Expand Your Network. Connect with Leaders.

Addressing the challenges and opportunities that currently exist in our state has never been more important. North Dakota needs strong leaders who can effectively guide our state’s private, public, and non-profit sectors to ensure that we continue to grow and sustain a prosperous future.

We designed Leadership ND to support those who are ready to meet this need. Connected, informed, and forward-thinking, our participants gain advanced leadership skills, explore major issues facing leaders today, and participate in high-level networking opportunities.

The Leadership North Dakota Institute is presented by the Leadership North Dakota Board, the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, and the University of Mary Workforce Development.

What You’ll Gain

  • An in-depth understanding of the major issues facing North Dakota’s leaders today
    • Challenges include diversity and inclusion, mental health, law and order, hyper-partisanship, and crisis leadership
  • Access to organizations, sectors, and industries across the state
  • Connections with experts and proven leaders throughout the state
  • Support and feedback from mentors and peers as you develop and bring quality business decisions to your organization
  • A framework for implementing business decisions through our advanced leadership curriculum

December 2021

Date: December 8
Virtual Orientation

January 2022

Dates: January 12-13
Location: Bismarck
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

February 2022

Dates: February 16-17
Location: Fargo
Habit 3: Put First Things First

March 2022

Dates: March 16-17
Location: Dickinson
Habit 4: Think Win/Win

April 2022

Dates: April 13-14
Location: Grand Forks
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

May 2022

Dates: May 18-19
Location: Watford City
Habit 6: Synergize

June 2022

Dates: June 15-16
Location: Bismarck
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Time: The program runs once per year over the course of six months.

Location: Travel throughout North Dakota is required.

Tuition: $2,500 (Includes cost for all meals, hotels, entertainment, and transportation once the participant has arrived at the specified hotel in each designated city)

Cancellation Policy: Because enrollment is limited, it is important that those selected to participate in Leadership North Dakota let us know as soon as possible if they cannot attend. A 25% fee of the cost of tuition ($625) will be charged for any cancellations up to the virtual orientation. There will be no refunds after orientation.

If you are interested in participating in Leadership ND, apply by October 15 for the upcoming year. You can find the application here. We ask that you provide your contact information, up-to-date resume, and one professional letter of reference by the deadline.

Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview once the Leadership ND Application Review Committee has reviewed all submitted applications. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application as information becomes available. 

Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the cohort and provided with additional information regarding the program, such as reading materials.

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