Welcome to the Center for Integrative Leadership

The Center for Integrative Leadership seeks to catalyze, support and inform collaborative action to address significant and solvable societal challenges.

2017 Executive Leadership Fellows

Mandela Washington Fellows Program

Neighborhood Leadership Development Forum

Bagels Beyond Boundaries

Minnesota State Representatives Mary Kunesh-Podein, Jamie Becker-Finn, Peggy Flanagan, and Dennis Olson joined CIL for a Bagels Beyond Boundaries on the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus in the MN Legislature

We represent the commitment of the University of Minnesota’s policy, business, public health, education and law schools to shared leadership for public good.

We believe hybrid approaches offer promising solutions to complex challenges.

We seek to contribute expertise and capacity to understanding, organizing and sustaining intersector, interdisciplinary, and other cross-cutting efforts to address significant and solvable issues.

We proudly share the University of Minnesota’s overarching goal of enhancing individual and community capacity for a changing world.

  • Programs, Projects and Coursework

    We are committed to preparing students who have the skills, knowledge and experience to function effectively in and change for the better our complex, shared-power world.

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  • Research

    We contribute to increased understanding of the success factors for shared leadership through the research of our Center-affiliated faculty, staff and students.

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  • Gatherings

    We believe that fostering civil dialog and debate related to complex challenges is an essential tool of integrative leadership.

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  • Fellowships and Awards

    Our award and fellowship programs drive greater recognition for the hard and often unsung work of integrative leadership by students, faculty and leaders from different sectors, professions or disciplines.

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  • Vanessa Laird

    Executive Director

  • Kathy Quick

    Co-Academic Director

  • Myles Shaver

    Co-Academic Director

  • Merrie Benasutti

    Community Fellowship Coordinator

  • Elizabeth Sopdie

    Program Manager