• The Leadership Forum

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    The Leadership Forum brings together local business leaders to exchange ideas, collaborate and contribute to Woodbury’s evolution. Partnering with the Woodbury Community Foundation, Forum members engage in discussion on issues that confront businesses and our community, as well as share the knowledge and experience that has led the Woodbury community to success. The Leadership Forum meets every fourth Monday of the month.
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  • Citizens' Academy

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    The Woodbury Citizens’ Academy is a ten-week program that engages citizens in their community through knowledge and volunteerism. Sponsored by the Woodbury Community Foundation, the City of Woodbury and the Woodbury Lions Club, the 2014 Academy was held in February and April. The 2015 Citizens’ Academy will begin on February 12, 2015 and run through April 9, 2015.
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    As the Woodbury Community Foundation (WCF), it is our goal to ensure community well-being for all in Woodbury. We want to help make our community a great place to live, work, and play.
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Woodbury is blessed with a significant number of business leaders who live in or lead businesses in Woodbury. The Woodbury Community Foundation’s Leadership Forum is designed to engage those leaders in solving community problems in partnership with the Foundation.

The Leadership Forum brings together local business leaders to support, celebrate and share in the benefits of partnering with the Foundation. Members of the Leadership Forum:

¨ Contribute to Woodbury’s Evolution – Shape the Woodbury Community Foundation’s efforts to address the most challenging needs of our community.

¨ Expand Knowledge – Gain from expert speakers on relevant business topics.

¨ Collaborate With Other Woodbury Leaders - Exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues for your benefit and the benefit of the Woodbury community.

The Leadership Forum leverages the knowledge, training, experience and passion of fellow business leaders in a productive environment. Members include:

¨ C-suite executives of large companies who live in Woodbury or whose businesses are located in Woodbury (CEO, COO, CFO…)

¨ Owners of small-to-mid-sized businesses who live in Woodbury or whose businesses are located in Woodbury.

¨ Nonprofit executive directors who have a longstanding interest in the goals of the Foundation.

Business leaders have a vested interest in assuring the success of the community where they live or work. A thriving Woodbury has a positive impact on employees, customers, families and neighbors.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS AND FINANCIAL EDUCATION THAT WORK FOR YOUR BUSINESS

WHAT » BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT:  Each session may include the opportunity to:

¨ Exchange ideas with fellow Forum members

¨ Receive updates on the work of the Woodbury Community Foundation.

¨ Learn from an expert presentation on business or community issues.

¨ Engage in a round table discussion on issues that confront businesses and our community.

¨ Enjoy informal conversation and collaboration over food and beverage.

WHY » CONNECTIONS

To connect resident executives (CEOs, CFOs, COOs) with others in similar fields. To connect these executives and their businesses with the Woodbury Community Foundation.

WHEN » FOURTH MONDAY OF THE MONTH

All meetings begin at 5:30 pm, with an opportunity to for networking beginning at 7:00 pm. Meetings will be held on the 4th Monday of each month.

2015 DATES: January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27, May 18, June 22, July 27, August 24

WHERE » Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 8511 Hudson Boulevard, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

INVESTMENT » 

The Leadership Forum is a membership based program with annual dues of $750.  The fee covers one company representative, along with a guest from the same company at each monthly session.

For more information or to join the Leadership Forum, please call 651-788-6586.

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  • Please join the Woodbury Community Foundation for the upcoming Leadership Forum session on Monday, February 23, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Please note the new time! 5:30! Our new format begins with delicious food and beverages of your choice, mixed in with great conversation and discussion that furthers our knowledge of leadership in our own lives and how […]

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  • Title: Citizens’ AcademyLocation: Axel’s Bonfire RestaurantDescription: As the Citizens’ Academy begins it’s sixth year, we take a moment to celebrate the 100+ graduates from the first 5 years of the program. Start Time: 05:30 p.m.Date: 2015-29-01End Time: 7:30 p.m.

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The Woodbury Citizens’ Academy is a ten-week program that engages citizens in their community through knowledge and volunteerism. Sponsored by the Woodbury Community Foundation, the City of Woodbury and the Woodbury Lions Club, the 2014 Academy was held in February and April.  The 2015 Citizens’ Academy will begin on February 12, 2015 and run through April 9, 2015.

Registration for the 2015 program is currently open and there are a limited number of participant openings left. For more information, send an e-mail to Claudia Millington, Citizens’ Academy volunteer program chair, at cmillington@cortrustbank.com.

The program is free and registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to those who live or work in Woodbury. We are encouraging participants to get involved philanthropically by making a voluntary gift of $50 to help offset the cost of the program.

The Citizens’ Academy develops future leaders who are so important to assuring a strong, robust Woodbury well into the future. It expands the knowledge of our citizens in a way that encourages more involvement in our community. Planned by a team of community members, each weekly session is focused on a different topic:

  • Government

  • Economic Development

  • Woodbury History

  • Culture and Diversity

  • Public Safety

  • Media and Communications

  • City Works

  • Education

  • Volunteerism

Each session provides front line exposure to how local public, private and nonprofit sectors work in their respective areas, as well as how, in unison, they make Woodbury an exceptional place to live and work.

Graduates of the Citizens Academy come away with greater community engagement, inspired volunteerism, and encouragement of philanthropy throughout our city.

Through 2014, more than 120 people have Graduated from the Academy.

2014 Graduating Class

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2013 Graduating Class

2013 Woodbury Citizens Academy Photo

View Past Galleries :  2012 Citizens Academy Gallery  |  2010 Citizens Academy Gallery

Partners: (Please click on a logo below for more information)

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Join the Woodbury Community  Foundation for a FREE financial series designed to help you avoid the pain of not knowing what you ought to know about financial literacy and your financial future.

Sponsored by the East Metro Team of Thrivent Financial, these six workshops will cover topics that are important to every resident of Woodbury, regardless of age, socio-economic status, or stage of life.  If you are currently working and still acquiring assets, then these workshops are for you.  If you are currently retired and looking to preserve assets then these workshops are for you.  If you are approaching retirement and not sure exactly how to structure your financial future, then these workshops are for you.

Dates and Topics for the Workshops:

February 10, 2015 at 5:45pm:  Social Security, Income Tax and Retirement  (Woodbury Lutheran Church)

April 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm: An evening dedicated to a comprehensive economic update and how it impacts you

June 9, 2015 at 5:45pm: Estate and Legacy Planning – What you need to know in order to preserve your wealth and create a lasting legacy for your family.

August 20, 2015 at 6:30pm: Identity Theft and Internet Security – What you need to know!

October 8, 2015 at 5:30p: Preparing for Long-Term Care: A gift your family deserves; and Social Security: Strategize to Maximize

December 8, 2015 at 6:30pm: Women, Wine, and Wealth:  A night of celebration and education

For more information and to register, please contact Nancy in the Foundation office at 651-788-6586 or by email at nancy@woodburyfoundation.org.

 

Sponsored by:

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What is the Woodbury Community Foundation?
The Woodbury Community Foundation helps neighboring Woodbury organizations fulfill their mission of providing life-changing opportunities for economically stressed residents. We build smart collaborations, provide key research to guide intervention, and create networks of donors and volunteers to support the needs of Woodbury residents. We are working toward “well-being for all…for Woodbury.”

Our Mission
Our mission is to strengthen our community by connecting people and organizations with causes that matter.

Our Vision
Our vision is to ensure our community is a premier and caring place to live, work, and play.

Our Focus
The results of our recent Community Needs Survey have become the driving force of the Woodbury Community Foundation. We are focusing on four key areas: YOUTH, JOBS, HOUSING, and FOOD.

With these initiatives in mind, we can provide opportunities to local organizations and individuals for them to invest directly in multi-dimensional human-service issues that are of greatest concern and a growing challenge to the future of our city:

  • Financial turmoil caused by job loss. We encourage networking opportunities and professional training for citizens facing unemployment or a tough job market. We also support local employers who wish to engage in community efforts.
  • Family disruption or distress caused by military deployment, health problems, alcohol or drug abuse, mental illness, or domestic violence. We support programs that help these adults and children rebuild their lives and families.
  • Citizens who find it difficult to secure the basic essentials. We assist and partner with other organizations that distribute food and clothing, provide transportation and shelter, and assist with other basic needs.

The Woodbury Community Foundation fosters collaborative thinking, which builds our community and serves our citizens.

Our Greatest Inspiration
The inspired determination of our board members, donors, volunteers, and partners–working through innovative collaborations–fuels our goal, the well-being of all residents of Woodbury, particularly those who are dispossessed, alienated, or otherwise disadvantaged.

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