Join us for a year of learning, connection, and community with the Leadership Learning Lab
Our 2022 Leadership Learning Lab (LLL) is now underway! The LLL is a year-long program that combines adaptive and collaborative leadership, time management, and a suite of nonprofit and cross-sector capacity-building skills. It invests directly in leaders as a way to strengthen their organizations and the communities they serve.
The LLL is designed to help you:
Become a more self-aware, adaptive, and resilient leader
Reduce your overwhelm and focus on what is most important
Develop improved communication and collaborative skills
Increase your awareness of power, identity, and equity
Gain a suite of practical tools and resources for nonprofit and cross-sector leaders
Develop a network of support within the LLL community
The LLL combines monthly learning sessions, small group learning pods, individual reflection, a community Facebook group, and ongoing support. You will have the opportunity to deepen relationships with leaders in your community and connect with those across northern lower Michigan. We welcome leaders at all levels from nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies, and Tribal Nations.
Learning session topics will include:
Understanding your Leadership Style
Collaborative Structures & Mindsets
Facilitating Inclusive Meetings
... and more!
You will have the opportunity to tailor your own learning experience depending on your role as a nonprofit or cross-sector leader.
Leadership Learning Lab is a collaboration between Rotary Charities of Traverse City, the Frey Foundation, and 10 northern lower Michigan Community Foundations.
Cohorts, or "Sites" are created based on the service area of each Community Foundation.
Our Program Design Team works with your local Community Foundation liaisons to tailor each session to the needs of their region. LLL is currently available in 5 sites across northern lower Michigan.
Commitment and Expectations of Participation
- Commitment to attend:
- January Orientation & Kickoff Session
- 8 Learning Sessions from February through November 2022
- December Community Celebration & Planning Summit
- Devote 3-6 hours per month for prep work, homework, and monthly small group learning pod meetings
- Complete a pre-program survey, learning session evaluations, and post-program survey
- End-to-end participation in video-on Zoom meetings with a willingness to fully participate in group discussions with a curious mind and open heart
- Respect fellow LLL participants and commit to confidentiality
Curious about LLL, but still have questions?
Reach out to Colleen Masterson-Bzdok with general questions about the program.
You may also choose to reach out to your Community Foundation Liason:
|Site||Community Foundation Partner||Liason||Counties Served|
|1||Community Foundation for Oceana County||Tammy Carey||Oceana|
|1||Manistee County Community Foundation||Laura Heintzelman||Manistee|
|2||Charlevoix County Community Foundation||Mishelle Shooks||Charlevoix|
|2||Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation||Kassia Perpich||Emmet|
|3||Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan||Patrick Heraghty||Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle|
|3||Otsego Community Foundation||Karin Beyer||Otsego|
|3||Roscommon County Community Foundation||Suzanne Luck||Roscommon|
|4||Cadillac Area Community Foundation||Doreen Lanc||Wexford|
|4||Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation||Jaimie Capen-Cascaddan||Isabella|
|5||Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation||Alison Metiva||Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau|
The LLL is supported by the Frey Foundation, Rotary Charities, and a network of 10 northern lower Michigan Community Foundations to help keep tuition low for leaders like you. The cost to participate in this program is $300.
Because of Rotary Charities' underwriting of this program, the Leadership Learning Lab is not eligible for support through the Learning Fund.
Leadership is a practice, and you can lead from any position in the workplace or in society. If you're ready to develop your leadership, support your peers and work toward community change, we want to work with you. Leaders at all levels from nonprofit, business, government and Tribal Nations are invited to apply.
To be eligible, participants must work or serve in one or more of the counties below.
|1||Manistee and Oceana County|
|2||Charlevoix and Emmet County|
Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Otsego, Presque Isle, and Roscommon County
|4||Isabella and Wexford County|
|5||Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau County|
Format & Schedule
The LLL will be offered as virtual learning in most months, with 3 months of in-person sessions at each site (February, June, and November). Dependent on current public health guidance, in-person sessions may be transitioned to virtual learning as necessary.
LLL learning sessions are not webinars or seminars, but interactive learning experiences, where participants are expected to fully engage in discussions and activities. Sessions will include a combination of self-reflection, small group activities, and large group discussions that make room for all voices. We design our learning experiences with all learning styles and accessibility needs in mind.
Participants will have the opportunity to develop relationships not only with cohort members from their own sites, but also with the broader LLL community
How to Apply
Each Site has its own application form. To apply, scroll down on this webpage, find your Site based on your county, and click "Apply".
Applications open November 1, 2021 are due by December 1, 2021. Applications are considered by the Community Foundation partners, and decisions are made by the second week of December.
Throughout the program, you will have opportunities to connect with the program facilitators, leaders in your own community and those across all 5 sites via the LLL Facebook group, learning pods, and support calls.
Upon completion of the LLL program, alumni are eligible to participate in Peer Learning Circles, Deep Dives, and other learning and connection opportunities.
Other Leadership Training Programs
The LLL is a great complement to other leadership programs in the region, such as the Leadership Coaching Program and Leadership Grand Traverse. Each has its unique approach and content, and the three may be pursued in any order to deepen leadership-related knowledge, skills, and mindsets.
Rotary Charities' Leadership Coaching Program provides confidential, one-on-one coaching sessions with a certified coach that helps you identify your unique strengths and areas for growth.
Leadership Grand Traverse is a community-based program offered by Traverse Connect that prepares participants for decision-making leadership roles in areas such as policy, program implementation, and development.
Recognition of Completion
Upon completion of the Leadership Learning Lab program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, provided that you have attended at least 7 of the learning sessions.
“What I found most valuable was that the tools and concepts covered were applicable to anyone in any circumstance; holding a role in a large traditional hierarchical organization, a mid-size holacratic organization, a head of household, or just someone who has a growth mindset. I made genuine, authentic connections with participants across my region and feel more knowledgeable and better prepared to collaborate and leverage community resources. Thank you Leadership Learning Lab!"
- Nicole Heffelfinger
LLL 2022 is currently underway and applications are closed. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates
Site 1: Manistee & Oceana County
Site 2: Charlevoix & Emmet County
Site 3: Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon County
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan Liaison: Patrick Haraghty (Counties served: Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle)
Site 4: Isabella & Wexford County
Site 5: Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau County
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation Liaison: Alison Metiva
“The relationships established created an invaluable opportunity for us to continue to work together to make a positive, powerful impact in our communities on a larger scale than we could each do individually.”
- Amy Schindler, Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools Board of Education, Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools Educational Foundation, Crystal Downs Country Club, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Foundation