MANKATO, MINN. (August 19, 2020) – Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG) is excited to announce the Greater Mankato Cohort for the 2020 Minnesota Young American Leaders Program (MYALP).

The Minnesota Young American Leaders Program is an intensive, two-and-a-half-day program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities convening approximately fifty rising leaders from across business, non-profit and government organizations who are committed to working across sectors to help their communities and region prosper inclusively. The program interweaves case studies, insights from national and Minnesota practitioners of cross-sector leadership, diverse perspectives on our current state economy and research presentations from scholars of inclusive economic development and the future of work.

The 2019 program took place November 20-22, 2019 at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The 2020 program has been rescheduled due to COVID-19 and will take place in May 2021 with virtual programming during the initial October 7-9 timeframe.

Growing from a partnership among the Itasca Project, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership, and the Harvard Business School, the Program shares as well as selected faculty and content with Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program, which includes cohorts from fourteen city cohorts across the nation. MYALP provides themes an opportunity to bring rising leaders together to focus specifically not only on the inclusive economic development of their city, but also on challenges and opportunities of common concern to all generations across our state and region.

Representing the Greater Mankato Area will be:

  • Jennifer Bromeland, City Administrator, City of Eagle Lake
  • Laura Drager, Marketing Manager, ISG
  • Matt DuRose, Assistant Director Mankato Public Safety, City of Mankato
  • Edell Fiedler, Communications and Engagement Director, City of Mankato and Mankato Area Public Schools
  • Julie Fredrickson, Owner, J. Fre Consulting
  • Nicole Griensewic, Executive Director, Region 9 Development Commission
  • Kate Hansen, Owner, Blue Sun Designs & Cabin No. 4
  • Tonya Hobbie, Director of Talent Management, Bolton & Menk
  • Mohamed Ibrahim, Community Health Specialist, Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Diana Rojo-Garcia, Associate Editor, Reporter, Mankato Free Press
  • Katie Smentek, Pediatrician and Board Member, Mankato Clinic
  • Amanda Weister, Assistant Director, Career Development Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Nicole Griensewic said the following about her upcoming participation “Working in such unprecedented times, being able to collaborate and learn from others is more imperative than ever. Having a program of Harvard’s caliber in Minnesota is an exceptional and exhilarating opportunity for our region’s young leaders. I appreciate the program’s focus on inclusivity as we continue to work on economic recovery and building more resilient communities with our changing demographics.”

Jessica Beyer, President & CEO of GMG, said: “We were honored to collaborate with the Minnesota Young American Leaders Program in offering this unique opportunity to leaders in our region. We’d like to thank the members of the selection committee who had the challenging task of choosing from a highly qualified candidate pool. The applicants represented a wide range of industries, experience, and perspectives. Each of the members bring unique talents and experiences and will be able to use what they learn through the program to further strengthen the Greater Mankato region.”

Special thanks to the Itasca Program, its sponsors and the staff of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership for their efforts in creating this program. Learn more about the program here.