Leadership is an essential skill for all managers, supervisors, and those transitioning into these roles. When moving from peer to manager, new supervisors face a whole new set of challenges. This interactive workshop will teach practical, easy-to-understand, and fundamental methods to grow your leadership skills and become an effective leader.

Date & Time

This workshop will be held virtually on October 29, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Access will open at 7:45 a.m. for registration.


  • Registration
  • Cost: $45
  • Please note: To ensure a high-quality virtual experience, space is limited to 30 attendees.
  • Registration contact: Kaydee Kirk,

Workshop Access

This workshop will be hosted using Zoom. We recommend that all registrants test their connection prior to the webinar using Zoom’s test meeting. Additionally, if you are new to Zoom, we recommend viewing the Zoom for Students Tutorial video.

Topics Covered

  • Leadership perspective: Why is leadership important?
  • Understanding your leadership style
  • Managing different personalities
  • Leadership vs. management
  • Transitioning into leadership
  • Communication tools
  • Hiring skilled employees
  • Motivating your staff
  • Conducting a performance review
  • Communicating with customers

Who Should Attend

Individuals interested in becoming a supervisor, newly promoted supervisors, or supervisors wishing to enhance their leadership skills, communication, and effectiveness.

Course Instructors

Chris Petree serves as the director of Rochester operations for WSB. Prior to working at WSB, Chris served as the director of public works for the City of Rochester from 2018–2019, the City of Lakeville from 2008–2018, the City of Hugo from 1999–2008, and was the head water treatment plant operator for the City of Apple Valley. Chris has a B.A. in business management from the College of St. Scholastica; has completed the Public Works Executive Fellowship, Public Works Leadership Academy, Public Works Certificate Program, and the Underground Utilities Construction Inspectors School; and is an LTAP Roads Scholar. He served as the APWA–MN Chapter president in 2017 and is currently the Chapter's alternate delegate. He is also a member of the DCTC Civil Engineering & Technology Advisory Board.

Steve Albrecht, P.E, has served as operations administrator, community engineer, and director of land and natural resources for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community since 2018. In this role, he is charged with leadership, budgeting, and planning of the Public Works, Property Services, and Land and Natural Resources Divisions. Previously, he served as the public works director for the City of Burnsville from 2011–2018. From 2004–2010, he served as public works director/City Engineer for the City of Prior Lake. From 1994–2003, Steve worked as consulting engineering for a variety of municipal clients in Carver, Scott, Dakota, and Hennepin Counties. He has a degree in agricultural-water resource engineering from the University of Wisconsin and is a licensed civil engineer in Minnesota. In his capacity as public works director for Burnsville, Steve is involved with several committees and policy groups, including APWA–MN, Transportation Advisory Board Technical Advisory Committee, and Metro Cities and League of Minnesota Cities Legislative Committees.



This course is offered by Minnesota LTAP in partnership with the American Public Works Association–Minnesota Chapter.