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Creating Healthy and Innovative Work Environments (Josephine Opong-Vaughn and Joe Raasch)

April 25th, 2018 2:30-4:00, Department of Revenue, Skjegstad Room 

In this panel session, we will hear from internal supports who are working to help us create healthy, strong and inclusive cultures.  Josephine Opong-Vaughn who manages the employee wellness programs for SEGIP will discuss the makings of a healthy work environment and the programs available to our employees with the state.  We will also hear from Joe Raasch, Continuous Improvement Director at the Department of Administration to learn how to create opportunities for staff where ideas and innovation can flourish. Finally, we will highlight the Department of Revenue’s Diversity and Inclusion campaign which won a Governor’s Better Government Award in 2017 towards building a healthy internal work environment. 

Speaker Spotlight- Lift as you Climb- An Immigrant Woman’s 20 –year Career in State Government- Emma Corrie, Governor’s Office

May 1st, 11:00-12:30, Comcast Building- Superior Room 

Join us if you are willing to 'lift as you climb' in your state career journey. Hear insights from Emma’s state career starting in a temporary, part time position at the DNR in 1997 to her current role as Director of Strategic Workforce Initiatives in the Office of Governor Mark Dayton. Learn how she is helping state agencies create career pathways for the recruitment and retention of targeted populations into state service. What were the important decisions, challenges, relationships, politics and lessons learned along the way?

What about your career journey?  Emma will share a checklist for you to plan your leadership journey. Regardless of whether you are at the beginning, middle or sunset of your career, do you periodically take the time to evaluate your career? Are you going to be able to look back and say, “I made a difference AND it was a great ride?” Come prepared to listen, share, inspire and learn from each other.

Leadership Network, here’s what’s in it for you: 

If you are an ELI or SLI alumni you should attend in order to:
1. Connect with leaders throughout the state and build new relationships
2. Participate in meaningful conversations around relevant state challenges and issues
3. Stay current in trending topics in leadership

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

Past Leadership Network Events

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