Leadership Academy - 2022 Group, Session 1

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Leadership Academy - 2022 Group, Session 1

Leadership Academy - 2022 Group, Session 1

Date: March 16-17, 2022
  • Day 1: Mar 16, 2022 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Day 2: Mar 17, 2022 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: MMUA Office, 3131 Fernbrook Lane North, Suite 200, Plymouth, MN 55447
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The 2022 Leadership Academy is FULL.

Please email Rita Kelly to be placed on the waiting list for the 2023 class.


MMUA's Leadership Academy has received high marks since its inception. The Academy journey addresses the key challenges that leaders must master in four intense, two-day sessions over the course of a year. The four-session curriculum minimizes travel and time away from work. The spacing of the sessions allows ample time for students to put their new skills into practice and share the results with their peers.

About the Academy

The MMUA Leadership Academy is a high-level executive leadership development course, focused on meeting the needs of MMUA members. The curriculum was developed and tailored to your needs, based on feedback from well-respected municipal utility leaders. The Academy is designed to instill the key skills, awareness, and perspective needed by today's leaders.


The curriculum generally consists 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


9:45 am — Registration
10:00 am - 5:00 pm — Instruction
5:30 pm — Group Dinner

9:00 am - 3:00 pm — Instruction

Additional Session Dates

May 18-19, 2022
September 21-22, 2022
November 16-17, 2022

Students are expected to complete all sessions in the order presented so make sure to keep these dates open.

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 a guest lecturer 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 Fee

Members:  $975 per session / $3,900 total
Non-Members:  $1,275 per session / $5,100 total

Program fee includes books and materials, the assessment and the group dinners. By registering for this program, you are committing to the full program. You can opt to pay for the full tuition or pay by the session. Once registered, participants will automatically be enrolled in all future classes.

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

DEADLINE: To allow enough time to read materials prior to the first class, please register by January 14, 2022. With limited space, however, it's best not to wait.

Scholarship Opportunity

MMUA will offer two partial scholarships to applicants from member utilities serving 2,500 customers or less. Each scholarship will reduce the cost of the program by $975. Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. A member utility will be eligible for a scholarship for only one student at a time. 

To apply, complete the Scholarship Application found on page three of the Academy brochure.


MMUA will issue a refund on advanced registration, less $30 per person processing fee, provided MMUA is notified by 4:30 pm on or before February 11, 2022. No refunds after February 11, 2022.


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

Hotel Information

Lodging is not included in the program fee. MMUA has arranged for discounted lodging with two hotels in the area.

Comfort Inn
3000 Harbor Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447
Phone: 763.559.1222
Ask for MMUA's corporate rate—$90 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

Country Inn & Suites
210 Carlson Parkway North, Plymouth, MN 55447
Phone: 763.473.3008
Ask for MMUA's corporate rate—$90 per night plus tax for standard King or 2-Queen; $100-$105 per night plus tax for King Suites.
Use our special link to make reservations online. MMUA's corporate ID is 113714.


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 calling 763.746.0707 or email rkelly@mmua.org.

printable brochure is also available.


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