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    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 40 years ago, nearly 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.


    2015-2016 Leadership Twin Cities Application


    Important Dates

    The deadline to apply is Friday, June 26, 2015 11:59 p.m.
    Phone interviews will be set starting in mid-June of 2015 for all candidates who submit completed applications.


    Applicants will be notified about the status of their application by July 24, 2015. If admitted, class program tuition is due in full by Friday, September 4, 2015, unless other arrangements are made.


    Class begins September 10-11, 2015 and ends May 12, 2016.


    2015-2016 Program Dates

    September 10-11, 2015 (Overnight)
    October 8, 2015
    November 12, 2015
    December 3, 2015
    January 14, 2016
    February 11, 2016
    March 10, 2016
    April 14, 2016
    May 12, 2016

    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 10-11, 2015. 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 service 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 2015-16 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.



    Non-profit participants are encouraged to seek out members of their boards or other businesses that support your organization as means of financing tuition. Seeking and securing sponsorship dollars is the sole responsibility of the applicant. The ability to find a sponsor does not affect the selection process.


    Class Selection

    Class size is limited to approximately 55 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@minneapolischamber.org or call (612) 370-9160 with any questions you have about the application process or the Leadership Twin Cities program.


    To see a sample application, please click here.

    To access the online application, please click here.

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