Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute

Friends and colleagues often jokingly refer to me as the "Conference Queen," because I've happily attended more than my fair share of them early on in life. I hope this lends me a bit of credence when I say that the Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute is one of the two most impactful leadership programs or conferences I have been fortunate to be a part of. Attending the 2006 conference, speaking on a panel in 2007, and serving as a Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) in 2008, I am an avid supporter of this program and would encourage anyone interested in this comprehensive, amazing opportunity, to apply!
The Tri-College NEW (National Education for Women's) Leadership Development Institute will be held June 5-9, 2010 at Minnesota State University Moorhead. The intensive five-day residential program is designed to provide leadership training, inspiration, and support for women in the upper Midwest who do not have extensive leadership experience. There is particular emphasis on recruiting women from groups that have typically been underrepresented voices in the political process.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, there is no cost to participate. Participants will have the option of registering for a three-credit course in Women’s Studies, Sociology, or Social Work. Those who choose to register for course credits will have to pay for the course registration expenses. In addition, some scholarships are available to assist with travel and/or childcare expenses.

For information and applications visit
http://www.tri-college.org/newleadership or call Deb White at 218-477-2041.

Participants attend workshops on running for office, public speaking, fundraising, public policy advocacy, and working with the media. They meet with over twenty women leaders, including state and local officials, women in tribal government, and grassroots activists. Participants and some women leaders reside on campus throughout the institute, extending learning beyond the formal daytime sessions.

We seek applicants with interest in politics, public service, or community service who desire to develop their leadership skills. They need not be college students. Approximately 50 college and community women will be accepted.

Due to a web page problem, the deadline for applying to participate in the Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute has been extended to April 2, 2010.

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