Stepping Into Leadership Group 5—Class 1

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Stepping Into Leadership Group 5—Class 1

Stepping Into Leadership Group 5—Class 1

Date: October 4-5, 2023
  • Day 1: Oct 4, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2: Oct 5, 2023 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: MMUA, 3131 Fernbrook Lane North, Suite 200, Plymouth, MN 55447
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Stepping Into Leadership: Self, Team and Organization

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The 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. Based on a practical competency-based leadership development model and assessment, the program focuses on self, team, and organizational leadership skills and behaviors. The training also incorporates CliftonStrengths® principles that help 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. Coursework, 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 coursework 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.
  • Full program curriculum can be found on our website.

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 1: Sessions 1-3

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

Wednesday, October 4

1:00 to 4:00 pm—Leadership Overview
What is Leadership? What is Leadership Development (LD)? What role does LD play in an organization? The CliftonStrengths® assessment will be completed by all participants prior to the next session.

Thursday, October 5

8:00 to 11:00 am—Workplace Impact
Understand one's work style and know how to integrate with others' styles and approaches; explore how to harmonize effort to achieve the desired results.

12:00 to 3:00 pm—Critical Thinking
Explore the capacity for objective analysis and thoughtful evaluation of issues and information.

See list of additional program dates below.

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. 

Program Fees

Members Per Person:  $3,500 total program
Non-Members Per Person:  $4,780 total program

The program fee provides instruction, access to class materials and refreshment breaks for in-person classes. By registering for this event, you are committing to the full 14-month program. Once registered, participants will automatically be enrolled in future classes.

DEADLINE:  September 15, 2023 (unless seats sell out sooner)

Registration is limited to 20. Space is not guaranteed.

Technology Requirements

Due to the nature of this program, use of a webcam with microphone and speaker is required.

Additional Dates

Participants are required to take all classes in the order presented as they are not repeated. The list looks long, but most are 3-hour virtual sessions. This list covers the remaining classes for the full program:

November 1, 2023 • 8 to 11 am  (virtual—live)
December 6, 2023 • 8 to 11 am  (virtual—live)
January 10, 2024 • 8 to 11 am  (virtual—live)
February 7, 2024 • 8 to 11 am  (virtual—live)
March 6, 2024 • 8 to 11 am  (virtual—live)
March 27, 2024 • 8 to 11 am  (virtual—live)
April 10, 2024 • 8 to 11 am  (virtual—live)
May 8, 2024 • 8 to 11 am  (virtual—live)
June 12, 2024 • 8 to 11 am  (virtual—live)

July 17, 2024 • 8 to 11 am  (virtual—live)
August 14, 2024 • 8 to 11 am  (virtual—live)
September 18, 2024 • 8 to 11 am (virtual—live)
October 16, 2024 • 8 to 11 am (virtual—live)
November 13, 2024 • 1 to 4 pm (in-person—MMUA)
November 14, 2024 • 8 am to 2 pm (in-person—MMUA)

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.

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 September 15, 2023. No refunds after September 15, 2023.


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

A printable brochure is also available.