Leadership Advantage

Leadership Advantage

Applications for the final Leadership Advantage cohort are now open.

Apply Today!

After more than 12 years of transforming the lives of local leaders, Leadership Advantage is coming to a close. This will be the FINAL cohort of the program.

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About the Program

In its final year, Leadership Advantage is an intensive skills-based executive leadership coaching program led by Barbara Rapaport of Real-Time Perspectives designed to enhance the knowledge and critical thinking skills of emerging and established leaders. The truly unique aspect of Leadership Advantage is its focus on a group leadership coaching experience, which incorporates substantial opportunities for meaningful self-reflection, peer coaching, and honest conversations about how your worldview influences your leadership effectiveness.

Your Chance To:

  • Transform your best talent into your best leaders
  • Apply critical thinking and dialogue through peer-to-peer coaching
  • Develop inter-sector and inter-discipline learning among participants
  • Have courageous conversations about how implicit bias may be influencing your actions
  • Create a unique Leadership Development Plan for yourself
  • Benefit from the extraordinary networking for which Create Great Leaders Programs are known

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

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All sessions are hosted bi-weekly on Tuesday between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

  • August 9: Orientation & Welcome Reception
  • August 23: Personal Mastery
  • September 6: Navigating Complexity
  • September 20: Ethical Dilemmas
  • October 4: Fight or Flight
  • October 18: Inspiring Trust
  • November 1: Authentic Leadership
  • November 15: Case Studies
  • November 29: Putting It All Together

Apply Today!

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 participant's employer will be required to provide a signature agreeing to their full support of the employee’s time required to participate in Leadership Advantage.

Your application is not complete without a signed commitment form. Please complete the commitment form and send to Monica Mendez at [email protected].

Program Details

The Leadership Advantage program has capacity for 12 diverse individuals who:  

  • Are strong leaders in their organization and/or community
  • Are motivated and interested in new learning, self-discovery, community exposure, and networking; and how to use this experience to serve as community trustees
  • Represent a cross-section of business, non-profits, and units of government, professions, ages, cultural perspectives, ethnic backgrounds, and geographical areas throughout the Grand Rapids community
  • Willing to commit to being on time and engaged in all LA day sessions and scheduled individual coaching sessions

Cost and Scholarships

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

Chamber Member: $3,300

Non-Member: $3,800

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 Form

Questions or Comments?

Please reach out to 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