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Thank You for Attending the Leadership Network Events!  

Unconscious Biases Workshop

As the Director of the Strategic Talent Acquisition Team at the MN Department of Human Services, Elizabeth Nelson provided an insightful workshop on Unconscious Biases to SLI & ELI alumni. As the former Statewide Recruiter and Workforce Diversity Consultant at MN Management and Budget, Nelson uses her knowledge in neuroscience, decision-making and unconscious bias to educate others about the impact on workplace decisions related to hiring, promotion, retention, workforce development and inclusion.  Attendees learned exactly what unconscious bias is and identified how it is developed and internalized. Thank You to Elizabeth Nelson for providing SLI and ELI alumni with valuable information and tools they can take back to their workplace to reduce unconscious bias in the decision making process.

Unconscious Bias Workshop Presentation

Unconscious Bias Handout

A Leadership Conversation with R.T. Rybak

As the former mayor of Minneapolis, a native of Minnesota and a journalist by trade early in his career, R.T. Rybak provided a well-rounded conversation about leadership within government. Many ideas and discussion points from Rybak really stuck with those who were in attendance. Rybak defined “government” as what we as a society decide we can’t or don’t want to do alone. Government is what we want to do together. Another idea that was powerful and a great point about public service was what a privilege it is to be in a position to have your work be meaningful and to have a positive effect on something. Rybak also found in his position as the former Mayor of Minneapolis that it was important to put himself in public settings. In order to have positive public interaction, during good and bad news, you need to actually engage with the public. Another big takeaway was "You should be willing to get fired over something you believe in." Many also really appreciated Rybak’s comment, "Your work is important, now more than ever" in relation to what's happening in our political environment. Many thanks to R.T. Rybak for providing great insights and perspectives to the SLI and ELI alumni!

RT Rybak Selfie

Leadership Network Mission Statement  
The Leadership Network's mission is to bring State aspiring leaders together in order to
cultivate their leadership skills in a shared learning environment. Through its efforts, the
Leadership Network is building more effective leaders for today and tomorrow's workplace.

We aspire to:  
Connect leaders to foster innovation and collaboration.
Engage members in networking opportunities to build new connections and strengthen existing connections.  
Ignite meaningful conversations around relevant state government challenges and issues.

Interested in Volunteering?

Help us continue to build more effective leaders for today and tomorrow's workplace by join the Leadership Network planning committee and help plan the next event.  Contact the committee by email at or email Laura Michelson at  to find out more about becoming a planning committee volunteer.

Get On Yammer & Stay CONNECTed

Yammer is a private social network that helps state employees collaborate, share ideas and organize around topics of interest. The State of Minnesota has a network available for all employees at . The Leadership Network has also set up a Yammer Leadership CONNECTions network to stay connected, help foster relationships and to enable employees to engage in conversations that ignite and transform state government. All ELI, SLI, SEAL and Leadership CONNECTions participants have been added to the network.

First, create a Yammer account if you don’t already have one. Yammer will place you in the State of Minnesota Network. Next, select "Networks" in the bottom left corner underneath "State of MN Groups" to find the MN Leadership CONNECTions network. You can customize your profile settings and notifications by selecting the three dots (ellipses) at the upper right of the screen. You can find the Leadership CONNECTions site at 

Looking for Additional Training?

Supplement your leadership development training with ELD’s skills, professional and leadership development opportunities. Explore our courses, programs, and workshops and get enrolled in upcoming spring offerings . Below is a sample of ELD courses you may be interested in taking.

Time Management - Doing More with Less

Leading and Managing Project Teams

Onboarding: More than a 3 Hour Tour

Self-Defeating Habits for Otherwise Brilliant People: Preventing and Reversing Workplace Tension and Mistrust

Project Management Fundamentals

Effective Performance Reviews and Conversations

Building a High Performance Team

Principles of Project Management

Team Building for Virtual Teams

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