Leadership Grand Rapids

Leadership Grand Rapids

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Leadership Grand Rapids

The application period for the 2021-2022 Leadership Grand Rapids cohort has closed. Applications for the next cohort will be live in March 2022.

Calling all Leadership Grand Rapids alumni! We are happy to announce the creation of The LGR Alumni Network as a great way for you to engage withfellow alumni, support current programs and scholarships, and stay up to date on some awesome happenings with the Chamber's Leadership Programs. To make this work, we need YOU to participate!

About the Program

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 2022, the program will accept around 40 leaders. Due to the importance of a balanced class, attendance at all sessions is critical and full attendance is mandatory. If you plan to apply, please block off the following dates to ensure you aren’t disqualified for attendance reasons.

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

Class of 2022:

  • Day Sessions:
    • January 20, 2022
    • February 17, 2022
    • March 17, 2022
    • April 21, 2022
  • Closing Retreat: May 20, 2022 (7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

Class of 2023:

Applications for Class of 2023 will open in March 2022.

  • Orientation: August 18, 2022
  • Opening Retreat: September 16-17, 2022 (overnight accommodations provided)
  • Day Sessions:
    • October 20, 2022
    • November 17, 2022
    • December 8, 2022

Attendance at all program sessions is mandatory to achieve the full value of the program. Persons who cannot adjust their schedules to accommodate full participation should not apply to the program. If selected, participant employers will be required to provide a signature agreeing to their full support for the employee’s time required to participate in Leadership Grand Rapids.

Program Details:

The Leadership Grand Rapids program has capacity for 40 diverse individuals who:  

  • Are a strong leader in their organization and/or community
  • Are motivated and interested in learning, self-discovery, community engagement, networking; and how to use this experience to build on their community trusteeship
  • 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 LGR day sessions and assigned pre-work

Cost and Scholarships:

Application fee: $50

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

Chamber Member: $4,000

Non-Member: $4,500

There are a limited number of partial scholarship funds available. If you wish to fill out a scholarship form, you will be prompted to do so at the end of your application.

Questions About the Program or Application?

Please reach out to Mel Trombley, Director of Leadership Programs (616.771.0317 or [email protected]) or Monica Mendez, Talent Program Manager,

Program Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit 7

Trustee Sponsor

Advocacy Engagement Series 9          Leading Edge 2


Emerging Sponsor

Leading Edge 1


Photo Release: The Grand Rapids Chamber may take photographs or record videos at events for promotional or educational purposes. By applying for this program, you agree to be photographed, included in video footage or otherwise captured for the Grand Rapids Chamber’s promotional purposes. If you do not wish to be photographed or recorded, please contact Maddie Finn, Director of Marketing & Events, so we may accommodate your request.