GR Chamber Launching New Talent Programs for 2023
New curriculum will support today’s leaders – Applications Open
The Grand Rapids Chamber is launching two talent development programs with new curriculum and facilitators in 2023 to help West Michigan leaders increase capacity and impact.
Leadership Transformed and Women in Leadership will provide in-depth leadership coaching experiences to support leaders in their executive journey. As the provider of the region’s premier talent development programming, the Chamber will add these programs to a robust portfolio that includes Leadership Grand Rapids, Emerging Leaders Series and more.
“Strong leaders create strong businesses and a stronger community,” said Monica Mendez, Director of Talent & Leadership Programs for the Grand Rapids Chamber. “These new programs are designed to meet current needs and propel West Michigan forward.”
Leadership Transformed is an executive coaching program that challenges participants to get out of their comfort zone and look deep within themselves to develop the emotional intelligence required to be a great leader.
Erin Fisk, the new program facilitator, is the Founder & CEO of Fisk Solutions and brings over 18 years of experience in clinical and corporate leadership. Her core values–integrity, compassion, authenticity–are at the forefront of her approach, helping her live and work outside the box of what is expected.
“It takes great bravery to be who you truly are,” says Fisk. “This doesn’t exclude your role as a leader, in fact, learning to truly be ourselves may be the most important work we ever do.”
This unique approach—blending clinical and corporate leadership experience—meets the needs of West Michigan leaders who are approaching the second half of their careers.
“Research indicates that what differentiates our community’s senior leaders from their peers is not solely technical capability, but a sophisticated manifestation of emotional intelligence. While data may prove this reality, companies rarely have resources, staff, or confidentiality practices to develop these skills within their teams.”
The first cohort of Leadership Transformed begins in March and takes place every other Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Learn more and apply here.
Women in Leadership
The second program launching in 2023 is Women in Leadership.
Women in Leadership is a customized program for female leaders who are ready to take charge of their careers, develop as a leader and form lasting relationships with the fellow women in their cohort. Based on research and trends, this workshop will empower you to shatter the glass ceiling and achieve your goals.
This program will be guided by Mita Fitzjohn, professional coach, facilitator, and DEI practitioner. Fitzjohn is dedicated to elevating female leaders, supporting them in their efforts to rise to their greatest professional and personal heights. Working with each leader’s unique strengths and talents, Mita partners with them to remove obstacles and barriers to create winning outcomes for leaders, teams, and organizations. Her approach drives self-discovery, development, and transformation of leaders at all levels.
“Leaders who accept and appreciate their team members for who they authentically are, not in spite of who they are, create a feeling of belongingness, which is one of the most critical factors in team member engagement,” says Fitzjohn. “When women are empowered, the world is empowered.”
The first cohort of Women in Leadership begins in February and takes place every other Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Learn more and apply here.
Learn more about the Chamber’s Talent Development Services at https://www.grandrapids.org/talent-development/.