Leadership Institute

Form new personal and professional relationships while exploring relevant business, social and community topics during this nine-month program 

For over 30 years Greater Mankato Leadership Institute has been the premier leadership development training program in Greater Mankato. This nine-month program consists of 1-2 full day sessions each month from September to May, usually on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Don't miss this opportunity to learn the leadership skills necessary to take your career and organization to the next level! 

Tuition for the nine--month program is $1,475 for Greater Mankato Growth members (Engaged level or higher), which is an average of $134 per session.  All program costs are included, including materials and meals, as well as transportation and lodging for the two-day public policy and government sessions.  (Premier through Diamond level members also receive a $175-$675 discount on the program fee.)

Applications are now closed for the 2015-2016 session of Greater Mankato Leadership Institute


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About the Leadership Institute
Since 1983 Greater Mankato Leadership Institute has provided the area's only comprehensive leadership training program with a community focus. This nine-month program consists of eleven day long sessions September and May. Each year the curriculum is evaluated and updated by the volunteer Steering Committee to ensure graduates are well prepared to serve as leaders in their workplace and our community.

Topics and Tentative Dates for 2015-16


  • The Leadership Challenge                                         September 16         Strengths Finder and Well-Being assessments
  • Team Leadership                                                      September 17         MSU High Ropes Course and team building activities
  • Greater Mankato's Past, Present and Future              October 21
  • Understanding Diversity                                             November 18
  • Community Engagement                                           December 16      
  • Educating Greater Mankato's Leaders                        January 20
  • Effective Communication                                            February 17
  • Civic Engagement                                                      March TBA           Overnight in St. Paul - Two-day session
  • Ethical Leadership                                                       April 20
  • Identifying Your Values & Priorities                              May 18               Also featuring an Evening Graduation reception

*Note: Some dates may change.  Typically, each session begins with Networking and Breakfast at a GMG Business Before Hours at 7:30 am (not required), with the class beginning at 8:45 am and running until 4:30 pm. Also, accommodations can be made for those with physical disabilities or those not comfortable with the high ropes course activities.

Benefits for Participants

The Greater Mankato Leadership Institute offers unique advantages:

  • An exceptional learning environment allowing participants to practice leadership skills and apply them to their work and personal life
  • Instruction and guidance from experts from around the community and across the nation
  • Opportunities to connect with business and community leaders
  • A well-rounded curriculum that focuses on personal, professional and community leadership

Benefits for Employers

Enrolling key employees in the Greater Mankato Leadership Institute can benefit your business and organization in many ways:

  • Strengthened leadership abilities and insight
  • Increased satisfaction for employees looking to grow
  • Enhanced skills applicable to today's workplace
  • Exposure to the latest leadership development tools and information employees can bring back to the workplace

Thank you to the 2014-15 Greater Mankato Leadership Institute Committee

  • Jaci Sprague, Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato - Chair
  • Ben McAninch, Blethen, Gage & Krause, PLLP - Past Chair
  • Patti Kramlinger, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Deb Addis, Mankato Clinic
  • Doug Dittbenner, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Jennifer Ceminsky, South Central College
  • John Bulcock, Minnesota State Mankato
  • Chastity Valvick, Enventis
  • Carrie Flanagan, Bethany Lutheran College
  • Mary Kaisershot, U.S. Bank



"I have used tools from every leadership session to improve our organization. Also, the networking is a tremendous benefit. I highly recommend the Leadership Institute for anyone wanting to improve their organization." 

- Geoff Roise, Lindsay Windows


“The Greater Mankato Leadership Institute is a great way to build relationships within the community. Getting to know my classmates helped me establish connections that will last for years. The Leadership Institute provided many opportunities to learn about the region and increased my effectivess within my organization."

- John Harrestein, City of North Mankato


"This class helped me push the boundaries of what I thought was possible for me to do, both physically and professionally. What I learned will always be with me, pushing me to be the leader that I want and know I can be."
        - Sandra Hollerich, Kato Engineering, Inc.



Program Sponsor:

Diana Gabriel

Diana Gabriel, Certified Professional Coach