Leading Edge

About the Program

Specifically for the next generation of women leaders in the workplace, Leading Edge helps you create a successful path forward by teaching practical concepts and offering a hands-on practicum in the leadership skills you need.

Leading Edge is targeted to high-performing women who are currently leading projects and/or people in the workplace. A minimum of four years professional experience is required.


Applications for the 2019 Leading Edge Program are now Open!

  • Applications are due July 31, 2019
  • We require a signed Commitment Form to complete your application that includes your signature as well as your employer’s signature.
  • Scholarships may be available to those who can demonstrate valid need. If needed, please fill out the Scholarship Application and send to trombleym@grandrapids.org by July 31, 2019.
  • Program Cost: $900

LEADING EDGE is right for you if you:

  • Are ready to take personal inventory and accountability of your leadership potential
  • Want to cultivate a strong skill set—from basic to advanced—as a confident and inspirational leader
  • Desire an actionable plan for immediate on-the-job application of key concepts, skills, tips and tools
  • Are looking for an opportunity to become connected with other like- minded women

Expert leadership trainer, Barbara Rapaport, will guide Leading Edge participants through six, three-hour sessions that incorporate reflective dialog, large- and small-group exercises, case studies/real-life scenarios, and experimentation through reflective practice.


Session Information (all sessions are Mondays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.):

August 26, 2019: Orientation

September 9, 2019: Intentional Listening and Responding

Develop a sensitivity to how different approaches to listening and responding can impact your capacity for empathy; identify emotional triggers that may impede your ability to listen and respond with intentionality; practice strategies aimed at demonstrating emotional intelligence.

September 23, 2019: Leading Through Difficult Conversations

Gain an understanding of the conscious and unconscious elements of difficult conversations; discover your viewpoint on the value of conflict in leadership situations; practice strategies intended to navigate conflict effectively.

October 7, 2019: Engaging with High Performing Teams

Identify how leaders contribute to creating and sustaining effective teams; be exposed to a method for analyzing team effectiveness; discover strategies to inspire accountability at individual and team levels.

October 21: 2019: Becoming Who You Intend to Be

Determine the values that you will strive never to compromise; map out your life/career timeline in a way that aligns with these values and your aspirations for the future; identify strategies that can help you thrive no matter where you are on the journey.

November 4, 2019: Reflecting Back, Moving Forward

Revisit the frameworks you’ve been exposed to in the program; reinforce key concepts, skills, and personal insights; discuss strategies for integrating what you’ve learned today and in the future.


Questions? Contact Ashlie Johnson at johnsona@grandrapids.org.