Event Info


Central Time (North America)


1120 East Diehl Road
NIU Naperville Campus



Registration closed.

Event Details

The Institute is an intensive 4.5 day program. This is an opportunity to better understand human behavior, that of yourself and others.

A basic premise of the Midwest Leadership Institute is that successful outcomes in local government require a deep understanding of interpersonal leadership. The ability to understand individual and organizational behavior and the ability to diagnose why people act the way they do is crucial. The courage and discipline to admit when you do not know what you do not know, which requires you to know yourself and your emotions, is also a focus of the Institute.

Participants will be exposed to concepts needed to thrive in an increasingly complex world with multiple personalities, competing self-interests, questionable ethics and the prominence of the information age. Sound judgment, an important concept of the Institute, will help guard against blind pathology and acting without the proper analysis.  Organizational and individual performance issues will be discussed and dissected with suggested strategies for addressing a myriad of issues.

Who Should Attend

Local government organizational leaders including chief administrative officers, assistants, department heads and others who are interested in leadership education focused on the theoretical and practical.

Join a network of organizational leaders who have participated in the Midwest Leadership Institute and who continue to assist one another with workplace and personal challenges and celebrate successes. Participants also receive ongoing educational materials through the “members only” section of the MLI website and receive invitations to participant only events.

The Institute customizes learning to the needs of the participants. Learning in teams focusing on real world local government scenarios is a critical component of the Institute.

Presentation Team

A cross-disciplinary team of leading local government practitioners and experts in executive coaching and leadership development presents the program.

  • David E. Morrison, M.D.
  • Daven Morrison, M.D.
  • David M. Limardi, Limardi Consulting, LLC, MPA, ICMA-CM
  • Robert Kiely, MPA, ICMA-CM
  • Dawn S. Peters, MPA 

Program Details

Each program is limited to 40 participants to ensure time for one-on-one individualized coaching as well as small group and all-participant events. Tuition for the entire 4.5-day Institute is $2,700 and includes course materials, continental breakfast daily and lunch for four days. Organizations that send multiple participants are eligible for tuition discounts.

  • 1 – 2 people - $2,700
  • 3 – 5 people - $2,450
  • 6 or more people - $2,200

(If you plan to send more than 8 people from the same organization, please contact David Limardi. The MLI utilizes group discussions, and in order to maximize the experience for registrants from the same organization, they would like to get more information about the people you are sending.)

The Institute is held at the Naperville Campus at Northern Illinois University. Accommodations are available near the campus. Visit the website for details. 

Questions? Contact Dawn Peters at dpeters@niu.edu or 815-753-0923.


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