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Leaders United Prepares for Third Year

For young to mid-level professionals in today’s constantly changing workplace, personal development is becoming increasingly important. Interpersonal skills like non-verbal communication, listening skills, problem-solving, and decision-making are instrumental to career success and advancement.

In response, Greater Twin Cities United Way has developed an immersive program which finished its second year in May—Leaders United—to cultivate inclusive leaders for today’s world. In the program, participants meet once a month for six months with webinars in between as they learn about cultural competency and community engagement.

Over the course of Leaders United, participants identify actions to increase their own cultural competence and awareness of unconscious biases. Participants stretch outside their comfort zones to work with others, influence organizations, and impact systems for lasting change. Nonprofit agency tours are also part of the program and participants find out what causes they are passionate about. They are then paired up with a local nonprofit where they participate in problem-solving and strategic planning along with the organization’s leaders.

Speakers are brought in throughout the curriculum to offer real-world experiences and spark insightful discussions. The benefit of participating in conversation with a diverse group of peers can offer new perspectives for participants as well as facilitating new professional connections and friendships.

The ideal candidate for Leaders United should be five to seven years into their career or work experience as well as community-minded, philanthropic, and interested in self-development. The program costs approximately $3,000 and takes place at Greater Twin Cities United Way’s downtown Minneapolis office. Past and present participants include 3M, Land O’Lakes, Medtronic, Target, and U.S. Bank.

If you are interested in being part of the third Leaders United cohort, please apply online now.

For more information about Leaders United, contact Andrea Caro at andrea.caro@gtcuw.org or 612-340-7569.

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