What Our Participants Say
"CLF has been a fabulous way to make stronger connections with key community organizations. It has allowed access to new partnerships through CLF members and alumni. CLF has been a tremendous opportunity for both personal and professional growth. The combination of intense, stimulating three-day session interspersed with practical application with small groups, set this program apart from other seminars and academic programs. The continued engagement of past cohorts shows how this course has been transformative for previous Fellows and provides a reflective viewpoint well after their experience in the program."
--Jo Anne Judge-Dietz, PHN, MA Olmsted County Public Health Services, 2014 Cohort
"The CLF experience has been transformative. Appreciating each other's strengths in action helped integrate the different strengths on a deeper level. And emphasizing the process rather than the product gave us permission to work through any discomfort associated with ambiguities inherent in a collaboration. Identifying vision and mission through active listening to all the stakeholders gave the process clarity of purpose. The collaborative process has been energizing."
--Donna Lun, Fellow, 2010 Cohort
"CLF, if one stays engaged even after the formal program is complete, will take a personal full circle and truly prepare them to collaborate with others. As I reflect on my experiences in CLF, I recognize that I am a better leader because of how much I have been force to grow as a person and this growth has occurred in the context of learning about and being in collaborative relationships. CLF is a valuable program and Rochester is fortunate to have it."
--Regina Seabrook, Strategic Planning Coordinator, Rochester Public Schools, 2013 Cohort
"I see the CLF experience as a wonderful opportunity to uniquely develop a high potential leader to the next level of function - one of natural collaboration."
--Dr. Paul Targonski, Fellow, 2008 Cohort and Supervisor of 2010 Fellow
Participants explore the Six Practices of Collaborative Leaders through four 3-day skill building sessions. Topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Identifying personal strengths
- Building social capital
- Understanding power and influence
- Coaching and mentoring
- Resolving conflict within collaborations
Six Practices of Collaborative Leaders
Four Stages of Collaboration
In addition, participants have opportunities to apply their learning through cultivating multi-sector networks, developing and implementing a personal leadership plan, and actively participating in a Community Engagement Initiative where they apply collaboration leadership and process to an identified community issue.
is an engaging facilitator and presenter with experience working with a diverse set of organizations, locally and state-wide. Michon is a faculty member at Rochester Community and Technical College in the Business Administrative Technology Department where she primarily teaches computer/technology courses. In addition to her role at RCTC, Michon does communications and marketing work for the Rochester Area Family Y and co-facilitates the Collaborative Leadership Fellows program. Her community involvement includes leadership and volunteer positions at the Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Area Quality Council, RNeighbors, and Rochester Public Schools. Michon has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Winona State University and a master's degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota. Her son, Stephen, is currently in the United States Navy and stationed state-side in Norfolk, Virginia.
is a facilitator and teacher with over fifteen years of experience in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Her goal is to inspire individuals, teams and organizations to achieve breakthrough performance. She does this by offering interactive, comprehensive, and impactful workshops that provide real-world skills for participants. Catherine is a former trainer manager for a mid-sized multi-national organization where she developed and implemented many talent development initiatives. She has a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management and a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University, St. Paul and has served on various volunteer boards in the Rochester community. Currently, Catherine also teaches at Rochester Community and Technical College and St. Mary's University, Minnesota.
The Collaborative Leadership Fellows (CLF) was founded in 2007 by the Family Action Collaborative (FACES) in Olmsted County. The Program was designed for the Olmsted County community by key stakeholders from local government, higher education, non-profit community, and the United Way of Olmsted County.
- February 25 - 27
- May 19 - 21
- August 11 - 13
- Oct 27 - 29
Thursday sessions meet 1 PM - 6 PM (February session ends at 8 PM)
Friday sessions meet 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday sessions meet 8 AM - Noon
- University Center, Rochester, 30th Avenue SE OR
- University of Minnesota, Rochester, 111 South Broadway
How to Apply to CLF
Please download and send completed application and letter of support to email@example.com