Leadership Learning Lab

In today’s complex world, especially with the service pivots necessitated by the pandemic, the conditions to be successful are constantly shifting, requiring people from all sectors to lead with a new kind of courage and skill. The Leadership Learning Lab helps leaders to become a more adaptive leader and to take the time to learn, practice, and experiment with new skills acquired in the Lab. The Lab hosts monthly workshops at five regional sites, with Oceana, Mason, and Manistee leaders together at the Lakeshore Resource Center in Ludington. The Lab aligns with the Community Foundation’s strategic efforts to support capacity building among local nonprofits.

The Lab was born out of the collaboration of 10 northern Michigan community foundations that recognized they could do more together than separately, and funders that wanted to invest in a new way of empowering communities. Facilitated by Rotary Charities of Traverse City and funded by the Frey Foundation and the local community foundations, the Lab seeks to connect and empower nonprofit executive directors and emerging leaders and give them the skills to strengthen the organizations and communities they serve. The Lab is supported by the Greater Mason County Fund.

This program will support 5 leaders in a wide range of positions across Mason County. Providing a trusted space for rising nonprofit leaders to develop their talents and a plan for the impact they wish to make within their local communities is invaluable. The Lab is an investment into planting the seeds of open communication and support between different organizations, not only between the nonprofit leaders but also among the participating foundations.

The application to join the 2023-24 cohort is now closed. However, we invite you to consider a future cohort and we will announce when the application opens again. Leadership Learning Lab combines monthly sessions, small groups, social media, and cohort support as a year-long program. While learning more about leadership, participants will also network and develop connections with other community leaders. We welcome leaders at all levels from nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies, and Tribal Nations. To learn more, visit LLL Program’s website.





















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