Leadership Shawano County is becoming the mold for a program in Oconto County. Leadership Oconto County plans to begin its first of nine sessions in September, according to Oconto County Economic Development executive director Paul Ehrfurth. The Oconto County program being patterned after Leadership Shawano County, which has graduated more than 250 people since it started in 2000. The longtime director of that program, Wendy Crawford, met several months ago with the board, which then formed a local steering committee to establish an Oconto County version. There is a fee, though a subsidy is being considered for the first year to get the program running. Area companies interested in having an employee participate in the program can call Oconto County Economic Development Corporation at 920-834-6969.