Stepping Into Leadership Group 2—Class 15

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Stepping Into Leadership Group 2—Class 15

Stepping Into Leadership Group 2—Class 15

Date: May 10-11, 2023
  • Day 1: May 10, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2: May 11, 2023 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 2 only.
Contact if you'd like to be put on the list for the next group.

Stepping Into Leadership: Self, Team and Organization is MMUA's newest program for your leadership development needs. It was developed to replace our FirstLine Supervision program.

The new Stepping Into Leadership program is designed for both supervisors and leaders in your organization who aim to improve their leadership and supervisory tools and skills. The program focuses on self, team, and organizational leadership skills and behaviors that signify effective leadership over time and circumstance. It incorporates CliftonStrengths® principles, which helps participants identify and utilize their personal strengths.

Applicants must commit to the entire 56 hours of instruction, scheduled over a 14-month period in a mix of in-person and virtual courses.  Classes must be taken in sequential order as listed. Homework, assigned prior to and throughout the program, will maximize the value of the class instruction. See full list of scheduled dates below.

What You Can Expect

  • Program content is sequential in nature and must be taken in order.
  • There will be homework between sessions for participants to apply the principles, skills and techniques on the job.
  • Participants will be partnered and asked to be in contact between sessions to discuss challenges, successes, questions, etc. This will help establish a professional network of leaders for performance support and encouragement.
  • Participants will set their own growth goals and track progress throughout the series.
  • Self-assessments will be used throughout the program to build self-awareness and complement the learning experience.
  • The program will have a competency and strengths-based foundation.
  • The program will focus on practical application of leadership research informed by the considerable experience of the instructors.
  • The program will use the D2L Brightspace learning management system for collaboration between participants and with their instructors.

Leadership Competency Assessment

All participants will complete the Leadership Development: A Competency-Based Self-Assessment© prior to beginning the series. It is recommended that a co-worker or supervisor complete the corresponding Co-Worker Assessment© on the participant to establish a richer performance baseline. Participants and co-worker/supervisor will retake the assessment at completion of the series to identify professional growth.

Schedule for Unit 4: Sessions 2-4

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

Wednesday, May 10

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 11

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

See list of additional program dates below.


Registration is limited to current students 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—$93 per night plus tax for standard King or 2-Queen.
Use our special link to make reservations online. MMUA's corporate ID is 113714.

Additional Dates

This is the final class for Group 2.

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 college professor at M State, she teaches students ranging in age from Gen Z to baby boomer in the areas of Human Resources and Accounting.

She 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 a thousand individuals and teams in discovering and harnessing the power of their individual and collective strengths to achieve success—both personally and professionally.

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 military service in the U.S. Coast Guard that included several command assignments and executive positions in Federal Government.

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

MMUA will issue a refund (less $30 per person processing fee) provided MMUA is notified of cancellation by 4:30 pm on March 14, 2022. No refunds after March 14, 2022.


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Contact Rita Kelly by email or phone 763-746-0707.