Become a change agent!

SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy (SVLA) is an exciting and innovative leadership development program that recognizes breakthrough ideas come from passionate individuals.   The academy is committed to inspiring participants to new personal levels which will positively impact participants as individuals, their family and their community.


SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy is a customized and unique leadership program that goes above and beyond studying different leadership styles and community awareness.  The Level 1 program is a comprehensive and innovative nine month opportunity that will change the way participants look at their abilities, community and leadership skills. The Level 2 Academy allows Level 1 graduates to take their new knowledge, insights and perspectives to the next level.

SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy has three grand strategies to inspire change agents:

INSPIRE: SVLA brings new knowledge, ideas and networking opportunities to inspire new perspectives.
CREATE: SVLA introduces new relationships and strategies that will build confidences, direction, aspirations and skills that ignite your leadership passion.
INNOVATE: SVLA fosters and transforms new behaviors and skills to positively impact your life and community.

SVLA does this through action learning, coaching strategies and leadership theories cultivating capacities in the following areas: personal mastery and confidence, emotional intelligence, leadership and followership theory, positive psychology, making positive impacts, happiness and well being, community and youth engagement.

SVLA Project Partners:

Valley County Community Foundation Fund
Valley County Economic Development Board
Ord Area Chamber of Commerce
UNL Extension Central Area IV – Valley County
Ord Public Schools
Arcadia Public Schools
Blue Egg Leadership Institute
Sherwood Foundation
Don & Artice Fells Fund, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation


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A combined total of 44 participants are currently registered for the Level 1 and Level 2 2014-2015 Academies. The Level 1 Academy will begin in September 2014 and the Level 2 Academy will begin in October 2014.

For the past two years, the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce has offered five, $200 scholarships for Chamber representatives participating in the Level 1 Academy. 2014-2015 Chamber scholarship recipients include Wes Sell (Sell Service, Inc.), Laura Pokorny (Bank First), Jason Grover (Ord Grocery Kart), Kimberly Royle (Total Images) and Marianne Stevens (Heartland Youth Ranch). The Ord Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recognizes the importance of leadership development and is excited to see how SVLA will empower and inspire the local business community.




The first Academy began in September 2013. The success of the Academy can be attributed to the generous Project Partners (listed above) and Session Sponsors:

2013-2014 Session Sponsors:

Gregory Jensen, Attorney at Law
Premier Pump & Well
Good Life Health Services, Inc.
Rick’s Electric, Inc.
Turf Pro Sprinkler Cmopany
Wadas, Inc.
Janie Zadina
Dana F. Cole & Company, LLP
Sell Service, Inc.
Springdale Title & Realty, Inc.
Valley County Economic Development (Endowment)
Ord Area Chamber of Commerce
Valley County Community Foundation Fund

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For more information, contact any of the following program coordinators:

Dahn Hagge
HomeTown Competitiveness Director
Valley County Economic Development & Valley County Community Foundation Fund
(308) 728-7875

Kristina Foth
Assistant Chamber Director
Valley County Economic Development & Ord Area Chamber of Commerce
(308) 728-7875

Kayla Hinrichs
UNL Extension Educator
UNL Extension – Valley County
(308) 728-5071

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