Celebrating the Leadership Development of the 30th Leadership Duluth graduating class.

On June 21, the Chamber celebrated the graduation of the 30th Leadership Duluth class. The class completed the 11-month leadership development program that focuses on educating participants about Duluth’s cultural and business history, along with current issues facing the region. Leadership Duluth class members committed to one full day of leadership training per month throughout the […]

Driven by Passion: The Damiano Center’s Kid’s Kitchen Gets an Extreme Makeover

Leadership Duluth class members Dana Kazel, Kelly Blindauer, Scottie Gardonio, Troy Hendrickson, Dale Hoff, Jeffrey Kazel, Kate Kucinski, Kelly Lussier, Elizabeth Socha and Emily Wartman have been working very hard on giving the Damiano Center’s Kid’s Kitchen an extreme makeover. The Kid’s Kitchen offers nutritional meals in a safe and supervised environment for 400-500 children […]


Upon moving back to my hometown in 2010, my experience in the Leadership Duluth program was absolutely invaluable. Though I grew up in Duluth, I learned so much about the heart and humble beginnings of our great city which, in and of itself, created a foundational understanding of the professional world we all live and work in today. Not only did I create a network of fellow professionals I know I can rely on at any moment, I also created a network of lasting friendships.

- Charity Rupp – 2011 Graduate , STARBASE Duluth