Step Up Leadership Development

March 15, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST

STEP UP is a leadership development resource offered by Gustavus Adolphus College for high school youth who are in grades 9, 10 or 11. The STEP UP day-long workshop in 2022 will introduce youth to college-level concepts of leadership and offer practical tips for developing a stronger personal plan for continuing to grow as a leader. The workshop actively engaging students as they learn valuable skills and expand their vision for potential leadership possibilities. Participants will receive a certificate from Gustavus Adolphus College acknowledging the completion of the STEP UP leadership curriculum.

Students who complete the STEP UP Leadership event and attend Gustavus Adolphus College will be eligible to receive a $500 annually renewable scholarship (up to $2000).

2022 STEP UP Leadership:

March 15, 2022 at Gustavus Adolphus College from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST (Registration deadline: March 8)

Questions can be directed to stepup@gustavus.edu or 507-933-7001.

 

Training Schedule 

Training Schedule
 

TRAINING SCHEDULE 

9:00 a.m. Arrival/Check-in 

9:30 a.m. Welcome 

10:15 a.m. Leadership Seminar #1 – “The Leadership Mindset” Dr. Kathi Tunheim 

11:30 a.m. Leadership Seminar #2 – “Maximizing Your Leadership Impact” Dr. Doug Thompson 

12:45 p.m. Lunch 

2:00 p.m. Capstone Leadership Seminar – Rev. Grady St. Dennis

3:00 p.m. Commissioning and Sending

Facilitators: STEP UP Leadership DevelopmentKathi Tunheim

Kathi Tunheim is the Vice President for Mission, Strategy, and Innovation; Acting Director of Human Resources; and Associate Professor in Economics and Management. During her tenure at Gustavus, she developed the Gustavus Women in Leadership group, founded the Gustie Entrepreneur Cup, and was a driving force behind the expansion of the Gustavus Mentoring Program. An expert on leadership, management, and vocation with a particular emphasis on ELCA colleges and universities, Tunheim is a sought-after speaker and consultant in the areas of organizational behavior, leadership development, and strategy.

Education: B.A. Speech-Communications and Spanish, Concordia College; M.A. Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ph.D Human Resource Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.

Doug Thompson


Doug Thompson is the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Gustavus Adolphus College. He is a values-based leader, consensus builder, DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) strategist with more than 15 years of experience in higher education. He is a member of the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He serves on the advisory board for NASPA’s Small Colleges and Universities Division and the board for Region IV-E. Thompson's dedication to DEI is centered on creating positive change and making the world a better place.

Education: B.A. Marketing, Southeastern Louisiana University; M.A. Strategic Communication and Leadership, Seton Hall University; Ph.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, Cardinal Stritch University

Bergman is married to Thomas A. Bergman, M.D., Chief of Neurosurgery at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Senior Partner with Neurosurgical Associates, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Neurosurgery. The couple has four children including Matthew ’07, Andrew, Laura, and John.

Bergman is married to Thomas A. Bergman, M.D., Chief of Neurosurgery at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Senior Partner with Neurosurgical Associates, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Neurosurgery. The couple has four children including Matthew ’07, Andrew, Laura, and John.


Grady St. Dennis

Grady St. Dennis is the Director of Church Relations and College Chaplain at Gustavus Adolphus College. He leads the college's church relations efforts with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its congregations, with particular attention to the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations (GACAC). St. Dennis is also the Director of the Continuous Growth Pathway program, a leadership development and professional growth resource for clergy. 

Education: B.A. International Management, Gustavus Adolphus College; M.Div. Christian Leadership, Luther Seminary

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