Leadership Grand Rapids

Applications for the 2017-2018 program year have concluded. Program information for the 2018-2019 program will be available later this year. Please contact Megan Smith Jovanovic, Vice President of Talent Development, with any questions.

LGR Class of 2017/2018

About the program

Leadership Grand Rapids (LGR) is a nine-month community leadership program committed to enhancing and connecting leaders from business, non-profits and government. For last 30 years, this unique program has empowered participants with a comprehensive understanding of our community’s challenges and opportunities, providing a broader knowledge of the community and their role as community trustees.

LGR is designed for current and emerging leaders who have the capacity to make a positive impact in the community. The program brings together a diverse group of professionals from financial services, education, manufacturing, healthcare, the arts, community organizations, government and other sectors. Participants acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be more effective as leaders in their organizations and the community.

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LGR is the ideal program if you want to:

  • Enhance your connection to other community leaders
  • Broaden your knowledge of the community
  • Strengthen your leadership skills
  • Understand the community as a system
  • Explore the diversity of leadership styles in our community
  • Understand Grand Rapids as a Community

LGR’s unique format makes Grand Rapids the classroom. The program begins with a two-day retreat in September. From October through May, the class meets for a full-day session, generally the third Thursday of each month.

The day sessions examine:

  • Essential Needs
  • Talent Development
  • Public Safety
  • Community Health
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Quality of Life
  • Community Trusteeship
  • Philanthropy

The sessions include tours, presentations, group projects and discussions with leaders from each sector. You’ll learn first-hand what is happening in each sector and how they are interrelated. This format can’t be found anywhere else and would take years to duplicate on your own. In nine months, you’ll view events in Grand Rapids in a new and deeper way and better understand your role as a community trustee.

After you graduate, you’ll join a diverse network of over 1,700 CCL program alumni. The numerous community contacts you acquire will benefit you long after you graduate from the program.

Alumni have the opportunity to attend exclusive tours, presentations and workshops to enhance their leadership skills throughout the year. These events will reconnect you with fellow graduates and continue your learning as a community trustee.

“As LGR graduates, we’re in this work of community-building together. We must have broad and deep civic engagement to be catalysts for change.”
– George Heartwell (LGR 1992), Former Mayor – City of Grand Rapids

Candidates are selected based on a broad range of criteria. Special consideration is given to each individual’s community involvement, their capacity to be a community trustee and the sector (i.e. banking, non-profit, healthcare, etc.) they represent. A Selection Committee interviews each candidate, and the class is named in July.

Program’s tuition is $2,950 and each class is limited to 40 individuals. Although most candidates are sponsored by their employers, a limited number of partial scholarships are available.


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