Shankland selected as Henry Toll Fellow for 2013
Written by Stevens Point Journal Media
Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the class of 2013.
The Toll Fellowship Program, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, Toll Fellows brings 48 officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., for a six-day, five-night “intellectual boot camp.”
This year’s program will be held from Aug. 16 to 21.
“I believe early leadership training is critical for me as I grow as a leader, and this out-of-the-box, intellectual boot camp that awaits me will be both rewarding and edifying,” Shankland said in a news release.
The program’s agenda includes a lineup of speakers and sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing networking and relationship-building opportunities.
“Serving as a state legislator is a great honor and I take my job very seriously,” Shankland said.
“I will leverage any opportunity for personal and professional growth to directly benefit my constituents. Considering the political climate in Wisconsin, I especially look forward to learning more about building coalitions and growing consensus, both of which are skills I believe would best serve my constituency.”
The 48 Toll Fellows in the class of 2013 represent 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch of state government, four in the judiciary and nine from the executive. A 13-member committee of state leaders reviewed a record number of applications to select the class.
“Individually, these leaders have a proven track record of accomplishing great things; collectively, they represent the future leadership of the states,” said David Adkins, CSG’s executive director and CEO.