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Meet the Engaged Leadership Academy Cohort

Tuesday, August 24, 2021


The Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities (WLTC) 18-month training program wrapped up in July. Along the way, a number of people expressed interest in participating in the next iteration of this program. That enthusiasm showed through in the 37 applications for 20 seats in the upcoming WLTC Engaged Leadership Academy. Though DPI couldn’t accept all of the applicants into the full program, they are offering free registration to all 37 applicants for the upcoming Lead the Way Symposium from the UW-Madison iSchool. Thanks to all of the applicants!

Announcing the lineup for the upcoming WLTC Engaged Leadership Academy. This 20-person cohort includes folks from 12 library systems, serving communities big, small, and in between:

  • Sarah Adam: Vaughn Library (Ashland)
  • Kelly Allen: Oregon Public Library
  • Martha Bauer: Brewer Public Library (Richland Center)
  • Denise Chojnacki: Rhinelander District Library
  • Brandi Cummings: Kenosha Public Library
  • Alejandria Galarza: Kenosha Public Library
  • Julia Heiser: Racine Public Library
  • Svetha Hetzler: Sun Prairie Public Library
  • Rachel Hitt: Black Creek Village Library
  • Kaushalya Iyengar: Town Hall Library (Merton)
  • Hannah Kane: North Shore Library (Glendale)
  • Therese Lyons: Waukesha Public Library
  • Leslie Mehle: Superior Public Library
  • Susie Menk: Manitowoc Public Library
  • Elizabeth O'Hara: Community Library (Salem Lakes)
  • Karli Pederson: Milwaukee Public Library-Central Library
  • Isa Small: L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (Eau Claire)
  • Martha Spangler: Altoona Public Library
  • Christinna Swearingen: Schreiner Memorial Library (Lancaster)
  • Cole Zrostlik: Winding Rivers Library System

The WLTC Engaged Leadership Academy gets started in September and runs to mid-November 2021. Participants will gain confidence in their leadership ability, develop deep listening and facilitation skills, authentically engage their communities, and build skills as change agents within their library and the community it serves.

Keep an eye out for the next big thing out of Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities.

Questions, thoughts, suggestions? Please contact Cindy Fesemyer: or 608-266-8053

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