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Professional Development Series


Each Professional Development Series typically consists of 3 - 4 workshops focusing on topics necessary to build upon one's leadership skills as they boost their career to a whole new level.

Greater Mankato Growth Investors receive annual credits for Professional Development Series. The amounts per level are listed below:

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Todd Thiewes - Sandler Training


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Todd Thiewes - Sandler Training

September 21, 28, October 5, 12 | 8:30 - 10:30 am

100 Warren Street, Ste 600 - 5th floor training room
Mankato, MN 56001

$449 Members

$549 Non-Members

Success Playbook for Career Advancement

This workshop offers emerging and current workplace leaders a chance to fine-tune their leadership skills and gain new energy to help boost their career to the next level. The workshop is perfect for someone who is on track for additional responsibilities or a new a new leadership role within their organization. Participants will benefit from being part of a highly energized learning environment where each session builds upon the previous session, leading to a deeper grasp of the leadership concepts presented and an opportunity to implement new skills in the workplace between classes.

More than ever, we all need structure and support to help us reach our full potential. Todd Thiewes of Sandler Training will navigate you through the following topics:

Session 1 - Time Management & Goal Setting
Wednesday, September 21
Are you managing your time or is your time managing you? We will be looking at ways to manage time effectively to help you reach your goals.

Session 2 – Communication
Wednesday, September 28
People communicate in many ways. To be a better communicator, we will look at how we communicate and how to adjust our approach to best communicate with others.

Session 3 – Leadership
Wednesday, October 5
We will identify and develop the skills associated with strong and effective leadership. We will look at the many aspects of a successful leader and how to replicate them in our lives.

Session 4 - No Guts, No Gain
Wednesday, October 12
Our life that we are “in control” of as well as the things that “need improvement.”

Light breakfast will be provided at each session.

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Nan Gesche, Teamwork Expert


Cracking the Code of Collaboration

May 17, 24, 31 | 8:30 - 10:30 am

100 Warren Street, Ste 600 - 5th floor training room
Mankato, MN 56001

$249 Members

$299 Non-Members

Collaboration is something most of us value, yet we struggle with how to put it into practice when working with others. This workshop series is about creating the right mindset and practicing skills to help you expand the contributions of others while understanding how one’s own actions can affect others and outcomes. Learn some tips and tools on how to work more effectively together, connect more authentically, and engage more respectfully.

Session 1 - Conversational Intelligence: Tools for Success
Tuesday, May 17

It isn’t always how smart you are, rather how effective you are in creating powerful conversations to build trusting relationships and mutual success. Business at its core is about people connecting with people, with everything happening thru conversations. Sharing and challenging different perspectives comes with the territory of moving up the ladder. Yet authentic communication can be a challenge, and if done poorly, can lead to miscommunication, lack of trust, and poor collaboration between team members.This session will get you to that next rung on the ladder without these missteps.

Session 2 - Team Communication: Small Acts, Big Wins
Tuesday, May 24

One of the top non-technical job skills desired by employers is the ability to work on a team. It isn’t enough to be good at your job, you also must be good at working with others and building a resilient team. So how do you build and maintain a resilient team? You may be surprised how small changes can positively impact your team in significant ways.

Session 3 - Change Management: Building Capability & Confidence Tuesday
Tuesday, May 31

“The ability to successfully manage change has become one of the most important skills needed for personal happiness, the prosperity of organizations, and the health of the planet” – Daryl R. Connor.

Since we all experience change, the goal is to equip people and organizations to assimilate to the changes they face daily. Change is a manageable process with definite structures and outcomes that can be reliably anticipated. Thus, you will learn the structure of change and how to work with it to make you and your team’s transitions smoother and more productive.

Light breakfast will be provided at each session



Lisa Cownie, MRCI

Stacey Gore, MRCI


Think outside the Box to Build Your Company Culture

April 5, 12, 19 | 8:30 - 10:30 am

100 Warren Street, Ste 600 - 5th floor training room
Mankato, MN 56001

$99 Members

$149 Non-Members

MRCI believes it is what a person can do that matters. As the organization pursues its mission of providing innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with disabilities at home, at work, and in the community, it looks to be a resource for community and employment partners. This three-session workshop will be facilitated by Lisa Cownie and Stacey Gore of MRCI.

Session 1 - Focusing in and Finding Your Place
Tuesday, April 5

We've all heard that knowledge is power. Or, as we like to say, knowledge is empowering. This session strives to empower you in many ways as you strive to find the right balance for your life.


Session 2 - Igniting a Spark in Your Workforce
Tuesday, April 12

Employee engagement matters. We'll share with you the SPARK method of helping your employees--and yourself--connect with your business/mission.


Session 3 - Ability Awareness/Inclusion in the Workforce
Tuesday, April 19

Hiring individuals with disabilities or differences doesn't need to be awkward or "more work." We will help you discover a whole untapped workforce you may be missing and give you tools you need to help them be successful (and, by default, help you be more successful)

Light breakfast will be provided at each session.


Disclaimer: All events, programs, and sponsorship opportunities are subject to change based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. The format or delivery model of any event or program are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of our community, volunteers, and staff.

2022 Greater Mankato Professional Development Series Sponsors:


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The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership