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Leadership Grand Traverse

the Application period for spring 2016 is now closed

Leadership Grand Traverse is a valuable program that prepares participants for decision-making leadership roles in areas such as policy, program implementation, and organizational maintenance. Think of some of the major assets of our region, such as natural resources, parks and recreation, transportation, and agriculture, just name a few.

These selling points did not just happen. It took leaders in decades gone by to lead these initiatives when they merely ideas or decisions to be made.

However, this valuable program comes with a commitment that is non-negotiable. The expectation and requirement is that you are fully engaged in the entire process. This ensures that graduation accurately signifies a polished leader, ready to get down to the business of building community.

2016 Spring LGT Session Dates

With the exception of opening and closing retreats, time for day sessions are 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 25 –  Orientation (Chamber of Commerce) 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 4 – Opening Retreat (Friday night overnight required) 8:00 a.m. – Overnight (Location Lakemore Resort)
Saturday, March 5 – Local Economy
Friday, March 11 – State & Local Government (Chamber of Commerce)
Tuesday, March 15 – Health & Human Services (Chamber of Commerce)
Wednesday, March 23  – Natural Resources (Grand Traverse Conservation District)
Thursday, April 7 – Arts & Culture (Interlochen Center for the Arts)
Wednesday, April 13 – Education (TBA-ISD/Career Tech Center)
Thursday, April 28 – Closing Retreat & Graduation Reception (location Kirkbride Hall) 2:00 – 6:30 p.m.


The cost for this program is $1300 per person. There are many scholarships available that you can apply for, to help cover up to half the cost of the tuition. Applications for scholarships are available during the general LGT application process.

Meet the 2015 Fall class

Charles Sole Hallmark Construction, Inc.
Conni Weese Passageways Travel a division of ALTOUR/American Express
Daniel Baker First Community Bank
Dave Wilsey Century 21 Northland
Emily Townsend Tyson Foods, Inc.
Eric Lingaur Bay Area Transportation Authority
Kayla Condon Events North
Lindsay Raymond Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge PC
Lyndsay Douglass Munson Healthcare
Mark Liebling Northwestern Michigan College
Matthew Wiliford Traverse Area District Library
Michael George III Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
Renee Sovis Yen Yoga & Fitness
Ryan Kriesch Boy Scouts of America- President Ford Council
Scott Hermann Traverse City State Bank
Stephanie Pierce Cherry Capital Foods, LLC
Tony Jerome Northwestern Mutual
Tracy Andrews Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, The


Click here to access the 2016 Fall application

“Leadership Grand Traverse is one of the most impactful programs I’ve ever attended. I had already lived and worked in the community for years, but the sessions allowed me to experience the area at a much deeper level. Leadership Grand Traverse broadened my appreciation and understanding of our unique region while strengthening my desire to find ways to give back, get involved and make a difference. I recommend it to newcomers and natives alike!”     

– Diana Fairbanks, Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communicaitons, Northwestern Michigan College


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