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 typically lasts 10-12 weeks and includes an opening retreat and closing ceremonies, and covers topics of critical importance to our regional community, such as:
- Health & Human Services
- Local Economy
- Natural Resources
- State & Local Government
- Arts & Culture
- Tourism & Events
- Business Trends
- Transportation Systems & Mobility Solutions
Leadership Grand Traverse requires a commitment; the expectation and requirement is that participants will be fully engaged in the entire process. The activities take place in a variety of settings and terrains; several of the sessions include walking or light hiking. We will make our best effort to accommodate individual needs, and we encourage anyone with concerns to contact us in advance to discuss if you have questions.
Fall 2019 Dates:
Please be mindful attendance at all retreats and sessions is mandatory; full participation is critical to the success of the class and the program. Prior to submitting your application, we ask that applicants please block off all dates and commit to attending. We also require that employers (unless you are self-employed) confirm their understanding and acceptance of these requirements.
Tuesday, August 22nd – 4pm to 5pm: Location, TBD
Monday, August 26th – Tuesday, August 27th: Opening overnight retreat; accommodations are provided. Retreat begins at 8:00am on Monday and concludes by 1pm on Tuesday.
Friday, September 13th: 8:30am – 5pm
Friday, September 20th: 8:30am – 5pm
Friday, September 27th: 8:30am – 1pm
Friday, October 4th: 8:30am – 1pm
Friday, October 18th: 8:30am – 5pm
Friday, October 25th: 8:00am – 1pm
Friday, November 1st: 8:30am – 1pm
Thursday, November 7th: Closing Retreat – 11am – 7pm
The 2019 program cost is $1,550 per person. Scholarship requests may be considered; all requests must be made on the application form.