The FOLD Council is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 program year!

The application deadline for the 2017 program is May 15, 2017


FOLD Group Picture at ATF

Mission Statement To serve as a premier inter-agency leadership program by which we develop and support future leaders to deliver exceptional results in a dynamic environment. Program Objectives include Developing oral and written communication skills, Providing mentorship/coaching, Driving positive change, Developing critical thinking, Assessing talent and performance, Assessing self, Team-building, Maximizing business relationships, Embracing diversity, Managing up in your organization


About FOLD The Federal Outreach and Leadership Development (FOLD) Program is a program created to assist in the development of future federal executive leaders and to address projected leadership vacancies brought on by retirements. This program is unique in that it is designed for federal participants and is federal government wide. Participants of this program will interact with local executives, visit local agencies, work in groups, refine their writing and speaking skills, share information and explore unique challenges faced and addressed by federal leaders in Minnesota. The program is self-managed and participant driven.

*For quality purposes, the FOLD program is limited to 20 participants and there will be a competitive selection process if applicants exceed 20.  


FOLD Narrative FOLD will consist of a mixture of classroom activity including self assessment, shared book reading discussions, leadership activities, public speaking and writing skills workshops, and federal, state, local, and military departmental visits. There are 10 sessions in the FOLD program; participants must commit to attending all sessions. There will be a graduation ceremony during the Civil Servant of the Year Luncheon in May.


FOLD Program Application 2017-2018


FOLD Scholarship Application


FOLD Syllabus 2016



FOLD Program 2017-2018 dates (third Wednesday of the month):

  • July 19, 2017 - MANDATORY
  • August 16, 2017 and August 17, 2017 - MANDATORY
  • September 20, 2017
  • October 18, 2017
  • November 15 2017
  • December 20, 2017
  • January 17, 2018
  • February 21, 2018
  • March 21, 2018
  • April 18, 2018
  • Graduation on May 4, 2018 - Public Service Recognition Week