MYALP Dinner


The Minnesota Young American Leaders Program is an intensive, two-and-a-half day program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 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 took place November 20-22, 2019 at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. For the health and safety of those attending, the 2020 program was postponed. The now 2020-21 cohort has been convening for virtual programming every other month since October 2020 with the bulk of the programming now taking place virtually May 19-21, 2021.

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.

- 2019 Program Overview

- 2019 Detailed Schedule


-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.


Participants for the 2019 program came from Rochester, St. Cloud and Fargo-Moorhead in addition to the Twin Cities, and participants of the 2020-21 program will come from Duluth, Mankato, and the Twin Cities. Each cohort was 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 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. 

2019 MYALP Cohort

2020-21 Duluth Cohort

2020-21 Mankato Cohort

2020-21 Twin Cities Cohort

2020 City Partners

Duluth - APEX
Mankato - Greater Mankato Growth


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Itasca Project & CIL