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Events and webinars

Find local leadership and civic engagement events and webinars.

Upcoming events

Please check back for information on leadership and civic engagement events.

Upcoming webinars

2018 Community Leadership Series

April – October 2018

This series of eight, free webinars offers you the opportunity to refresh your skills, deepen your understanding of challenging topics, and connect with other leaders. Registration is open for all sessions.

Cultivating compassion in your community

April 10, 2018, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (CST)

When we turn on the TV or radio, or open our social media pages, we see and hear headlines rampant with anger and blame. Instead of continuing this type of conversation how can we spread compassion?

Communication strategies for effective leadership

June 12, 2018, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (CST)

In today's fast paced world, effective communication with others can be a challenge. Understanding what style you prefer as well as how others want to communicate adds a new level of complexity to the way we work and meet.

Critical thinking for racial literacy

June 29, 2018, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (CST)

Minnesota communities are rapidly diversifying. Every community member has a role to play in what happens next. So how can we improve our thinking, especially when it comes to issues of race?

Building alliances

July 31, 2018, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (CST)

Creating community or institutional change is long, hard work. Rarely is it ever addressed successfully by a single person.

Asset-based leadership

August 7, 2018, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (CST)

How do you look at your organization or community? Do you see the things that are going well or are you focused on the problems?

Retaining volunteers

September 11, 2018, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (CST)

People have a variety of options when it comes to organizations to be involved in or events to support. How do you keep them involved in your organization, community or event?

Renewing volunteers

September 25, 2018, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (CST)

Every organization and community has that core group of volunteers that step forward whenever needed. How do you keep that group energized? How do you make others want to be a part of that group?

Community economics for community leaders

October 23, 2018, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (CST)

Community leaders are put in the position of knowing about a variety of topics that will impact the vitality of their area. This includes not only understanding the people who are in that community but, also the economics of the community.

Past events

The Art of Hosting

April 17–19, 2018, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The University of Minnesota Extension is offering this three-day training that will teach you to use simple yet powerful facilitation practices that create authentic engagement, build community, stimulate shared intelligence, and motivate group members to lead for change.


January 17, 2018, noon–1:00 p.m.

Join our Twitter conversation on mentoring with community groups. Use hashtag #CommunityChat on Twitter to join.

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