Leadership Academy - 2019 Group, Session 2

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Leadership Academy - 2019 Group, Session 2

Leadership Academy - 2019 Group, Session 2

Date: May 1-2, 2019
  • Day 1: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Day 2: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: MMUA Office, 3025 Harbor Lane North, Suite 400, Plymouth, MN 55447
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MMUA's Leadership Academy will be starting its third year in 2019. The Academy has received high marks, but we have tried to make it even more member-friendly.

Starting with the new 2019 group, the program has been ramped up to complete the program in one year rather than two. Meeting four times during the year, each session schedule will be expanded to two full days rather than two partial days. The extended schedule will allow students to cover the same materials, but reduce the amount of travel and time away from work.

About the Academy

The MMUA Leadership Academy is a locally-based and affordable, high-level executive leadership development course, focused on meeting the needs of municipal utilities. The curriculum was developed and tailored to your needs based on feedback from current and recently retired municipal utility leaders. The Academy is designed to instill the key skills, awareness, and perspective that 21st Century municipal utility leaders need.


Now a one-year program, the Leadership Academy is designed for both current and future senior leaders. Four two-day sessions will be held at the MMUA office. The first day of each session will feature a networking dinner and focused discussion.

The life cycle of a typical session begins with reading preparation materials prior to class, assessments and thought provoking questions. There will also be individual and team assignments that prepare you to be engaged during the session. During your time together, the group will discuss the preparation materials, accountability group reports, perform team and individual based exercises, gain insight from speakers, and frame and initiate next session homework.

In order to gain additional insight on your skills and blind spots, each participant will be asked to select an Accountability Group that will serve for the duration of the Academy. This small group will be asked questions (after each session) about your leadership and exemplification of the topics discussed. These answers will be aggregated into an Accountability Report which will give you great insight on your impact.

Class size will be limited to 25 students.


The curriculum will consist primarily of various articles and materials provided electronically. Some sessions will have assigned reading prior to meeting—typically a book on leadership. Students will go through an assessment to help the instructor and the students understand their styles, strengths and potential deficiencies in key competencies. Students will have tasks to work on between sessions and will be expected to do some journaling.

Each session is a crucial building block in developing the skills, awareness, and perspective of a true leader. Sessions include:

  • Collaboration (Getting the Most out of Your Team) and Conflict (Working Through Difficult Times)
  • Communications (Presence of a Leader) and Character (The Mind of a Leader: Lenses)
  • Change (How a Leader Navigates Change) and Mastering Accountability (Understanding and Equipping for this Critical Topic)
  • Failing Versus Failure (Understanding the Differences Between These Two Terms and How They Create Positive and Negative Change in a Group) and Practicing Leadership


Enrollment into this session requires that attendees take session 1.


9:45 am — Registration
10:00 am - 5:00 pm — Instruction
6:00 pm — Group Dinner

9:00 am - 3:00 pm — Instruction

Additional Session Dates

Sept. 11-12, 2019
Nov. 20-21, 2019

The Instructors

The primary instructor for the Academy is Kent Myers, Managing Partner of VISION Companies. Kent has over 25 years of experience providing strategic visioning, operational effectiveness, and technology alignment consulting services to global companies. He has a decade of experience working with Minnesota municipal utilities on leadership and culture development and strategic visioning. In addition to his extensive consulting practice, Kent is an adjunct professor at the Harvard Business School.

Guest Speakers

Some sessions will feature guest speakers who have been through their own journey of adversity and triumph and have expertise in that session's leadership topic.

Program Cost

Each session is priced at $900, which includes books and materials, the assessment and the group dinners. The full program fee is $3,600. You can opt to pay for the full tuition or pay by the session.

Note: Our website will only show the $900 charge at check-out. If you opt for the full payment, select the BILL UTILITY OR COMPANY option and we will bill you accordingly.


Students who fulfill all course requirements will receive recognition from the Academy that attests to the various competencies they have demonstrated.

Hotel Information

MMUA has made special arrangements with two hotels in the area.

Country Inn & Suites
210 Carlson Parkway North, Plymouth, MN 55447
Phone: 763.473.3008
Ask for MMUA's corporate rate—$87 per night plus tax for standard King or 2-Queen; $97-$102 per night plus tax for King Suites.
Our group dinner will be at Grizzly's which is connected to the Country Inn & Suites.
Use our special link to make reservations online. MMUA's corporate ID is 113714.
More information about the hotel can be found at this link: www.countryinns.com/plymouthmn

Comfort Inn
3000 Harbor Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447
Phone: 763.559.1222
Ask for MMUA's corporate rate—$87 per night plus tax. You must call to get our rate.
More information about the hotel can be found at this link: www.choicehotels.com/minnesota/plymouth/comfort-inn-hotels/mn055


By registering for this event I/we authorize Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to photograph me at this event and use such photographs in MMUA marketing materials (both electronic and print). I/we understand that I/we will not be paid for giving this consent.


Contact Rita Kelly by email rkelly@mmua.org or phone 763.746.0707.

printable brochure is also available.


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