Leadership Program

Growing Local: Northfield Emerging Leaders Program

Our community needs strong, capable, diverse leadership to remain vibrant now and in the future. This program is being designed to help emerging leaders be ready to join boards, commissions and committees in our community.

Gain skills and support

  • Build confidence to successfully engage in your local government
  • Gain a network and broaden your connections of common interest.
  • Strengthen your leadership skills and gain new tools to use in your leadership and life.


This program is designed for residents in the Northfield area from historically under-represented groups such as people of color, indigenous people, people living with disabilities, LGBTQ+ and others who have not yet actively participated in local boards, commissions or committees but who are interested in exploring future leadership opportunities.


  • 18 years or older
  • Be able to speak and read English 
  • Have transportation to and from the sessions
  • Be able to commit to attending all program sessions and related activities

Participants will be paired with an experienced coach for co-learning and networking. 

No fee to participate!

Participants will receive a gift card to help offset costs of some expenses associated with participation in the program.

Dates, location and session topics

All sessions will be held at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street. Sessions will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A light meal will be provided.

  • February 10, 2020 – Launching Your Community Leadership
  • March 9, 2020 – Committee Work: Traps, Solutions, Strategies
  • April 13, 2020 – Navigating & Leading Through Conflict
  • May 11, 2020 – Ready, Set, Lead!
  • Participants attend a board, commission or committee meeting of their choice between March and May.
  • A follow-up session will be held in September 2020 to refresh and strengthen learning.

Deadline to apply

Application deadline has passed.


University of Minnesota Extension
Growing Up Healthy
Healthy Community Initiative (HCI)
Northfield Shares
Northfield Public Schools