James P. Shannon Leadership Institute

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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.

The Wilder Foundation has made the incredibly difficult decision to close the Wilder Center for Communities and end many of its community leadership programs. 

The Shannon Leadership Institute will continue to operate out of the Wilder Foundation through the conclusion of its current cohort in December 2020. We are currently exploring possibilities for a new operating structure and organizational home for the Shannon, and plan to announce a transition plan and dates for future cohorts in the coming months. 

For questions regarding the current operations and future plans of the Shannon Leadership Institute, please contact Damon Shoholm at damon.shoholm@wilder.org.


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

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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.