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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Event recap - bushCONNECT 2015

On May 4, the Bush Foundation hosted bushCONNECT 2015, an event intended to bring together Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota leaders from various sectors, identities and interests to get inspiration, equip new tools and knowledge, and connect with the other people present.

For those who weren't there, the Bush Foundation has begun posting some of the speakers and sessions to their YouTube channel.

In addition, check out the Connector's Guide put together by Pollen for a community-sourced guide that can help leaders in their work.

Photo courtesy of the Bush Foundation and Rebecca Jean Lawrence Photography (Source)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Register now for webinar Creating connection in your personal and community lives


Join us for this two part webinar that examines how creating positive relationships can increase well-being for individuals and communities. Extension educators Denise Stromme and Lori Rothstein, working from the leading research-based model for well-being, will teach participants how they as

leaders can foster a culture where even small connections create positive impacts on the people, communities, and work they encounter.

Participants will leave the webinar with practical strategies that can be implemented in one's personal life, as well as in community organizations and workplaces.

By registering, participants are committing to attending both parts of the webinar. Each one is unique and the second builds upon what is covered in the first.

WHEN: June 4 and June 11, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

WHERE: Online offering

COST: $25 per participant

Registration is open now and will close on May 20, 2015.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Opportunity - Communications Director position at AgriGrowth

AgriGrowth, a non-profit trade association that advocates for Minnesota's broad and a diverse agricultural and food sector, is hiring a Communications Director.

The deadline for application is May 4 so if you are interested, click here to see the full posting which includes the description of the role and more about AgriGrowth.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New alumni join the Extension leadership network

We welcome 18 more great leaders from across the state of Minnesota who have worked to build their leadership for their communities. Congratulations to the 2014-2015 graduates of the U-Lead Advisory Academy.

The U-Lead Advisory Academy is a leadership development program for friends of University of Minnesota Extension. If you might be interested in participating, registration for the next class opens June 1 and will be addressing the topic Leadership in the face of change. We will keep you posted here with more details to come.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Welcome to new graduates from the Emerging Leadership Program

We recently had 34 new graduates of the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program join the fold of Extension's Leadership and Civic Engagement alumni. We are excited to support your work, passions, and communities.

The Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program is one of Minnesota's oldest leadership development programs, existing in the northwest part of the state for more than 30 years. It's great to see the tradition continue.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2015 Leadership Series Announced

We are excited to announce our upcoming slate of events for the 2015 Leadership Series! Topics for this year include:

  • Creating connection in your personal and community lives (online)
  • Emotional intelligence: A pathway to self-understanding and improved leadership (St. Cloud)
  • Leading ourselves through change (online)
To learn more about each, the dates, and how to register, visit the 2015 Leadership Series page.

Registration is already open for the first webinar which focuses on the impacts of creating positive relationships to transform the people and environment around you. If you, your coworkers, or friends in the community can benefit, please let them know about the opportunity.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Perspectives on Civic Engagement - Donna Rasmussen

Check out this great, quick video from Donna Rasmussen of the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District. Donna also participated in the Southeast Minnesota Civic Engagement Cohort on Water Quality. She discusses how citizen-led conversations brought about a plan to improve the water quality of the Root River. For more information about Extension's Civic Engagment program offerings, visit
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