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Lead People in Facing Complex Community Issues
Inspire Revolutionary Change
Collaborative Leadership Fellows (CLF) brings together emerging community leaders to learn the skills necessary to address complex issues and make radical, lasting change in our community.
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Overview
Collaborative Leadership
Collaborative Process
Community Engagement Initiative
Multi-sector Networking
Collaborative Leadership Fellows (CLF) is a unique, community-based leadership program focused on developing a collaborative skill set in individuals from multiple sectors. The curriculum is based on the following principles:
  • Six Key practices of Collaborative Leaders
  • Four Stages of Collaboration
  • Applied Learning through Community Engagement Initiatives
  • Networking with individuals from muliple sectors, community leaders, mentors, and coaches
Through classroom sessions and initiatives in the community, participants learn how to bring people from different organizations and sectors together to address problems that are bigger than one person or organization is able to resolve on its own. Since we recruit individuals from different sectors, fellows also develop a strong network with other individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Fellows meet four times during the year (February, May, August, and October) on Thursday afternoon, Friday, and Saturday morning with additional meetings between sessions to work on Community Engagement Initiatives. Topics covered during the session include the following:

  • Leading with personal strengths
  • Comparing and contrasting collaboration, partnerships, and cooperation
  • Understanding and sharing power and influence, both person and systemic
  • Resolving conflict within collaborations
  • Building trust and safety in collaborative situations
  • Identifying and developing social capital
Assessing the Environment
Self Reflection Sharing Power and Influence
Developing People Creating Clarity
Building Safety and Trust
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
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.
Community Engagement Initiatives (CEI) are where fellows work on a community issue in small groups with a mentor and coach. The CEI process provides a safe place for participants to apply and experiment with the Six Practices of Collaborative Leaders and the Four Stages of Collaboration.
Fellows develop a strong, diverse network through CLF. Participants are recruited from six sectors: Education (P-12); Higher Education; Faith; Government; Non-Profit; and, For-Profit Organizations. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to meet community leaders, alumni, and presenters who represent diverse organizations, perspectives, and experiences.
Facilitators
Design Team
Michon Rogers 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.
Catherine Davis 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.
2017 Dates
  • March 2 - 3
  • May 18 - 19
  • August 10 - 11
  • Oct 26 - 27
Sessions meet Thursdays and Fridays, 8:00AM to 5:30PM
Session Locations
  • 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 clfprogram@gmail.com