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Full seven session cohort leadership training.

When: 2/13/2014
Where: HCBA office
600 Nicollet Mall
Suite 390
Minneapolis 55402
Contact: Mary-Margaret Zindren

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Get on Board with LINC:
Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community!


Nonprofit Leadership Training Designed for Local Lawyers

A seven-session series designed to train today's professionals to be effective nonprofit board members.

19 CLE credits for the full series 
(including 2.0 Elimination of Bias and 1.0 Ethics) applied for.

Lawyers are often called upon to serve on nonprofit boards and in other voluntary leadership positions. While lawyers bring strong skills in many areas and the desire to make a difference in these roles, they often lack the background and formal training needed to contribute effectively as nonprofit volunteer leaders.

The Hennepin County Bar Association has developed the LINC (Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community) program to provide lawyers with training in nonprofit governance and effective leadership.  The skills you acquire from LINC training will be applicable to positions of leadership on nonprofit boards and committees (such as those for associations, faith communities, and community-based nonprofits), and are transferable to leadership within law firms, corporations, and government agencies.  

Make this the year that you join the LINC!  Call 612-752-6600 to register.  

HCBA member: $495.  Non-Member: $750


SESSION 1: Thursday, February 13
2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Christine Hammes, Director, Strategic Development Services, MAP for Nonprofits

  • Kickoff Session on Personal Leadership and Emotional Intelligence (Cohort Only)

SESSION 2: Thursday, February 27
2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Bruce Karstadt, President & CEO American Swedish Institute
- Jeffrey M. Baill,
Yost & Baill;
- Kendra D. Brodin,
Director of Career and Professional Development, University of St. Thomas School of Law;
- Robert Rosenbaum,
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney
- Brandon E. Vaughn,
Associate, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
- Co-Moderator: Emily Robertson,
Robertson Law Office
- Co-Moderator: Mary-Margaret Zindren,
Executive Director, HCBA

  • Role of a Board Member
  • Governance vs. Management
  • Strategic Planning vs. Strategic Thinking

SESSION 3: Thursday, March 13
2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Jodi Sandfort, Associate Professor and Chair, Leadership & Management Area, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
- Val Jensen, Executive Director, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
- Mary-Margaret Zindren, Executive Director, HCBA

  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Integrative Leadership
  • Inclusive Leadership

SESSION 4: Thursday, March 27
2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Eric T. Cooperstein, Law Office of Eric T. Cooperstein; President, HCBA
- Brian Melendez, Member, Dykema; Past President, HCBA
- Mary-Margaret Zindren, Executive Director, HCBA

  • Meeting Management
  • Robert’s Rules of Order

SESSION 5: Thursday, April 10
2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Heidi N. Christianson, Shareholder, Nilan Johnson Lewis
- Jennifer L. Urban, Urban Law Group
- Eric T. Cooperstein, Law Office of Eric T. Cooperstein; President, HCBA

  • Overview of Nonprofit Law
  • Ethics for Lawyers Serving on Nonprofit Boards

SESSION 6: Thursday, April 24
2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Rand Park, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota;
- Timothy D. Stanley, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood MN/ND/SD Action Fund

  • Nonprofit Finance 101
  • Fundraising Essentials for Volunteer Leaders

SESSION 7: Thursday, May 8
2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Zeeda Magnuson, Associate Director, Hands On Twin Cities

  • Volunteer Management
  • Breakout Sessions:
         • Boards of Faith Communities
         • Association Boards
         • Community-based Nonprofit Boards


Sign up now! The deadline to join the LINC 2014 cohort training series is February 7.
HCBA members: $495    Non-members: $750

Register today: Call 612-752-6600.

Contact HCBA Executive Director (and 2012 LINC Alumna) Mary-Margaret Zindren at 612-752-6600 or with any questions on LINC.


If you’ve considered the LINC program in the past but didn’t sign up, this is the year to give it another look!

After more than a decade of offering the award-winning LINC program, the Hennepin County Bar Association has made a number of changes to the program this year to make it more accessible to more lawyers.      

 The 2014 LINC series will:

  • Be significantly less expensive (less than half the cost of previous LINC trainings);
  • Reduce the time commitment required (sessions will be held every other Thursday afternoon, February 13 to May 8, from 2:00-5:00 p.m.);
  • Retain a "cohort” approach (what many LINC graduates believe to be one of the most valuable aspect of the program: developing relationships with other local lawyers they might not otherwise meet); 
  • Provide the cohort with a bonus leadership development session, just for them, focused on growing each participant’s personal leadership skills and effectiveness serving on a team of volunteer leaders;
  • Offer individual programs à la carte for those unable to complete the full cohort program in one year or who are simply interested in attending a particular session.


 To receive the designation of "LINC Graduate”, participants must attend at least 15 hours of LINC programming. 


View PDF flyer for more information.