Western Extension Leadership Development (WELD)

A two-year program for faculty, agents, advisors, educators and specialists in the Western United States and territories.

What is WELD?

In 1999, the Western Extension Directors Association created the Western Extension Leadership Development (WELD) committee, representing the 13 western states and territories, to investigate and develop a regional leadership training program for Extension faculty. Specific objectives are to have participants:

  • Develop awareness and appreciation of their own and others' leadership styles and learn to apply appropriate techniques in working with diverse individuals.
  • Develop skills to enable themselves and others to develop and articulate organizational/group direction.
  • Be able to enable the organization/group to effectively implement planned change.
  • Develop skills to enable others to work together effectively.

Dynamic Learning Experiences

  1. A personal leadership inventory and assessment;
  2. A leadership seminar covering leadership styles, defining direction, working together through teams, community action process, ethical decision-making, and more;
  3. An individual innovative leadership project with support and resources, such as a case study documentation and mentoring relationships; and
  4. A capstone seminar during which participants share their innovative projects.

Important Dates

  1. Nov. 15, 2018 - State Extension Directors submit approved applications to WELD X Planning Committee
  2. Jan. 2019 - Personal Leadership Inventory and Assessment completed by Interns
  3. March 2019 - WELD X Seminar 1 - Oregon, Dates TBA
  4. May 2020 - WELD X Seminar 2 - Location and specific dates TBD


The fee for the 15-month program is $1,600 per intern. This fee is generally covered by the intern’s Extension organization. The fee includes registration for two WELD X seminars, leadership inventory activities, communication, training sessions, materials, and certain meals. The registration fee does not include travel, lodging, and some meals, and is not refundable once an individual begins the WELD program.

Extension Director's Office | On the campus of University of Nevada, Reno