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Ten complete leadership programs at Citizens

CLA Grads left to right: Tanya Hillesheim, Joan Forstner, Nicole Anderson, Judy Hahn, Laura Franta and Sarah Seifert
CLC Grads left to right: Denise Fischer, Ashley Eckstein, Kay Meinzer and Lori Dummer

NEW ULM — Citizens Bank Minnesota is pleased to announce that ten staff members have completed the Citizens Leadership Program. The program, which includes Citizens Leadership Academy and Citizens Leadership Course, was developed to grow leadership skills as well as develop personal and professional growth.

The Citizens Leadership Academy (CLA) is an internal two-year program that was developed to prepare staff to take on leadership roles in the organization as opportunities arise. The Bank looks for individuals who have a commitment to Citizens, and also have a desire to achieve extraordinary accomplishments through a leadership role. In 2019, six completed the program: Nicole Anderson, Joan Forstner, Laura Franta, Judy Hahn, Tanya Hillesheim, and Sarah Seifert. Anderson, Loan Processor/Administrative Assistant, LaSalle Branch, has 8 years with the Bank; Forstner, Systems Operator/Bookkeeper, has 15 years with the Bank; Franta, Sr. Client Service Representative, has 4 years with the Bank; Hahn, Loan Processor/Administrative Assistant, has 14 years with the Bank; Hillesheim, Loan Processor/Administrative Assistant, has 5 years with the Bank, and Seifert, Digital Marketing Coordinator, has 7 years with the Bank.

The Citizens Leadership Course (CLC) is an internal one-year program that was developed to prepare staff to take on leadership roles within their department as opportunities arise. The Bank looks for individuals who have a commitment to Citizens, and have a desire to take on more responsibilities within their current departments. In 2019, four completed the program: Lori Dummer, Ashley Eckstein, Denise Fischer, and Kay Meinzer. Dummer, Marketing Assistant, has 4 years with the Bank; Eckstein, Systems Operator/Bookkeeper, has 6 years with the Bank; Fischer, Insurance Agent/Administrative Assistant, has 2 ½ years with Citizens Agency; and Meinzer, Personal Banker, has 6 years with the Bank.

Currently, there are 17 staff members in the Citizens Leadership Academy who will complete their programs at year-end 2020.

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