OUR MISSION


‚ÄčThe mission of Leadership Portage County is to provide unique insights into Portage County; explore and develop various styles, theories and examples of leadership; to provide opportunities to build relationships and networks; and to serve as a catalyst for volunteerism and positive change in Portage County.


I am so honored to be a part of this fantastic organization. Joining in it's 25th year has been very exciting for me. I have chosen to live and raise my family here in Portage County. I grew up in Shalersville, lived for many years in Kent and now reside in Aurora. I decided several years ago that if I was going to live here, it was up to me to work to make this place the best place to be. I am extremely pleased to be leading this group where I feel that my efforts are being multiplied as I teach others all about the place that I have called home my whole life. 

Kurt E. Ruehr MBA, Executive Director

Leadership Portage County is committed to :

  • Identifying and developing individuals in Portage County who have leadership potential and interest which would positively contribute to the economic, business, governmental, educational, cultural, social, and civic development of the county;

  • Stimulating an increased interest in and a commitment to community involvement;

  • Assisting individuals to become actively involved on various committees, boards, and task forces concerned with community betterment;

  • Providing a network of human resources available to each program graduate to be applied in his or her future leadership endeavors.