-Forge connections among rising leaders across and within Minnesota’s cities;
-Deepen knowledge and share perspectives regarding the state and trajectory of our national and regional economic development;
-Learn together from examples of and tools for innovative cross-sector collaborations that address key challenges, create opportunity and bridge divides in our communities;
-Provide a structured opportunity for participants to work with each other, program alumni and senior leaders to frame and develop future collaborative initiatives for the good of our region.
The Minnesota Young American Leaders Program is an intensive, two-and-a-half day program at the University of Minnesota convening approximately fifty rising leaders from across business, non-profit organizations and government who are committed to working across sectors to help their communities and our region prosper inclusively. The program interweaves case studies, insights from national and Minnesota practitioners of cross-sector leadership, diverse perspectives on our current state economy, and research presentations from scholars of inclusive economic development and the future of work. The 2019 program will take place November 20-22, 2019 at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota.
Growing from a partnership among the Itasca Project, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership, and the Harvard Business School, the Program shares themes as well as selected faculty and content with Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program, which includes cohorts from fourteen city cohorts across the nation. The Minnesota Young American Leaders Program provides an opportunity to bring rising leaders together to focus specifically not only on the inclusive economic development of their city, but also on challenges and opportunities of common concern to all generations across our state and region.
Participants for the 2019 program will come from Rochester, St. Cloud and Fargo-Moorhead in addition to the Twin Cities and will be chosen by a common process convened by selection partner organizations in each of these cities. We are planning to hold the program annually for at least three years and to work with selection partners to nominate and select participants in Duluth and Mankato-North Mankato as well in 2020 to extend the program’s reach across our state. City selection for the program may vary and is based on a number of factors, including population, economic growth indicators, and institutional presence.
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