Leadership Institute

A skills and relationship-based professional development program that explores relevant business, social and community topics by offering real-world experiences and presentations from regionally-recognized experts 

For 30 years the 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 to take your career or organization to the next level! 

Tuition for the nine--month program is $1,475 for Greater Mankato Growth members (an average of $134 per session) and covers all program costs, 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.)

Application for the 2015-16 Class > Application deadline: June 1, 2015

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About the Leadership Institute
For 30 years the 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 updated 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
  • Teambuilding and Communication                              February 17
  • Understanding Government and Effective Advocacy       March TBA           Overnight in St. Paul - Two-day session
  • Ethical Leadership                                                       April 20
  • Mastering Your Well-Being                                           May 18               Also featuring an Evening Graduation reception

*Note: Some dates may change.  Typically, each session begins with Networking and Breakfast at Business Before Hours from 7:30am to 9am, with the class beginning at 9 am and running until 5pm. 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 2013-14 Greater Mankato Leadership Institute Committee

  • Ben McAninch, Blethen, Gage & Krause, PLLP - Chair
  • Magen Feutchenberger, LivAveda Salon
  • Tami Reuter, South Central College Foundation
  • Jaci Siebenaler, Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato
  • Patti Kramlinger, Minnesota State Mankato



"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, 2008-09 Program Graduate


“The Leadership Institute helped me to develop confidence in my leadership abilities and an understanding of how to apply those abilities both in my workplace and in the community organizations in which I have volunteered.”

- Julia Ketcham Corbett, Blethen, Gage & Krause, PLLP, 1994-95 Program Graduate


"The Leadership Institute program was great for me and continues to be a powerful professional development opportunity for our employees.  This is a tremendous opportunity to advance your personal, professional, and community leadership skills."

        -John Finke, Hickory Tech, 1997-98 Program Graduate