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Need a career boost? Advance your leadership skills here in Detroit Lakes

The 2017-2018 LEADERship participants stand with their awards last spring after completing the program. / Submitted photo.

Leadership Detroit Lakes is a business and community leadership program designed to provide participants with an educational opportunity that enables them to learn about the area's resources, values, strengths and opportunities. Participants from around the Detroit Lakes area will learn valuable leadership skills, connect with area leaders and learn how to use their own personal strengths to make a difference in their workplace, careers and in our community.

The program is 4 full days in the fall followed by a capstone-style project in the spring. We offer a variety of impactful experiences for the participant. From classroom work to community tours, mentorships to small group collaboration, participants will be exposed to a wide range of leadership styles and learn new skills that they can apply in the workplace and beyond.

Sessions will be taught by local professionals, regional trainers, educators and panel discussions. A final project will give participants the chance to practice their new skills. Plus, each participant will be connected to a personal mentor who will be a resource during and after this training.

The sessions are spread out once per month from September to December, beginning with "Foundations" at M State in Detroit Lakes on September 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m with a strength-finder survey to follow.

The following sessions are during the same time frame on October 11, November 8, and December 13 at various locations.

The cost is $450 per person which covers meals and all training materials. To sign up, call or email Carrie Johnston at 218-847-9202 or