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Leadership Saint Paul now accepting applications for 2012

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Each year, Leadership Saint Paul (LSP) — the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce flagship adult learning program centered on community leadership — selects 50 emerging and existing leaders from private, public and nonprofit sectors of the community to participate in its 10-month program.

LSP supports a vital, positive community with engaged and well-informed leaders and its curriculum is designed to raise awareness of the needs and challenges that affect the St. Paul and east metro regions and enhance individual leadership skills with a focus on community stewardship.

The program offers participants exceptional insider access by bringing in top-level business, civic and government leaders to facilitate productive conversations around critical issues that influence our region.

Leadership Saint Paul class of 2010
Leadership Saint Paul class of 2010

Program overview
Since 1980, LSP has prepared, challenged and engaged emerging and existing leaders to strengthen the St. Paul and east metro regions. Past program graduates include Minnesota Senator Mee Moua, St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington, Minnesota State Representative Carlos Mariani and many other important business and community leaders.

Now is your chance to become a leader; LSP is currently accepting applications for the class of 2012.

LSP participants are given the unique opportunity to:

Connect with other leaders

– Meet people with a shared commitment to community
– Build a diverse, long-term network
– Promote the organization they represent

Cultivate skills and knowledge

– Build skills in leadership, communication and citizenship
– Gain knowledge about challenges and issues facing the St. Paul and east metro areas
– Explore the interrelationships of government, business and the broader community.

Contribute to the vitality of the St. Paul area

– Help people who live in the communities they care about
– Ensure the continued health and well being of the St. Paul and east metro areas
– Give back to the St. Paul and east metro areas

Curriculum elements
1. Monthly program days

Day-long sessions (the second Thursday of the month) focusing on significant challenges facing the region such as community effectiveness, government education and criminal justice, media and communications, health and human services, regional economic development, and arts and culture. Each program day strives to enlighten, inspire and transform participants by exposing them to a vast array of perspectives, resources and mentors. 

2. Skill-building retreat

A two-day retreat held in February, focusing on developing personal and civic leadership skills, including teambuilding and community stewardship.

3.  Community projects

Each participant will form a team with four to six classmates and partner with a nonprofit on a community service project to apply new skills and gain experiential knowledge in community stewardship. Recent service projects include: an award-winning Financial Literacy Service Project for Lifetrack Resources (winner of the 2006 Minneapolis/Saint Paul Magazine’s Standing Ovation Award), the development of a charter school’s library, the creation of a girls’ leadership camp and beautifying a business strip.

Application process
Anyone in the metro area can apply to Leadership Saint Paul. The application process consists of a written application and face-to-face interview. Apply for the 2012 LSP class here.

For more information, contact Stephanie Austin, Director of Education and Foundation: 651-265-2786 or stephanie [at] saintpaulchamber [dot] com.

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