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MWL Announces RFP for Leadership Development Program

Monday, March 23, 2020  
Posted by: Debra Pexa

ANNOUNCING Request for Proposals:

MWL Leadership Development Program

 

Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) seeks proposals to develop and execute a new signature leadership development program to launch in 2020.  The program will target mid-to-senior level attorneys and judges (e.g., those with five to thirty-five years of experience) who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills.  Upon final evaluation and any agreed-upon modifications of the inaugural year's program, MWL intends to offer the program in subsequent years (annually or every other year).

 

PLEASE REVIEW: The complete Request for Proposal (RFP) is detailed below.  A PDF document of the complete RFP is also available HERE.


TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: Please complete and submit the ONLINE FORM by May 29th, 2020. Bidders may also attach additional information in support of their submission.  (Upload directions are available at the end of the online form.)  
Please Note: Paper submissions of the RFP will not be accepted.

 

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS: Responses must be received on May 29th, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.  Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered.

QUESTIONS: Please contact MWL Program and Project Coordinator Katie Gunaratne (kgunaratne@mwlawyers.org). Questions will be answered as per the process outlined in the RFP.

 


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April 27th: MWL RESPONSES TO INITIAL SUBMITTED QUESTIONS


MWL Responses to Questions Submitted by April 17, 2020: Available HERE.

 

 

 

May 20th: MWL RESPONSES TO FINAL SUBMITTED QUESTIONS


No additional questions were submitted.

 

 

MWL’s Leadership Programming and COVID-19


MWL acknowledges and understands that submitting a proposal during these extraordinary times is going to be more difficult due to changing expectations and future uncertainty. We encourage bidders to propose programs that could allow everything to occur virtually with the hope that the program might be able to include some in-person sessions this year or in future years. Bidders can include additional pricing options to reflect the difference between virtual and in-person sessions.

 

In light of the current economic situation, bidders need to be especially mindful of the budget for the proposed program. Whether tuition for the program is paid by the employer or directly by the participant, we expect that funds for discretionary programming may be limited.

 

If possible, MWL still hopes to launch the new Leadership Development Program in 2020 but circumstances may require us to push the start date into 2021.

 

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MWL Leadership Development Program

"Request for Proposal"
Posted March 23, 2020

 

Project Name or Description: MWL Leadership Development Program (working name)
Organization Name:
Minnesota Women Lawyers

Address: 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390B, Minneapolis, MN, 55402

Contact Person: Katie Gunaratne, MWL Program and Projects Coordinator

Contact Emailkgunaratne@mwlawyers.org

 

1. Introduction

 

Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) requests proposals for a comprehensive leadership development program for mid-to-senior level attorneys and judges.

 

2. Background

 

Minnesota Women Lawyers is an association of more than 1,200 attorneys, judges, law students, legal employers and others who are dedicated to advancing the success of women attorneys and striving for a just society. Since its inception in 1972, MWL has provided opportunities for members to develop as leaders, network with other attorneys, and impact their communities by fostering greater satisfaction within the profession. MWL’s strategic goals align with its three values of equality, leadership and community.

 

In recent years, MWL offered a comprehensive leadership development program that offered 28-30 continuing legal education credits (CLE) for up to 24 MWL member participants each year.  The program included 4 full-day and 1 half-day sessions, held approximately every other month.  Programming covered a variety of leadership competencies to support participants in making significant contributions to their organizations and communities while also advancing their individual career goals. MWL engaged two external leadership consultants to design and deliver this program.  The full program was repeated 5 times, with nearly 125 women attorneys and judges participating during that timeframe.

 

Given the success of the past leadership development program and its members’ continuing interest, MWL intends to offer a new signature leadership program. The program will target mid-to-senior level attorneys and judges (e.g., those with five to thirty-five years of experience) who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills.


In considering a new leadership development program, MWL surveyed past program participants, area employers (who may have paid to send participants in the past), and MWL members. A summary of each survey is available for review (
LINK HERE)


 

3. Program Goals and Scope of Services

MWL seeks proposals to develop and execute a new signature leadership development program, which we hope to launch in 2020.  Upon final evaluation of the inaugural year's program, MWL intends to make any needed minor adjustments and offer the program in subsequent years (annually or every other year). MWL’s goals for this program (“Program Goals”) include:

Program Goals:

  • To support MWL members in developing their leadership skills and achieving their leadership goals;
  • To create an MWL member community within each program year and among program years and program alumni; and
  • To provide a valued experience that cultivates participants’ and their respective organizations’ long-term commitment to MWL.

Scope of Services:

In considering the type of program best suited to accomplish MWL's goals, attract its target audience, and fit the needs of the Minnesota legal community, MWL seeks proposals addressing one or more of the following categories (in no particular order):

Category I: Signature MWL Leadership Institute: A flagship leadership program involving 4 to 6 days of in-person sessions occurring over several months. Participants will be expected to attend all sessions.  The program may also include additional activities or homework between sessions. The program will incorporate opportunities to build community among the participants. The program could be single track or multi-track (with break-out sessions to address different participant interests, practice areas, experience levels, etc.).

Category II: MWL Leadership Development Series: Approximately 4 to 6 separate days of programming that would be presented as a series of leadership development trainings.  Members would have the opportunity to attend some or all days of the program series. This may include a discount for purchasing several or all days of the series. The program may incorporate opportunities to build community among the participants who register for the whole series.

 Category III: Wild Card:  This is an opportunity to think outside the box and propose a program that combines elements of Categories I and II above, or something altogether different. Any Wild Card proposal must still address MWL's project goals and meet the leadership development needs of the target audience.

Further considerations:

All proposals (from all Categories) will be given serious consideration. Bidders are welcome to submit proposals for one or more of the above Categories.

MWL intends for this program to be revenue positive or at least revenue neutral.  As part of the program proposal, MWL welcomes innovative ideas to make this program available in a cost-effective manner.

 

4. Elements of Proposal 

One submission may be made in each Category, for a maximum of three submissions.  To be considered, each submission must, at a minimum, include the following elements:

Program:

  • Identification of the Category (I, II and/or III) for which proposal is being submitted;
  • A narrative description of the overall program;
  • A detailed description of the topics to be included in the program, including specific learning objectives and methodologies for each topic area;
  • An explanation of how the proposed program will address MWL’s Program Goals (as listed above);
  • An explanation of how the program may fill a need that is not being met by other available programs (from MWL or other sources);
  • An explanation of how the program will accommodate participants throughout the state, including, but not limited to, possible remote participation;
  • A description of how the proposed program directly reflects and encompasses MWL's Diversity and Inclusion Statement (LINK), in relation to program participants, the bidder and/or lead presenter(s), MWL and its D&I goals, and the legal community.
  • MWL welcomes ideas with respect to how to address and/or tailor the above categories to add value to sub-segments of those who may participate in the program, such as certain practice areas, industries, experience levels, etc. We recognize that the intended audience is very broad, and we appreciate any ideas or
     insights as to how to target certain segments of these populations/ or how to add value to experience levels (such as years 5-9, 9-12, 12-20 years of experience, etc.).
  • Anticipated CLE credit, as outlined by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education Board and its related rules: https://www.cle.mn.gov/rules/

 

Pricing:

  • Proposed pricing structure for participants, including any scholarship structure or other means to make the program accessible to all MWL members;
  • A description of how the program will be self-funding and sustainable so that the revenue gathered for the program will cover all costs of the program (except for physical space needs);
  • A description of how to minimize administrative costs and tasks, given MWL's limited staff capacity and resources;
  • A description of how to measure the ROI for the program (to use in final program evaluation and in general program marketing to participants and to employers who may cover participants’ tuition costs);
  • If your proposal(s) includes coaching or any other individual-learning component, please describe in detail and price separately.

 

Bidder:

  • A narrative biography of the lead presenter(s);
  • Name(s) and credential(s) of other creative team members or presenters;
  • A narrative outlining the bidder’s strengths and distinguishing skills or capabilities, particularly as they might relate to MWL and its mission, values and strategic priorities. (LINK
  • At least 3-4 professional references, including names, nature of relationship and contact information.
     

 

5. Evaluation Criteria 

Proposals will be evaluated based in part upon:

  • The ability to create an innovative leadership institute, leadership development series or wild card that best addresses the Program Goals, meets the needs described in the survey summaries, and furthers MWL’s mission, consistent with its values.
  •  The education, experience, knowledge, skills, and qualifications of the proposing organization and/or individual(s) who will provide these services;
  • The competitive cost of services and overall value;
  • The proposing organization or individual’s expertise in creating and delivering other leadership programs;
  • The opportunities for remote participation; and
  • Other factors in the sole discretion of the selection committee.

Notes:

All submissions become the sole property of MWL and will not be returned. 

All decisions as to which proposal(s) is/are selected and which program(s) are offered remain within the sole discretion of MWL. 

Although this RFP process is currently the sole means by which MWL is seeking proposals for its comprehensive leadership development program, this RFP process does not guarantee that MWL will select one of the proposals submitted.  Ultimately, MWL retains the sole discretion to choose or not to choose from the submitted proposals, including the option to not choose any.   

As part of its standard member services, MWL will continue to offer programming and CLE seminars throughout any given fiscal year on a variety of topics and in a variety of venues and formats.  In no way does offering this intensive leadership development program preclude MWL from also offering any of its other programming or CLE seminars, including any programming as it may or may not relate to this comprehensive leadership development program and its content.

6. Anticipated RFP Submission Process and Timeline

The anticipated RFP submission process and timeline is as follows:

MARCH 23, 2020          RFP announcement posted at www.mwlawyers.org.

APRIL 17, 2020             Deadline for bidders to submit initial questions (All questions should be directed to Katie at kgunaratne@mwlawyers.org).

APRIL 27, 2020             MWL responds to initial questions. Answers will be available for public review below.

MAY 15, 2020                Deadline for bidders to submit final questions (All questions should be directed to Katie at kgunaratne@mwlawyers.org).

MAY 20, 2020                MWL responds to final questions. Answers will be available for public review below.

MAY 29, 2020                Deadline for proposal submission.

JULY 10, 2020               Notification to bidders.

Please Note:

 

MWL retains the sole discretion to extend any dates outlined in the anticipated timeline, include the deadline for the submission of proposals and the notification to bidders. 

 

Any updates to the timeline will be posted on this webpage.  Furthermore, any bidder who has already submitted a proposal at the time of any timeline update, will be notified directly via the contact information contained in their proposal. 

 

 

7. To Submit a Proposal

 

Please complete and submit the ONLINE FORM by May 29th, 2020. Bidders may also attach additional information in support of their submission.   

 

Please Note: Paper submissions of the RFP will not be accepted.

 

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS: Responses must be received on May 29th, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.  Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered.

QUESTIONS: Please contact MWL Program and Project Coordinator Katie Gunaratne (kgunaratne@mwlawyers.org). Questions will be answered as per the process outlined in the RFP.

 


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April 27th: MWL RESPONSES TO INITIAL SUBMITTED QUESTIONS


MWL Responses to Questions Submitted by April 17, 2020: Available HERE.

 

 

 

May 20th: MWL RESPONSES TO FINAL SUBMITTED QUESTIONS


No additional questions were submitted.

 

 

MWL’s Leadership Programming and COVID-19


MWL acknowledges and understands that submitting a proposal during these extraordinary times is going to be more difficult due to changing expectations and future uncertainty. We encourage bidders to propose programs that could allow everything to occur virtually with the hope that the program might be able to include some in-person sessions this year or in future years. Bidders can include additional pricing options to reflect the difference between virtual and in-person sessions.

 

In light of the current economic situation, bidders need to be especially mindful of the budget for the proposed program. Whether tuition for the program is paid by the employer or directly by the participant, we expect that funds for discretionary programming may be limited.

 

If possible, MWL still hopes to launch the new Leadership Development Program in 2020 but circumstances may require us to push the start date into 2021.

  

 

 


 

Minnesota Women Lawyers
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Minneapolis, MN 55402
612/338-3205
mwl@mwlawyers.org

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