The Associations North Diversity & Inclusion (ANDI) Leadership Program is designed to provide a meaningful and progressive cohort leadership experience that will fully engage diverse members of the association community within their organization and within Associations North. Meet the 2020 Class.
Gain Valuable Tools
Leadership training through four dedicated sessions over the course of eight months
Education at two key Associations North conferences
Knowledge and advice from an association mentor matched to your needs
Access to a network of association professionals and resources
"The ANDI Leadership Program has been a pivotal experience for me, allowing me to take charge of my career and identify and maximize my leadership skills in my work. The best feature of the program is the development of a network of driven, diverse and dedicated individuals that can mentor and assist each other and future participants!" – Juee Trivedi, Minnesota Hospital Association
"This program has given me so much thought-provoking information as well as insight into my current work environment! In one word - transformational!" – Iván Woyno, MN Youth Soccer Association
Participants Receive Complimentary:
• Leadership training, with a diversity and inclusion lens, conducted four times a year:
- January 31, 2020
Virtual Orientation | 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm - at your desk
- February 7, 2020
Communicating Across Styles: The Inclusive Leader | Full Day - in person, Roseville, MN
- April 3, 2020
Inclusive Communications: Presenting & Writing with a Clear Call to Action | Half Day - in person, Roseville, MN
- June 10, 2020 (best date for class)
Executive Presence: LAB on Skills | Half Day - in person, Minneapolis, MN
- August 6, 2020 (best date for class)
Conflict as a Productive Tool and Change Management | Half Day - in person, Roseville, MN
The class will consist of up to eight individuals with specific leadership development objectives. The program is designed to:
Provide support, education, mentorship and leadership training to association professionals from traditionally underrepresented groups: Race/Ethnicity, Transgender, Sexual Orientation, Disability.
Provide opportunities and resources for participants to expand their networks and connections.
Encourage more diverse professionals to become leaders within their associations and in the association industry.
Hone future diverse leaders for volunteer leadership roles within Associations North.
Improve ability to communicate across styles, including leading courageous conversations to deliver honest feedback.
Strengthen ability to delegate to direct reports and foster accountability while also coaching their development.
Develop collaboration, trust, influence, and engagement skills as needed to lead high performance teams and achieve results across functional and organizational boundaries.
Results Oriented Teaching Approach:
The teaching approach provides a mix of lecture, discussions, and working sessions. Small group exercises and peer coaching with other participants will provide an opportunity to apply the tools and concepts to leadership challenges the participants are currently facing.
A comprehensive workbook is provided for use during the program to track application ideas and to reference after returning to work. In addition, participants will craft an Individual Development Plan (IDP) during the first session and use this IDP to:
Guide application of new frameworks and skills to their leadership roles during intersession times.
Use as a basis for peer coaching conversations with another participant during intersession times.
Provide a foundation for ongoing development conversations with their own manager.
Participants will graduate from the program with new ideas and concepts and an applied understanding of how these can strengthen their ability to manage and lead now and as they progress into positions of greater responsibility.
Please note: There will be pre-work and post-work activities to strengthen skill development and application of new leadership topics/skills.
Be committed to building and maintaining excellence and leadership in an association management career.
Agree to fully participate in the training and mentor sessions of the ANDI Leadership Program.
At the start of the program, be currently employed and have at least three years of employment in a professional association or association management company or relevant experience. Limited to one participant per company.
Be a member of one of the following traditionally underrepresented groups: Race/Ethnicity, Transgender, Sexual Orientation or Disability. If you feel you are a candidate for ANDI and an underrepresented group is not listed, please email Associations North.
Agree to annual follow up communications and status reports after completion of the program.
Commit to continued engagement in and contribute to the Associations North community through a minimum of one year of volunteerism.
Commit to encouraging future ANDI Leadership Program participants and serve as a mentor for a future cohort.
Once accepted, sign a release giving Associations North the right to use your photo, name and likeness in public announcements regarding your acceptance and participation in the program.
Amy S. Tolbert, Ph.D., CSP is Principal of ECCO International and a Fellow, Carlson Executive Education at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. As a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Dr. Tolbert develops organizations and individuals in the areas of diversity, leadership competency development, managing to style, and creating breakthrough teams. Addressing diversity and multicultural issues, cross-cultural training, and managing a diverse workforce, Dr. Tolbert has researched multicultural competencies needed for today’s global organization.
Dr. Tolbert has presented nationally and internationally at the International Human Resource Development Organization Conference; the International Management Development Organization; the “Quality Workforce,” a national conference co-sponsored by ASTD; the SIETAR International Convention; the Multicultural Forum; and at the National Speakers Association (NSA) National Convention on diversity, and has served several terms as National Vice Chair for the Professional Expertise Group on Diversity with NSA. She served as President for NSA-MN and also serves on the hrConnection Advisory Board.
As a best-selling contributing author with HRD Press (50 Activities for Achieving Excellent Customer Service) and published by the American Management Association (AMACOM), Dr. Tolbert consults and trains in the areas of multicultural competency development, increasing influence in organizations, managing within a diverse workforce, motivation and leadership skills.
Dr. Tolbert earned her doctorate in Human Resource Development, focusing on international/cross-cultural and diversity education/training, from the University of Minnesota.
Louellen N. Essex, PhD is a Fellow, Carlson Executive Education at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Dr. Essex focuses on training and organizational development; specializing in leadership, communication, team building and conflict resolution. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. Essex holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota where she studied administration, psychology, and communication. For over twenty years, she has worked extensively with private industry, government, health care organizations, and educational institutions, including Fortune 500 companies. She is a recipient of an American Society for Training and Development Professional Excellence Award for her work in management development. She has co-authored three books on leadership and published numerous articles in professional journals, including Leader-to-Leader, Training and Development, and OD Practitioner.
Diverse Guest Facilitator Other ECCO International Associates will be brought into the mix to present various perspectives, perceptions and experiences, to enhance the Inclusive Leader conversation.