Leadership South Dakota announces 11th class

By Plainsman Staff
Posted 5/25/24

Angela Rans of Huron among class

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Leadership South Dakota announces 11th class


Leadership South Dakota is excited to announce the 40 individuals participating in this year’s program. This group of South Dakotans will kick off the organization’s 11th Class when it meets in Pierre this September. The comprehensive, statewide program engages citizens from across the state and provides participants with the background, unique experiences, and insights necessary to be successful in leadership positions.

Among the participants in the next Leadership South Dakota class is Angela Rans of Huron. 

“This year’s class is full of incredible leaders. Our selection committee had to choose from an impressive list of nearly 80 folks from across South Dakota and they did a great job,” said Leadership South Dakota Executive Director John Meyer. “The team and I are anxious to get started with this class in September, and I personally am excited for Year Two at the helm of this important organization,” added Meyer.

Leadership South Dakota helps homegrown leaders expand their knowledge of the state. From Brookings to Rapid City and many unique places in between, participants learn from extraordinary people who have contributed to the fabric of South Dakota. In the program, the 2025 class members will gain leadership skills, helping them shape the future of the state.

The organization’s values of Discover, Connect, and Do reflect the goals of each program participant discovering something new about themselves and their state, connecting with their classmates and fellow South Dakota leaders they hear from. Students commit to action at the end of the program as a result of what they saw and learned in their Leadership South Dakota experience.

Participants were selected from diverse occupations and locations throughout the state by a selection committee. During the program, the Class of 2025 will travel to a new area of the state each session and gain valuable insight on topics specific to that region while hearing from leaders about the challenges, opportunities, and successes they have encountered on their journeys.