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2017 Community Leadership Series



The 2017 Community Leadership Series provides you an opportunity to expand your understanding on a variety of topics while connecting with other community leaders!  The entire series is being offered via webinar to bring you quality learning experiences in your community.  Most events are free, but do require registration to ensure you gain access to important learning materials prior to the online session.

If you are interested in these topics or have additional ideas for future Community Leadership Series offerings, please contact  Christy Kallevig, Alumni Program and Cohort Coordinator, at (320)235-0726 ext. 2018.

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Strengthening Trust in Communities
Thursday, June 8, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST)
FREE Online Offering


Research shows that trust is closely correlated to positive benefits, including increased efficiency and effectiveness, while lack of trust results in disengagement and less creativity.  The presence or lack of trust has even greater impacts on relationships in communities with diverse cultures.  It begs the question – what can leaders do to build trust? 

In this FREE webinar, Extension educators Eriks Dunens and Dawn Newman will explore the types of trust and the three most common places where trust is built or lost.  They will also explore the challenges and opportunities that exist in diverse communities to strengthen networks and build trust.  Trust us, this webinar is worth checking out!

Registration has closed for this offering.


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Leading with Intercultural Competence
Thursday, July 20, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST)
Registration is now OPEN!
Cost: $30 (the cost of the assessment and processing)

Minnesota’s communities are becoming increasingly diverse.  When leading in diverse communities, leaders must be aware of their own beliefs and views of different cultures and how that impacts their ability to work across cultures to benefit a community.  Leaders who have an awareness of these issues are able to contribute to the creation of thriving and welcoming places.

This unique webinar offering allows participants the opportunity to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment online.  Toby Spanier, Extension educator, will assist participants in understanding the results of their individualized assessment.  Participants will also have the opportunity to learn strategies to address specific areas to enhance their awareness and take future steps towards building increased cultural competence.  

Registration is open through June 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (CST).

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Let’s Talk about Race:
Becoming Reflective about White Privilege in Civic Leadership
Thursday, August 17, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST)
FREE Online Offering 

How do our patterns of thinking and our shared history influence the way we lead? Using personal stories and case studies, we will introduce and examine race, white privilege, structural racism, internalized racism, bias, color blindness, intersectionality, and white fragility to foster a personal reflection and collective conversation about race as a key element in civic leadership. 

How we lead, whether through influencing public policies, shaping organizational practices, or sustaining cultural beliefs may yield inequity among diverse community members and be informed by unconscious/unrecognized bias. This webinar will present research to help you understand how these systems have developed throughout history and discuss strategies to foster a genuine conversation about race that works towards equity for all community members.

This session is presented by Fernando Burga, Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Eriks Dunens, Statewide Extension Educator in Leadership and Civic Engagement.

Registration for this offering will open July, 2017.

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Who is the Next Generation of Leaders?
Thursday, September 21, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST)
FREE Online Offering

We have been hearing a lot about millennials in the media but what do we really know about them and their impact on our communities?  It is sometimes hard to distinguish facts in all of the reports about this generational cohort that is larger than the Baby Boomers.  As community leaders, it is important to understand the new generation of leaders who will be working beside us in organizations and leadership.

Join Brian Fredrickson, Leadership and Civic Engagement Educator as he explores the unique characteristics of the millennial cohort.  This webinar will present research and insights on key factors such as community involvement, communication styles, and motivation to help you welcome the next generation of leaders.

Registration for this offering will open August, 2017.

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Succession Planning for Community Leaders
Thursday, October 19, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST)
FREE Online Offering


Community groups get good at planning...they focus on marketing and promoting events, coordinating fundraising activities, and getting the word out about their projects.  Those same groups, regardless of how successful they are at planning, often overlook the importance of succession planning.  Many never think about this type of planning until they realize that the person(s) holding specific leadership roles or those who have the working knowledge of the organization are ready to leave.  Succession planning is one thing leaders can do to focus on an important piece for the overall success of organizations.  

Jody Horntvedt, Leadership and Civic Engagement Educator will explore the topic of planning for changes in leadership within community groups.  Join us for this 90 minute webinar where Jody will share tips and tools for assuring that your organization is ready for changes in leadership.

Registration for this offering will open September, 2017.

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Mentoring Emerging Leaders
Thursday, November 16, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST)
FREE Online Offering

It is easy to think that everyone should "just know" how to be a leader of an event or an organization.  Sometimes it is hard for seasoned community leaders to remember what it was like their first time running a meeting or seeking support for a cause.  Mentoring is a way of connecting those who have the skills, knowledge, and resources with someone who is not as experienced but has a desire to learn and contribute.  Mentorship builds relationships, strengthens leadership skills in both the mentor and the mentee, and helps to ensure that knowledge is passed on from one generation of leaders to the next.  

Jody Horntvedt, Leadership and Civic Engagement Educator will explore the idea of mentorship within community organizations.  She will provide research on the impacts of mentoring as well as practical tips and strategies to create mentoring opportunities in your organization.

Registration for this offering will open October, 2017.





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