Leadership Essentials - Cohort 5A Leadership Training

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 1:00 PM - Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:00 AM (CDT)



Opens Tuesday April 2, ends Wednesday October 10

See schedule and location listed below

Intended audience: 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 April 2, 1-4PM In person
UNIT 1 SESSION 1 Leadership Overview


WEDNESDAY April 3, 8-11AM In person
Unit 1 Session 2 Critical Thinking


WEDNESDAY May 1, 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 1 Session 3 Workplace Impact


TUESDAY May 23, 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 1 Session 4 Emotional Intelligence



TUESDAY JUNE 5, 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 2 Session 1 Flexibility and Resilience


TUESDAY JULY 10, 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 2 Session 2 Mastering Your Professionalism


WEDNESDAY AUGUST 14, 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 2 Session 3 Leader/Follower Orientation


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 8-11AM Virtual-Live
Unit 2 Session 4 Effective Communication Part 1


THURSDAY OCTOBER 10, 9:30AM-12:30PM In person

Unit 2 Session 5 Effective Communication Part 2



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. 


Holiday Inn & Suites

11801 Fountains Way 

Maple Grove, MN 55369


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 Steve is the owner of Horizon Performance Solutions, LLC, (HPS) 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/O-6 after three decades of military service in the U.S. Coast Guard. His career included four command assignments, executive positions at the Department of Homeland Security, and numerous staff and operational assignments, including two High-Arctic NATO support deployments in 1985 and 1986. Steve has a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Management with dual concentrations in policy analysis and public management. Following his military retirement, he founded HPS while also serving for six years as an Adjunct Professor at Hilbert College, in Hamburg, New York, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in business management and public administration. Steve has extensive background in providing leadership, organizational, and workforce development strategies and programs for small businesses and non-profits, corporate teams, and government agencies. Originally from Wadena, MN, Steve and his wife now reside on Ottertail Lake.


MREA Education Member: $2700
Non-MREA Education Member: $3200

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All events in 2024 will be subject to a $50 late registration fee for anyone that registers less than 2 weeks prior to the published event dates.

Holiday Inn & Suites
11801 Fountains Way
Maple Grove, MN 55369 United States
Event Contact
Amanda Meredith
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Tuesday, April 2, 2024 1:00 PM - Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:00 AM (CDT)

April 2-3   Tuesday 1-4pm   Wednesday 8-11am

October 10 Thursday 10am-1pm & 1-2pm

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