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  • Applying for the 2018-2019 Leadership Twin Cities Class


    Thank you for your interest in Leadership Twin Cities. Leadership Twin Cities is a professional development program that informs people about the critical issues facing our community. Since its inception more than 40 years ago, over 2000 people have participated in the program. Visit the program overview page for more information about Leadership Twin Cities.


    Leadership Twin Cities looks for candidates who

    • have a strong interest  and commitment to improving the Minneapolis-Saint Paul community.
    • have leadership experience in civic volunteer roles.
    • currently holds a position of leadership or demonstrates a strong potential for achieving a position of leadership, either in their professional or civic life.


    Prior to selecting the application link, please read through the following information carefully.
    Then select the link below to access the online application.


    Important Dates

    Applications need to be received by Friday, June 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

    Phone interviews will be set starting in mid-June for all candidates who submit completed applications.

    Applicants will be notified about the status of their application by July 20, 2018.

    If admitted, class program tuition is due in full by Friday, September 7, 2018, unless other arrangements are made.

    The first session is September 13-14, 2018. The final session is May 9, 2019.


    2018-2019 Program Dates


    • September 13-14, 2018 (Overnight)
    • October 11, 2018
    • November 8, 2018
    • December 6, 2018
    • January 10, 2019
    • February 14, 2019
    • March 14, 2019
    • April 11, 2019
    • May 9, 2019‚Äč


    Time Commitment and Attendance

    Full participation of the scheduled program days is essential to the Leadership Twin Cities experience. Class members are expected to arrive on time and remain with the class for the entire session. If you foresee multiple conflicts with your schedule on these program days, it is recommended that you postpone applying for the program until you can accommodate the entire program schedule.


    The program starts with a two-day overnight retreat September 13-14, 2018. The class then meets one day each month from October through May. Meeting days are full days, starting at 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. and typically finishing between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m.


    There are additional tours, readings and suggested outings each month called “Call to Actions”. Call to Actions take no more than three-four hours each month. It is highly recommended that class members take advantage of these experiences.


    Each participant will also take part in a group project. While many participants are already likely to be engaged in volunteer activities in the community, the program asks you to join with other Leadership participants to perform a special service opportunity as part of the Leadership Twin Cities experience. The project will require up to 15 hours of time outside normal class days.


    Employer Support

    Because of the time commitment, it is vital that Leadership Twin Cities participants have the support of their supervisor and employer. Some corporations have an internal process for selecting applicants from their organization.


    Applicants are encouraged to discuss the application process, program cost and time commitment with their employer prior to submitting an application.



    Tuition for Leadership Twin Cities for 2018-19 is $2195 for Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Northeast Minneapolis Chamber members. Tuition is $2495 for non-members. This covers all program related costs, including meals, collateral and site visits. Payment is due in full prior to the start of the program year.



    Limited scholarship assistance is available. Scholarship assistance is designed to provide access to participants who will contribute diverse perspectives or distinct leadership experiences to the program. Scholarships are limited to applicants from small business, government or nonprofit organizations. Any financial award is based on your statement of need and the amount of funds available and must be requested at the time of the application. Leadership Twin Cities offers only partial financial assistance and only to those individuals who clearly cannot otherwise afford the tuition.


    Non-profit participants are encouraged to seek out members of their boards or other businesses that support your organization as means of financing tuition.


    Monthly and quarterly payment plans are also available upon request.


    Submit a scholarship request


    Class Selection

    Class size is limited to approximately 50 people and not all applicants will be accepted. A diverse class encourages great discussion and the selection committee works to assemble a participant group that represents a cross-section of the community. Factors that may affect the final class selection include age, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, vocation, life experiences and industry sector. Candidates not selected in a given year are strongly encouraged to re-apply in subsequent years.




    Please email leadership@mplschamber.com or call (612) 370-9160 with any questions you have about the application process or the Leadership Twin Cities program.

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