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Green Industry Leadership Institute

Application deadline:
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.


How does the Leadership Institute work?

This MNLA learning experience cultivates leadership skills in your key staff by incorporating highly interactive exercises, discussions, lecture-style learning, and project-based activities and sessions. Using these multiple learning methods creates a rich adult-learning environment and increases takeaways for each person. The sessions focus on personal development through key soft skill topics. All the soft skills are taught this way:

  1. The concepts are taught first.
  2. Then, the facilitators zero in on exercises that make the student aware of who they are and how they affect others.
  3. Industry leaders are brought in to share their own personal development stories and company best practices.
  4. Tools and tips are always offered that the students take away and can use immediately back at the work place. Some are even required "homework" between sessions.

Download the brochure and find out more details here.

The Green Industry Leadership Institute will prepare your employee to take a stronger and more confident leadership role in your company.

Download a 2019 Leadership Institute Application here.


What is the potential return on investment?

The program includes tangible takeaways for the sponsoring business. This is found in the students engaging in improving processes and strategies, and more specifically via their project, which is meant to improve their company in a meaningful way. Note that these are projects that affect the entire company, not small individual projects that only help the student get their own tasks done. The process of choosing and developing the project includes several rounds of feedback from the facilitator and fellow students. Students will also develop a network of peer advisors to engage with as they grow and advance in their career.


  • The program fee is $1,300, which includes all sessions, materials, dinner at each session, and a ticket to the Green Industry Awards Celebration where each successful participant will receive a certificate of completion.
  • MNLA will only accept a limited number of participants into each program.
  • Successful candidates will journey together for one year, meeting 10 times between February and December.
  • Sessions take place from 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Supper will be served during all meetings.

Facilitators and Core Instructors

The Resultants, a non-traditional business advisory firm, provides Steve and Terri Wilcox as our professional facilitators and core curriculum instructors. The Resultants work with action-oriented leaders, helping them to eliminate frustrations, achieve breakthrough growth, and maximize the value of their company. The Wilcoxes also have a background in the green industry, which gives them insight into the unique challenges we face in our MNLA companies.

Have more questions about this program? Download the full brochure here, or download the application here. If you still have questions, you may contact MNLA Communications Director Jon Horsman at or 651-633-4987.

MNLA Leadership Peer Groups

Thursday, JAN. 24, 2019.


What is a Leadership Peer Group?

A group of similar leader-managers convenes on a routine basis to discuss certain topics, issues, or challenges found within the industry. The group offers advice and supports each other while collecting input on a topic. The peer group helps individuals break down complex issues, exchange ideas, and adapt to different perspectives, all through a continuous learning forum.

The team approach helps individuals with their accountability, while the coaching structure provided by the professional facilitator keeps discussions and idea exchanges focused and efficient. The informal, confidential nature of peer groups helps participants get to know each other on a more personal level within a safe environment. The relationships developed with peers allows for faster issue solving, personal improvement, and professional growth.

If you’re looking for a highly effective and affordable professional development tool, MNLA’s Leadership Peer Groups is your solution.

Download the brochure and find out more here.

Utilizing Rod Johnson’s Peer Insight method, you’ll learn to connect the content in an informal program with the context of how to use it in your career.

Download a Leadership Peer Groups Application here.

What will participants walk away with?

  • Insight into the powerful impact peers can have on your career and your leadership
  • Expanded personal and professional relationships
  • Personal coaching and practical advice vital to you and your company’s success
  • Improved problem-solving and decision-making capabilities.
  • Outside perspectives on issues where I might be too close to see solutions.
  • Greater self-awareness of how I work within a team.


  • Each program includes six Tuesday sessions. The 2019 pre-season dates are Jan. 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26; and Mar. 5.
  • Applications are being accepted now. The deadline for applying is Thursday, Jan. 24.
  • Investment: $595 per participant.


Each applicant will need to complete the application here.

Have more questions about this program? Download the full brochure here. If you still have questions, you may contact MNLA Communications Director Jon Horsman at or 651-633-4987.

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