Tri-College National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership Development Institute has been awarded a 2-year, $40,000 Bush Foundation Leadership Network grant. NEW Leadership is a non-partisan intensive 5-day residential program designed to provide leadership training, inspiration, and support for women. The Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute is sponsored by Tri-College University, a nonprofit consortium of Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), Concordia College, and North Dakota State University (NDSU).
“Our goal is to increase the number of women, particularly those from underrepresented groups, with the skills, knowledge, and support needed to serve as leaders in their communities. Each year we invite approximately 40-50 college and community women from our region to participate in the Institute. The Institute is a forum to empower women to find their potential to be community leaders. Five intensive days provide the setting for a diverse group of women to learn from and support one another.”” said Deborah White, PhD, Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute Coordinator

The Bush Foundation’s investment in building the capacity of individuals through fellowships began in 1965. Since then, more than 2,200 Bush Fellows and Native Nation Rebuilders have reshaped every aspect of the region from government to education to art to social services to business. Creating the Leadership Network Grant Program in 2014 was a natural extension of the Foundation’s fellowship work. These grants will ensure leaders have a more options to discover and develop the skills and support they need to become more effective leaders.
“Creating the Leadership Network Grant Program was a natural extension of our fellowship work,” said Jen Ford Reedy, the Foundation’s president. “We want leaders to be better equipped and better networked to lead change. By partnering with other organizations who do this, we ensure leaders have a more options to discover and develop the skills and support they need to become more effective leaders.”
The Bush Foundation will award nearly $1.7 million to 12 organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, through its Leadership Network Grant program. The full list of Leadership Network Grant recipients can be found at BushFoundation.org/2014LNGGrants.

The grant was co-authored by Sonja Paulson (Concordia College) and Deborah White (MSUM).

CONTACT
Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute
Deborah White
whitede@mnstate.edu
218-477-2041