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2016 Leadership Series

The 2016 Leadership Series provides a number of offerings that give participants an opportunity to LEARN, CONNECT, and REFRESH.
If you are interested in these topics or have additional suggestions for future Leadership Series offerings, please contact Christy Kallevig at or by phone at 320-235-0726 ext. 2018.

Previous Events

Leading through Tough Situations
May 19 and May 26, 2016 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM
Online offering

Ever hit a snag during a meeting? Dealt with a difficult team member? This FREE offering, over two webinars, will cover tough situations leaders often face and ways to prevent and address them. Participants will be invited to watch a short, online presentation in advance of the webinars. Educator Jody Horntvedt will lead a conversation during the 1.5 hour webinars that invites participants to reflect and apply the skills to their real-life situation.

Understanding Conflict in Groups - Thursday, May 19 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM
Dealing with Difficult Meeting Behaviors - Thursday, May 26 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM

Participants are responsible for reviewing required materials in advance of the sessions. Participants will receive a link to a recorded presentation and accompanying materials one week prior to each webinar.

Leading with Cultural Competency
Thursday, June 23, 2016
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

People who make Minnesota's rural communities are diversifying. Having the skills to work across difference is essential to maintaining and creating thriving, welcoming places. That skill set, often termed cultural competence, can be learned and developed. How well we increase and use these abilities greatly affects how well we live our lives, do our work, and interact in community.

Participants will take an online assessment called the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI assesses intercultural competence - the capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities. Extension Educators Catie Rasmussen and Toby Spanier will provide participants with a personalized profile and help participants create a plan to enhance their skills along the intercultural development continuum.


Leading to Keep Going Strong
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 9:15 to 10:30 AM
Online offering

Leaders are busy people with professional, personal, and community commitments. With long to do lists and a limited amount of time, keeping energy and effectiveness high can be a struggle. So how can leaders keep going strong while taking care of themselves?

In this webinar, educators Denise Stromme and Lori Rothstein explore tips, tools, and methods that help leaders stay invigorated and on task while wearing a number of different hats. Participants will have an opportunity to add to the conversation and learning by sharing suggestions of what makes them effective. Make time in your busy schedule - this webinar is worth squeezing in!


Leading and Following Across Generations
Online offering

Leaders and followers of all ages can work well together, especially when they know and understand the unique strengths each generation has to offer. All too often the differences between generations, rather than areas of opportunity, shape how people work together. This three part webinar series examines ways to move beyond stereotypes and potential conflict to bridge across generations which can increase creativity, problem-solving, and learning.

Webinars are from 8:30 to 10:00 AM on the following dates
  • Friday, September 9 - Lisa Hinz - The first webinar in the series provides information on the unique mindset, expectations, and work styles of each generation.
  • Friday, October 7 - Jody Horntvedt - The second webinar shares tips and tools for communicating and connecting across generations to create valuable collaborations.
  • Friday, November 4 - Brian Fredrickson - The third webinar invites participants to explore ways of harnessing the strengths of each generation to lead and follow more effectively, maximizing the most from the attitudes and skills of each generation for stronger communities.
Participants are responsible for reviewing required materials in advance of the sessions. Participants will receive materials one week prior to each webinar.

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