Leadership Twin Cities 2023-24 Application Expectations & Essay Questions

Thank you for your interest in applying to Leadership Twin Cities. We encourage you to read through the following information prior to beginning your application.

Time Commitment and Attendance

The program is intended to be in-person, with the exception of the virtual sessions noted below.

Full participation of the scheduled program days is essential to the Leadership Twin Cities experience. Class members are expected to arrive on time and remain with the class for the entire session. After each day, there will be an optional social time. We highly recommend participants make the time to participate in these sessions to deepen their connections and expand their network.

If you foresee multiple conflicts with your schedule on these program days, it is recommended that you postpone applying for the program until you can better accommodate the program schedule.

Each month there will be additional readings, tours, and assignments that will provide level setting information for the upcoming days’ discussions. This pre-work should take no more than a hour each month to complete. It is highly recommended that class members take advantage of these
experiences to enhance their understanding and impact on critical issues.

Supervisor Support

It is important that Leadership Twin Cities participants have the support of their supervisor and employer. Some corporations have an internal process for selecting applicants from their organization. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the application process, program cost and time commitment with their employer prior to submitting an application.


Tuition for Leadership Twin Cities for 2023-2024 session is $2595 for Minneapolis Regional Chamber member companies and $2895 for non-members. This covers all program related costs including meals, venues, technical equipment/support, and program management. If you are interested in learning about membership, please contact membership@mplschamber.com. Leadership Twin Cities tuition
is due in full by September 8, 2023.

A very limited number of partial scholarships are available. Leadership Twin Cities’ scholarships are designed to provide access to participants who contribute diverse perspectives or distinct leadership experiences to the program. Scholarships are intended for applicants from small businesses (1-5 FTE’s), government or nonprofit organizations. Requests for scholarships will not be reviewed until after the class selection process. You will be contacted in late July informing you of any financial assistance.

Essay Questions

As part of your application, you will be asked to answer the following questions.

1. What do you do professionally? Please tell us about your current job responsibilities and
share a brief summary of past positions.

2. What professional, social, civic, or community organizations are you currently affiliated
with or have been involved with in recent years?

3. Please tell us about your community leadership experience both professional and
voluntary.Include any leadership roles you’ve had in the organizations listed above (task
forces,committees, boards, etc.)

4. Of the items listed above, which involvement are you most passionate about and why?
If you are not currently involved with community activities, please describe past
experiences and/or share how you might see yourself involved in the future.

5. Identify and expand on a social challenge that you are passionate about and feel is critical
to the success of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region.

6. Why are you seeking admission to the Leadership Twin Cities program? What do you hope
to gain from your experience?

7. Please provide us with a brief biography (200 words or less). Should you be accepted into
the program, this will be published in the class directory.

Leadership Twin Cities Program Days

Program days are full day events that typically run from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. There will be an additional evening reception on the first day of the retreat (September 14), as well as two half-day virtual sessions in September.

Leadership Retreat
• September 14, 2023, 8 am - 7 pm
• September 15, 2023, 8 am - 3 pm

Virtual Days
• September 28 , 2023, 9 am - 12 pm
• September 29, 2023, 9 am - 12 pm

Other In-Person Days
• October 12, 2023
• November 9, 2023
• December 14, 2023
• January 11, 2024
• February 8, 2024
• March 7, 2024
• April 11, 2024
• May 2, 2024
• May 23, 2024

Please contact us at leadership@mplschamber.com or (612) 370-9160