Begin your 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.  The program invests directly in leaders as a way to strengthen their organizations and the communities they serve. 

Before You Apply

Commitment and Expectations of Participation

  • Commitment to attend:
    • Orientation & Kickoff Session
    • 4 In-person Learning Sessions
    • At least 5 of the 7 Virtual Learning Sessions
  • Devote 3-6 hours per month for prep work and homework
  • Complete a pre-program survey, learning session evaluations, and post-program survey
  • End-to-end participation in video-on Zoom meetings
  • Willingness to fully participate in group discussions with a curious mind and open heart 
  • Respect fellow LLL participants and commit to confidentiality 



The LLL is supported by the Frey Foundation, Rotary Charities, and a network of 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 at least one of the counties below.

SiteCounties Served
1Mason, Manistee and Oceana County
2Charlevoix and Emmet County

Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Otsego, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Presque Isle, and Roscommon County

4Isabella and Wexford County
5Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau County

Format & Schedule

The LLL includes four in-person Learning Sessions at each site and seven virtual Learning Sessions with leaders from all sites. Each session is three hours long.

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. Optional small-group learning pods provide additional monthly opportunities for relationship-building and exploring content further. 

Sessions begin in September and occur monthly until June. See your site's specific 2024-2025 schedule in the brochure below.

Apply for the Leadership Learning Lab

2024-2025 Leadership Learning Lab Applications application has been extended until July 9th for sites 1,2, & 3. 

Questions? Contact the LLL Team at

Apply by County: Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, IoscoKalkaskaLeelanau, Manistee, Mason, Montmorency, OceanaOgemaw, Oscoda, OtsegoPresque IsleRoscommon,

Site 1: Manistee, Mason & Oceana County
Questions? Contact the LLL Team at or your liaison below:
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

Questions? Contact the LLL Team at or your liaison below:
Charlevoix County Community Foundation Liaison: Ashley Cousens
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation Liaison: David Jones (DJ)

Site 3: Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon County

Questions? Contact the LLL Team at or your liaison below:
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan Liaison: Patrick Heraghty (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
Applications are not being accepted for Isabella and Wexford county for the 2024-2025 cohort. Interested in future offerings in this region? Sign up here to be notified when the next cohort is accepting applications.

Site 5:  Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau County

Questions? Contact the LLL Team at or your liaison below:
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation Liaison: Alison Metiva