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Applications for 2019-20 Leadership Lansing Program Now Available

Thursday, June 27, 2019  
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Leadership Initiative Helps Attract and Retain Talent in Greater Lansing

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) has announced it is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Leadership Lansing cohort. Leadership Lansing is a program in which established and emerging leaders develop a greater understanding of how important community institutions contribute to the overall quality of life in the region. The fifth year of the program will commence in October 2019 and run through May 2020.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the response that the community has had for Leadership Lansing and the success of our first four years,” said Tim Daman, LRCC president and chief executive officer. “The feedback we have received from those who have participated has been very enthusiastic and many individuals have already expressed interest in enrolling in our next program.”

More than 150 outstanding leaders have graduated from Leadership Lansing through the first four years of the program, and they continue to reap the benefits from the experience.

“Leadership Lansing is so much more than a program; it’s a community of talented professionals who are ambassadors for this region and allies for each other,” said Michelle Reynaert, vice president of the Sparrow Foundation and a graduate of cohort three.

“My journey as a Leadership Lansing member has provided connections with incredible, talented people and given insight to the amazing things that our region has to offer,” said Lisa Farley, associate director, RHS Support Services for Michigan State University and graduate of cohort four. “Even more exciting is what is yet to come. Thank you Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce!”

“I was thrilled to be part of the first Leadership Lansing cohort four years ago,” said Michelle Rahl, vice president/member engagement for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Today, I am so pleased to be part of an alumni group that is more than 150 professionals strong and is working together in collaborative and innovative ways to address the challenges facing our region. As we get ready to welcome our fifth class, the Leadership Lansing program continues to identify and empower the next generation of community and business leaders.”

Leadership Lansing is an eight-month program in which participants engage in seven workshops where they are exposed to key institutions, industry sectors and business leaders that are the fabric of the Greater Lansing region. Workshops this past session focused on government, education, manufacturing, insurance, healthcare, home grown businesses and entrepreneurism, cultural gems in the region and the history of Lansing. Participants also receive training in individual leadership skills including understanding how to identify and leverage their personal strengths. Leadership Lansing is facilitated by credentialed coaches and certified leadership instructors, Susan Combs, MBA, PCC of Susan Combs Coaching and Consulting, and Ross Woodstock, ACC of Kolt Communications.


Leadership Lansing seeks established and emerging leaders who have the capacity to make a positive impact in the community. Candidates should have demonstrated past community commitment or a strong desire to become involved. Leadership Lansing seeks a diverse representation or organizations from across the community including professionals from financial services, education, manufacturing, healthcare, the arts, government and other sectors. As Leadership Lansing aims to include leaders who reflect Lansing’s diverse cultures and residents, minority and women leaders are strongly encouraged to apply.


Tuition for Leadership Lansing is $2,200 and includes all workshops, materials and meals.

Applications for enrollment in the October 2019 cohort are now being accepted. Applications are available at by calling the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce at 517-487-6340. The application deadline is Sept. 9, 2019.

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