Leadership Essentials - Cohort 4 Leadership Training

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 1:00 PM - Wednesday, October 11, 2023 8:00 AM (CDT)



Opens Tuesday October 10, 2023

Last session May 15, 2024

See schedule and location listed below for in person and virtual sessions.

Intended audience: The new Leadership Essentials program is designed for current and future leaders in your organization who have not attended a previous leadership development series through MREA.

Complete course schedule:

Virtual sessions will take place via Zoom video conference. This is a web-based platform that does not require you to download any software. In order to fully participate, a computer with a good microphone and a webcam is required.



TUESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2023 1-4PM In person
UNIT 1 SESSION 1 Leadership Overview


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2023 8-11AM In person
Unit 1 Session 2 Critical Thinking


THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2023 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 1 Session 3 Workplace Impact


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13, 2023 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 1 Session 4 Emotional Intelligence


 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 17, 2024 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 2 Session 1 Flexibility and Resilience


WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2024 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 2 Session 2 Mastering Your Professionalism


WEDNESDAY MARCH 13, 2024 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 2 Session 3 Leader/Follower Orientation


WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2024 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 2 Session 4 Effective Communication I

WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2024 9:30AM-12:30PM In Person
Unit 2 Session 5 Effective Communication II

WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2024 1-2PM In Person

Closing - Discussion of Final Assessment




Class size is limited to 20 people to provide maximum opportunity for participants to benefit from the instructor-led multimedia activities. For the virtual sessions each participant receives an email that includes the Zoom log in details and an attachment with materials needed for class.



  • The program certification includes seventeen (17) individual modules designed to be completed by attending four consecutive, two-day sessions or four three-hour interactive virtual sessions per module. These sessions are offered once or twice each year (as necessary) in person and virtually over a two-year period. Because the modules need not be taken in sequence, a participant may stop or miss a session if an emergency prevents regular attendance, and re-enter when space in the program is available. 
  • You are a Leader Only if Others Follow:  is a pre-requisite for all other modules. This is scheduled prior to some of the modules to allow new participants to begin the program. Subsequent modules may be taken in any sequence. First timers must complete You are a Leader Only if Others Follow first. Modules 1 - 4 may be taken in any order. 


11640 73rd Ave. N
Maple Grove, MN 55369


Holiday Inn & Suites

11801 Fountains Way, Maple Grove, MN 

Rate - $174/night +tax

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Dana Haageson 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 nearly 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 MN State University Moorhead and is a CPA, as well as a Certified Professional in Human Resources. Dana lives in Moorhead. She and her husband have 3 daughters.

Steve Wischmann successfully led thousands of people and managed numerous regional and national-level programs, initiatives, and their related budgets over the course of his 29-year military career. Upon his retirement from military service in 2013, Steve translated his passion for building capacity in people and organizations into the launch of Horizon Performance Solutions, LLC (HPS), a leadership and organizational development consulting company. HPS assists businesses and organizations strengthen their leadership, increase professional competence, and improve overall performance through tailored consulting and training support, assistance with all stages of the strategic planning process, and guidance in aligning people and purpose. Readiness Division (2015-2020), providing a range of tailored trainings to private and public organizations on topics including Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Excellence, Effective Communication, and Successful Supervision.


MREA Education Member: $2525
Non-MREA Education Member: $3000

Minnesota Rural Electric Association | MREA
11640 73rd Ave N
Maple Grove, MN 55369 United States
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Amanda Meredith
(763) 424-7232
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Tuesday, October 10, 2023 1:00 PM - Wednesday, October 11, 2023 8:00 AM (CDT)

Tuesday October 10, 2023 1-4pm

Wednesday October 11, 2023 8-11am

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