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Emerging Leadership Program

The 2022 Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program class photo.
ELP class of 2022

The Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) creates and sustains a network of community leaders in Northwest and West Central Minnesota. The program's goal is to provide opportunities for individuals to develop their leadership potential, as well as a structure to help regional leaders address rural issues.

The ELP is based on the philosophy that effective leadership can be learned and that leaders grow into positions of leadership, motivated by a sense of responsibility for themselves and their communities. This is carried out through:

  • Leadership training – four sessions (56 hours) focused on opportunities for participants to strengthen leadership and networking skills
  • Community building – activities to build networks (social capital) as participants learn new ideas and develop relationships for future collaborative work
  • Public recognition – local and regional recognition events showcasing rural leaders' contributions to communities

The current program brochure (PDF) provides more details about the program, including the current training schedule and contact information.

Read more about Extension leadership education programs (PDF).

Program participants

Participants for the Emerging Leadership Program are identified by program alumni and sponsors based on specific criteria (PDF) and then invited to take part in the program.

View ELP eligible counties (PDF)

If you are interested in being considered as a participant for the ELP, please contact Jody Horntvedt who can connect you to alumni in your county.

Learn more

The resources below include information for current program participants and alumni, details about the program's history and ways you can help support the program.

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