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Professional Development

Future Hartford is a leadership skill development program sponsored by the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce. Enrolled candidates, identified as emerging leaders within their company, are prepared to serve in a leadership capacity at work as well as public and community positions throughout the greater Hartford area. They receive continuous learning and in-depth exposure to important aspects of the community through a series of program days on the second Friday of each month, September through May.

Through a partnership with Moraine Park Technical College, the program days have covered such business-related educational topics as conflict resolution, running effective meetings, business ethics, effective communication and time management, energizing the workplace, dealing with change and mentoring. Candidates are also introduced to area business leaders through a series of site visits and discussions as part of each program day.

For a complete program day schedule and additional information, please contact us.


Future Hartford Leadership

Future Hartford is a leadership skill development program sponsored by the Hartford Area Chamber. Enrolled candidates will discover their leadership style while learning about the community and developing skills needed to succeed.

This is accomplished through a series of program days, held the second Friday of the month, September through May.   Each program day also begins with an educational session on various business-related topics facilitated by MPTC. Candidates also participate in a group project to benefit a non-profit agency or cause in the Hartford area.

To date, more than 80 candidates have graduated from the Future Hartford Leadership Program that began in 2002.
For more information, click the links to obtain a copies of:  Overview & Application, Scholarship or Group Project information.


  Program Schedule

  • September – Program Kickoff
  • October – History, Culture & Community
  • November – Business
  • December – Human Services
  • January – Health Systems
  • February – Education
  • March – Law & Government
  • April – Environment
  • May  – Graduation
   Leadership Curriculum

Each program day also begins with an educational session on various business-related topics facilitated by MPTC. Past topics have included:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Running an Effective Meeting
  • Business Ethics
  • Improving Communications
  • Effective Time Management
  • Managing Change
  • Mentoring and Recognizing Others for Results
Agencies Served by the Candidates of the Future Hartford Leadership Program

  • Hartford Cares Day of Service – Class of 2014
  • Project Graduation — Class of 2013
  • LinkedIn seminar for the Hartford Area Chamber – Class of 2012
  • Family Promise of Washington County – Class of 2011
  • B.E.S.T. Scholarship Fund & Hartford Foundation – Class of 2010
  • Future Hartford Alumni Association – Class of 2009
  • Kick Ball Tournament – Class of 2008
  • Washington Heights – Class of 2007
  • Past, Present & Future Projects – Class of 2006
  • HUHS Alumni Basketball Tournament – Class of 2005
  • Lock-In at the Hartford Park & Rec Center – Class of 2004
  • Future Hartford Leadership Program Evaluation & Assessment – Class of 2003

The class of 2017, marks the 15th year of the Future Hartford program, and Hartford joins many communities in Wisconsin and throughout the United States that have recognized the need to replenish leadership pools in their communities.
Congratulations Graduates! 

Future Hartford Leadership Class of 2017

pictured left to right: Katie Olsen Tis the Season, Roxanne Fassbender Grand Avenue Dental Care, Heather Przybylski History Center of Washington County, Steve Volkert City of Hartford, Joe Broadfoot First Bank Financial Center, Sue Wendt Legendary Whitetails, Jana Danay Hartford Union High School, Jon Duhr Hartford Union High School (not pictured: Lisa Jensen United Way of Washington County)  



Chamber Ambassadors

Erin Wilk, Grand Avenue Dental Care – Chair
John Schumacher, First National Bank – Vice-Chair
Jerry Falkenstein, Hartford Lions Club
Allana Gonzalez, RE/MAX Insight
Anna Jensen
Martha Kolins, Associated Bank
Carol Sasse, Shorewest
Ken Schultz, Coldwell Banker Home Sales Realty
Pamela Stoiber, The Threshold Inc.
Debi Vachalek, Conley Media
Gerald Ziega, Allenton Promotion

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