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Top 5 reasons to apply for Leaders Lab 2021

Hear what former participants have to say about Leaders Lab

Leaders Lab is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage Minnesota’s developing business leaders (approximately late 20s to 30s). It will enhance your personal and professional growth, connect you with business leaders statewide, and provide understanding into what drives Minnesota’s economy and how policy affects the success of business in our state. The program consists of four, two-day sessions. 

Why should you apply for 2021 Leaders Lab? Take it from some of our recent participants: the top 5 reasons to apply for Leaders Lab this year. 


1. Learn about different industries that make up Minnesota's diverse economy. 

"Up until this experience, I've had minimal interaction with companies and leaders outside of the agricultural industry. Leaders Lab provided me an opportunity to grow my network through interaction with an elite group of individuals from varying backgrounds and careers, all while sharing my own knowledge and passions along the way. The program highlighted the diversity of Minnesota industries, helping me determine my role in the state’s economy, community, and environment both today and as I move forward in my career."

Sydney Klimesh, Christensen Farms, Sleepy Eye


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2. Experience new perspectives. 

"Fundamentally, Leaders Lab has provided me with a new lens through which to view our state. I have a greater understanding of the interplay between policy and practice and the implications this has on business in Minnesota. This program has encouraged me to continue learning about issues facing other industries and the ways that we can take a collective approach to solving them." 

Amie Tunheim, UnitedHealthcare, Minnetonka


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3. Grow professionally through leadership development.

"Having completed the program, I can honestly say that I’m in a better position to lead today than ever before. I was so impressed with the business leaders across Minnesota that I was given the opportunity to listen and talk to. Humbled and proud by this experience!"

Ryan Earp, Environmental Resources Management, Minneapolis



4. Make connections with peers that you can grow in your career with.

"Completing the program alongside fellow young professionals in various industries brings different perspectives and allows you to grow your network in a way you didn’t know was possible. It’s an opportunity to learn from others what they are doing in their own companies to diversify their policies, operations and adapt to new technologies.  It’s a group I can lean on as I grow in my career."

Ra'eesa Motala, Rokos Advisors, Minneapolis


5. Receive an inside look into policies and issues that shape Minnesota's economy. 

5. Receive an inside look into policies and issues that shape Minnesota's economy. 

"The inefficiencies of economic growth and politics typically extend from a misunderstanding of issues and concepts. Leaders Lab fills in a lot of the gaps, in order to better equip the next wave of Minnesota’s leaders.

Tim Oxborough, Sugar Lake Lodge, Cohasset


Interested in learning more?

Visit our Leaders Lab information page to read more about 2021 Leaders Lab and view a schedule of the four sessions. Questions? Contact Allie Hancock at