The Maverick Academy Series is a premier, signature series of leadership-based programming led by the Minnesota State University, Mankato Center for Workforce Professional Education. This programming focuses on upskilling incumbent workers to benefit them personally as well as to benefit employers and improve organizational performance.

Individuals who successfully complete the full 24-hour Dare to Lead™ program will receive a certificate of completion and are allowed to put the Dare to Lead Trained badge on their LinkedIn account.

About The Dare To Lead Program

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage building program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals.

The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership.

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About the Presenter

Sarah Ciavarri, M.Div. PCC, BCC, CDWF-C, CDTLF, loves seeing people get excited about their lives and futures. Sarah is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Consultant, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. For nine years, Sarah has traveled nationally keynoting and facilitating workshops on resiliency, mindset, vulnerability, and shame. Sarah is a faculty member with Coaching4Today’s Leaders and trains coaches. Sarah is the author of Finding Our Way to the Truth: Seven Lies Leaders Believe and How to Let Them Go. Sarah is a Board Certified Chaplain and has been the Director of Spiritual Care at Augustana Care in Apple Valley, MN for over twelve years.

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Do you struggle with managing your personal and team priorities? Do you have a hard time keeping people accountable or is your environment highly reactionary?

Did you know that 90% of employees work on project teams, yet leaders have never been trained in project management concepts? They don't need to understand every aspect of project management, but they do need to understand high-level project management concepts and the toold to use to be successful in this day and age.

According to Deloitte Consulting, our business world is evolving, and we must leverage new skills and tools to compete effectively. Technology companies have caught on to the trend and have introduced fabulous tools like Office 365, Slack and Basecamp- allowing teams to work together more collaboratively and effectively. However, companies are behind and still using outdated technology like email for team management and collaboration.

Learn more about the concepts and tools that every manager needs to understand to be effective in the 21st century. Learn ways to manage your personal and team priorities to get more work done.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn high-level project management concepts that every manager needs to understand.
  • Gain a high-level understanding of how to leverage Microsoft 365 apps that were designed specifically to address these leadership challenges.
  • Learn how to transition your highly reactionary team to be more planful and proactive.

Presenter: Jan Lehman

Jan Lehman started CTC Productivity to help organizations minimize waste- wasted time, talend and technology. For over a decade, Jan and her team have helped thousands of clients nationwide to work smart and do more- dramatically improving profitability, employee engagement, and job satisfaction. CTC has a proven track record of delivering results.

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Minnesota State University’s Executive Prep Academy provides new and emerging leaders unique perspectives on how to drive customer-strategic thinking across the enterprise. Learn best practices to manage teams, handle adversity, and define your personal leadership style and brand. Participants will receive a certificate after successful completion of the academy.

Date Topic
January 11 Executive Thinking
February 8 Executive Presence
March 8 Executive Vision
April 12 Executive Change, Planning and Execution
May 10 Organizational Culture
June 14 Strategy and Execution


Scott Morrell

Scott Morrell
Executive Leadership Series Instructor and Founder
President of Rebar Leadership
Minneapolis, MN

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The Diversity & Inclusion Academy presents four highly interactive sessions driven by conversation around diversity education, and its relation to social and economic success. Explore your unconscious biases and learn best practices to make organizations and programs more inclusive.


January 12 Implicit Bias
February 9 Diversity 101
March 9 Cultural Competence
April 13 Inclusive Initiatives

Greater Mankato Diversity Council (GMDC)

Sessions are led by the greater Mankato Diversity Council. The GMDC exists to enhance the Mankato area's commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming community through diversity education.