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Prom Season with The Leadership Center

Each year, during Prom season, we have lots of people come out to take pictures on our bridge and on our property. It’s always so fun to see the kids all dressed up and ready for a fun evening. On a lot of the prom nights, we also get to cook for them too! This […]

What inspired Stride Conference.

If you’re an avid reader of TLC blogs, then you may know how much I love our Summer Food Service Program. I love having the opportunity to serve and get to know kids in the Aurora community each summer. This past summer was my second year taking part in the program and as you may […]

A Harvest Gala of Gratitude & Hope

This year’s Gala was nothing short of beautiful. The air was filled with hope, happiness, and overwelming gratitude. Given that we are in the midst of a pandemic, we made great efforts to offer a celebratory but safe event to all who chose to attend in person, participated through Zoom, or picking up their meals […]

What’s With All the Origami Cranes?

The 6th Annual Harvest Gala was bedecked with over 2500 origami paper cranes. Why? Have you met me (Maile)? Actually, let me share with you how we arrived at the origami paper crane. The NVAF Board of Directors had a Zoom meeting to decide whether or not we would go forward with hosting the Harvest […]

The Digital Divide

There’s no question that this year has been tough for a lot of people- parents, students, and anyone in between. As a student myself, I can say that these past two semesters have been weird, and like most students, I’ve had to make many adjustments. During the spring semester, moving from in-person to online class, […]

The Covid Consideration & Our Harvest Gala

It’s Harvest Gala time this year. We have struggled on whether we should go forward with this year’s fundraiser or not given the pandemic. After some serious deliberation and consideration, we have decided to go forward with it. We are doing so with careful thought as to how to accommodate social distancing and other safety […]

What You Tell Yourself, Matters.

Have you ever wondered what that little voice in your head actually sounds like? Does it have a squeaky voice? Maybe a low tone, a high pitch or a nasally sound? It could be the same as your actual voice. You’ll never know what your thought’s voice sounds like. Regardless of how it sounds, the […]

TLC’s Playlist per Elizabeth

I wanted to share what it’s like to work at a non-profit and more specifically, The Leadership Center. All work environments are unique and TLC is no exception. It’s a fun place to work where you learn something new every day. Instead of just listing what my experience has been like, I thought I would […]

Flex That Empathy Muscle

Yeah, flex that empathy muscle! It’s the one that matters the most. The more we use it, the stronger it gets, the stronger our relationships get and our connections to one another become more genuine. The world could use a lot more of it right now. Empathy is “the ability to understand and share the […]

I have lived in Nebraska my entire life, yet I only learned about the city of Aurora a year and a half ago when I applied for my internship at The Leadership Center. I grew up in eastern Nebraska right by the Nebraska-Iowa border, but I was still super surprised that I had never heard […]

We Might Be Your Space

We love our property. Especially in the fall. The colors, the leaves, all of it. It’s just beautiful. Have you visited us lately? There is a strong chance that when you read that last question, you rolled your eyes. Then thought, “How about Covid-19, Maile?” I can understand that. Let’s talk about the Covid-19 Consideration […]

New Fall & Winter Meals Out the Door Menu

It’s getting cooler outside, so it’s time to put out the Fall & Winter Meals Out the Door menu. We have taken out salads and added soups with dinner rolls. We also added back chili with the new addition of cinnamon rolls! Check out our newest menu here. Meals Out the Door are a great […]

What’s Happening at TLC

Because of the pandemic, this year has looked a lot different for The Leadership Center. There were many months where the center was pretty empty, as events and programs had been canceled. Since I’ve been back at the center, it’s been getting busier as time goes by, which makes me super excited for the upcoming […]

Be Where Your Feet Are

This past summer I remember listening to a song, you may have heard it too if you continually browse the country radio stations when the aux cord isn’t working. You know, that one song where the chorus goes “I’m thinking once I learn to grow right where I’m planted, maybe that’s when life starts getting […]

The 6th Annual Havest Gala

We are hosting our Harvest Gala on November 21, 2020. Join us for our favorite night of the year! The Harvest Gala will feature delicious food, some grown right here at The Leadership Center. Attendees will be treated to wine from James Arthur Vineyards and beer from Prairie Pride Brewery. We will also have the […]

The Bicknase Whipple Wedding

This past weekend, we had the privilege of being the host location for the wedding and reception of Erika Bicknase & Teryl Whipple. It was such a joy. Originally scheduled for June, due to Covid-19, Erika & Teryl worked with our team to make all the necessary adjustments to make it happen this past Saturday. […]


How your life feels, is more important than how it looks. It’s very easy to pick out other people’s flaws and faults, but are you able to criticize yourself, or are you always focused on what other people are doing wrong? Pointing out our own flaws is much more difficult than looking into each other’s […]

Hospitality in a Changing World

This year has been rough, to say the least. Because of the pandemic, we have seen changes that will be in effect for a long time, if not altogether transforming our social and societal ways. From the way we work to the way we interact with each other, we have seen so many changes. One […]

TLC Feature: The Island

The Leadership Center has some pretty fun things on property and the island is one of them. You can get to it by walking out to the pond and crossing the bridge. While it’s not an actual island (which would be kind of cool), it’s a fun part of the property where guests have the […]

An Idea That Became a Reality

Back in 2015, Jessica Brondel reached out to me to ask if I would consider being a presenter at the first Northwest High School Career & College Fair. Of course, the answer was a resounding yes! Early on the morning of November 23, 2015, Micheala and I loaded up the car with materials for a […]

The Gift of Time

Hey, haven’t seen you in six months. Yeah, it’s been six months since I’ve been back. I thought I’d give you a little insight as to what I’ve been up to. I was a wide-eyed student sitting in class with my peers when we got the message saying we would no longer meet in person […]

2020 Summer Food Service Program

This was our third year of offering our Summer Food Service Program. Given the current state of the world, we found that this program was needed more than ever. Unable to go through our traditional channels given Covid-19 set-backs and guidelines, we were uncertain that we would be able to offer our community this service […]

2020 Go Big Give Wrap Up

I doubt there is anyone out there that would argue that 2020 has been quite the year. With the numerous challenges we all have encountered, I am blown away by the immense kindness and support we have seen this year.  This year’s Go Big Give fundraiser is no different. This year’s Go Big Give Campaign […]

The Aurora Farmer’s Market

Hi, friends. We have long been known for our delicious food. A couple of years ago, we were able to obtain a catering license for our kitchen because of how we were inspected, changed. Then a little over a year ago, we began offering our Delectable Creations classes through our D4LC program which gave creation […]

We are OPEN!

It has been a few very long months, friends. A feeling we know, we are not alone in feeling. According to the news though, we can begin to go out and about again. You know what that means? The Leadership Center is open! We couldn’t be more excited to have guests back in our building […]

Looking Forward…

I am not sure if we are in week 9 or 10 of the Covid-19 days, but as states slowly begin to re-open, we here at The Leadership Center, are looking forward to opening our doors again to our guests. Whenever that is. But what does that look like? Good question. This is a challenge […]

Making the Best of Quarantine

If I told you that this whole Covid-19 social distancing thing was my jam, I would be lying. Big time! While, in truth, as I have gotten older, I have become a bit of an introvert. Yet in my daily work, I am surrounded by people, serving people. So I still get people time. We […]

Happy Hour

Hi, friends. We’re well into the practice of social distancing. Students aren’t in school. Many are working from home. We are all finding ourselves spending more time in our homes and away from our offices, our friends, and our clients. IT’S HARD! We’ve had quite a bit of success with our morning coffee via Zoom. […]

Coffee & Chat

Hello! Like you, we here at The Leadership Center, are adjusting to our “new normal.” What does that mean? For us, it means, a lot of phone calls and emails. It means cooking a number of Meals Out the Doors orders and doing delivery*. It means that we are still giving tours (mostly virtual), answer guests questions […]

My Summer Reflections

This nice weather has me dreaming about the warm, sunny days that are quickly approaching. It also has me thinking about last summer and wanting to reflect on what I learned throughout the three months I was at the center. As a general intern, I had the opportunity to work on a large variety of […]

Go Big Give

It’s almost that time of the year! Go Big Give takes place on May 7th, so it’s about two months away. We have some pretty cool content that we plan to share the months leading up to the event, so make sure to keep an eye on our social media accounts. If you have never […]

February 2020 Eblast

Go Big Give The  Leadership Center is participating in this year’s Go Big Give event. Go Big Give is a 24-hour online event where you can donate to your favorite non-profits in four counties throughout Nebraska. It will be held on Thursday, May 7th. This year, we are raising funds for our Summer Food Program, […]

A Key to Creativity

There is a common belief that you are either a creative person or are not. It’s something you are born with and it’s not something you can learn. I too thought this was the case. Now, well into my junior year of college, I have changed how I think about creativity. I am currently taking […]

The ABC’s of TLC

A- Agriculture Reading about the past and present of TLC, you’ll learn about the importance of agriculture to the non-profit. B- Big Boppers These are the ice cream cookie sandwiches TLC has. Need I say more? C- Community My favorite way that we got involved in the community last summer was our Summer Food Program. […]

Instagram’s Impact

I’m sure most people who are reading this have, or at least have heard of, Instagram. Instagram was created in 2010 and has over 1 billion monthly users. About 25 million of those are business. According to Kristi Kellog, a writer for the Search Engine Journal, “200 million Instagram users visit at least one business […]


When I looked up the definition of “Vulnerable”, the Merriam-Webster dictionary says it is “capable of being physically or emotionally wounded.” What the dictionary didn’t say was that once we open ourselves up to possibility being hurt or wounded, we can come back emotionally stronger. We can also better empathize with others by sharing deep, […]


I’m over the moon and I’m not coming down. The Leaderships Center’s D4LC program just launched two new camps for this summer! -Camp Traverse -Navigate Day Camp These two camps offer young leaders the opportunity to grow through their experiences and learn what makes themselves unique while having a leader’s perspective. Staff of The Leadership […]

Another New and Fun D4LC Experience

This past Friday and Saturday I had the opportunity to sit in and experience our FLEET program for the first time. For those who are unfamiliar, “FLEET is our advanced leadership program tailored to students seeking progression in interviewing skills and capstone award recognition.  Initially, it was designed for youth and young adults who are […]

2019 Wrap-Up

As I wrap up my time in the office, I have been reflecting back on 2019. It has been quite the year full of lots of ups and downs, both professionally and personally. So many things happened this year that helped make this one of the best years yet. The beginning of the year wasn’t […]

A Little TLC Christmas Fun

  This past Sunday, the team here at The Leadership Center took some time to celebrate the holiday season together. While it snowed outside, together, we watched the classic, Christmas Vacation. Oh, did we laugh and laugh some more while we enjoyed popcorn and hot cocoa. Once the movie concluded, we partook in a new […]

Intern Wrap-Up

Overall Experience  This semester was a lot different than this summer. Instead of working in Aurora (with the exception of some weekends), Abby and I have worked in an office in downtown Lincoln. It’s a really great space; the people are nice, it’s quiet, and there’s a coffee shop next door. It was a little […]

5th Annual Harvest Gala Wrap Up

Micheala and I always enjoy planning the Harvest Gala. It’s a long, but fun process which usually starts with a little unexpected inspiration. This year’s conversation started after we recieved a wedding invitation from a former teammate. We loved the font and the simplicity of the entire invitation. That led us to the inspiration wormhole […]

Harvest Gala Fundraiser

On Friday, November 22, I headed over to Aurora for the weekend. I made a couple stops along the way to pick up cakes for the auction.  Once I arrived, I went inside and saw the room for the first time. You know that picture of the cat that sees a Christmas tree for the […]

Coffee, avocados and ?

It might be cliché to post something about thankfulness right after Thanksgiving and during the Holiday season. I’m not here to lecture you to be thankful “not just on Thanksgiving, but every day.” (I’ve seen this plastered on social media lately.) While that might be true, what does practicing thankfulness look like on a daily […]

D4LC Hits the Road

I always love when I get an email or call from a teacher asking me to come fill in for a class. While I love the work I do on property at The Leadership Center, taking to the road and spending time with students is always a welcome opportunity. Today’s adventure was just a few […]


This year has posed some challenges for us at The Leadership Center. Some were welcomed and others pressed us to get creative with our thinking and our actions. Saying this, we fully realize we aren’t the only ones who have seen challenges this year. Mother Nature leading the charge in this area with blizzards, wind […]


Integrity “Knowing what’s right and doing what’s right.” These words have echoed through my head during my elementary days. At least once a month, our counselor would bring out these behemoth, laminated key-lookin’ things and have us repeat sayings for each word on the different keys. Looking back, I always thought it was just another […]

Handling Holiday Stress

The holiday season can be stressful, in more ways than one. The planning and to-do lists can become overwhelming. For college kids, like myself and Abby, the holiday season is also finals season. That means a lot of coffee, all-nighters, and stress. Just thinking about how stressful it will be stresses me out… With that […]

Giving During the Holiday Season

It’s now November, which means that the holiday season is right around the corner. The holiday season can bring so much fun and joy.  It’s “the most wonderful time of the year” for many- but that’s not the case for everyone. Giving is important year-round, but it can especially make a difference for many during […]

The Spooktacular was spectacular.

This past October, we hosted our 5th Annual Spooktacular Dash & Bash in partnership with the Edgerton Explorit Center and the Aurora Parent Teacher Board. This year, we had over 30 participants between the 5k and the Kids Fun Run. It’s our biggest attendance yet. The weather was beautiful. Participants enjoyed new courses, great views, […]

What’s “Favor”able For Guests

Weddings are a magical event that highlights love, happiness and joy. It’s memorable not just for the bride and groom, but for their guests. Guests have the honor of celebrating that love and experiencing that joy. Those things create a lasting memory in guests’ minds for years to come, but it’s important to send your […]


There I was, getting ready to go to Grandma’s house for our tradition of Sunday night suppers. I remember DREAMING about those mashed potatoes drowning in dad’s gravy. I can just smell the crispy onions on the green bean casserole. My mouth is watering thinking about Grandma’s pot roast. Oh, and don’t even get me […]

Join us for the Harvest Gala & More

It’s hard to believe that the tradition of the Harvest Gala started five years ago. Goodness, we’ve had so much fun and raised funds to do so much incredible work such as: Reroof Ted Ward Lodge after being damaged in a hail and wind storm. Replacing outside lighting around the buildings. Installing outside lights by […]

Teammates Wanted.

We are looking for a couple new teammates to join us at The Leadership Center. Are you it? We call ourselves the Hospitalityc Authority. Beyond feeling like that first word might be made up, you might be a little intrigued. What does “hospitalityc” mean? Here is our definition: adjective\ hos·pi·tal·i·tyc \ˌhäs-pə-ˈta-lə-tik\ the activity of providing food, meeting space, lodging, […]

Harvest Gala Fundraiser Update

As of October 19, there are 35 days until TLC’s Harvest Gala Fundraiser, which takes place on November 23. We have gathered quite a bit of live and silent auction items for the event. For the silent auction, we have various packages, along with individual items. The packages include: -Bourbon -Family Lincoln Day -Grilling -Spa […]

Bona Fide

Here are some quick stats on me and my social media: Instagram: 757 followers   Twitter: 436 followers Facebook: 652 friends By looking at these numbers, it looks like I have quite a few friendships with a lot of different people. But none of those number mean anything. They don’t have any significant meaning. What really […]

The Freedom of Forgiveness

Leymah Gbowee was born in Liberia in 1972. In 1989, the country broke into war. She was forced to flee the country with her family but later returned to assist others. She was a trauma counselor and a leader in many organizations such as Women in Peacebuilding Network and Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She later […]

What Are You Grateful For?

My favorite class of the semester is Identifying and Exploring Entrepreneurship Opportunities. There are a lot of reasons this class is my favorite; one of them being the teaching method that my professor uses. It’s not the typical “read the textbook, memorize the material, and then take an exam” course. Instead of textbooks, my professor […]

Intern Update

Since it’s been almost a month since I started as one of the Fall Interns, I thought I would give an update of everything that I have been working on. One of the more constant tasks that I was assigned is to write a blog every Friday. I was out of the office all of […]

What Gets Me Out Of Bed Everyday?

Coffee. Every morning, I wake up excited to drink my coffee. On a normal day, its Folgers 100% Colombian Medium Dark Roast. On special days, it’s a large Americano, no cream. On days when I’m feeling really fancy, it’s a cold brew with two pumps of sugar free vanilla and a splash of cream. Some […]

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Have you ever wondered what causes a team to be successful? Or, have you ever been a part of a team that failed miserably and you have no idea why? The answer to both of these questions resorts back to one concept: team culture. “Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they’ll find […]

Can’t Forget the Men

When it comes to weddings, the women are not easily forgotten. Everyone knows brides are the receipients of bridal showers and bridesmaids are the receipients of bridesmaids gifts, but the men of the bridal party aren’t always publically acknowledged. There are many ways a groom can show his appreciation to the men standing by him […]

Back Again

Guess Whose Back? It’s me. Abby Williams. I’m still the goofy, fun loving person I’ve always been. But I’ve made a few changes! First, I am an Elementary Education major and loving every second of it. Okay well, maybe not the homework. I’m back in Lincoln and getting all settled in here at the Non-Profit […]

Here We Go Again

After a long two weeks, I’m finally back at TLC as one of the Fall Interns. If you are new to TLC, my name is Elizabeth Lowe and I spent the summer at The Leadership Center as an intern. I had the opportunity to work on a lot of cool projects with a lot of […]

Sometimes Interns Teach You Lessons

Summer is officially over. School has started and kids have gone back to school. This also means the interns have headed back to college. We are fortunate at The Leadership Center to be able to employ interns throughout the summers; and sometimes when they have done a great job, we extend their internship into the […]

Interns’ Farewell

As the summer comes to an end, so do Abby and Elizabeth’s internships. Below are some Q&A’s they have put together to give insight on the past three months.   What was your favorite project? E: My favorite thing that I got to work on was the (big surprise) Summer Food Program. I really enjoyed […]

My Special Project

At the beginning of this internship, Abby and I were told that we would have the opportunity to plan and execute our own special projects. The idea of having the freedom to focus on something that I am passionate about really excited me. I wanted to do something that mattered, so I spent a lot […]

Teamwork & Trees

I woke up Wednesday morning at 2:49, the house shaking. I looked out the window and couldn’t even see three feet out. My mom came in the room and grabbed me and the whole family headed downstairs. We went down and found water dripping through the ceilings. We franticly grabbed buckets and cleaned up what […]

The Ultimate TLC Cheat Sheet

Every week, the TLC management and interns meet to go over cheat sheets. These packets include information about events that will be occuring each week and the details of those events. A lot has been going on here at The Leadership Center this past week so I thought it would be a good idea to […]

Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser

We are hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser. It is 20’s themed and will take place on August 10th at 6:00pm. The night will consist of food, drinks, a cash bar, and most importantly: mystery solving. All attendees are highly encouraged to dress up, as there will be prizes for best dressed (along with prizes […]

All the People of TLC

When I first arrived here at the Leadership Center, Micheala said to me “we are like an island of misfit toys.” At first, response was bland and emotionless because I didn’t know what to think about that. Now that I’ve been here for a few months, I now understand what she means. Everyone here has […]

Murder at The Juice Joint

Without fundraising, there are many projects and organizations that wouldn’t be able to succeed, and their causes would lack necessary resources. Fundraising not only raises funds for a cause, but also brings awareness to it and shares its message of importance to individuals. This is why fundraising is so vital for many organizations. One of […]

A Frank Blog Post

Hello, and welcome to John’s blog corner. I am a worker at TLC in the facilities department. I like lasagna and my favorite band is the Foo Fighters. Earlier this month, I was generously offered a temporary (one time) position as head blog writer. The following is a true story that happened right here at […]

D4LC: The Best Leadership Conference

The past week I’ve had the opportunity to participate in D4LC here at The Leadership Center. D4LC stands for Disciplines for Leadership Conference. Not only did I get to participate, I also got the chance to lead the service part along with Elizabeth. While it was the best part of my week, it was also […]

Cooking with Chemistry

This past week, we had the opportunity to educate and have some fun with ten open-minded students to learn more about cooking and science. Our first day together, we learned all about sugar. We taste tested granulated sugar, brown sugar, confectioners’ sugar and sweet’n’low. It’s safe to say the kids were having an excited morning. […]

Making an Impact

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.   There are many challenges I have faced so far in my life, as I’m sure you have too. But I also know how lucky I am to have what I do. I have never wondered where […]

“What’s that smell?”

This past Saturday, Abby and I participated in a lacto-fermentation class taught by Dori Huenefeld. For those who do not know (including myself prior to this class), lacto-fermentation is a traditional method of preservation that has been used for years. When people hear the word “lacto” they usually think of dairy, which is not always […]

Get to vs. Have to

I don’t remember a lot of things but I remember this moment perfectly. I was in the 5th grade standing in line getting ready to trek up to the art room. A loud moan of grudges could be heard all the way down in Texas from me and my classmates. We always dreaded having to […]

Food & Friends

For the past two weeks, I have had the privilege of helping with the Summer Food Program. The leadership center is currently on its second summer of participating in the program. To summarize, the Summer Food Program provides lunches to children ages 18 and under throughout the summer months. It is run through the USDA […]

Creating Moments That Matter…

This is a phrase that is often said here at the Leadership Center. While it may just be a phrase, it carries a heavy, purposeful meaning to everyone. The past couple of weeks, we had the opportunity to create those moments for people that will last a lifetime. We wrapped up COLT, which is the […]

TLC’s Fullest House

As per the annual tradition of an intern intro video, Elizabeth & Abby have released theirs. It’s pretty good. We are looking forward to having these two on our staff. In their short time with us, they have helped with COLT and an offsite wedding. They have brought fun, laugher, work ethic…all while doing thier […]

Ciao!….errr Bonjour!

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Lowe and today is my second day as an intern at The Leadership Center! With my first day taking place in the middle of COLT (leadership training for FFA officers), it was a little hectic and challenging but turned out great in the end. It was an awesome experience and […]

Abby Is Ready For A New Adventure

Hey everyone! I’m Abby Williams and I am one of the new interns here at The Leadership Center. I am a Political Science Major with a Sociology and Global Studies Minor at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. I’m hoping that my education will lead me into working with non-profits. I grew up in Doniphan […]

Go Big Gratitude

Where do I start? Thank you so much for making this year’s Go Big Give Day of Giving a success. As is my tradition, I was up to watch the tickers started at midnight. I was so excited to see the pre-give gifts hit our page. Excited might have been an understatement. It was 12:03 […]

The $5 Club

$35.20 In 1968, three ag teachers purchased the land where The Leadership Center campus is located. They borrowed the money against their own homes. $30,000, in total. I’m glad they did. It was tremendous foresight. Since then, the Nebraska FFA has had a place to call home. I’m not sure we could, or would, find […]

Join Me In Creating Moments That Matter

Go Big GIVE is next week. May 2 to be exact. I am so excited this year because as a part of the Go Big Give campaign, we are able to make cheer pages for our favorite organizations to encourage our friends and family to consider giving to our cause. What makes it even better […]

Meals Out The Door

A couple of weeks ago, we hosted our first Delectable Creations “Meal Planning & Prep Class” at the beginning of April. Our plan behind offering the class was empowering families to take their nights back. We wanted to teach a format that was both approachable and attainable. Given that most are inspired by what they […]

What Sets TLC Apart

The Leadership Center is much more than an event facility. The Leadership Center is a place where you can host an event, but we are also a place that helps create lasting memories. Events are much more than just tables, chairs and food; they mean time for people to learn, grow, spend time with family […]

Delectable Creations

We are adding something new, it’s our Delectable Creations Classes. These classes are going to be culinary based and faciliated by our le Courdon Blue trained Chef, John Anderson and our Kitchen Manager, John Boeder. It’s been a an opportunity we’ve wanted to offer for some time so we finally took the plunge at the […]

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

It’s officially engagement season, which means brides will be asking their bridesmaids to be in their wedding very soon. The days of asking your friends and family to be your bridesmaids are no longer just a question, but much more. Sending packages full of their favorites or personalized items asking them to be your bridesmaid […]

2018: Dreams Come True

I feel like I blinked and 2018 came and went. It is hard to believe that it is 2019. With 2018 came many great things personally, but also professionally. I wanted to recap some of the great things that took place for me in 2018.   2018 was the first official year of my new […]

Episode 15: The Christmas Spirit…

…in this episode, Kurt gets philisophical on us and asks about the Christmas Spirit. Isn’t it just kindness? Why don’t we practice kindness all year round? It’s a good conversation. Also during this episode, Maile gets attacked by a decorative elk, Chef brings us delicious snowballs and Dario is back for a bit. The team: […]

Episode 14: Let’s Talk Wedding MBA, David Tutera, and Las Vegas

Micheala and Maile went to Las Vegas. In this episode, Kurt discusses with the two, their experiences at Wedding MBA, meeting Micheala’s hero, David Tutera, and learning from the experts. They discuss ziplining the Grand Canyon, discovering gems like Dolan Springs, AZ, and Route 66. Other topics covered is the importance of employing planners, event […]

Food. It’s What We Do!

Food. It is the one common item that pretty much everyone loves and it brings people together. Food is something The Leadership Center does really well and we are extending the delicious offering to others besides our on-property guests. We have had our catering license for a quite some time now and have been fortunate […]

Toasting 50 Years of Business with a Party and New Orleans!

We have been in business 50 years! It’s hard to believe and incredible to think about, all at the same time. By now, many of you know we’re throwing one heck of a party this year with our Golden Harvest Gala on November 17th, here at The Leadership Center. We will have delicous food prepared […]

Episode 13: Dario is back?

…Dario is back…and then he isn’t. Oh, wait, he is. We are so excited in this episode that Dario is back, at least for a bit. We may have cashed in on a lunch with the team to start recording this podcast because Dario was at the table and we were excited about the idea […]

TLC Wedding Wrap Up

It is almost November and that means all of our regularly scheduled weddings for 2018 have officially concluded for the year. Maybe we will book a last minute nuptial, but until then we are in the process of booking weddings for 2019. Before I jump into what I am looking forward to next year, I […]

Episode 12: Discussing Workforce, Unemployment and More with Jakob Loee.

In today’s episode, we have another international guest, Jakob Loe, from Norway. We discuss a number of musings including the origin of 1,000 Island Dressing, uncles name Lars and polar bears. Jakob was actually at The Leadership Center to job shadow Kurt. With that in mind, we actually spend most of the episode discussing all […]

Episode 11: For Fun’s Sake, Let’s Call This Season 2

…and we are back after a bit of a break from the podcast waves. With a busy summer and kicking off an awesome fall, the Hospitalityc Authority has been busy doing thier day job of serving amazing guests from all over the world. With that said, it’s great to be back recording. Today’s episode features […]

My USDA Strong Community Leader Award Belongs To Many

Just three weeks ago, I came to the office like any Tuesday. I knew I had a meeting on my calendar and a number of projects to work on and a couple of workshops to prepare for. I like Tuesdays. My whole team is in house and it’s great because there is a special kind […]

The Job Market and What We Are Doing At TLC

Currently, the unemployment rate in Nebraska is 2.8%. We are assuredly operating in an “employees’ market” when it comes to job-seeking and job acquisition. In a job market such as this, one would be reasonable to assume that job-seekers do not have to be as qualified. After all, some employers may be desperate to hire. […]

Are You Our Next Team Member?

Here at The Leadership Center, we pride ourselves on creating moments that matter for our guests. Each member of the Hospitalityc Authority is charged with that mission each day. Creating moments that matter isn’t done on whim or by chance. It’s an art that is crafted by intentional work, thoughtful actions and service mindedness. If you […]

Golden Harvest Gala

  This year marks a really special year for The Leadership Center. We are celebrating our Golden Anniversary! In honor of our Golden Anniversary we are auctioning off something extra special at our Harvest Gala. This year we will be auctioning off a trip to New Orleans. Included in your trip to New Orleans is […]


Story time.  Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Once upon a time, there was an awkward thirteen-year-old kid.  They were insecure about how they looked, dressed, acted, and sounded.  Every day at school was filled with stress because they thought all the other kids were constantly judging them. Maybe you already know this […]

Summer Update

I’ve been at TLC since May now and like everyone around here I have done many things. My summer started with COLT conferences and making desserts for all the banquets. I had never made cream puffs before and now I have made over 1,500. We served over 5,000 meals in less than a month for […]

One Last Adios

Before searching for a summer job, I had only had a few immediate experiences with The Leadership Center; a couple of football banquets, senior day, and one or two swims in the pool. From these events I only briefly met Maile, but seeing as I never participated much with FFA I had never really gotten […]

A Summer of Lunches and Fun

My routine changed last week. Beginning in late May this year, I started prepping and serving lunches to youth here in Aurora.  The Leadership Center began sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program, and I became the point man on the project. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is administered by the USDA Rural Development […]

Make It Personal

Weddings. One of the most important days of your life. A day to celebrate love, families melding and the beginning of a lifetime together. Weddings should be a reflection of the couple getting married. Weddings should be unique, but many times people neglect making their wedding uniquely theirs. Continue reading to find out how you […]

The Art of Leadership.

Comradery.  Brotherhood. Family.  Team. Community. If leadership is an art, a great leader’s medium is personal relationships.  Think of the truly great leaders you have experienced. More likely than not, they were able to quickly build rapport with those around them. I’m not saying they became lifelong friends with everyone around them, but they quickly […]

2018: A Groovy 2018 Evening Stroll Wrap-Up

The 4th Annual Evening Stroll was nothing short of a fantastic evening. We threw it back to our founding year, 1968 and embraced the era right down to the funky jello molds, candy of the times and our signature drink, the Buzz Aldrin. Our guests and even our staff took the opportunity to get into […]

Finding the Fun in Fundraising

One of the unavoidable tasks involved with being an intern at a non-profit organization is fundraising. Considering I am the general intern this summer, as opposed to, say, a kitchen intern, I had to deal with (at least some of) the brunt of it. At the onset I was concerned; I had despised going door […]

A Wonderful Wedding Season

Wedding season is one of my favorite seasons. It means love is in the air, sweet moments are taking place and celebrations are filling the facility. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to work for a facility where I can work with couples during such a special time. This year we have held 4 […]

D4LC: Explore Conference

We have been known as The Leadeship Center for the better part of 20 years now. Before that, we were the Nebraska Youth Leadership Camp.  Over the last 10 years, we have been slowly been adding facilitation to our offerings. Four years ago, we were asked by a group of educators to design a leadership […]

Let’s Have a Groovy Time

July 14 is just around the corner! We are taking it back to 1968 where it all began 50 years ago. July 14 is going to be a far out time and we want to see you there! An Evening Stroll is a really fun summer fundraiser where our guests get to stroll through our […]

Summer is Buzzing!

It’s crazy to realize we are almost halfway through June! We already have one wedding and reception, three youth retreats and multiple nights of lodging under our belt. We still have one wedding and reception, a couple business meetings, two conferences, one youth retreat, one class reunion and even more lodging to round out our […]

Episode 9: What is hospitality?

In today’s episode, we have a guest, Chef John, joining the crew to discuss hospitality. Kurt, Chef John and Micheala were just having a conversation about hospitality and work when Maile seized the opportunity to record. This is a good one. Both Micheala and Chef John went to school for areas of hospitality, while Kurt […]

Hunger at Home

We take food for granted.  That’s been true for years.  Most accepted studies conclude that around 1/3 of all food produced never gets eaten.  Transportation, storage infrastructure problems, and wastefulness add-up to over a billion tons of lost food each year throughout the world. Yes, food is abundant.  Farmers have produced enough food globally to […]

We Are Taking It Back To Where It All Began!

Save The Date! July 14, 2018 we are taking it back to 1968 for the evening. In honor of the 50th anniversary of our founding, we are going to celebrate 1968 style at the Evening Stroll fundraiser. Stay tuned for more details and purchase your tickets here. We are looking forward to getting groovy during […]

A Giant Go Big Give Thank You

Thank you so much to all our generous donors that made this year’s Go Big Give such an incredible success. May 3, 2018 is one for the books. We are so grateful for and humbled by all those who gave of their hard earned dollars to invest in the work we do hear at The […]

Back in the day…with Rich Douglass

I had the opportunity to work on my FFA Officer skills as a sophomore in 1958 when “Leadership Camp” was held at Camp Merrill near Fullerton.  The organizational structure was in some ways determined by the facilities.  Bunk House style living quarters allowed you to be placed in a herd and you had the opportunity […]

Meet Joel

My name is Joel Springer, from Aurora. Seeing as I’m home from college for the summer, I live at home, a couple miles from town, on a farm with my Mom, Dad, and three younger siblings. Though I was born in Lincoln, I spent about nine years of my life in a Chicago suburb, where […]

Episode 7: A Little International Flavor and Some Perspective From a 7 1/2 Year Old.

   In this episode, Kurt and Maile talk with two special guests, Laurin Süssenguth and Chaz Boeder. Laurin is a German Exchange Student and Chaz is a 7 and half year old boy who knows quite a bit about The Leadership Center. They both do actually and that is because they live with Maile, our […]

Meet Taylor

I’m Taylor May the new kitchen intern at The Leadership Center. I am from Aurora and graduated from here last year in 2017. I am going to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for Food science and technology. In high school, I was very involved in FFA and 4H so I attended many camps here when […]

Summer of 2018

I can’t believe summer is just around the corner! Time sure does fly when you are having fun. While we are busy throughout the year, summer is the busiest time for us. Starting in May through August our building is buzzing with FFA, leadership conferences, summer camps, weddings, family reunions and fundraisers…just to name a […]

Leadership Camp by Rich Katt

Congratulation to TLC for 50 years! Of course, that is an indicator of my age as well! I had the opportunity to be a State FFA Officer in 1971, the first year of holding “Leadership Camp” at TLC. It truly was a camping experience. While the tents provided some cover, it was unbelievably cold at […]

Our Mission Statement Broke Down

Our mission statement broken down: •Our clients are from all over the state, the country and the world. 50,000+ of them every year and we have the privilege to serve and care for them. •We serve them with welcoming and clean facilities, a beautiful and peaceful property, delicious catering and diligent planning. •Leadership programs: we […]

Go Big Give Challenge Match

Go Big Give is May 3rd, a week from today. The Leadership Center is looking forward to all the fun. While it is our fourth time participating in this glorious annual day of giving, it is our FIRST time having a Challenge Match. We are beyond grateful. What is a “Challenge Match”? A challenge match […]

Episode 6: We Have Candles, Coffee, and a Guest Reindeer Expert.

In today’s episode, we are excited because we have ambiance. We lit a Magnolia Home candle in the scent of “LOVE” which we purchased from a local favorite, The Old Homestead Market & Floral located up on the Aurora Square. Pause this amazing podcast and go get one. Commercials aside, we are so excited to […]

Well the Leadership Center is 50…Ken Malone Shares His Thoughts

Well the Leadership Center is 50……. Hmmm, just like a lot of things I am older than the Leadership Center. My memories and involvement start as a wise old Ag Teacher, Ron Ganzel of Pawnee City, said “Malone I want you to ride out with me to a meeting in Aurora at the Nebraska Youth […]

Episode 5: The Crew Discusses And Its Various Definitions

In this episode, the team takes some time to muse over airplane mode and what is its real purpose? Kurt has a new hashtag, #kurtsquirks. Micheala is struggling a bit with words and would like a disclaimer. With that said, Kurt issued a brief to the team for this week’s episode. We are discussing leadership and […]

Built on Giving

Over the last 50 years, a dream went from being an idea to a reality. The Leadership Center was proudly built to serve the Nebraska FFA Association as a place for them to host their leadership camps. There was one building know as “Old White”, a condemned pool and lots of land to be cleaned. […]

My View of The Leadership Center Over the Years…

The Leadership Center is turning fifty. It is amazing. I have been a part of the center for over thirty years. I attended COLT Conference three years in a row when in high school and attended various functions as an Ag teacher and NVAF Board member. When I first started teaching Ag/FFA I remember talking […]

Meet The Board: Todd Reed

We continue with our “Meet The Board” Blog posts. Today we’re introducing one of our business board members, but before we do, a brief introduction. Many people do not know that The Leadership Center is a 501(3)(c) non-profit owned and operated by the Nebraska Vocational Agricultural Foundation (NVAF.) The NVAF is a board of directors […]

After Sprin-ter Comes Spring…

I love Spring.  It’s in my top four favorite seasons. When most people think of Spring, they picture new green grass, fresh buds on trees, and a return of various songbirds to the gray, winter landscape.  Spring is a time of newness. Spring is a special time at The Leadership Center, too.  Of course, our […]

Micheala’s FFA State Convention Wrap-Up

           Have you ever seen Lincoln when a sea of blue comes to town? I have and it is quite the sight. A little over a week ago I was able to attend the 90th Nebraska FFA Convention in Lincoln. This was the first time I attended a convention since I was in high school. […]

Episode 4: April Showers Bring Snow Plowers. Snow Plowers Bring Pilgrams.

This episode brings back the full crew: Kurt, Dario, Micheala and Maile. It’s been awhile. With all the conversational antics, a great many topics arise including the great debate between pterodactyl or pterosaur, Maile’s need to name everything, all while Kurt peppers the entire episode with his numerous accents. The Canadian Geese come back up […]

Episode 3: Taking The Show On The Road For Workshops, Interviews and So Much More…

Hi, all. This was recorded last week when we were in Lincoln. Since we were on the road it didn’t get posted on the blog. Here it is now. Enjoy.       This episode is full of kinds of new things. Kurt, Micheala & Maile hit the road for the 90th Nebraska FFA State […]

Exclusively Yours

This week has been an exciting week! This past Saturday I conducted a wedding walk through for a wedding taking place later this year. On Tuesday they informed me that they wanted to book The Leadership Center exclusively for their wedding and reception. This isn’t our first wedding under new pricing, but it is the […]

Episode 2: We Have Guests, Geese and Memories.

This week on the Hospitalityc Authority Podcast, Kurt & Maile have guests. That’s right, we have real live guests. We are so excited to be joined by Nebraska State FFA Officers, Isabelle Stewart & Hailey Coufal to discuss what they happen to be up to during their stay at The Leadership Center. They reminisce about […]


We are continuing our “Meet the Board” blog series in the new year. We’re excited to introduce one our newest board members. He has  along history with our property and we’re happy to have him serving. Without further adieu, we’re pleased to introduce Mr. Brandon Grosserode. Name:  Brandon Grosserode Job & Location:  Agricultural Education/FFA Advisor at Ansley […]

Episode 1: Tender, Loving Food and Kurt’s Expertise Muffin Etiquette

The crew is back together this week with some morsels of goodness that is The Hospitalityc Authority Podcast. In Episode 1, we discuss our favorite foods served right here at The Leadership Center, Maile get’s ridiculously excited about Carhenge…still and Kurt goes nuts about the proper way to eat a muffin. Dario teaches a little […]

A New Acronym…

We frequently interview people.  It’s the nature of the beast in a business like ours.  Part-time positions and high school students move on from our community and our team.  Since we have experience in hiring and experience in leadership training, we’re qualified to train others to improve their interview skills. FLEET was developed organically by […]

Episode 0: Did You Invent A Word?

The Hospitalityc Podcast adventures continue. While we are trying a new recording space and a new mic setting, we also learn that Kurt had some announcer aspirations, that we may have made up a word and a little about Go Big Give, which is the little engine making May 3 a huge day of giving. […]

The Hospitalityc Authority Podcast: A Pilot of a Pilot of a Pilot, Pilot.

We started a podcast. As a part of our 2018 goals, Dario, our Facilities Manager, pitched this idea to us as a way to share what we do, trade secrets on event planning, tips on being a great guest as well as the humorous insights and weird ponderings of our Core Management team. We will […]

An Update on All of Our Updates

It feels as if we have been doing some kind of update in the building or to the building fairly consistently for quite some time now. I suppose that is to be expected when you have a large, active and well used property like The Leadership Center. While not all, a majority of these updates […]

Back in the day…

I took my FFA officer team to the 1st session of the very first FFA Camp at the center, in May of 1971.  There were no cabins built at that time and a set of National Guard/Army tents were set up on the level ground just east of where the three cabin units stand now.  […]

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. Upon preparing for this day and the Facebook Live we are going to conduct in a bit, I took to the Google to gain some knowledge and insight on this day. Immediately the Google suggested I take a look at www.internationalwomensday.com. There I learned the following: International Women’s Day (March 8) is a […]

TLC Weddings Explained

Hosting a wedding here at The Leadership Center has changed just a little bit in the last few months. In case you missed it, we have revamped our offerings. If you want to read a little bit about how that came to be, you can find that blog post here. We can still do everything […]

The Legacy of Ganzel

Nebraska ag teachers have an informal hall of fame. It’s true.  There are names one can utter at a gathering of Nebraska FFA advisors which will ring out through the room.  Here at The Leadership Center, we are no different.  Wedeking. Ward. Blezek.  Their stories of legacy are there for those who listen. Some of […]

Girls On The Run

I have entered foreign territory. More so than decorating cupcakes with first graders or taking kindergartners to second graders on a trip through the orchard and teaching them to make applesauce or even talking to thousands of people as the keynote speaker, I am totally out of my depth. I have committed to being a […]

Trying New Things

I like new stuff. I don’t mean new things, necessarily; what I enjoy is new places, new people, and new experiences. I had several new experiences last month; many of which occurred on a two-day trip to western Nebraska. Maile (our executive director) and I set out to present some leadership workshops to three groups […]

2018 Go Big Give

We are excited to be participating in Go Big Give again this year. This annual day of giving has helped us raise thousands of dollars over the past four years to put towards some much needed projects such as: Refinishing headboards in Keiwit Lodge Adding USB plug-ins in the lodge rooms Replacing the windows in […]

Meet the Board: Phil Simpson

  We continue with our “Meet The Board” Blog posts. Today we’re introducing one of our business board members, but before we do, a brief introduction. Many people do not know that The Leadership Center is a 501(3)(c) non-profit owned and operated by the Nebraska Vocational Agricultural Foundation (NVAF.) The NVAF is a board of […]

Meet the Board: Seth Heinert

We are continuing our “Meet the Board” blog series in the new year. We’re excited to introduce one our newest board members. He has  along history with our property and we’re happy to have him serving. Without further adieu, we’re pleased to introduce Mr. Seth Heinert. Name: Seth Heinert Job & Location: High school agriculture […]

Fifty years of Leadership growth for Nebraska FFA members, WOW!

Seems like such a short time ago that original leaders were pitching the idea to the Vocational Agricultural Teachers that supporting an “FFA Camp” was a great need for new FFA officers in Nebraska.  It wasn’t a given that this could be a sustained business with only a few weeks each year of use. Irv […]

Turbines and T.L.C.

Last month I was blown away by our staff meeting about wind turbines. (I make no apologies for the pun.) Chad Johnson, from NPPD, visited the Leadership Center in January to conduct a workshop about wind energy and help build out TLC team.  He started the presentation with a short lesson on wind energy. I […]

TLC Special Event Showcase: Experience the Magic

I love weddings. I think you all know that by now, but working on revamping how The Leadership Center hosts weddings has been an incredibly fun project to work on. It has allowed me to spread my wings and sharpen my skills. It has also allowed me to refine what we currently offer and create […]

The Story of Us

I’m not one to lend much weight to titles. If you spend time on our website or peruse any of our printed publications, you’ll see that we bill ourselves as a “Conference and Retreat Center”.  Those words are absolutely true, but The Leadership Center was not born as such. In 1968, three agriculture educators (known […]

Meet Another NVAF Board Member

We are continuing our “Meet the Board” blog series in the new year. We’re excited to introduce one our newest board members. He has  along history with our property and we’re happy to have him serving. Without further adieu, we’re pleased to introduce Mr. Tom Dux. Name:  Thomas Dux. Job & Location:  Agricultural Education Instructor […]

We Want You!

Internships. They are a wonderful way to gain experience not just in what you hope to pursue for the rest of your life, but in other fields that will expand the skills you bring to your chosen field. I myself have had several different internships. They all were in the event industry, but in different […]

A Year of Gratitude

As we wrap up 2017, a number of team members take a moment to reflect on all the great things that took place this year. They also share what they are looking forward to in the upcoming year. We hope you enjoy their insight, thoughts and perspective. Dario, Facilities Manager: This year I became the […]

Meet Kylie Penke, NVAF Board Member

We are often asked who owns The Leadership Center or who are board members found, etc. In an effort to better share our story and have all our guests and supporters know our board members, we are taking up some blog space to introduce the fine agricultural educators and business people that make up the Nebraska […]

Meet our N.V.A.F. At Large Banker

Many people do not know that The Leadership Center is a 501(3)(c) non-profit owned and operated by the Nebraska Vocational Agricultural Foundation (NVAF.) The NVAF is a board of directors made up of 10 Nebraska Agricultural Education teachers and 5 Nebraska business people in the areas of banking, law, accounting, as well as a business […]

Recently Engaged? Don’t Forget About TLC!

Engagements. They are a once in a lifetime experience and so incredibly special! If you are recently engaged, congratulations!! This is such an exciting time in your life. Please take the time to enjoy just being engaged. When you are ready start worrying about the planning of your wedding. If you have passed that stage […]

The Harvest Gala was a Success!

To say the Harvest Gala was a huge success was an understatement. It was beautiful and everyone truly  had a wonderful time. Guests enjoyed amazing hors d’oeuvres prepared by Guest Chef Aubrey Saltas while perusing the auctions and getting their pictures taken by Jana VanHousen of the Renaissance. Then everyone in attendance sat down and […]

Meet One of Our At Large Board Members

The NVAF Board of Directors just met a couple of weeks ago and appointed the next board member we are going to introduce in our “Meet the Board.” Before that, here is a quick tidbit on the board! Many people do not know that The Leadership Center is a 501(3)(c) non-profit owned and operated by […]

2017 Harvest Gala Preview with Maile & Micheala

Hey friends and supporters of The Leadership Center…and those of you who are just curious to see what we are up to! While we are busy serving our many great customers, we’re also prepping for our upcoming Harvest Gala. Our 3rd Annual Harvest Gala is Saturday, November 18th here at The Leadership Center at 6 […]

Stolpe Gets Engaged!!

Proposals. They are kind of a big deal. They are the start of a new chapter. It may be a short chapter, but it is an important chapter. A chapter where you are transitioning from single life to spending the rest of your life with your soul mate. Very much a big deal. A couple […]

Harvest Gala 2017 Auction

Well, readers, get cozy because I have a feeling this is going to be a long one.   As you know, I have been busy and away from blogging for a bit…more like a month.  I promise to keep you up to date from now on. but with so many projects going on and the […]

New Special Project Unveiled

Ok guys, the time has come. I have been working on something incredibly important to me; and it is time to unveil this new special project. First, some background info. If you know anything about me, you know that weddings are one of my favorite things in the entire world. I love attending them, working […]

Meet Our NVAF Board Treasurer

The next board member we are introducing is a person who hasn’t just been a guest and a board member, but during her student teaching, she was our employee too! Connections like that prove just how small this big world is! Many people do not know that The Leadership Center is a 501(3)(c) non-profit owned […]

Meet our Omaha Board Representative

We continue with our “Meet The Board” Blog posts. Today we’re introducing one of our business board members, but before we do, a brief introduction. Many people do not know that The Leadership Center is a 501(3)(c) non-profit owned and operated by the Nebraska Vocational Agricultural Foundation (NVAF.) The NVAF is a board of directors […]


“It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”—Jason Aldean I sit here today reflecting back on the events that took place Sunday night and can’t help but think that could have been me. I attended this same music festival […]

Meet our NVAF Vice President.

In an effort for our guests and clients to get to know our Board of Directors, we continue with our Meet the Board Blog Series. Many people do not know that The Leadership Center is a 501(3)(c) non-profit owned and operated by the Nebraska Vocational Agricultural Foundation (NVAF). The NVAF is a board of directors […]

Disciplines 4 Leadership Communities (D4LC) Conference on Pure Nebraska

Did you know that we are more than a facility? The staff here at The Leadership Center also facilitates leadership conferences! Check out some of what we have to offer on this interview with Jon Vanderford on Pure Nebraska! For more information, contact Maile Ilac Boeder, IOM at 402-694-3934. Have the best day!

Meet our NVAF Board President

Many people do not know that The Leadership Center is a 501(3)(c) non-profit owned and operated by the Nebraska Vocational Agricultural Foundation (NVAF.) The NVAF is a board of directors made up of 10 Nebraska Agricultural Education teachers and 5 Nebraska business people in the areas of banking, law, accounting, as well as a business […]

New Season…New Intern

As the temps start cooling down (hopefully …), we should go ahead and introduce you to our fall intern as she has been working for us for about four weeks now. Granted, we do greatly miss our summer interns dearly, but we believe she will fit right in with the TLC family. Who’s the new […]

The Autumn Art Workshop

This year, The Leadership Center was blessed with the opportunity to be the host location of the 50th Autumn Art Workshop. Attracting attendees from Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas and Minnesota, the workshop offered instruction in water color, oil, mixed media and independent study for either 3 or 5 days of instruction. […]

Pricing Tips for the Newly Engaged

So you are recently engaged and looking to start planning for your wedding? Congratulations! This is a very exciting time for you, but it is also a very overwhelming time. The first thing you need to do besides setting a date is setting a budget. Sit down with your fiancé and figure out how much […]

Join us for the Harvest Gala

Join us for the 3rd Harvest Gala on Saturday, November 18, 2017. A beautiful event raising funds for a great cause. The event will feature a cocktail hours with delicious food, drinks and a silent auction. Then we will sit down to a plated and served 4 course meal: Harvest Salad of mixed greens, fresh quince, […]

Total Eclipse of the Heart

We were fortunate to have been the location for Itahi and Shawn’s wedding and reception. They planned their special day around the Total Solar Eclipse! A past NVAF Board member and avid TLC supporter, Joe Baldassare, caught the couple and their guest enjoying the eclipse. Thank you, Joe for sharing! _____ Itahi and Shawn Wimer […]

The Interns Share Their Summer Experiences

Kiara & Andrew had a pretty incredible summer. Don’t take our word for it though! Check out their end of summer video where they answer questions, share photos and videos. There is even videos! Enjoy. And a note to the interns: Kiara & Andrew, it was an absolute treat to work with you. The work […]

Totality Wrap-Up E-blast

Let us host your celebration! View email in your browser   ECLIPSED WITH GRATITUDE Maile Ilac Boeder, IOM Executive Director Oh. My. Goodness! Did you see it? Totality? It was incredible. Beyond words.Here at The Leadership Center, we have been planning various details of accommodating Eclipse guests and a wedding as well for 3+ years. […]

Eclipsed with Gratitude

Oh. My. Goodness! Did you see it? Totality? It was incredible. Beyond words. Here at The Leadership Center, we have been planning various details of accommodating Eclipse guests and a wedding as well for 3+ years. Yes, you read that right: wedding and 3+ years!! So where to start? I guess we could cue “Total […]

Parking for the Eclipse

We have Totality on our minds. As our team has been working through logistics for the Total Solar Eclipse, we want to send out a kind reminder that parking at The Leadership Center will be limited to guests/staff/media with proper parking passes and emergency vehicles. All others are asked to park at the Hamiliton Fairgrounds […]

Total Solar Eclipse

We have been prepping for over a year now for this great cosmic event. The Leadership Center is quite proud to be the landing place for so many coming to view this natural spectacle. We have reservations from all over the world with guests traveling in from as far as Denmark to view the total solar eclipse. […]

A Farewell Toast to TLC

Well folks, it’s that time of the year again. Say goodbye to warm summer nights, late night bonfires, and the smell of sunscreen. Summer is coming to an end. That means The Interns are leaving. It has been my pleasure typing to you readers and making you all laugh. I hope you enjoyed our little […]

Internship Wrap Up

This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to do an internship at TLC. Now I will admit that I knew next to nothing about The Leadership Center or what they did, but I will say that I have learned a ton about TLC, Non-Profit organizations, trees, and the amazing staff here. I have thoroughly enjoyed […]

Who’s NEW on our Board? The wait is over!

  A sad farewell to some of our board, and a happy welcome to the new!     View this email in your browser       Our Board of Directors…       Every summer, usually a Saturday in late July or early August, a group of incredible professionals gather together to hold the […]

Summer Heat is On

Let us host your celebration! View email in your browser Come join us for a once in 500 year opportunity to view the solar eclipse on August 21st!   THE TREES ARE HERE by Andrew, The Intern Although our original plan of having the Blue Spruce and Chanticleer Pear trees in on the 18th, weather […]

The Evening Stroll

Just a few short weeks ago, we wrapped up the 3rd Annual Evening Stroll. While a little hot, the evening was perfect for our Tuscan themed event. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour out on the front lawn complete with a decadent spread of antipasto, cheeses, bruschetta, and an olive bar as well as an incredible […]

Hunter’s Headboards

This summer I’ve been working on renovating all of the headboards in Kiewit lodge. Kiewit lodge has 28 rooms with 2 headboards in each for a total of 56 headboards. Being the only one working on the headboards the process of sanding and staining takes quite a while. I have finished 30 of the 56 […]

The Trees Are Here

Although our original plan of having the Blue Spruce and Chanticleer Pear trees in on the 18th, weather did not allow that. The combination of rain and 100 degree heat caused us to have to push back the installation a week. On Monday, July 24, Greg Luthy and his crew came and began digging the […]

The Crazy Busy July

Well people I have been away for awhile…sorry to keep you hanging on to the suspense of what comes next, but reality is sometimes we just get super busy or as I like to put it “Life Happens.” So what have I been up that could possibly just keep me too busy to write one […]

The Trees Come TOMORROW!!!

Although we’ve been really busy lately, Project Tree Line has still been moving forward. We rented a stump grinder and ground all the stumps down to ground level. We’ve also mowed the area so the trees can be put in without being crowded by weeds. Brandon Cook and Grant Fox have been doing an amazing […]

Summer’s Past, Present, Future

Happy Summer Everyone! Though the summer rays have already been scorching hot. Some of us are suffering more than others…though that is only here say. We have been busy bees at The Leadership Center. Working hard on taking the time to put in the tender, love and care our guests deserves. Let’s take a tour […]

Leadership Conferences, Thank Yous and Llamas, Oh MY!

  Let us host your celebration!     View email in your browser     We kicked the week of with a flurry of activity including having Boys Town Research Hospital move in with their EIPA Translators Conference for the week and the start of Cooking with Chemistry, which happens to be a camp we […]

Go Big Give Wrap Up

May 3rd marked our third time participating in Go Big Give: 24 hours of giving which has made an incredible impact on non-profits throughout Hamilton, Hall, Howard, & Merrick Counties. The Leadership Center is one of those. We are so grateful! This year we have tried something different. We partnered up with Prairie Plains Resource […]

D4LC & More

We kicked the week off with a flurry of activities including having Boys Town Research Hospital move in with their EIPA Translators Conference for the week and the start of Cooking with Chemistry, which happens to be a camp we host together with the Edgerton Explorit Center. Chef Sue is working with Mad Scientist Jessica […]

Tree Time

My main project this summer is to clean up the tree line that borders the houses on the south side of the McBride subdivision and to raise funds for the replacement trees. So far I have taken out thirty to forty trees as well as the stumps. I have also been gathering the information I […]

Stroll Through An Evening with TLC…

  Please join us for an evening of fun, delicious food, spirits and auction!     View this email in your browser     Buy Evening Stroll Tickets HERE   An Evening Stroll Update by Kiara, Intern Summer is in full force everyone!  Grab your swimsuits and sunscreen because I have a feeling it is […]

An Evening Stroll Update

Summer is in full force everyone! Grab your swimsuits and sunscreen because I have a feeling it is going to be a hot one. However, with the full swing of Summer comes our 3rd annual Evening Stroll fundraiser. You may be asking what is the Evening Stroll? Well folks The Leadership Center here in Aurora […]

Happily Ever After

For some of you that have watched The Wedding Planner you know that a lot goes into planning a wedding. The details of what color scheme to pick, the decorations, and down to the details of what song you plan on walking down the aisle too. Clearly these details are a huge part of your […]

Pineapple Welcome

So if you all have been keeping up to date with what is going on with The Leadership Center you know that the interns have arrived. We introduced ourselves and told you what we were looking forward to. Well ladies and gents we are going into our third week of this internship. So I’ve been […]

Meet our new interns!

  School is out – let the summer activities begin!     View this email in your browser       Summer activities are already underway at TLC. We’ve got recreation opportunities in a big way, so don’t forget to book your bonfire, pool party, sand volleyball, fishing or paddleboat and kayak event today! We’re also […]

The Interns Have Arrived

My name is Andrew Stolpe. I am originally from Milford, Nebraska but after moving around for a while I finally ended up in Aurora going into my sophomore year of high school which is where I live when I’m not at college. Next fall I will be a junior at Nebraska Wesleyan University attempting to […]


It’s been a fun day at The Leadership Center. We have Pacific Aurora in for meetings. It’s always great to have them here. We also had the opportunity to cater a delicious lunch to an office in town. The menu was: •Salad with eggs, peppers, cucumbers and homemade croutons with a choice of ranch or […]

Swimming, Fishing, and Bonfires-Oh My!

  GO BIG GIVE is just around the corner – Donate today!     View this email in your browser       There are lots of exciting things happening around TLC this time of year and our busy season is in full swing! It’s a great time to be outside and to take advantage of […]

A Special Thank You Note

Nearly everyday here at The Leadership Center, we tell our staff that the work we do here is important. It is special. We create a place where moments that matter can happen. Our guests tell us that quite often as well. And for that, we love what we do. Earlier this month, we had a […]

Looking for a few good team members.

With all the meetings, pool parties, reunions, and such, a lot of people do not give much thought at what it takes to make it all happen. Here at The Leadership Center, we employ several team members to help make all those events a success. With summer around the corner, we have a number of […]

Pure Nebraska on the Prairie

We had such a treat today! Jon & Taryn Vanderford came out to learn more about Prairie Plains Resource Institute  and The Leadership Center for our upcoming participation in Go Big Give.   Jan Whitney, one of the co-founders of Prairie Plains Resource Institute, and TLC’s Admin & Event Coordinator, Micheala Olsen, discussed our upcoming event […]

Out and About

This is the time of year where we are out and about at different school’s for the FFA banquets and officer interviews. Normally, Maile is the one that gets to be out and about to partake in the banquets and interviews, however, this year I was able to participate in Heartland FFA’s officer interviews and […]

Go Big Give (Actually)

We are ramping up for Go Big Give coming up on May 3, 2017 from 12:00 a.m.-11:59 p.m. This amazing day of giving has yielded so many great things from non-profits like The Leadership Center. We’ve been asked about the impact 2016’s Go Big Give made for us. Here’s a Love Actually inspired Instagram we […]

Go Big Give is Coming!

  Think you might want to give?      View this email in your browser       It’s that wonderful time of the year again for GO BIG GIVE! We’re excited about the wonderful events surrounding May 3rd and some of the goals we have for this year’s donations. Read on, to learn more […]

2017 Go Big Give

The Leadership Center is honored to be a part of the 4th Annual Go Big Give on May 3, 2017. This is the third time we’ll be participating in this annual day of giving and we’re looking forward to it. In the last 2 years, we have been fortunate to raise nearly $11,000.00 to be […]

Online Registration FAQ

If you recall in a blog from last year, we have started a new online registration process for our family reunions. It has been a learning process not just for our guests, but for myself. I have been asked several questions and wanted to share the answers with you. Do I have to use online […]

Travel Lessons

Hi All! I just recently traveled to Texas the weekend and wanted to share some of the things that I came back in touch with over the weekend. 1) Families are crazy, ALL families are. Whether your family hits level 10 on the crazy scale or is a mild 3, family is important. You may […]

“We had family fly in from another country to attend…”

  Thinking about a family reunion? TLC has it all for your family gathering. Call us today!     View this email in your browser       Spring is finally here and we’re excited that warmer temperatures mean more recreation and time outdoors! This is also the time of year when families plan for reunions and […]

Happy 150th Birthday, Nebraska!

Happy birthday Nebraska!! You don’t look a day over 100! To celebrate Nebraska’s sesquicentennial, check out some photos from our almost 49 years of existence. #NE #Happy150NE A post shared by LeadershipCenter Aurora (@tlcaurora) on Mar 1, 2017 at 6:58am PST It’s an exciting day in my adopted home state. Nebraska turns 150. Happy birthday, […]

Friday Inspiration

On this snowy and kind of dreary Friday, I thought I would share some inspiration to hopefully brighten your day. I was reading a pretty interesting article this morning about what happens when you stop saying sorry. If you are anything like me, you say sorry after too many statements. I say it when I […]

We Mean Business

  Book your business or organization meeting or retreat with TLC !     View this email in your browser       Welcome February! If the New Year means new goals and planning for your business or organization, let TLC make things simple for you. We’ve got the space, equipment, catering and expertise to make […]

Serving Up Hope: Battle Honey

Late last summer, we got a call from Hope Harbor, Inc, a wonderful Grand Island non-profit, asking us to participate in their “Serving Up Hope-Battle Honey” fundraiser. Humbled by such a request, we of course, said yes. We then found out we’d be competing against 3 other area chefs and the secret ingredient was honey. […]

Here Comes The Bride

2017 is off to an amazing and busy start here at TLC! We want to thank each and every one of you who made it a wonderful 2016 for us and we hope to see you here again soon. Did you get engaged over the holiday or know someone who did? Well, you can’t start […]

Thank You.

2016 has been an incredible year for The Leadership Center. It has been full of challenges, opportunities, success, blessings and so much more. We have seen our shares of ups and downs but overall, we had a pretty wonderful year. To all that have been our patrons, donated, volunteered, shared or supported us, THANK YOU! […]

Swimming, Gaming and More over the break at TLC…

  Need some kid-friendly activity over the holiday break? Call us today!     View this email in your browser       Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! We hope you have a fantastic and magical season with your loved ones and are able to take time out to relax, connect and enjoy one another.  […]

Holiday Greetings from Us

On behalf of all of the NVAF Board Members, my family, and myself, I want to wish all the Leadership Center staff and guests a happy holiday season.  We are all blessed to have a facility dedicated to promoting leadership and agriculture as well as caring for the variety of clients we serve. It is […]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

…everywhere you go…at least around The Leadership Center. It’s hard to say which season we like decorating for the most, Fall or Christmas. Either way, we love decking the halls of The Leadership Center with all the seasonal flair. We put lots of trees up, wreaths, snowmen and lots more. It’s really beautiful and festive. […]

A Very Merry Hawaiian Christmas

This past Saturday, we had the pleasure to host the Bonnavilla Christmas Party. It’s the third year, they’ve hosted their employee Christmas party with us. It’s always a fun time. This year, their committee, chose a Hawaiian Luau theme for their party. When Chef Ryan, Micheala and I met with them and they shared this […]

Christmas time at The Leadership Center

Christmas time is finally here. At The Leadership Center, we deck the halls, decorate all kinds of trees, do up the lobby and all the meeting rooms. We just love Christmas here. It’s a lot of work, but the end result is worth it. It always turns out so pretty. It’s this time of year, […]

TLC On the Road Again

We get to do some pretty cool things here at The Leadership Center including serving some fabulous clients, putting on stunning events and getting to meet people from all over. Every once and awhile we even get to leave the property to share about The Leadership Center elsewhere. Just the other week, Micheala and I […]

Let’s Party like it’s Christmas

The holidays are just around the corner. With December starting tomorrow, that means that the holiday party season is just around the corner. We do host a few holiday parties every year and holiday parties are a great way to end the year! It’s a great way to wrap up and celebrate everything that you […]

A Heartfelt Thank You…

We wrapped our 2nd Annual Harvest Gala just before midnight on November 19th. It was a beautiful evening filled with great guests, wonderful food, wine and beer as well as charitable auctions and dancing. Those in attendance not only enjoyed a lovely evening, but they came with giving hearts. We raised nearly $10,000 towards renovations […]

Book Your Holiday Event With Us!

  We’re booking for your holiday events. Call us today!     View this email in your browser       The holiday season is officially here and winter is upon us. There is still time to book your holiday event. Call us today to discuss your options! Happy Holidays, The TLC Team   LET’S PARTY LIKE IT’S […]

Pure Nebraska: The Leadership Center’s Backyard

We are so excited to be featured on Pure Nebraska again. (Click here to see it.) This time, Jon & Taryn , talk about our backyard and all the recreational opportunities we offer. Everything from catch and release fishing to bonfires, Aurora’s walking path and our partnership with Prairie Plains Research Institute. They also highlight a […]

Fall at The Leadership Center is…

…nothing short of beautiful. We love the fall here. The leaves turn colors and everything takes on a whole new kind of beauty. If you haven’t had a chance to check out our Instagram page, you should. Our staff does a great job capturing the beautiful property. Click here to see it. Here’s a couple […]

TLC on Pure Nebraska

This week we were fortunate to share a bit about The Leadership Center with Pure Nebraska’s Jon Vanderford. It was a treat to show of our property, share our story and promote the 2nd Annual Harvest Gala coming up on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Thank you so much, Jon, for coming out! It was great to […]

Did you know that…

  RSVP ASAP to attend our Harvest Gala Dinner & Auction     View this email in your browser       There’s still time and space to purchase tickets to our 2016 Harvest Gala! This email is jam packed with some great reasons to attend and will give you a sneak peak of the fun […]

How To Choose

Good afternoon! I was just patrolling social media when I came across this quote. Not only did it make me chuckle, I couldn’t resist sharing it you with guys!! Now, the analogy be a little out there, but I think the general idea is amazing. Marry the person who makes you excited and happy. Spend […]

Our Spooktacular 5k Dash & Bash Wrap-up

This past Saturday, we hosted the 2nd Annual Spooktacular Dash & Bash with one of our best partners, The Edgeton Explorit Center. We were blessed with a beautiful morning, great participants and wonderful costumes. Our courses featured views of The Leadership Center, Aurora’s great walking path and 3 prairies planted, developed and cared for by […]

Happy Halloween from the TLC Gang!

  We’re booking for winter meetings and events. Call us today!     View this email in your browser       Happy Halloween! We hope everyone has a fun and safe evening. TLC wants to thank everyone who came out for our Spooktacular Run over the weekend. We had beautiful weather and fun. It’s not […]

Dare To Live

Hi! I hope you all had a wonderful Monday and a great Tuesday so far!! I was reading an article on Huffington Post about Amy Poehler’s new book, Yes Please. I hadn’t heard much about the book, seen the cover in magazines and online, but hadn’t paid much attention to it until I saw this […]

Hospitalityc: It’s what we do.

If you’ve ever been to The Leadership Center, you’ve probably seen the notation above the front office window, “We put the ‘T.L.C.’ in hospitality.” We put it up a few years ago as a promise to our guests that we proudly put the ‘tender, loving care’ in our service. It seemed fitting given that The Leadership Center […]

Celebrate The Good…

One of my favorite events to work are weddings. Growing up, I always loved going to weddings. I love the decorations, the wedding cake and most importantly the celebration of love an d new beginnings. Since starting at The Leadership Center last year I have had the opportunity of working 5 weddings and receptions. I […]

2nd Annual Spooktacular 5k Dash & Bash

We are so excited to be partnering with The Edgerton Explorit Center for our 2nd Annual Spooktacular 5k Dash & Bash. We welcome runners and walkers of all ages and speeds! Come out for a fun morning while supporting two great Nebraska non-profits! Here is what you need to know: Registration & Packet Pick Up: […]

It’s not too late to sign up for the Spooktacular 5k Dash & Bash!

  It’s not too late to sign up for the Spooktacular 5k Run!     View this email in your browser       There’s still time! The SPOOKTACULAR 5k DASH and BASH on October 29th is just around the corner and you can still participate. It’s a fun, beautiful run and we’d love to see you there! […]


Everything is a matter of perspective. You can see the glass half empty or half fun. You can choose to believe that the sun won’t come up tomorrow or that it will. I am one that sometimes finds it hard to see the silver lining in any situation, especially those situations that make it seem […]

Thank you, George.

As many did, my staff and I learned that George Hohwieler lost his battle with cancer on Monday. Later on, during our weekly management meeting, the core staff and I sat reminiscing a bit about him. We talked about how it was always nice when he’d stop by the office to say hello on his […]

Gentle As Rain

Good morning! I hope you all are having a wonderful Saturday! I found this picture the other day and wanted to share it with you. We have all faced criticism in our life, I mean it is a part of life. It helps you grow and evolve as an individual personally and professionally. However, not […]

Setting You Up For Event Success the TLC Way.

In the past few weeks, we have had a number of clients come through our doors with a variety of needs. Busy times like that are always interesting as we navigate through change overs, dietary needs, menus and set-ups. Our staff strives to personally meet the needs of our guests on a level that not […]

The Perfect Attire

Hello all! Long time no talk to! I was perusing the internet looking for inspiration to spark a blog post. I thought I had found one, but then something else caught my eye! I was visiting www.WeddingChicks.com when inspiration struck me like a lightning bolt. Looking at the beautiful bridesmaids’s dresses in this article I […]

Buy tickets now for…

  We’re booking for fall and winter meetings and events. Call us today!     View this email in your browser       You can BUY TICKETS now for our Second Annual Harvest Gala! It’s going to be another fun evening, including amazing food, incredible wine & beer selections and auctions. READ our in depth Blog to learn more […]

Learning on the Job

Almost 2 years ago, we implemented monthly staff meetings for the entire staff at The Leadership Center. In these meetings we welcome new staff members, celebrate birthdays, share feedback from our clients and enjoy a treat selected by the hosting department. We take time to discuss our incoming groups, our history with them or if […]

The 2nd Annual Harvest Gala

The trees are starting to turn and The Leadership Center decor has transitioned to fall. It’s exciting because that means football, cozy sweaters, pretty leaves and pumpkins. It also means The Leadership Center’s Annual Harvest Gala is just around the corner. This year, our staff, collaborated to design our invitation which the Aurora News Registerprinted […]

Event Planner Immunity

Usually, I am the one that is behind the scenes; the one working the event. This past weekend roles were somewhat reversed, I was not only the one working behind the scenes; I was also the one putting on the event. Months ago I purchased a house and remodeled it. My mom and I decided […]

Planning Your Wedding: 5 Things To Consider

Micheala and I just finished up a wedding walk through for May of 2017 and are waiting for our New Year’s Eve Wedding to come in and meet with our chef and us. Exciting times. I am just going to put this out there: WE LOVE WEDDINGS! That is a fact. We love being a […]


Micheala and I just finished up a wedding walk through for May of 2017 and are waiting for our New Year’s Eve Wedding to come in and meet with our chef and us. Exciting times. I am just going to put this out there: WE LOVE WEDDINGS! That is a fact. We love being a […]

What You See Is What You Get

The Leadership Center isn’t you typical retreat and conference center. For one, we are a non-profit organization, that alone sets us a part. If you would like more information on how to donate, click here. When you come to The Leadership Center you have the ease of knowing that your event is going to be […]

Things Have to Change

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s been a rainy and kind of dreary last week of August here in Nebraska, but today it is absolutely gorgeous out and I can’t get over it!! Love it! So I was perusing Google+ this morning and came across this quote and just wanted to share it with all of you. […]

Things To Keep In Mind

The other day I was perusing the internet and came across an article consisting of some wedding planning tips that I would love to share with you all. First off, ladies, if you are planning your wedding visit the website All Women Stalk because there are some wonderful articles for you to check out! If you […]

Women’s Equality Day and My Team

Maile Ilac Boeder I.O.M., Executive Director of The Leadership Center, Ex-Officio-NVAF; Devin Johansen, Housekeeping Manger & Core Team; Micheala Olsen, Admin & Event Coordinator and Intern Manager, Core Team Today, August 26th, is Women Equality Day. It is a day proclaimed each year by the President of the United States (since 1972) commemorating the plight […]

There is a chill in the air…

  We’re booking for fall and winter meetings and events. Call us today!     View this email in your browser       There is a distinct coolness in the breeze as we work our way into September, football season and the wonderful autumnal delights, like pumpkin spice! We’ve had a great summer of events, […]

Amazing Partnerships

Happy Saturday everyone! Today I want to dedicate my blog to something a little special. Not many know this, but we have teamed up with two amazing businesses here in town–The Plainsman Museum and The Edgerton Explorit Center. We met with Megan at the Plainsman and Mary at the Edgerton last year to discuss this […]

Making time for some family rest and relaxation.

Summer is coming to an end. The kids are back in school and life is about to get crazy busy with everyone’s schedules. I speak from experience, I have a son who just started kindergarten and exchange student who is a senior in high school not to mention my husband and my schedules. A number […]

Just Breathe

Good afternoon! Well, I am back at the blogging game. I admit today isn’t going to be a very long post, but I promise it will be worth your time. Ever have a day where the unexpected pops up and it keeps popping up like those awful pop-up ads online? We all have those days, […]

Peace Out!

Hello everyone! Well, here it is folks, it’s my last day on the job. Soon I will drop “the intern” from my name and I will just be Josh. I even made my last coffee run today, as is my intern duties. It has been a fun few months. I have been blessed with this […]

Get To Know TLC “Live” and more!

Micheala and I have been doing a lot of learning about all kinds of things, but more specifically how to creatively share The Leadership Center (TLC) story and its services. Through this journey, a little tidbit we picked up was that people really wanted to know us. The people who told the story, offered the […]

My team rocks.

I am not sure if I have ever shared with you all about how much I love my job, but I love my job. Everyday, I get to come to work and serve wonderful and amazing clients. What makes it better is the people I get to work with to serve our clients. The team […]

Exciting news from The Leadership Center

Yesterday, the USDA sent out a news release our behalf regarding an upcoming project here at The Leadership Center! We wanted to be sure to share it with you all, so here it is: _____ Rural Development Suite 308, Federal Building 100 Centennial Mall North Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 Voice: 402.437.5563 Email: Vicki.schurman@ne.usda.gov Web: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne Contact: […]

Learn Something New Everyday

I have become a fan of LifeHack.org . My husband is always talking about articles he read on Life Hack or some little tip he learned. I usually get daily emails from them, which up until very recently, I automatically deleted. A few weeks back, I got an email from them with an article about on […]

Sharing our story in a new way!

I am so excited to share the overview video, The Leadership Center, has had made to showcase what we do at The Leadership Center and our story. We were blessed to receive a grant from The Hamilton County Visitors Committee (thank you so much!) Due to this grant, we were able to work with Turbine […]

Do Me A Favor…

What’s your favorite part of a wedding reception? Free food? Alcohol? Wedding cake? What about wedding favors? The creativity that has been put into wedding favors lately has been incredible! There are so many great and unique ideas out there to choose from. At my friend’s wedding last summer, she bought cases of Jones soda […]

Food To Make Your Mouth Water

Happy Saturday!! I have been M.I.A. from the blog lately if you haven’t noticed. Maile has been doing a wonderful job posting some great blogs. This week I was asked by my cousin, who is getting married next year, about menu planning and what food to pair with their meal and I thought that that […]


A cup of jo to add some joy to your day! CHEERS! MIB

Possibility is everywhere…

There are days that pessimism is an easier choice! I had a friend email me this little ditty this morning and I read it over coffee. Which caused me to think. Quite a lot about the fact that this exactly how I need to approach every day. There is possibility everywhere! In hopes to turn […]

Busy Busy Busy

Long time no see! I have been MIA, but you have been fortunate to be hearing from our wonderful intern Josh! He is definitely having a new experience being in the office this summer as opposed to working maintenance with Dario. It’s definitely been entertaining having testosterone in our very estrogen driven office, but we’ve […]

In The Blink of an Eye

So our mission of getting back on track with blogs this week has failed, but to our defense Maile and I have been busy booking events and working on some other wonderful things!! Yay us! Anyway I thought today I would post an inspirational blog as I’ve had a very difficult week personally in which […]

Our Board of Directors

Every summer, usually a Saturday in late July or early August, a group of incredible professionals gather together to hold the Annual Board Meeting of the Nebraska Vocational Agricultural Foundation (NVAF). This board just so happens to be the owners of The Leadership Center. July 16th was a big day for The Leadership Center, not […]

Who’s New on our Board?

  Need a special event space or a business meeting venue? Book your event today!     View this email in your browser     Summer is winding down and school is just around the corner. We’re booking for 2017 events and still have plenty of great options for your fall business meetings during the […]

An Evening Stroll: Thank You

The 2nd Annual Evening Stroll was a huge success. We were blessed with beautiful weather, kind & giving attendees and a lot of fun. Not to mention the food and ambiance were amazing. An evening like this doesn’t just come together in a day or two and certainly doesn’t happen without the support of so […]

Today is your day!

We hope you have a great day today! Here is to conquering to-do lists and making the stuff of dreams and goals happen! -MIB

Internship FAQ

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about our internship program, you can find it here. In that blog I talked about my previous internships, things that I have learned, a couple of our interns and what we offer here at The Leadership Center in our internship program. We are still looking for […]

Have the best day!

Hello friends! It’s been WAY TOO LONG! It really has been.  Micheala and I haven’t been near as disciplined as we should be about blogging and I know she has addressed this, so we won’t dwell on it. I am hoping though, that this blog changes that and we back here a couple of times […]

More than a facility!

How is the summer half over already? Goodness, time flies when you’re having fun and staying busy. While we have had a number of meetings, family reunions and such here at The Leadership Center, we have also been busy leading our own conferences and workshops. That’s right! The Leadership Center isn’t just a facility, we also […]

Don’t Believe The Hype

  Around here, we are big fans of David Tutera. Huge. We would love for him to coordinate a wedding out here that is one of our goals. I havebeen a huge fan of not only David Tutera’s but of wedding shows in general, that’s how I really decided to change my major from journalism […]

Formidable Combination

So I am a day behind in posting my blog, once again. This week I have been busy working on a to-do list that just keeps growing!! Always a great problem to have! But back to my blog! Yesterday was the great Nelson Mandela’s birthday, 95th to be exact. When I was in college, in […]


Tuesday was a very busy day here at The Leadership Center, so unfortunately I missed posting my blog! It’s going to be a short and sweet blog because I have something special planned for later in the week! It’s an absolutely gorgeous & sunny morning and I wanted to post just a little inspiration to […]

Activate Courage!

Hello everyone! My apologies for not blogging in a while! A couple of weeks ago, I started getting emails about leadership. It is a month long subscription were you get one email per day. They were tips on how to become a better leader and to work well with your team. Some of them talked […]

20 Seconds

My dad is away at the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha, so part of this week my mom and I have been enjoying somewhat of a girls weekend. It’s been fun doing things we aren’t capable of doing while he’s home. The other night my mom and I decided to watch a movie and chose […]

Queen B

I was looking on Pinterest for some “blogspiration” and came across this quote from Beyonce. I love Queen B just as much as any other 23 year old girl. How could you not? But I love this quote probably more than her. “I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I only have to follow […]

Say “Cheese”

Perspective has so much to do with how we perceive, receive and react to things that happen to us. You can look at the glass half full. You can make lemonade out of lemons. You can do all sorts of things, but the main thing to understand is it starts with YOU! No matter what […]

Life Isn’t Fair

Over the weekend, I decided I would spring clean through my old high school email account. Mind you, I haven’t logged into that account in what I figured was 4 years. I wasn’t surprised to find 4000+ spam emails, but I went back and read through some of the emails that I saved and there […]


Happy Monday, everyone! Over my morning coffee, I was pondering what I was going to do my blog on. Digging through some things, I came across this little ditty. “If you’re lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else, don’t EVER change.” – Taylor Swift Understanding that though, Taylor Swift, may […]

Q & A with Maile & Micheala

Topic: The Evening Stroll: Progressive Dinner Fundraiser What can you expect of the evening? A fun, relaxed evening of delicious food, refreshing beverages and great people. The evening’s festivities will take you throughout our facility to enjoy a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and live auction. We will conclude the evening around the bonfires on the […]

Last Chance to Register for A Evening Stroll!!

  RSVP ASAP for your chance to attend An Evening Stroll!     View this email in your browser       Join us for “An Evening Stroll” on July 16, 2016 Reservations can be made until Tuesday, July 12th!     Register Here or Call (402) 694-3934 Preview our Tropical Music Playlist   Check […]


“Seriously?!” is one my favorite quotes from Greys Anatomy that I admit I use on a regular basis.  There are some days when I make this face multiple times and say in my head or out loud my favorite Greys Anatomy quote or “Are you freaking kidding me?!” There are a lot of things that […]

Normal IS boring!

Happy Friday!!! For a number of you this is just a part of a long weekend given that the 4th of July was yesterday. Others, are like me, who happen to be enjoying the day at work! And I type that with no sarcasm implied, because I really do enjoy my work!! Not only is […]


I absolutely love this picture and this nugget of wisdom. Life is meant for engaged action! Be awake! Be ready and be open! Here’s to enjoying the land of the free and land of opportunity! Peace be the journey, Maile Share

Inspiration Tuesday

First off, when I think of Eleanor Roosevelt, the movie Princess Diaries instantly pops into my head. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” is the quote which Joe tells Mia to inspire her to stick up for herself. So I’ve decided to continue on the inspirational women theme I started last […]


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart,”-Helen Keller.  June 27th (Helen’s birthday) is recognized as Helen Keller Day which was designated by Jimmy Carter on Helen’s 100th birthday. Helen Keller was an extraordinary woman. She accomplished so much in […]

An Evening Stroll

It’s that time again! An Evening Stroll is here. Join us on July 16 for a wonderful evening full of delicious food, spirited spirits, lively auction and ending the evening out by the bonfire. Head to our website www.TLCAurora.org to purchase your tickets or give us a call at (402) 694-3934. A post shared by […]

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

Happy Friday everyone! This morning, when I was out on my run, I was thinking how life today, is so different from a year ago. A year ago at 5 and 6 in the morning, I would be fast asleep! Having hit a wall in so many areas of life, I really lost the motivation […]


There you have it, I am declaring that Thursday, June 27, 2013 is going to be a good day! Why? Well I am not quite sure given how it all got started, but I absolutely positive it’s got potential so we’re going to take it and run. For anyone who reads our blog on any […]

Wedding Etiquette 101

Wedding season is in full swing and I honestly can’t believe I have reached the age where my high school classmates and childhood friends are getting married! It’s been happening for a couple years now, but still who can believe it?! I have been a wedding guest once already this summer and have at least […]


Happy Monday all! I really hope your day is off to the best start and if not, I hope it get’s better!!! I got to start my day off at the dentist with my little boy, Chaz, for his first dentist appointment. Chaz was really excited and I was just hoping it all went well. […]

Opportunities Are Endless

Internships. They are both vital and necessary no matter what field you are preparing for. Internships provide you with experiences and knowledge that you can obtain from a textbook or classroom. They help shape you for your future jobs. I  have had several internships in my life. I interned for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic […]

Create Something Great

This morning, I was looking for some inspiration for my blog. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to write about today, but then I came across this picture. It’s not sugar coated by any means, which is great because there are times when we need the honest truth.  This is a great follow up […]

Older and Wiser

Good Morning! I am a sophomore in college so at this point in my life I am coming to the realization that I will soon be an adult. Many of my friends as well as myself are getting more professional jobs, and some not much older than me are even getting married and starting families. […]

Making sense of it all.

Putting up a blog has been on the to-do list for the last many days. While we have been happily busy with family reunions, training sessions and numerous meetings, Micheala and I have remained dedicated to keeping things fresh here in Leadership Log. We’ve enjoyed getting back into sharing our thoughts through words. Thank you […]

New Feature

Good morning! One of our major types of meetings is family reunions. We have families that come and see us every year, every other year or some other combination. We love getting to see the families and getting to know them. It’s one of our favorite parts of the summer! Something new that we have started […]

The First of Many

Happy Monday Everyone!! A couple of days ago I experienced my first wedding from the point of view of the general intern. It was very different than the view of the maintenance department. When I was in maintenance I would get chairs and tables set up and then I would be worry free. However, as […]

Sizzling Summer Events

  Summer’s HOT at TLC in the best way – book your event today!     View this email in your browser     It’s hot, hot, hot but that’s not stopping the fun we’re having at TLC! Family reunions, weddings and birthday parties are just a few of our June bookings. We’re already booking […]

Learning Every Day

Good afternoon! So far this week, I have learned a ton and have been quite busy. Monday, although it was a bit hectic and frustrating, I learned how to maneuver some software that is critical to our business running smoothly. On Tuesday I was fortunate enough to attend the NCE teacher’s conference with Maile. I […]

Key to Success

Happy Friday all! Today I wanted to touch on the importance of organization. I know in past blogs we have touched on the importance of organization which you can find here, but I thought it was worth a revisit. We are on a bit of a slow week in between two very busy weeks. We […]


Happy Friday all! It is the end of my first week of the internship and I have not been scared away quite yet so that is a positive sign. It has been crazy and hectic, and full of fun. I am learning a lot of things in a short amount of time. It has kept […]

Josh the Intern

Good morning everyone! My name is Josh Aspegren and I just wrapped up my first year at Nebraska Wesleyan University. I am majoring in exercise science and minoring in Spanish, with the ultimate goal of becoming a physical therapist and owning my own physical therapy practice. I have worked on the maintenance staff at The […]

Organization Is Key

Hello all! Maile and I have been slacking on our blogging duties. I apologize, but unfortunately I can’t promise that we are going to be more diligent. We are entering our extremely busy period with the start of Chapter Officer Leadership Training or COLT as we call it here at TLC with the Nebraska FFA. […]

Our Donors Take the Cake!

  My alarm went off at 11:55 p.m. on May 2, 2016. Why? Well, Go Big Give started at exactly midnight! This was the second year, The Leadership Center, was a part of this incredible fundraiser. I wasn’t going to miss watching the ticker of dollars donated go up, nor was I going to miss […]

A Legacy Built With Generosity

Should you ever take a moment to walk through the halls of The Leadership Center, you’ll be quick to notice that we have a number of plaques hanging up commemorating the donors that helped make the dream of The Leadership Center a reality. I love that they hang in the halls because it is a […]

How to Invite

When choosing an invite, do you go the old fashioned way and send out paper invitations or do you join the millennial generation by sending out digital invitations? Each generation is different. The older generations love to have something physical in hand, while the younger generations prefer less clutter and would rather have everything digitally. […]

Election and Celebration Season

With the end of the school year nearing, it’s what I like to refer to as “election and celebration season.” The past few weeks, I have been on the road assisting FFA Chapters with chapter officer interviews. I have also attended a couple of FFA Banquets and next week, I have the pleasure of speaking […]

Spring is here.

We love spring at The Leadership Center. Our grass is greening up, the trees are starting to bud and all the animals are coming back to visit. It’s been so exciting. As our staff has been out on the property, they have captured some of the spring happenings. We thought we would share just a […]

Thank You

I think thank you notes have been slowly drifting down the obsolete river. My generation very rarely sends out hand-written thank you notes any more, now they come via text or Facebook. While those are acceptable they are not the most appreciated. Having attended a wedding and bridal shower this year, the history and importance […]

Just one reason why I love my job!

Working at The Leadership Center is pretty cool. Every day we get the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing clients, companies and organizations to put together meetings, retreats and events to create meaningful moments that matter. It’s really amazing. Every once and awhile, we get the opportunity to hit the road and […]

Birthday Celebrations and More!

Nearly everyday we get calls at The Leadership Center for birthday parties. It is a lot of fun for us to get to celebrate such milestones with so many. Often times in our initial conversation, people are surprised to learn of all the types of parties we can host or all the services we can […]

Bride Faux Pas

Being a bridesmaid is truly an honor. I have had the opportunity once before in my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding and then will have the opportunity again next year in my cousin’s wedding. With that being said, there are a couple of things that I wanted to share with brides that I have learned through […]

Selecting your next meeting space.

The past month, Micheala and I have spent quite a bit of time out of the office attending meetings in Lincoln, Grand Island, and right here in Aurora. Given that we spend the better portion of our days assisting others in the planning of their events, retreats and meetings, we can’t help but pay special […]

Exciting News!!

Gotcha!! Our exciting news is the awesome new blog by Maile below!!

Planning Your Reception.

Today’s blog is going to be a little bit different, but a lot of fun! Maile and Micheala are joining forces to bring you a blog about reception planning. You are going to find helpful information in regards to your reception meal, beverage planning, bars among other tips. Hold on tight, this is going to […]

Why your gift matters.

As we gear up for Go Big Give, I can’t help but look back at our history and appreciate how it has been shaped by the kindness and gifts of so many. If you have ever heard the story of how The Leadership Center came to be, you know that three agricultural educators mortgaged their […]

Incredible Moments

Here at The Leadership Center, we get to be a part of some really great moments: weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, etc. We cherish the fact that we get to be a part of these. While I love these really wonderful and obvious events, my favorite events are the ones that I never expect. To explain, this […]

Planning your next family reunion.

The snow is gone and spring is peeking through which means we’re getting ready for family reunion season to begin here at The Leadership Center. While the season doesn’t really start for a couple of months, we’ve been answering lots of questions from those planning their reunions with us. With that in mind, in today’s […]

Questions That You Need to Ask

Picking a venue for your special event is not an easy task. There are a ton of things that you have to keep in mind when making this decision. What is the rental fee? What does the rental fee include? What does it not include? Can I bring in my own food? Do you have […]

All In The Details

This past Monday, my cousin asked me to a bridesmaid in her wedding in one of the most adorable ways! She sent me a goodie box full of wedding themed items and gifts. Now this isn’t completely new to me, I have seen it all over Pinterest. And they extremely cute and thoughtful ways to […]

One Of Those Weeks

Do you ever have one of those weeks where every thing seems to pile up? Nothing you do is right and you are completely overwhelmed? This week has been one of those. It seems to have been one thing after another and things that I can’t necessarily control leaving me feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and befuddled. […]

And we begin again…

If you travel back through the history of this blog, it feels a bit like a diet plan of sorts. We approach it with great promise. We enthusiastically work on it. Then our schedules get busy with client meetings, contracts, events and all the things that make up our business, moving blogging to the bottom […]

Striking Out

Happy Birthday to Babe Ruth! I was looking for inspiration for my blog today and saw that it was his birthday. I am a Red Sox fan so normally I probably wouldn’t recognize this day, however I saw this quote and couldn’t resist. “Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” Many of […]


2013 was a wonderful, but challenging year for me and now we are into 2014! I can’t believe we are a month into 2014! One of our “resolutions” here at TLC was to get back posting our daily blogs. Unfortunately we have failed at that resolution so far, but hopefully this post will jumpstart us […]

Exciting Things Ahead

My goal at the beginning of my internship was to create a blog post every week. Well safe to say I haven’t achieved that goal yet. However, I thought that I would talk about some of the amazing events that have been going on here and what is ahead in the future! Within the last […]

Find your Greatness 2013

I love this image! Leave it to Nike to come up with yet another impacting and incredibly inspiring campaign!!! I found this snap shot of greatness a few months back while looking for blogspiration. I have looked back at it a number of times for personal inspiration and thought it was perfect for today! What […]

Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood

We all have that one show from our childhood that sticks with us. When I was on Facebook the other day I saw a post about Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood which struck a chord. Growing up that was my favorite show. I have so many memories watching it, even ones that most people don’t believe, but […]


Good morning! Ever played Scrabble? It’s my favorite game!  I love words, spelling and playing scrabble over a good cup of coffee with my mom and my sister in-law! The other thing I love is my work. I love my job and what I get to do everyday for work. It’s fantastic. I know that […]

Pursue Greatness Anyway

I was lost in my head the other day, thinking. And I took a look back to how I have changed in the past 10 years. So much of me has grown and evolved. For instance, I am a people pleaser. I always want people to like me or like my work. I have always […]

The New Planner

Maybe I am behind on this trend, but I just found it the other day and found it incredibly interesting. We’ve all heard of wedding planners and event planners, some may not know the difference, but they are out there. Now we can add proposal planners to the list. I was trying to come up […]


I was searching for a new pair of running shoes just this weekend, when I came across this image on the Saucony website. “Maybe strong is what you have left when you’ve used up all your week. #FindYourStrong” These words have been lingering in my head all week. I have been pondering what that really […]

Life happens…

Good morning….er, afternoon! I hope your hot, hot Tuesday is off to a great start and ideally includes air conditioning!! Here in Aurora, Nebraska we’re looking at nearly a 100 degree day! That’s one hot day. Our blog has been kind of quiet the last few days. We’ve been really busy with B.R.A.N. and some […]


Well, we are back at blogging! Never thought I would say I enjoy blogging, but I do. It is something that I look forward to on the days it is my turn to blog. The past month here at The Leadership Center has been jam packed with family reunions, youth groups, conferences, and so much […]

Less than 1 day…

…before Bike Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) arrives in Aurora, NE!!! We can’t wait. We have so much planned for you all coming! To find out, click here. Some have asked why one would chose to ride a bike across Nebraska or anywhere for that matter and then I came across this: In it’s basket, it […]

If It’s Not Okay…

In choosing a topic for my blog today, I was thinking about the devastation that has hit the Midwest lately in the form of storms. We have been pretty fortunate to not see the kind of damage like those living in Oklahoma and other places. I have been in similar situations as those affected, two […]

Smile 🙂

 Ever have those days where you are in the mood to just stay in bed and watch trashy tv or is that just me? 🙂 I think we all have those days where we find it hard to smile and be happy. On those days when you don’t want to smile, I think you just […]


It is a beautiful day here at The Leadership Center. The sun is shining. The staff is busy setting the building up for an great weekend and we’re all ready for an awesome weekend! While enjoying the beauty God provided for me and listening to “The Band Perry”, I came across this morsel of wisdom, […]


 For anyone who has met me, they more than likely know that beyond my husband, my son, and family, I love very few things more than coffee and Starbucks! I have had a thing for coffee since I was 4 years old. I would drink coffee (with lots of milk and sugar) with my grandpa […]

Go Against The Grain

If Maya Angelou doesn’t inspire you, I am not sure who can! She has some wonderful quotes that can plant a seed of inspiration into anyone!! One of my favorites is, “If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” I know when I was in high […]

Life is Pretty Special

 Life is pretty amazing. Seriously, we all have been blessed with some incredible things in our lives. One of mine just came yesterday. Many of you don’t know, but my brother and sister-in-law were expecting a little boy. He was supposed to arrive the beginning part of June, but decided to show up yesterday! So […]

Memorial Day

  Today is Memorial Day. It is a day designated to celebrate all the men and women who have given their lives fighting for and protecting the freedom that we as Americans enjoy. Many of you will enjoy BBQ’s and fun times with family and friends. Here at The Leadership Center, we will kick off […]

These are a few of my favorite things…

I love the movie, “The Sound of Music.” Every time I watch it, I think it would be fun to mash it up with “Project Runway”, by taking down the curtains and turn them into some fabulous creation while singing, “Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. Snowflakes that stay on my nose and […]

If You’re Trying

 If you know me at all, you know that I am a perfectionist when it comes to certain things. It drives me crazy when details for an event are off for example. I want everything to be perfect. It has taken me my entire life to realize that not everything can be perfect and that […]

As long as you have breath…

In the past few weeks with graduations and other life celebrations, I have heard a number of the following: “Remember when we ….” “Gosh, those were the good ol’ days…” “If only I could turn back time and redo…” “I was in my prime, it was my best days…” “If I could have just held […]

Living life to the fullest.

Adam Mordecai  recently shared a video on UPWORTHY about an incredible young man named Zach Sobiech. After watching the video, Micheala and I couldn’t help but want to be sure you all saw this. Please take time to watch if you haven’t! Directly from  Adam Mordecai UPWORTHY post: “Zach Sobiech, at the age of 14, found […]

Believe and Achieve

A little bit of inspiration for you this Thursday. I absolutely love this quote. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” Such a powerful meaning. We all face things that shake our confidence and tear us down. That could be a […]

Reflection of the Year

Man time flies! Today marks my one year anniversary here at The Leadership Center. Just a year ago, I had recently graduated from the University of Nebraska and started here as an intern, now I am an Administrative Assistant here with the fortune of working on several different projects. I will admit, I never predicted […]

Making “grape juice.”

I think it was Walt Disney who said “Doing the impossible is fun!” I thought of that when I saw the following quote, “When life hands you lemons, make grape juice. Then sit back and watch as the world wonders how you did it.” Now that is what one would call a good dose of […]

DIY Wedding

Let’s face it, weddings aren’t cheap, but there are ways you can reduce cost. One major way to reduce cost is to do your own décor instead of buying it or having a designer do it. Now that’s not possible for everything, but for items such as flowers, programs, favors or centerpieces it is. My […]

It’s up to you!

 How can you look at this picture and not smile? Right? I know when I saw it for the first time, I not only smiled but I laughed and it was a laugh filled with joy. I hope you are too!! Shortly after I moved to Nebraska, I met one of the most genuinely excited […]

It’s Supposed To Be Hard

 I absolutely love this quote! I think our society has become very reliable on instant gratification for so many things. Unfortunately, many of the great things in life take hard work and time to achieve which is what makes them worth it. Along with a few others here at The Leadership Center, I have been […]

Checking the List

Here at The Leadership Center, we’re lovers of lists. You can step into just about any department and ask a manager or team member what they are up to for the day and they would show you “The List”! There is a sense of accomplishment when you can check things off as you go! I […]

Dream Big.

Happy Tuesday everyone!! It is such a beautiful day that has put me in an incredibly good mood!  I wanted something cheerful and inspirational for my post today. “Live simply. Dream big. Be Grateful. Give love. Laugh lots.” Such a simple, but important message! Maile and I attended a meeting a couple months ago where […]

The Little Things

 “You’re never too busy to help.” is what my old Ag Adviser would say. Stopping to hold the door or assisting someone with their groceries or even shoveling the neighbors sidewalk…they are examples of doing the “little things.” My step dad, Mike, would say, “Be sure you stop, make eye contact and listen to a […]

Choose Your Direction

 It is that time of the year again, graduation. Whether you are graduating high school or college, it is such an exciting time! I came across this picture and instantly thought of graduation. Whether you are moving on to college or to the real world, we have the power to choose our direction in life. […]

It’s my life…

Good morning! It’s a great day and I just have to smile. I love this time of year for so many reasons: It’s graduation season. It’s time for the Nebraska FFA to hold C.O.L.T. (Chapter Officer Leadership Training) here a The Leadership Center. I get to plant my garden and my flowers. With all the […]

Aca-Believe It

Today on this gloomy and rainy Thursday, my Pandora was playing in the background when I was trying to decide what I wanted to write about for my blog, when a song from the movie Pitch Perfect started playing and a smile couldn’t help but cross my face. If you’ve never seen the movie, I […]

Bike Ride Across Nebraska

I am not sure if you have heard, but Aurora was asked to be one of 8 host communities for B.R.A.N. (Bike Ride Across Nebraska) in June! We are so excited too! Having the opportunity to showcase our great community to over 600 folks will not just be awesome, it’s going to be fun! When […]

Keep Looking Up

Ever have one of those days where it seems like nothing can go right? I have those every so often, where it feels like everything is snowballing down. Not only does it get you down, but it depletes your confidence and ambition. I saw this picture on Pinterest the other day and fell in love! […]

Eeyore Moments & Sunshine

It’s Monday and it appears that spring has finally sprung! YAY! Last week, I was concerned we were going to be stuck in a perpetual fall/winter mix of gray, wet, blah! When perusing the world wide web for blog-spiration, I came across this little ditty, “If something hasn’t happened for you, it doesn’t mean it’s […]

It’s Derby Day

It’s Derby Day! If you know anything about the Kentucky Derby, you know that it involves three things: big hats, mint juleps and horse racing. I grew up going to horse races and my family even owned a couple race horses throughout the years, so racing is something I love to watch.  I love watching […]

Here’s to you!

It’s graduation season! Dr. Seuss is a graduation favorite of mine! So on this fabulous Friday here are some incredibly great bits of wisdom to take you into this weekend!!!! Here’s to you! Here’s to the great you that you are and may you be the greatest great you that you can be! Have a […]

Wedding Planning Resources

“Three rings of marriage are the engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffering.” – Anon. I think most men would agree with this statement. Women on the other hand enjoy the planning process for the most part; it’s what they have been dreaming about!! The planning process can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t […]

Your Adventure…

Trying new things, daring things and having incredible experiences enhance your life in a number of ways. Those do not the measure up to the impact people can or will make in your life. Risking boldly and vulnerably investing yourself in the people you meet and connect with on a daily basis or within a […]

To RSVP or Not to RSVP, that is the question?

In the past couple of weeks, I have done a number of wedding walk through’s here at The Leadership Center. They are one of my favorite things to do! It never fails during that time or during the meeting with Chef Susan when we’re discussing food, set-up, and ultimately, cost, that we get the following […]

Life Moves Pretty Fast

Yesterday I was flipping through the channels and I saw one of my favorite movies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and of course I had to watch it, who can pass up that movie? It’s a classic that you just have to love. It also provides you with some amazing quotes! The one to the left […]

Not Just Facebook Anymore

Before I started at The Leadership Center, I knew the basics of posting on Facebook, sending a tweet and pinning to a board on Pinterest, but I have now become very well versed on difference aspects of social media, it’s part of my job. I have to stay on top of the different versions of […]

Paying it forward…

One of my utmost favorite movies is “Pay It Forward” with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt in it. The movie is about a boy who, after being given a chance, is inspired to make the world a better place. The story so moving. The philosophy and message that drives the movie is beautiful and inspiring. […]

Enthusiasm Achieves Greatness

Last night I had a delicious dinner at one of my favorites-Olive Garden, with my friend Kelsey from college and got to catch up on our busy lives. Long story short, she was recently promoted the banquet director at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Grand Island and we got to discuss the differences between our […]

Working your plan!

I had a board member at my previous job named Paul Zimmer. He is the chairman of Allied Printing Company. Paul is quite possibly one of the most enthusiastic, positive, inspiring and forward thinking guys I have ever had to the pleasure to work for. Whenever we’d to talk about a project, an event or […]

Nothing is Impossible

Today, my advice is to never get discouraged when someone tells you, you can’t do something. You can do anything you put your mind to! Look at Walt Disney, he failed at thing before he became a success and the same goes with a lot of other successful people. Just give it time and work […]


As a child, I started a number of my mornings with Mr. Rogers singing, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” I loved how he always invited and welcomed you in. He was the perpetual morning, afternoon—all day person with a smile and kind words. As an adult I wish I could greet Mondays with that same […]

Difficulties We Face

I really love this quote. I found it on Instagram the other day and it made me think about the difficult things I have experienced in my life and how those things have shaped me. Side note: I love Instagram, if you haven’t heard of it, I suggest you should check it out because there […]

Life with Intention and Action

I don’t know about you, but often times, I find myself doing the, “I’ll do that tomorrow” chant. Then tomorrow comes and the cycle starts all over again, “I’ll do that tomorrow.” It’s no new discovery that humans struggle with turning an “I wish” statement into an “I will” statement. The simple commitment to action […]

Wedding Website

Within the past couple of years there have been new trends in wedding planning. The times of receiving a save the date card and wedding invitation are long gone! Many couples have turned to using wedding websites where they can tell their love story, show how the proposal went down, keep track of RSVPs and […]


The last couple of days I have had the opportunity to serve on an interview panel for some local FFA Chapter officer team selections. It’s one of my favorite parts of my job. Working with young leaders desiring to grow, lead, inspire and make a positive impact. One of the candidates was asked “Why the […]

Be the Change

After the events of yesterday, I can’t help but think of the world we live in and how the smallest of things can make the biggest of impacts. Just because you are one person, don’t believe that you can’t make a difference. You can always make an impact, you just have to believe and follow […]


Today’s blog post is dedicated to all those who have been effected by the events in Boston. Our hearts go out to you. Senseless violence like this is both unsettling and disheartening not to mention absolutely unacceptable. We pray for healing, strength and peace. We also pray for encouragement, understanding and the ability to move […]

Every Day Is A New Day

With every sunrise, brings a new day and a new chance for us to discover our greatness. Enjoy the new opportunity afforded you and make the adventure worthwhile!! Have a great weekend! Maile

Using Pinterest As Your Wedding Planner

Planning a wedding can be extremely overwhelming. So many details to consider and so many options to choose from. How are you supposed to keep it all straight?! A lot of brides have been turning to Pinterest as a planning tool. I think it’s great! Having worked on a few weddings and having a degree […]

Rain & Thunder

My step-dad, Mike, always used to tell me, “Change your tone, Maile. You catch more bees with honey than vinegar.” Those are wise words that at times are hard to hear, but are so true! I see their value even more now that I work with clients daily and I am a mom to a […]

Dream It And Achieve It

Thought for the day: Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams!! It is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication, but in the end, achieving the goals you want in life are going to be what makes you truly happy! Have a great day!

Greetings From The New Intern

This is my second week here at The Leadership Center and thought that I would introduce myself to all of you lovely people. My name is Micheala Olsen and I was born and raised in Hampton, NE. I thought to introduce myself I would give you five interesting tidbits about myself. Quotes – I have a […]

Confidence with no apologies.

The other day, I got a phone call from a friend saying she had read my blog. Immediately, I found myself apologizing. Why you ask? I don’t know. She went on no apology was needed and then hit the nail on the head. She said, “Goodness, for someone who usually has confidence in all that […]


A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend The Nebraska Market Place in Kearney, Nebraska. This event is a very unique and incredible event that promotes all things Nebraska! Who does’t love that? For The Leadership Center, it offered an opportunity to promote our center and business offerings to an audience that may […]

Enough Already!!!

Ever heard of the word “procrastination”? Goodness, it has unfortunately become my motto when it comes to this blog! It wasn’t my intention nor my plan, but here we are months after I started this and it’s only my THIRD post! What makes this worse is every week I lay out an outline for my […]

Hello Michigan!

I know I am here in Aurora, Nebraska. I don’t need my Garmin to tell me that! However last week I had a really cool opportunity to deliver a motivational message to a group of people attending a Self Enhancement and Job Search Workshop in Ferndale, Michigan via Skype! I sat in the comfort of […]

Greetings from The Leadership Center!

Hello and welcome to The Leadership Center’s blog. I am the Executive Director, Maile Ilac Boeder. That’s Maile like smiley Maile! Having moved to Nebraska a little over a year ago, it’s fair to say I am the new kid on the block. As an effort to move beyond that status, I have been traveling […]