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2014 MCFOA Athenian Dialogue (9-10-2014)

Minnesota Clerks and Finance Officers Association (MCFOA) and St. Cloud State University, Corporate Education and Outreach

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

2014 MCFOA Athenian Dialogue (9-10-2014)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Ramada Hotel and Conference Center - Rochester, MN

1517 16th Street SW

Rochester, MN



Sponsored by the:

Minnesota Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association (MCFOA)


The Center for Continuing Studies at St. Cloud State University


Registration Information Available at:



The premise of this program is the idea that clerks are leaders in very profound yet subtle ways. But leadership here is not the transactional vending machine citizens seem to believe about public management.


Our leadership is more transformational in nature. That is to say, the contribution of clerks to municipal leadership changes the perception of colleagues and citizens about the role and purpose of government.



Dialogues are conversations that go beyond the usual knowledge recall and application process familiar to all municipal clerks in training seminars. They are unique because they explore leadership principles and practice, drawing on the insights contained in a book that all participants have read.


Dialogues are conversations in which clerks share their experience and understanding as it relates to the ideas of the author and the relevance of those ideas to their public leadership role.


The Book!

Breaking Trail, A Climbing Lifeby Arlene Blum


Challenging stereotypes, taking chances, finding balance, breaking barriers and being a leader are all descriptive phrases that describe Arlene Blum and her book, Breaking Trail.  But they could be equally applied to the life of municipal clerks.  This book explores Blum’s life and experiences as she led the first all-female teams on ascents of Mount McKinley and Annapurna.  She is the first American woman to attempt Mount Everest.  But, her claim to fame is not limited to daring mountain climbing feats because Arlene Blum is more than a mountain climber.  She is a biophysical chemist whose work led to legislation banning carcinogens in children’s sleep wear.  Breaking Trail is a way of life for Blum who has much to teach us.


This book opens a broad range of dynamic conversations in leadership, working in multi-cultural environments, management, personal growth and environmental issues faced by clerks. Blum has integrated her experiences into workshops on the environment, on leadership and on cross-cultural training. One might call her fearless but her quote, “I was terrified”, sheds light on how we overcome challenges and find successful solutions.     


Facilitator - Susan Frost

Susan Frost is the president of Frost Marketing Communications, Inc., a firm founded in 1984. The company serves the marketing needs of a broad range of businesses and organizations.  Since 2006, she has taught the Humanities and an on-line course for adults, Humanities, Business & Critical Thinking at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  Frost also gives Humanities-based critical thinking workshops for municipal clerks. Her multi-disciplinary work focuses on the relevance of the Humanities in the workplace and she is currently participating in a new project, The Arts & Humanities in the 21st Century Workplace. Frost holds a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she graduated from the leading-edge Modern Studies Program. She lives with her husband in De Pere, Wisconsin, and enjoys cooking, gardening, and travel.

For more information: www.frostmc.com



Dialogues have been approved by IIMC for two CMC Education Points or two MMC Advanced Education Points (with completion of assessment form). Please refer to the Athenian Leadership Society Policy for Dialogue Guidelines.


Who Should Attend?

All clerks are welcome to register. There is a maximum of 30 participants, so register early!


Registration and Fees

The registration fee for the Athenian Dialogue $65.00 and is limited to 30 registrants. The registration fee must be postmarked prior to September 4. This fee includes instruction, course materials, one lunch, and refreshment breaks. Participants in this program will be responsible for purchasing a copy of the book themselves as well as a $15 registration fee to the Athenian Leadership Society at IIMC. More information on the society and Athenian Dialogues can be found at www.iimc.com.


A refund, minus a $30 processing fee, will be granted if you cancel by September 4. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund. A full refund will be issued if St. Cloud State University cancels the Dialogue.



The MCFOA Athenian Dialogue will be held at the: Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 1517 16th Street SW, Rochester, Minnesota. Please check the website: www.ramadarochester.com for maps and location.


A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center at a discounted rate of a rate of $86.00 plus tax per room per night. In order to book your room at the group discounted rate, individuals need to call the hotel directly @ 800-552-7224. Please refer to “St. Cloud State Minnesota Clerks Academy” when making all reservations. Check-in time for all rooms is 3:00 p.m. Please call the hotel by August 10, 2014. After this date, reservations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis at the hotel or neighboring lodging property.


For Further Information

If you would like more information or have questions, please contact:


St. Cloud State University, Center for Continuing Studies

720 Fourth Avenue South

St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

Gail Ruhland at 320-308-5759(gmruhland@stcloudstate.edu) Or

Charlotte Kastanek at 320-308-4723 (cekastanek@stcloudstate.edu)


Special Accommodations

To ensure full participation in this workshop, please inform us about any dietary requirements or physical challenges which should be addressed prior to your arrival.

When & Where

Ramada Hotel and Conference Center - Rochester, Minnesota!
1517 16th Street SW
Rochester, MN

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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