Join us for a journey of learning, connection, and community with the Leadership Learning Lab

The Leadership Learning Lab is a 10-month 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 Leadership Learning Lab is designed to help you:

  • Become a more self-aware, adaptive, collaborative, and resilient leader

  • Manage your time, reduce overwhelm and focus on what is most important

  • Explore a variety of topics to support your nonprofit, government agency, or mission-driven business
  • Gain a suite of practical tools and resources

  • Increase your awareness of power, identity, and equity 

  • Develop improved communication and collaborative skills
  • Develop a network of support within the LLL community

The LLL combines monthly learning sessions, individual reflection, small group learning pods, and ongoing support. You will have the opportunity to deepen relationships with leaders in your community and across northern lower Michigan.

We welcome leaders at all levels from nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies, and Tribal Nations. Looking for more information on eligibility and requirements? See all the details here.

Learning session topics will include:

  • Understanding your Leadership Style

  • Adaptive Leadership

  • Time Management

  • Board Development

  • Fund Development

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging

  • Mission-Driven Storytelling

  • Collaborative Skills

  • Facilitating Inclusive Meetings

  • Goal-Setting                

"LLL has been an incredible way for me to learn about Adaptive Leadership and collaboration. The thoughtful structure of this year long learning lab really supported me in creating significant and important shifts in my leadership practices. I so appreciated the pacing of the learning sessions which coincided with learning pod partners outside of the monthly meetings. This structure allowed me to be more thoughtful, reflective and intentional about shifts in practices that I wanted to make. The year went by too fast and I am sad that it is over!" - 2023 Cohort Participant                         

Learn about Leadership Learning Lab

In this recording of the Learn about Leadership Learning Lab information session, you'll hear firsthand from LLL alumni about the program's impact on their personal and organizational growth and discover how the LLL program can elevate your leadership journey.

Apply for the Leadership Learning Lab

Applications for the 2024-2025 LLL Cohorts are closed. Join the waitlist to be notified when it opens again.

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Program and Facilitator Team

Colleen Masterson-Bzdok

LLL Program Manager & Facilitator
Sessions: Time Management, Leadership Styles, Facilitating Inclusive Conversations, Goal Setting

Headshot of Lucille Chrisman

Lucille Chrisman

Leadership Coach & Facilitator
Sessions: Intro to Adaptive Leadership, Adaptive Leadership II, Leadership Styles, Goal Setting

Headshot of Courtney Bierschbach

Courtney Bierschbach

LLL Communications, Tech Support, Logistics
Alumna, 2019

Headshot of Megan Motil

Megan Motil

Session: Collaborative Skills

Headshot of Christie Perdue

Christie Perdue

Session: Fund Development

Headshot of Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran

Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran

Session: Board Development

Headshot of Freda Sampson

Freda Sampson

Session: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)

Headshot of Rob Stennett

Rob Stennett

Session: Mission-Driven Storytelling

Headshot of Reanne Young

Reanne Young

Session: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)

Ready to invest in your leadership journey?

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"When I first applied to the Leadership Learning Lab I knew that I wanted to gain some confidence in leadership, meet some peers in the community and hopefully learn some new skills. What I gained from the experience was so much more than that. It was being immersed in a whole new network of my fellow leaders to work through real issues that ourselves and our organizations were facing. Together we explored new skills in leadership and collaboration and were able to put them into practice immediately. The confidence, trust and connection from this group took the experience to the next level." - Kate Lewis, TART Trails