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Leadership Grand Traverse

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.


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.

“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 Communications, Northwestern Michigan College


Leadership Programming at the Chamber is made possible by