Growing Leadership in Local Government

Thursday, April 16, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Registration Deadline

Monday, March 2, 2020

The 2020 pilot program will include a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help participants process, apply and manage new information that leads to positive result for themselves, their teams, workplaces and communities.

Eight sessions will be held once/month April - November, 2020 in locations across the region to help facilitate regional knowledge and network-building. All sessions will include leadership education taught by Leadership and Civic Engagement Extension Educators and additional local presenters. To help participants gain individualized knowledge and skills, they will be completing at least two leadership assessments, receive 1-1 debriefing in this process, and have the opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills to their professional or personal leadership project they bring to (and work on) during the program.

Participants will be organized into Peer Learning Project Teams for the duration of the program as a way to learn with peers, apply program learning, and build a foundation for a sustained, local network. Finally, participants will be expected to complete a few program ‘assignments’ outside of sessions, e.g. completing leadership assessments reviewing materials, and attending two outside meetings: one with an assessment ‘debrief’ coach and once with their Peer Learning Project Team.

Unless noted, all day-long sessions are 8:30am -3:30pm (arrival between 8-8:30am). Online session is 75 minutes.

Dates and Format

Session One:

Launching the Journey; Tapping your strengths
Thursday, April 16

Session Two:

Building and Sustaining Personal Resilience, and Committees and Teams That Work
Wednesday, May 6, 12noon -

Thursday, May 7, 1pm


Session Three:

Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Thursday, June 11
Pine City

Session Four:

Mind over matter: Leading with a Growth Mindset
Thursday, July 16.

Online “synchronous” webinar. Time tbd.
Own office

Session Five:

Enhancing Ethical Leadership and Cultural Competence [TBD: may need to move Ethical Leadership]
Thursday, August 13

Session Six:

Understanding and Navigating the Dynamics of Change and Conflict
Thursday, September 10

Session Seven:

Strengthened Trust, Civic Engagement and Strategic Communication
Wednesday, October 14

Session Eight:

Bringing it Altogether with Visionary Leadership and Action
Thursday, November 12

Program Cost

Tuition for the entire program is $1500 for members and $1800 for non-members. Fee includes all cohort education, related materials, food, and overnight retreat lodging (double occupancy). A limited number of partial tuition assistance resources are available for qualifying participants.


Contact Reva Van Vleet, Manager, Local Government Services. 137 23rd Street South, Suite 202, Sartell, MN, 56377 (320) 255-3236 x323 or
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