Leadership Grand Rapids

Announcing the LGR Class of 2019!

LGR Class of 2020 Applications will open in early 2019. If you would like to be notified when the LGR ’20 application is open, please contact Megan Smith Jovanovic, smithm@grandrapids.org

Frequently Asked Questions

The Center for Community Leadership at 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 2020, 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 your aren’t disqualified for attendance reasons. Similarly, we require a signed Commitment Form to complete your application that includes your signature as well as your employer’s signature.


LGR Series Orientation

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Opening Retreat

Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Friday, September 6, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Overnight accommodations are made for all participants.


Day Sessions

Typically the third Thursday of each month, October 2018 to April 2019 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

October 17, 2019                        November 21, 2019

December 12, 2019                    January 16, 2019

February 20, 2020                      March 19, 2020

April 16, 2020


Closing Retreat

Friday, May 15, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Questions? Contact Megan Smith Jovanovic, Vice President of Talent Development at 616.771.0317