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CIL Introduces Executive Leadership Fellows

Each academic year the Center for Integrative Leadership invites a small number of highly accomplished leaders from the private sector, academia, government and the non-profit sector to join us as Executive Leadership Fellows. Fellows bring their experience and expertise to contribute to the life of the Center and the University and in turn benefit from being a part of the University community.

Patrick Coleman - Senior Curator, Minnesota Historical Society
Beth Fagin - Senior Director of Pediatric Therapies for St David’s Center for Children and Family Development
Allen Levine - Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota
Scott Peterson - Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, The Schwan Food Company
Dianna Shandy - Professor of Anthropology, Macalester College

For full bios and a description of where their work with the Center will focus click here.

CIL Executive Leadership Fellow Dianna Shandy in webinar series

Independent visual artist and photographer Marie Ange Bordas presents some of her previous work and projects amongst refugee communities to explore how her perception on narrative building has been evolving through the years and how her key concerns have moved from ‘displacements’ to ‘in flux’. She will share her dialogic and participatory approach in her search for intimacy between her own subjectivity, the people involved in her projects, and the public. Dealing with issues of displacement, memory, loss and recovery, Marie Ange articulates the individual and collective through personal experiences and its social implications, trying to create space for discussion. Watch the webinar.

Co-presenters Wendy Hesford and Amy Shuman, both Professors of English at Ohio State University, describe their different approaches to narrative using a recent New York Times article, “Enslaving Young Girls,” as an exemplar of the trafficking of sexual humanitarianism in international news media and the prominence of the figure of the sexually violated non-Western female as both exceptional and representative. Wendy will discuss the concept of "trafficking sexual humanitarianiTsm." Amy will look at the role of personal accounts in these narratives and at the ways that the different characters are positioned in the stories. Their approaches are compatible but they employ different conceptual and methodological tools. Watch the webinar.


CIL Fellow Patrick Coleman profiled for his work at Minnesota Historical Society

For more than 35 years, the self-described book geek, history nut and lover of Minnesota has collected thousands of books, maps and documents for the historical society's massive collection.

You can look at Coleman as a sort of rare book hunter for us all, because what he collects can be accessed free by anyone in the public, ranging from serious scholars to people researching their genealogy to high schoolers working on National History Day projects.

Click here for the full story.

CIL Steering Committe Member Professor Massoud Amin Named "Thought Leader of the Year" by Energy Thought Summit

The Energy Thought Summit (ETS) announced that University of Minnesota Professor Massoud Amin received the first-ever “Thought Leader of the Year” award during ETS15, a worldwide conference that brings together leaders to debate the future of energy. The award recognizes an individual with an inventive, brave vision to inspire the global energy ecosystem. Amin was selected by a committee of 175 peers around the world for outstanding contributions to energy knowledge exchange and thought leadership in 2014. Read the full news release here. 

Common Grounds Students Learn From Dr. Reatha Clark King

“One of the issues of collective impact is that the less well-known, the less powerful, partners can feel overshadowed. Good integrative leaders know to share credit with everyone, especially the less influential partners.” -Dr. Reatha Clark King

Dr. Reatha Clark King spoke with members of Common Grounds, an interdisciplinary student-led graduate team that applies the concept of integrative leadership to collaborative community challenges, on Friday, October 24, 2014. Read the full interview here.


Public Benefit Corporations Come to Minnesota

Starting January 1st, 2015 Minnesota entrepreneurs will have a new option for starting business enterprises with a social purpose: Public Benefit Corporations. The passage of legislation to enable Minnesota Public Benefit Corporations represents the collective effort of indidividuals from different professions and disciplines. Sara Nobbs, Assistant Program Manager of the Center for Integrative Leadership, recently spoke with three such individuals - Jeff Ochs, a recent graduate of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Carlson School of Management; Brett McDonnell, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School; and Steve Spruth, Senior Lecturer, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Managment - to get their views on Public Benefit Corporations and the legislative process that created them. Read the full interview here.


Interview with Mary Curtin, Diplomat in Residence and Visa Project Advisor

On OctobMary Curtiner 14, Sara Nobbs, Assistant Program Manager for CIL, spoke with Mary Curtin, Diplomat in Residence at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, about her experiences with boundary-crossing leadership as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer. In her 25 year Foreign Service career, Mary served in U.S. embassies in five countries, from Chile during the Pinochet era, to Tunisia during the time of the 2000 Camp David Summit, to managing the Political Section at the U.S. Mission to the European Union. Read the full interview here.


CIL and Humphrey School Host Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The Center for Integrative Leadership—a project of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and several other colleges at the University of Minnesota—is pleased to have hosted the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a new flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). 

Beginning in June, 25 young civic leaders representing 18 African countries participated in a six-week academic institute focused on public management. The YALI program was created to inspire the leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. Read the rest of the article on Humphrey Webpage...