Members of the 37th class of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls (LSF) program, including Davenport Evans lawyer Brooke N. Schmidt (shown second row center), graduated on Wednesday, May 3.
Michael L. Wyland addressed the graduates and their guests, encouraging them to pursue excellence in their service to the community. Wyland is the co-founder of Sumption & Wyland, which specializes in nonprofit board governance, executive coaching and strategic planning. He has presented at Leadership Sioux Falls sessions for more than 20 years, discussing the nonprofit sector and volunteer leadership.
The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce has facilitated Leadership Sioux Falls as a community development program for 37 years. It is designed to meet the need for active participation of informed and dedicated community leaders. Main objectives of the program are: to inform and motivate participants by providing information on community resources; to identify community issues and challenges; to interact with other community leaders; and to gain a sense of community trusteeship.
Thirty-seven individuals, including Davenport Evans Employment lawyer Brooke Schmidt, were selected to comprise the 37th class of the Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls program. Class participants, who represented a variety of businesses, industries and non-profit agencies, spent eight months learning about our community and honing their personal leadership skills.
LSF class sessions are held monthly from October through May at various times and locations in the community. Session topics change over the years to mirror the current issues, challenges and opportunities in the Sioux Falls area. Core topics include economic development, public safety, human services, healthcare, education, non-profit volunteerism and quality of life issues.
The quality of the participants is the true strength of the Leadership Sioux Falls program. They represent the public and private sectors, and civic and community organizations in the Sioux Falls area. This year’s participants were selected from more than 70 applications.
Applications for the 38th class, which will begin in October, will be available on the Chamber’s website in June 2023.
Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is one of the State’s largest law firms. The firm’s attorneys provide business and litigation counsel to individuals and corporate clients in a variety of practice areas. For more information about Davenport Evans, visit www.dehs.com