James P. Shannon Leadership Institute

Amherst H Wilder Foundation, Community Leadership Programs, James P Shannon Institute, Shannon Renewal Program
Take the journey of self-discovery, clarity and purpose

Community-serving leaders need time to clarify core values and define the purpose of their work. At Wilder’s James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, we support and encourage leaders to renew, recharge and rededicate.


About the Shannon Institute

The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute's mission is to nurture the creativity and vitality of community-serving leaders from all sectors. The Shannon Institute provides a structured, challenging, and supportive opportunity for these experienced community leaders to clarify the purpose of their work and the core values they want that work to exemplify, to enhance their focus and effectiveness, and to increase their sense of fulfillment. The result that the Institute achieves is purposeful and effective leadership with a renewed commitment to community service.

The Institute was founded by James P. Shannon in 1992. Read more about our history.

The [Shannon] provoked important self-examination and simultaneously fostered a renewed commitment to the importance of community and service.


Fiona McCrae, Graywolf Press

Apply to the Shannon Institute

 No longer accepting applications!

Please note that the application deadline to join the Shannon Leadership Institute next year was Friday, October 25, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact us at shannon@wilder.org or call 651-280-2468.

2020 Shannon Institute Program Schedule

James P. Shannon Leadership Institute participants can choose from two program formats: bi-monthly cohort or quarterly cohort. 2020 program dates and times are listed below for each format.

Meet the Changemakers of the Shannon Leadership Institute

Chris Taylor, chief inclusion officer in Minnesota governor's office and graduate of Wilder's James P. Shannon Institute

Shannon Alum Chris Taylor Uses Values to Lead Change for a Diverse, Inclusive and Equitable Minnesota

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The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute supports community leaders in the Twin Cities and around the country as they work toward purposeful and effective leadership and a renewed commitment to community service.

Meet the Shannon Institute Team

Victoria Ford

Program Manager, Wilder Community Leadership Programs

Libby Freis

Senior Administrative Support, Wilder Community Leadership Programs

Damon Shoholm

Director, James P. Shannon Leadership Institute