CANCELED: Webinar: 30 Years of Investing in Rural Community Leadership - Lessons from the Field

Friday, December 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST

Description: The style and faces of leadership look different in every community, but the need for strong local leadership is universal and critical for creating vibrant, thriving communities.

This webinar will focus on developing and retaining community leaders in rural communities. Valerie Shangreaux of the Blandin Foundation will provide a brief overview of rural leadership, as well as the opportunities, challenges and lessons she’s learned through her work on rural leadership development. 

Complementing our in-person offerings, MCF offers an educational webinar series focused on issues of importance for 21st century leaders in philanthropy. The Lunch and Learn webinar series will introduce grantmakers to some of the emerging trends in the field and will offer participants resources for continued learning. 


  • Member: $15
  • Nonmember/Nonprofits/Public: $30
  • Member Group Rate* with 1-page discussion guide: $65
  • Nonmember Group Rate* with 1-page discussion guide: $100

*This group rate is great for colleagues who want to watch the webinar together at their office. We'll provide group registrations with a 1-page discussion guide, so groups can debrief and discuss how to apply the content to their work. 

Presenter Bio:

  • Valerie Shangreaux, Blandin Foundation. Valerie Shangreaux is the director of the Blandin Leadership Programs for the Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Previously she worked as the program manager and the campus coordinator for the Louis Stokes Oklahoma Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (LS-OKAMP STEM) Program at Oklahoma State University.  Valerie was also faculty in the Department of Family Relations and Child Development at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Shangreaux holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in educational psychology. Her research topic was on Resiliency in a Native American Community.  Her master’s degree, also in educational psychology, and bachelor’s degree in Home Economics are from the University of Nebraska. Valerie’s volunteer involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Heartland Center for Leadership Development, Lincoln, NE, the Board of Directors for the YMCA in Grand Rapids, MN, and the Board of Directors for the Northland Counseling Center. Valerie is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and originally from Pine Ridge, South Dakota.  

Register by: Thursday, 12/1

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Thanks to our webinar sponsor, Medtronic Foundation