State Rep. Rena Moran (DFL-St. Paul) has been selected as one of 48 state policymakers from across the country to serve as a Council of State Governments’ (CSG) Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2013.
The 48 Toll Fellows in the Class of 2013 represent 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving in the judiciary and nine hailing from the executive. A 13-member committee of state leaders, many of them Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed a record number of applications to select the class.
“Individually, these leaders have a proven track record of accomplishing great things; collectively they represent the future leadership of the states,” said David Adkins, CSG’s executive director/CEO.
The Toll Fellowship Program, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, Toll Fellows brings 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, KY, for an intensive six-day, five-night “intellectual boot camp.”
“My hope is to learn how different parts of the government interact,” Moran said. “I hope to learn how to build the power to create change and create a movement toward action.”
The program’s agenda includes a lineup of dynamic speakers and sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities. While each year’s program is unique, previous programs have included sessions on leadership personality assessment, media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry, adaptive leadership and much more.
Moran said leadership training programs such as CSG’s Toll Fellows are important for all state policymakers.
“It allows a person continuous growth in their worldview,” she said. “It opens up the opportunity to further your ability to legislate in a more comprehensive way, where you are capable of taking many different factors into consideration. Leadership development is an opportunity to grow and develop in a way that creates positive change in the lives of people, communities, states and a nation.”
This year’s Toll Fellowship program will be held August 16-21.
Information provided by the Minnesota House DFL Caucus.