These two Programs bring together rising leaders who are committed to working across sectors to help their communities prosper inclusively. Participants leave the programs equipped with new skills and relationships that will help them rebuild the commons.
Both the Minnesota Young American Leaders Program, at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus, and the national Young American Leaders Program, at Harvard Business School, interweave case studies, insights from national, state and local practitioners of cross-sector leadership, diverse perspectives on our current state economy, and research presentations from scholars of inclusive economic development and the future of work.
Growing from a partnership among the Itasca Project, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership, and the Harvard Business School, the Minnesota Young American Leaders Program shares themes, content, and selected faculty with the national Young American Leaders Program, which includes cohorts from fourteen city cohorts across the nation. The Minnesota Young American Leaders Program provides an opportunity to bring rising leaders together from six cities across Minnesota to focus on the inclusive economic development of their city and on challenges and opportunities of common concern to all generations across our state and region.
It is time to nominate rising leaders for the 2022 Minnesota and
national Young American Leaders Programs!
The Minnesota Young American Leaders Program will be held May 18-20, 2022 at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus. The national Young American Leaders Program will be held in June 2022 at Harvard Business School (dates will be confirmed soon; in the past, it has been held the second or third week in June). There is no cost to participants to attend either Program.
We welcome nominees who live or work in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to fill out the joint application form for the Minnesota and national Programs. There is a unified selection process for the Twin Cities cohorts for these locations. The form asks nominees whether (and why) they are more interested in connections with other rising leaders across Minnesota or in other states and whether they have a Program location preference. We cannot guarantee that successful nominees will be offered their first-choice location.
We welcome nominees who live or work in Duluth, Fargo-Moorhead, Mankato, Minneapolis-St Paul, Rochester, and St Cloud to apply to the Minnesota Young American Leaders Program.
Each city has its own local lead partner organization, which distributes the call for nominations and coordinates the selection process. These partner organizations are:
Fargo-Moorhead: Downtown Moorhead, Inc.
Mankato: Greater Mankato Growth and Mankato State University
Minneapolis-St Paul: The Itasca Project
Rochester: DMC and UMN Rochester
St Cloud: Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation
Once nominations are received, nominees are contacted to confirm interest and provide them with more information about the program. If interested, nominees will complete a short application. Successful nominees will be notified in the first quarter of 2022.
To nominate, please follow this link: Nomination Form
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
For more information, please visit the MYALP website or the Harvard Business School’s US Competitiveness page.