Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE)


The MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Develop and refine skills necessary to be a leader in the libraries of tomorrow
  • Develop and move forward on professional and personal goals
  • Network and make connections with people in the broader community
  • Reflect on the variety of leadership opportunities available at the local, regional, and state levels
  • Meet and connect with your individually selected mentor from Minnesota’s professional library community; you will work with this person for up to a year and a half following the Institute

Are you in a position of leadership within your library? Do you have aspirations of one day taking a leadership role at your library? Do you find yourself providing leadership for colleagues even though your official position might not be a leadership position?

If you answered "yes” to any of these questions, then MILE is for you!

MILE helps you discover the leader within yourself and learn to lead effectively today—even if your current position is not one of leadership. During the four-day conference, selected participants spend their days in an intimate conference setting with 24 other emerging library leaders from across the state. They learn about using improvisational humor and creative idea generation to foster creative approaches to problem solving and strategic planning, discover their personal strengths, and learn to lead no matter what their current library position may be.

Visit the 2021 MILE website.

Leadership Roster

Contact a Member of MILE Leadership


Olivia Hedlund
Anoka County Library - St. Frances

Thomas Jorgenson
Dakota County Library - Wescott

Trish Vaillancourt

Past Chair

Nate Nins, Installation Engineer
Bibliotheca LLC

Kirsten Vaughan
East Central Regional Library

News & Upcoming Events

Visit the 2021 MILE website.
MILE 2021, May 4-7, 2021