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U-Lead Advisory Academy

The U-Lead Advisory Academy (ULAA), was about inspiring leadership in individuals to transform the issues and communities they care about.

"My ULAA peers have become valuable sounding boards and resources…I now have a statewide network of people to help me explore, reflect, improve and evaluate my leadership."

— Mary Kay D., ULAA 4 participant and MARL Class IX

ulaa phases

Participants expanded their leadership skills through discussions, site visits, speakers, active lessons, application of learning and reflection – all built on a foundation of Core Leadership Competencies™ and positive psychology practices. There were opportunities to explore current leadership efforts and Extension's innovative programs and partners.

ULAA Cohort Phases

The ULAA program was a leadership development cohort created and led by expert facilitators from the UMN Extension Center for Community Vitality.

Engaging in this cohort allowed you to learn from, and with, your fellow participants in an intentional extended learning experience. These crucial connections helped you strengthen your leadership confidence and knowledge.

ULAA was organized into the following four dynamic phases:


ULAA Alumni

ULAA alumni
Alumni gathering 2016

"Embracing strengths allows me to communicate what I bring to the table in a more effective manner."

— Kelly C., Former Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership Board Member, ULAA 6 alum

"Good leaders don't do the same thing forever; they mentor and bring on others. We need to ask people to get involved. Then, ask them what you can do for them and support them."

— Frank J., County Commissioner, ULAA 4

"The cohort changed how I perceive myself as a leader. I've learned you don't need a positional leadership role to be a leader. You can be a leader right where you are and make a difference with those around you."

— Elyse P., ULAA 7 alum

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