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Minnesota Young American Leaders Program

2020 Cohort Announced - Full Release Here

Nominations are closed for the 2020 Minnesota Young American Leaders Program (MYALP).  The cohort of 12 chosen from the Greater Mankato region will join cohorts from Duluth and the Twin Cities Metro. While Greater Mankato Growth and Minnesota State University-Mankato will be facilitating the nomination process, candidates will be selected by a committee of community leaders representing a wide range of industry sectors.  The event is open to all people who live, work, or volunteer in Blue Earth or Nicollet County who meet the nomination criteria below regardless of which business they work for.  There is no charge to attend the program; the Itasca Project has assembled a group of sponsors to underwrite the costs of program development, food and lodging.


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The Minnesota Young American Leaders Program is an intensive, two-and-a-half day program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities convening approximately fifty rising leaders from across business, non-profit organizations and government who are committed to working across sectors to help their communities and our region prosper inclusively. The program interweaves case studies, insights from national and Minnesota practitioners of cross-sector leadership, diverse perspectives on our current state economy, and research presentations from scholars of inclusive economic development and the future of work. The 2019 program took place November 20-22, 2019 at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The 2020 program has been rescheduled due to COVID-19 and will take place in May 2021 with virtual programming during the initial October 7-9 timeframe.


Growing from a partnership among the Itasca Project, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership, and the Harvard Business School, the Program shares themes as well as selected faculty and content with Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program, which includes cohorts from fourteen city cohorts across the nation. The Minnesota Young American Leaders Program provides an opportunity to bring rising leaders together to focus specifically not only on the inclusive economic development of their city, but also on challenges and opportunities of common concern to all generations across our state and region.

The 2019 cohort from Saint Cloud made the following video describing their experience:

Congratulations to our 2020 Greater Mankato Cohort!

After a competitive selection process, the following individuals have been chosen to represent Greater Mankato at the 2020 MYALP program:

  • Jennifer Bromeland – City Administrator – City of Eagle Lake
  • Laura Drager – Marketing Manager – ISG
  • Matt DuRose – Assistant Director Mankato Public Safety – City of Mankato
  • Edell Fiedler – Communications and Engagement Director – City of Mankato and Mankato Area Public Schools
  • Julie Fredrickson – Owner – J. Fre Consulting
  • Nicole Griensewic – Executive Director – Region 9 Development Commission
  • Kate Hansen – Owner – Blue Sun Designs & Cabin No. 4
  • Tonya Hobbie – Director of Talent Management – Bolton & Menk
  • Mohamed Ibrahim – Community Health Specialist – Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Diana Rojo-Garcia – Associate Editor, Reporter – Mankato Free Press
  • Katie Smentek – Pediatrician and Board Member – Mankato Clinic
  • Amanda Weister – Assistant Director, Career Development Center – Minnesota State University, Mankato
The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership