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

The Leadership Learning Lab is a year-long program that combines adaptive and collaborative leadership, time management, and a suite of nonprofit and cross-sector capacity-building skills.  The program invests directly in leaders as a way to strengthen their organizations and the communities they serve. 

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. 

Apply for the Leadership Learning Lab

The 2023-2024 Leadership Learning Lab cohort application closed June 17, 2023. Please email to join the 2024 waitlist.

Apply by County: Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, IsabellaKalkaskaLeelanau, Manistee, MasonMontmorency, Oceana, Otsego, Presque IsleRoscommon, Wexford 

Site 1: Manistee & Oceana County
Manistee County Community Foundation Liaison: Laura Heintzelman
Community Foundation of Mason County Liaison: Andrea Large
Community Foundation for Oceana County Liaison: Tammy Carey

Site 2: Charlevoix & Emmet County
Charlevoix County Community Foundation Liaison: Ashley Cousens
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation Liaison: David Jones (DJ)

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)

Otsego Community Foundation Liaison: Dana Bensinger
Roscommon County Community Foundation Liaison: Suzanne Luck


Site 4: Isabella & Wexford County
Cadillac Area Community Foundation Liaison:  Doreen Lanc
Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Liaison:  Jaimie Capen-Cascaddan

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