Speaker Date Topic
Bethany Husby Dec 17, 2018
Tanzania School Project
Holiday - No Meeting Dec 24, 2018
Holiday - No Meeting Dec 31, 2018
David Swan Jan 07, 2019
The Makings of a Champion

In todays age of technology; where we have access to virtually the same information, facts and ‘templates for success’ one would think that the road to the Champion's Circle would be getting easier.  It is not.  

We all have Dreams.  We all have a fire that burns within us - things we are deeply passionate about.  But, why do some companies, some organizations, some teams, some families achieve their dreams and harness powerful, passionate energy while others continually struggle?

Whether you are a multi-national company, a church group, a youth hockey association, a professional sports team, a chamber of commerce, an educational institution or a small business - you share the same struggles, frustrations and obstacles - but also the same common desire to achieve greatness.

Thirteen years ago I founded the Champion's Circle, and after hundreds of leadership sessions with groups from all over the world I am completely convinced of the following:

Every single person and organization has dreams.
Very few share those dreams - with anyone.
Defining your Vision is critical.
Communicating your Vision is essential.
All people want to be a part of something special, something that has deep meaning.
Empowering everyone in your organization is imperative.
Victory does not come simply, but is achievable for all.
The road from Vision to Victory is a priceless journey.

Each of my seminars touches on these foundational facts. I look forward to joining you on your journey to the Champion's Circle.

David Swan

Lou Ferraro Jan 14, 2019
the Rewards and Challenges of being a St. Paul Police Officer

2017 St. Paul Officer of the Year

Holiday - No Meeting Jan 21, 2019
Scott Plum Jan 28, 2019
Taking Off Into the Wind- Creating Lift Out of Life
Ellen Luepker and ed Marek Feb 04, 2019
Community Forum
David McKnight Feb 11, 2019 12:00 PM
The Design Inside- Capitalizing on Strengths
Arona Fay Roshal,Life Coach Feb 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Positve Self-Talk
Positve Self-Talk

Arona is known for: patience, honesty, contagious enthusiasm, motivating you.

Ever wonder how your thoughts affect your behavior?

Forming new behavior patterns or habits is easier with a script of positive self-talk

Join us as Arona shares insight on "Positive self-talk". She will share tips for forming a lasting new habit and creating your own unique positive self-talk script. 


Jonah Traaseth Mar 04, 2019
Human Trafficking
Dr. Ann Frisch Mar 11, 2019
Nuclear Power
Mary Norbeck Mar 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Healthy Lung Awareness
Maria Culhane, DVM Mar 25, 2019
Human, Animal and Environmental Health
Human, Animal and Environmental Health

Maria Culhane, DVM

Marie Culhane is a veterinarian working with all species but having a special interest in diseases of food animals, especially swine. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is also involved in animal disease emergency planning at local, national, and global levels.

Maria holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in Morris, Minn., earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, and a PhD in Infectious Diseases from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

Pete Dross Apr 01, 2019
The Center for Victims of Torture
Health Day - Regions Hospital Apr 15, 2019
Damon Shoholm Apr 29, 2019 12:00 PM
James P Shannon Leadership Institute
James P Shannon Leadership Institute

Damon Shoholm is a director of Leadership Programs at Wilder, where he creates the conditions for effective reflection while serving to increase the capacity of individuals and organizations alike. With a background in Applied Leadership, Damon has more than 10 years’ experience in leadership development, civic engagement and facilitation training.


Before coming to Wilder, my background was varied and always contained elements that were leading to the best application of myself. I explored education as a path, and then I had the opportunity to come to Wilder.

My journey in Wilder Center for Communities has been a wonderful one. Beginning with the Youth Leadership Initiative, I’ve been able to develop my work supporting changemakers among us in exploring and cultivating the leadership they employ to have impact in our communities. I have been a program associate with YLI, program manager of NLP, Director of the James P. Shannon Institute. Though we all have distinct responsibilities related to our roles, I have also embraced the opportunity – through other duties as assigned – to explore and build new connections and participate in various happenings related to my program work. For me, this has been an important outlet for both my interests and also strengthening my understanding of the leadership field.

When I started at Wilder I wouldn’t have dreamed that I would be the director of Shannon, and I wouldn’t have dreamed of all the things that felt possible. Through persistence, commitment and passion for the work, I have found a really important passion for myself.


Holiday - No Meeting May 27, 2019