Congratulations to MASWCD Leadership Institute Graduates

MASWCD Partners with University of Minnesota Extension to strengthen the leadership capability of SWCDs and BWSR

Congratulations are extended to the recent graduates of a one-year leadership development program sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).

The program, titled “The MASWCD Leadership Institute” brought together 20 participants from across the state to strengthen their leadership capacity for conservation work in Minnesota. The group was comprised of locally elected Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff and supervisors, and BWSR Board Conservationists.

“As the MASWCD Leadership participants studied together in this year-long program, they developed working relationships which transcends course material and morphs into life skills,” said MASWCD Executive Director LeAnn Buck. “The MASWCD co-hort program brings district staff, supervisors and partners together to foster creativity, build leadership skills and encourage greater progress in the delivery of local conservation programs,” During six in-depth sessions, participants learned about and practiced leadership lessons, applying those skills to a statewide policy issue. Topics included building facilitative leadership skills, visioning and influencing policy change, framing issues, strengthening team leadership, decision-making, dealing with conflict, effective questioning skills, and working with stakeholders in public issues.

This was the tenth group to complete the statewide leadership program which began in 1996. The content of the program is designed and delivered by staff of the University of Minnesota Extension.

MASWCD will launch 2017/18 Leadership Institute to later this year

The MASWCD is once again partnering with BWSR, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the University of Minnesota to launch the next leadership institute training program. Information will be sent to local SWCD offices in the near future.

For further information about the program contact the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts at 651-690-9028 or visit the MASWCD website at www.maswcd.org

MASWCD Leadership Institute
(2016-2017) Cohort

SWCD or Agency

Peter

Mead

Becker SWCD

Beau

Peterson

Big Stone SWCD

Brett

Arne

BWSR

Erin

Loeffler

BWSR

Adam

King

Dodge SWCD

Donna Rae

Scheffert

Leadership Tools (Instructor)

LeAnn

Buck

MASWCD

John

Adamek

McLeod SWCD

Mark

Schnobrich

McLeod SWCD

James

Fett

Mower SWCD

Melissa

Lancaster

Nicollet SWCD

John

Shea

Nobles SWCD

Terrylea

Ness

Renville SWCD

Ben

Trochlil

Renville SWCD

Karen

Wermers

Renville SWCD

Mary

Steinlicht

RRVCSA TSA 1

Kathleen

Thies

Sibley SWCD

Nathan

Hylla

Stearns SWCD

Chris

Staebler

Stevens SWCD

Lisa

Hinz

U of M Extension (Instructor)

Terri

Peters

Wabasha SWCD

Luke

Johnson

Wright SWCD

Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts www.maswcd.org