The Upside of Conflict

Tuesday, September 24, 09:00 AM - Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 12:00 PM
Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Blue Earth County Historical Society
424 Warren Street
Fee: $30 for MCN members / $45 for nonmembers

Conflict is commonly coined as negative, but it doesn’t have to be. In reality, without conflict, it is not possible to build trust, build cohesion, hold team members accountable or solve problems. This workshop will explore how conflict can activate team engagement and invigorate your organization.


  • What happens when you don't address conflict
  • What conflict might look like if we assume it is good
  • Four elements of healthy conflict:
  • The Remedy: Getting the value out of conflict

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

This event will address the following best practices:

  • Principles and Practices for Nonprofit ExcellenceLEAD 5: Nonprofit leaders should recognize and navigate the organization’s response to the sometimes competing interests of funders, clients, constituents, the board, the public, and volunteers.
  • LEAD 14: Nonprofit leaders should foster a culture of information sharing and interaction between the board and others in the organization so that innovation and creativity can come from diverse parts of the organization.
  • LEAD 19: Nonprofit leaders should allow for and encourage
    questions and reflections on the organization’s strategies, effectiveness, and ability to change.

Event Details

Refreshments: Light refreshments will be provided.

About the Presenter

Mary Kay is a speaker, business coach, and strategist with INspiring SIGHT who has been helping individuals and organizations navigate complex systems for 25 years. Her experience spans social services, county and state government, higher education, K-12 education, nonprofits, associations, agriculture, and community engagement. She draws from these multi-sector perspectives to challenge others to consider new perspectives so they can access relevant solutions.

Mary Kay has extensive experience working with boards, member associations, strategic planning, operational planning, and engagement. She received her Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota, emphasizing leadership, psychology, and spirituality; professional life coach certification from Learning Journeys Center for Coaching; and her B.A, public relations, B.S, social work, both from the University of North Dakota.

Mary Kay serves on the Fridley school board (2nd term), the International Coaching Federation-Minnesota, the Northeast Metro 916 school board, and the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation board.

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