Emerging Leaders Series

Emerging Leaders

Registration for the 2022 Emerging Leaders Series cohorts are now open!

Sign up for Cohort 2


Emerging Leaders Series 4

About the Program

If you are a professional with a passion for growing your career and becoming actively engaged in the community, the Emerging Leaders Series offers the ideal setting to expand your horizons.

Make Grand Rapids your classroom with five half-day sessions that combine tours, speakers, activities, and interdisciplinary discussions that build community connections, leadership skills, and insight into issues facing Grand Rapids. Plus, you’ll discover new opportunities to engage in the community.

This program is right for you if you are looking for:

  • Conversations with key community leaders
  • Visits to innovative community programs and initiatives
  • Networking with a diverse group of peers
  • An orientation to the city and what makes it a unique community
  • Personal leadership development

This professional development opportunity is particularly valuable for young and early-career professionals, as well as those with a keen interest in our community and growing professionally.

Chamber leadership programs prioritize creating spaces where diverse perspectives can come together to learn, grow and push our community forward.

2022 Session Dates, Program Details & Cost

Cohort 1

April-June 2022

This cohort has already begun. If you missed this cohort, check out Cohort 2!

Cohort 2

 All sessions are hosted bi-weekly on Wednesday between 11:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

  • October 12: Orientation & Building Relationships
  • October 26: Your Community
  • November 9: Finding Your Strengths
  • November 30: Leading in Different Ways
  • December 14: You Are Next

Sign up for Cohort 2!

Attendance at all program sessions is mandatory to achieve the full value of the program. If you cannot adjust your schedule to accommodate full participation, please consider applying at a time when you have greater flexibility. If selected, the participants’ employer will be required to provide a signature agreeing to their full support for the employee’s time required to participate in the Emerging Leaders Series.

Cost and Scholarships

Program Cost: Tuition must be paid in full by the first class session.

Chamber Member: $800

Non-Member: $950

If you have questions on payment or need to discuss setting up a payment plan, please contact Kessia Graves, Leadership Program Coordinator, at [email protected]. There are a limited number of partial scholarship funds available. Please submit the following scholarship application form NO LATER than 30 days prior to the first session to be considered.

Scholarship Application

Questions or Comments?

Please connect with Mel Trombley, Director of Leadership Programs, at [email protected].

Program Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit 7

Trustee Sponsor

Advocacy Engagement Series 9          Leading Edge 2


Emerging Sponsor

Leading Edge 1