James P. Shannon Leadership Institute

Amherst H Wilder Foundation, Community Leadership Programs, James P Shannon Institute, Shannon Renewal Program
Renew. Recharge. Rededicate.

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 leadership renewal program was of tremendous benefit to me. The course 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

We don’t need your resume or list of accomplishments. We’re interested in why you are applying to the program and what you will do with it! Apply using our online form or by downloading the application. 

Complete the application online.

OR Download the application:

  • Include a letter no more than two pages in length, responding to the questions:
    Why do you want to participate in the program? 
    How do you hope you and your work will benefit from the program?
  • Email the application and letter to: shannon@wilder.org 

Looking to find out more before you apply? We encourage you to attend one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more about the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.  

Meet the Shannon Institute Team

Damon Shoholm

Director, James P. Shannon Leadership Institute

Victoria Ford

Leadership Programs Developer

Paul Robinson

Program Consultant and Facilitator

Meet the Shannon Institute Alumni

Shannon Institute alumni come from many sectors, organizations and communities, both in the Twin Cities and around the country.

Get to know the Shannon Institute alumni

Check out the organizations served by alumni