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

Kansas Association of Community Foundations
Annual National Conference
“The Power of Together”
Workshop Session
Valerie Shangreaux – Director of Leadership 


The style and faces of leadership look different in every community, but the need for strong local leadership

is paramount for creating and maintaining healthy, vibrant communities. In rural communities across

Minnesota, community members and leaders are collaborating to create and lead the changes they wish to

see. This session will focus on how one rural Foundation works to identify, develop and support community

leaders in rural Minnesota.


Valerie Shangreaux of the Blandin Foundation will provide a landscape on how the Blandin Foundation

identifies, develops and sustains rural community leaders, the successes and challenges, and lessons