Managing Difficult Conversations with Colleagues and Constituents, a Braver Angels Workshop

Elected officials frequently communicate with constituents and colleagues who hold different points of view.  As our communities grow more politically polarized and public dialogue becomes more confrontational, leaders need to develop skills to better navigate disagreements and encourage a more constructive work environment.

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Attend a Braver Angels workshop to:

  • Hear experiences of colleagues from across the state and different areas of public service.
  • Learn practical skills to help mitigate the stress of difficult conversations and help you proceed with more confidence in your role as a leader.
  • Gain strategies to better soften critics and find common ground in an increasingly divisive environment.

These free workshops are brought to you through a collaboration between Braver Angels, the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Townships, the Minnesota School Boards Association, and the Association of Minnesota Counties.

Register now via the Association of MN Counties webpage!

Who should attend?

Elected officials are the primary audience, city staff may also attend.



Braver Angels Facilitators:

  • Bill Doherty, U of M professor and Braver Angels founder
  • Lucy Gerold, retired Minneapolis police commander
  • JoAnn Ward, retired Minnesota legislator


Choose one of the following workshops:

Wednesday, May 10 (1-3:30 p.m.)
Development Services & Infrastructure Center (DSIC)/North Station
Community Room A&B
4001 West River Pkwy NW Suite 100
Rochester, MN 55901

Wednesday, May 17 (1-3:30 p.m.)
Minnesota School Boards Association
1900 Jefferson Ave
St. Peter, MN 56082

Wednesday, May 24 (1-3:30 p.m.)
202 12th St. NE
Staples, MN 56479

Wednesday, May 31 (1-3:30 p.m.)
Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust
100 Empire Dr. STE 100
St Paul, MN 55103

Space is limited to 50 registrants at each location.