Meeker in Motion, a county-wide leadership program, is accepting applications for its nine-month program designed to inspire participants to learn and grow as a leader and to connect with other county leaders .
In its second season, Meeker in Motion is open to people who live or work in Meeker County and who wish to expand their network, discover the communities of Meeker County and develop their professional and leadership skills.
Each of the nine sessions will include participation in professional leadership classes taught by leadership and civic engagement educators at the University of Minnesota, as well as visiting some local businesses and community sites.
“The program provides participants with new tools and skills to increase their effectiveness in their own business, organization and community, while providing opportunities to learn more about area businesses, local and county history, the local and county government, healthcare, the arts, education, agriculture, natural resources and more, ”said Judy Hulterstrum, director of The Chamber serving the Meeker County region.
Meeker in Motion started in 2019 as an initiative of a group of citizens from across Meeker County, who saw value in cultivating leadership in the communities of Meeker County.
“Being involved with Meeker in Motion brought many ‘ah-hah’ moments during the leadership trainings and many ‘I didn’t know that…’ moments during the Meeker County Business Tour,” Marcia said. Provencher from Litchfield, who participated in the first edition of 2019. -2020 Meeker in Motion program. “It was an inspiring experience. “
The 2020 schedule was postponed during the pandemic. However, based on demand from those interested in participating, the Meeker in Motion steering committee was eager to restart the program this year, Hulterstrum said.
“Our first Meeker in Motion leadership training program was a success, and we are delighted to bring this educational and engaging program back to Meeker County,” she said. The nine-session leadership program brings together community leaders to understand the dynamics of county communities, connect with area leaders and develop their leadership skills through training with the University of Minnesota extension. . “
Meeker in Motion attendees will meet for nine sessions from September 2021 to May 2022.
Each session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in a different community in Meeker County:
- September 21: Dassel
- October 19: Watkins
- November 16: Grove City
- December 21: Litchfield / Meeker County
- January 18: Eden Valley
- February 15: Darwin
- March 15: Cosmos / Cedar Mills
- April 19: Forest City / Kingston
- May 17: Litchfield
Leadership training topics will include: Understanding your personal leadership style; Group dynamics: Build and lead functioning committees; Lead with your strengths; Address generational trends; Navigate and lead through conflict; and visionary leadership and action.
Participation in the nine training sessions is compulsory. The tuition fee for the program is $ 450. The cost includes the UMN Extension leadership training and lunch at each of the nine sessions. Partial tuition assistance is available for eligible participants.
Participation in the Meeker in Motion 2021-2022 program is limited to 24 people and the deadline to apply is August 1. A committee will review the applications and notify all applicants by August 9.