Leadership Grand Traverse (LGT) is a community-based program that prepares participants for decision-making leadership roles in areas such as policy, program implementation, and development. The program provides unique access and exposure to many of the major assets and leaders across our region, including natural resources, parks and recreation, community and economic development, health and human services, transportation, and agriculture.
Offered twice a year – in spring and fall – LGT invites participants to connect with community and each other. Alumni of this over thirty-year long program are evident throughout all sectors of the Grand Traverse region. Interested participants should come prepared to learn, challenge their assumptions, make new friends and – hopefully – see the world through a slightly different lens.
Participants from all sectors and backgrounds are welcome in this program, though it is designed with an eye towards professionals who are looking for growth and are committed to helping build our regional community. This program requires a non-negotiable commitment to participation and engagement in the entire process, to ensure that LGT graduates share common understanding, polish, and readiness for their future leadership roles.
The program includes approximately 8 – 10 weeks of work, including an opening retreat and closing ceremonies, and focus days such as:
- Health & Human Services
- Local Economy
- Natural Resources
- State & Local Government
- Arts & Culture
Leadership Grand Traverse – Fall 2018 – Already Underway
Spring 2019 Applications – Coming in January
The 2018 program cost is $1350 per person. There are scholarships available, which may help cover up to half the cost of the tuition. Applications for scholarships are available during the general LGT application process.
What LGT Alumni Say about the Program
“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