​What is the cost of the program?

The full cost to participate in the Shannon is $6,000 for the year, inclusive of room and board, ground transportation between retreat facilities, and all programming.
We understand that not all participants can contribute the full cost of the program, and we are committed to ensuring that the Shannon Leadership Institute is accessible to all who find value in it. To that end, we offer a flexible tuition program that invites participants and the organizations they serve to contribute between $3,500 and $6,000. For people and organizations for whom the $3,500 minimum contribution is prohibitive, we also have a scholarship pool funded by donations from our alumni. Scholarships are reserved for participants with the greatest need.
If you are considering applying, please do not allow the cost of the program to cause you to hesitate. For additional information about program costs or to start a flexible tuition conversation, please call Shannon Institute Director Damon Shoholm at 651-280-2496 or email him at damon.shoholm@wilder.org.

How do I apply?

To apply, complete the application form and include a letter no more than two pages in length, responding to the following questions:
  • Why do you want to participate?
  • How do you hope you and your work will benefit from the program?
The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2017. Please submit your application to:
Postal address:
James P. Shannon Leadership Institute
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, MN 55104

How can I learn more?

Join us at an information session to learn more about the Shannon Leadership Institute, and hear from alumni and staff about their experience with the program. Info sessions will be held on Aug. 23, Sept. 12 and Sept. 26. See the flyer for more information or register online for a session.

What are the program dates for 2018?

Quarterly Program

  • March 15–17
  • June 14–16
  • September 13–15
  • November 29–December 1
Sessions begin at noon on Thursday and end at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Bi-Monthly Program Dates

Opening retreat: February 22–24

Begins at noon on Thursday, ends at 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

Bi-Monthly Sessions

  • April 6–7
  • June 8–9
  • August 10–11
  • October 12–13
Sessions are Friday from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Closing Retreat: December 6–8

Begins at noon on Thursday, ends at 4:00 p.m. Saturday.


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​451 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, MN 55104 (map)