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.
Spring 2019 Dates
- Orientation: Monday, March 18th @ TC Chamber – 3:30 – 5pm
- Opening Retreat: April 11- April 12 @ Crystal Mountain – 1pm 4/11 – 5pm 4/12 (overnight trip, lodging included)
- Thursday, April 18 – 8:30 – 5pm (full day)
- Friday, April 26 – 8:30 – 1pm
- Friday May 3 – 8:30 – 1pm
- Friday, May 17 – 8:30 – 1pm
- Thursday, May 23 – 8:30 – 5pm (full day)
- Friday, May 31 – 8:30 – 5pm (full-day)
- Friday June 7 – 8:30 – 1pm
- Closing Retreat: Wednesday, June 12 – Noon – 7pm (Graduation Ceremony & Reception begin at 5pm)
* Please be mindful attendance at all 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 session dates and commit to attending. We also require that employers (unless you are self-employed) provide a signature indicating their understanding and acceptance of these requirements.
The 2019 program cost is $1550 per person. Scholarship requests may be considered; all requests must be made on the application form.