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.  This comprehensive and innovative program is a nine month opportunity that will change the way participants look at their abilities, community and leadership skills.

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.

We do this through action learning, coaching strategies and leadership theories cultivating your 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.

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The 2nd Academy will begin in September 2014.  You can download the 2014-2015 application here.

Each Academy has a maximum of 30 participants.  In order to take advantage of the early-bird tuition rate, submit your application prior to March 3, 2014.  The final application deadline is June 2, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  Applications will be reviewed by a small panel of SVLA Committee members and the SVLA Leadership Coach (all information is kept confidential).

First year participants who are also a representative of an Ord Area Chamber business or organization are eligible to receive a $200 scholarship.  The scholarship application can be downloaded here.  The scholarship application deadline is June 2, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.




The first Academy began in September 2013. The success of the Academy can be attributed to the generous project partners and sponsors:

Project Partners:

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

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

2013-2014 SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy Schedule
Opportunities to Support SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy 


For continuous updates before and during the leadership academy, follow the SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy on Facebook.

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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