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Leadership Grand Traverse

the Application period for fall 2016 is now open

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 fall LGT Session Dates

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

Tuesday, September 13 –  Orientation (Chamber of Commerce) 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 23 – Opening Retreat (Friday night overnight required) 8:00 a.m. – Overnight
Saturday, September 24 – Local Economy
Friday, September 30 – Health & Human Services (Chamber of Commerce)
Thursday, October 6 – State & Local Government (Chamber of Commerce)
Thursday, October 13– Education (TBA-ISD/Career Tech Center)
Thursday, October 20 – Arts & Culture (Interlochen Center for the Arts)
Thursday, October 27 – Natural Resources (Grand Traverse Conservation District)
Thursday, November 3 – 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 2016 Spring class

Sarah Adams Grand Traverse County
Angela Bernard Hagerty
Joy Evans Northwestern Michigan College
Elaine Hanson Tyson Foods, Inc.
Mark Humitz Cornwell Architects, PC
Brian Kelly Spence Brothers
Chelsea Lajko US Senator Gary C. Peters Office
Craig Leppien Chemical  Bank
Christi Nowak Munson Medical Center
Dale Ostema Central United Methodist Church
Brad Pavwoski Cherryland Electric Cooperative
Lisa Pointe Great Lakes Children’s Museum
Ann Porter Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors
Jen Seman Priority Health
Nichole Thompson Bay Area Transportation Authority
Brooks Vanderbush Interlochen Center for the Arts
Isaiah Wunsch Wunsch Farms
Tom Wyatt Safety Net, Inc.

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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