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Navigating Mentorship: Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders

The Missouri Mentorship project team is hosting a webinar series featuring leaders from across Extension to learn from their mentorship experience.


May 8th: Continued Growth and Capacity Building at 1994 Tribal Land Grants

Join us as we host Brian Kowalkowski as he shares how he strives to build capacity within and across the 1994 land grant system and how he strives to create the next generation of leadership.

About Brian Kowalkowski
Brian Kowalkowski is the Dean of Continuing Education at the College of Menominee Nation. As Dean of Continuing Education, he manages and administers all grants and contracts of the department and acts as the Extension Director. Dean Kowalkowski analyzes community data to determine appropriate activities to be undertaken by the department. He also works with community agencies to establish cooperative working relationships.  He is involved with numerous local, state, and federal professional organizations, representing his college and 1994 Tribal Land Grant schools.Dean Kowalkowski supports the mentoring and development of extension professionals and strives to grow the 1994 land grant system and its talented professionals.

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