Stepping Into Leadership Group 4—Class 15

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Stepping Into Leadership Group 4—Class 15

Stepping Into Leadership Group 4—Class 15

Date: May 8-9, 2024
  • Day 1: May 8, 2024 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2: May 9, 2024 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: MMUA, 3131 Fernbrook Lane North, Suite 200, Plymouth, MN 55447
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Stepping Into Leadership: Self, Team and Organization

Registration is for current students of Group 4 only.
Contact if you'd like to be put on the list for the next group.

Schedule for Unit 4: Sessions 2-4

This class will be held in-person at the MMUA office in Plymouth.

Wednesday, May 8

1:00 to 4:00 pm—Innovation and Change
Recognize opportunities, encourage new ideas and innovations, and develop or improve products or services in response to change.

Thursday, May 9

8:00 to 11:00 am—Influencing and Negotiating
Effectively persuade others, build consensus and gain cooperation to accomplish mutual goals.

12:00 to 2:00 pm—Review of Competency Assessment, Capstone Discussion, Certificates


Registration is limited to current students of Group 4 only. New registrations will not be accepted for this session. Students are automatically registered for this and all remaining sessions for their Stepping Into Leadership program.

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:

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.

Additional Dates

This is the final class for Group 4.

About the Instructors

Dana Haagenson spent over a decade in the software industry, serving in individual contributor and leadership roles from product development to product management/strategy to human resources. As a professor at M State, she teaches students ranging in age from Gen Z to baby boomer in the areas of human resources and accounting.

Dana also develops and delivers customized leadership, team and personal development sessions for organizations across various industries. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Dana has coached over 1,000 individuals and teams in discovering and harnessing the power of their individual and collective strengths to achieve both personal and professional strength.

She earned an Accounting degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and is a CPA, as well as Certified Professional in Human Resources.

Steve Wischmann is the owner of Horizon Performance Solutions, LLC, a leadership and organizational development consulting company specializing in growing professional capacity and sustained success in people and teams. He retired at the rank of Captain after three decades of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. His career included several command assignments, executive positions at the Department of Homeland Security and numerous operational assignments including two high-Artic NATO support deployments.

Steve has an M.A. in Public Policy and Management with dual concentrations in policy analysis and public management. He served for six years as an adjunct professor at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in business management and public administration. Steve has extensive background in providing organizational and workforce development strategies and programs for small businesses and non-profits, corporate teams, and government agencies. 

Cancellation Policy

By registering for this event, you are committing to the full program. MMUA will issue a refund, less $35 per person processing fee, provided MMUA is notified of cancellation by 4:30 pm on March 20, 2023. No refunds after March 20, 2023.


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 or phone 763-746-0707.