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Ready to refine your leadership skills?

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The Bloomington Leadership Program, a free two-month interactive program, is accepting applications through October 30. Participants can develop their leadership skills in virtual educational sessions, promote civic engagement, break down barriers, increase understanding of local government and build relationships with City staff, elected officials and
nonprofit representatives. 

Who: Bloomington residents 18 years and older, with the ability to attend at least eight of 10 sessions (no more than two absences). 

When: Sessions will take place from February 1 – March 21, Thursday evenings, and two Saturday mornings. 

Apply: To learn more or apply, visit Call 952-563-8733, MN Relay 711, to be mailed an application.

Hear from recent graduates

Emily Melby, a CPA, works as a business analyst consultant for Optum and was recently appointed to the Bloomington Charter Commission.

“My biggest take away was how much the City considers the resident. From the way they structure policies and design parks to how they interact with the residents – it’s all so thoughtfully done in a manner that truly tries to make Bloomington an inclusive community where everyone
can thrive.”

Makayla Buckman, a marketing training manager, works for Guaranteed Rate.

“If you are looking to make meaningful connections within the local community, learn more about the inner workings of Bloomington, identify ways to serve or simply want something to look forward to each Thursday, the 2024 Bloomington Leadership Program is for you! It also transformed how I lead within my profession.”

Ryan Lokken is a stay-at-home father of two children.

“The Leadership Program made me a better leader by giving me the confidence to go out of my comfort zone. I am currently a founding member of the nonprofit Tod Pod Playgroup, and part of a growing community of parents planting roots here and wanting to help shape our city.”