Mandela Washington Fellows Make A Lasting Impression

The Center for Integrative Leadership had another great summer hosting the Mandela Washington Fellowship. In partnership with the State Department we welcomed the cohort of 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging public leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute. This is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities.

CIL created a curriculum model that intertwined academic and leadership sessions, service learning projects, site visits and cultural experiences. Our goal was to create a learning experience where lessons could be experienced and observed within the community as well as discussed and reflected in the classroom. Highlights included relationships the fellows formed with Hennepin County during a job shadowing experience, a service learning visit to Lutheran Social Services, and site visits to a variety of community-building organizations in North Minneapolis. In their home countries fellows are already working to address complex and significant issues and it is our hope that this curriculum will provide them with the integrative leadership lens needed to work across both sectoral and geographical boundaries to solve them.

Everywhere we went in Minnesota the fellows made a lasting impression with local organizations and leaders. Minnesota and the University will truly benefit from the new partnership and sharing of ideas of these inspiring leaders. In addition to the relationship made here with individuals in the United States, the Fellows have formed a powerful learning cohort with each and we hope they will continue to work across boundaries to solve grand challenges across Africa.


"You see Africa depends on us. The ones who are in control might not be there for the next 10 years, we don’t know. And within this time we are the one who take responsibility. If we take what we have learned here and put in good path then I think we will have better solutions. If we continue to collaborate, if we continue to be open, and keep more stakeholders in decision then the future of Africa will be bright." Osman Abdal Timbo, Sierra Leone

“My vision is to see all of us working together taking Africa to the next level.  Advancing the economy of Africa.  Changing the perception the world has about Africa.  I want to make Africa a better place to be.” Portia Malebogo Motlhabane, Botswana

 "My vision is really to see this group of people and the connection we have and the unity we have and the common interest we have not really ended here."  Jean Paulin, Rwanda

"The kind of leadership we are experiencing goes beyond geographic boundaries across sectors. I see it more as a complete package, I see it as being able to appreciate this leadership that is integrative of the sectors, private, public, government, the citizens. It is this joint reflection that makes integrative leadership.” Agwenjang Patience Ngonwei, Cameroon

Student Initiatives

Integrative Leadership Seminar (3 Credits)
LAW 6623; OLPD 6402; MGMT 6402; PA 5105; PUBH 6702 Fall 2015: Tuesdays 6:00-8:45 pm.

This interdisciplinary, 3-credit course will be led by Vanessa Laird, Director of CIL, and Lou Quast, CEHD this semester. A few spots remain open. It’s not too late to sign up to investigate leadership challenges and the integrative leadership practices that are successful in addressing them.


This fall marks the eighth anniversary of CHANCE, Cedar-Humphrey Augsburg Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement. Begun by Humphrey School students wishing to apply their classroom experience in the community, the initiative has grown into a true partnership between students, the University at large, Augsburg College and local residents and business owners. Monthly meetings take place the third Friday of the month at The Common Table, 2001 Riverside Ave.  Join us at an upcoming meeting. See the meeting calendar for dates and speakers.

Common Grounds

Graduate students from the Law School, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Carlson School of Management, School of Public Health and Medical School will convene for the first Common Grounds meeting of the school year on October 8 at 12:00pm. Common Grounds, a student led initiative, aims to host cross sector discussions and consult with local organizations and businesses using cross disciplinary techniques and work groups. This Fall, the Common Grounds Steering Committee is excited to expand the team by welcoming students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Common Grounds anticipates announcing projects the week of November 16. Stay tuned.

Upcoming Events

Meet Medtronic's Bill George

Tuesday, September 15 - 4:30 p.m.
3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management

Bill George, former chairman and CEO of Medtronic, is professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2014. Join him introduce his new book, Discover Your True North. Space is limited. RSVP to Shelly Hubbling at or 612.626.8101

Bagels Beyond Boundaires

Wednesday, September 23 - 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Freeman Commons, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Bagels Beyond Boundaries provides an informal space for students, staff and faculty to engage in discussion over bagels and coffee. Speakers from different sectors will illuminate examples from their own experience or research on ways to bring people together across boundaries to address a particular issue.

Cody Engelhaupt and Carmen Teskey discuss the partnership between the Phillips Eye Institute and Minneapolis Public Schools as they built Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) and the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile to provide vision care resources to those in need.

Turnabout Book Launch

Tuesday, September 29 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School

 The Urban Adventure Program and the Center for Integrative Leadership are pleased to invite you to participate in a dialogue and reception celebrating the inspiring local community members whose stories are in Peter Heegaard's newest book Turnabout. Turnabout tells the stories of individuals who crossed personal and external boundaries themselves to move from dependency to self-sufficiency. Please join us as we learn from their insights and experiences. Peter Heegaard will be signing copies of Turnabout, which will be available for purchase, at the event. Heegaard is also the author of Heroes Among Us and More Bang for Your Buck.

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