Leadership Grand Rapids

LGR Class of 2019 Applications are now open!

The initial deadline is March 16, 2018 with no application fee. The final deadline is April 13, 2018 with a $50 application fee. Interviews will take place in May 2018. Notification will be complete by June 27, 2018. For those accepted, tuition will be due by August 13, 2018.

2019 Leadership Grand Rapids Application

Commitment Form

Scholarship Request Form

Frequently Asked Questions

The Center for Community Leadership at the Grand Rapids Chamber believes we have it within ourselves to create a community of uncommon greatness. To foster the further development of community trustees, we offer the Leadership Grand Rapids program. Each year, a class of leaders is accepted into the program to take part in an intensive community and professional leadership program founded on the principles of Community Connections, Leadership Skills, Diversity, and Systems Thinking. Through monthly deep dives into key community issues and topics, participants have a chance to deepen their understanding of our community and develop the broad and inclusive mindset needed for community stewardship.

For the LGR Class of 2019, the program will accept up to 45 leaders. Due to the importance of a balanced class, attendance at all sessions is critical. If you plan to apply, please block off the following dates to ensure your aren’t disqualified for attendance reasons. Similarly, we require a signed Commitment Form to complete your application that includes your signature as well as your employer’s signature.

LGR Series Orientation

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Opening Retreat

Friday, September 7, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Overnight accommodations are made for all participants.

Day Sessions

Typically the third Thursday of each month, October 2018 to April 2019 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

October 18, 2018                        November 15, 2018

December 13, 2018                    January 17, 2019

February 21, 2019                      March 21, 2019

April 18, 2019

Closing Retreat

Friday, May 17, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Megan Smith Jovanovic, Vice President of Talent Development at 616.771.0317