sanford Health is excited to support the Leadership South Dakota Program. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to invest in our communities and state than to assist in building the “bench” of future leadership. Leadership South Dakota will provide that opportunity to individuals across our state who aspire to make a difference and I look forward to being part of this important effort. "

Mark Shlanta, CEO, SDN Communications

“Leadership often gets misinterpreted as bold and loud. When in fact, leadership must start with listening and learning. It’s those elements that we, at SDN, most appreciate about Leadership South Dakota. The program takes a comprehensive approach to South Dakota’s history, culture and economy to develop true leaders for our future.”