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Leadership Minnesota 2020

An exclusive look at Minnesota’s changing economy and the issues that will shape its future

Minnesota’s economic engine is powered by more than 100,000 businesses, a diverse landscape interconnected in ways not understood by the casual observer. For a select group, Leadership Minnesota opens the window to a behind-the-scenes look at what makes our state’s economy tick. This exclusive program also helps you understand how public policy crafted at the Capitol impacts the vitality of each and every Minnesota company. By establishing a rich network of Minnesota business leaders, your shared experiences make you more effective leaders at your workplace.

Bob Gardner

Gardner Builders

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"Leadership Minnesota is a truly unique experience for Minnesota’s business leaders. In 10 days, a group of 35 individuals will get to hear the stories of some of our leading Minnesota companies, see inside their operations and better understand the challenges and opportunities facing our economy, our companies and our state. The access is incredible and the conversations are important. I am a much better leader inside and outside of my company having gone through this experience."

2019-2020 Sessions

Sponsored by State Farm Insurance
Orientation, Financial Services and Manufacturing
September 12-13, 2019 - Mankato

Participants will receive an understanding of the economic, demographic and public policy issues facing Minnesota as they relate to the business environment – preparing you for this distinctive tour of our state. The session also explores the ever-changing financial services industry and examines how manufacturers are responding to global competition.

SESSION TWO | Sponsored by Minnesota Power and PolyMet Mining
Timber, Mining and Energy

October 10-11, 2019 - Northern Minnesota
How is mining evolving on Minnesota’s Iron Range? Can our paper mills compete in the global market? What’s the future energy landscape? Tour companies and meet with industry leaders to discover the answers to these and other questions.

Health Care, Retail and Technology
November 7-8, 2019 - Twin Cities

Understand some of the complex issues within the health care industry, and learn the role of research and technology as the industry adapts to a rapidly changing environment. Meet Minnesota retailers and gain insight surrounding the evolving online marketplace. Explore issues confronting companies that rely on technology and what they need to grow in our state.

SESSION FOUR | Sponsored by Hormel Foods Corporation
Agriculture and Food Production
January 16-17, 2020 - Southern Minnesota

Agriculture and food production industries are big players in the state’s economy. See the technical advancements in these industries and the regulations that govern their operations.

Sponsored by Goff Public
Role of Business in Public Policy and Politics
February 20-21, 2020 - St. Paul

The program comes full circle in our capital city where policymakers make decisions that have a direct impact on the state’s business climate. Gain an appreciation of the dynamics of public policy as you meet face-to-face with decision-makers. 

Tuition is $2,995 and includes all overnight accommodations, meals and program materials. For questions, contact Jenny Munyer at 651.292.4690 or