Leadership Grand Traverse Application - Fall 2019

Deadline to Apply - August 12, 2019

Dear Prospective Applicants,

The Leadership Grand Traverse program is designed to further the development of individuals who can serve as community trustees. Twice a year, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce accepts a small group of leaders to take part in this intensive community and professional leadership program. Participants will be able to deepen their connection and understanding of our community, expand their leadership skills, and explore key topics and issues impacting our region.

Leadership GT graduates are well-versed in the organizations and experiences spanning the Grand Traverse region, and they are prepared to step into or expand their roles as community stewards.

The following application is for the Fall Class of 2019. Acceptance will be determined based upon your application, and attendance at all sessions is mandatory; full participation is critical to the success of the class and the program. Prior to submitting your application, we ask that applicants please block off all session dates and commit to attending. We also required that employers (unless you are self-employed) provide a signature indicating their understanding and acceptance of these requirements.

All applications will be reviewed by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Committee, which makes final recommendations for acceptance. Please put thoughtful effort into your responses, as your application may be all the Committee knows about you.

Thank you for your interest and I hope to see you in the near future!

All the best,

Whitney Waara
Executive Director
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce

Page 2 - The Contract

Leadership Grand Traverse requires a commitment; the expectation and requirement is that you are fully engaged in the entire process. This ensures that the experience is high-quality for everyone, resulting in a common experience and understanding about our community and a pledge to each of the other participants in the program. Full participation means that Leadership Grand Traverse Alumni are polished leaders who are ready to get down to the business of building community.

Please review the dates and times for the program sessions. Before completing this application, please consider that attendance at each session is mandatory.  

Please provide the information below to indicate that you agree to the mandatory attendance required by the Leadership Grand Traverse program.

Your sponsor / supervisor (if applicable) will be contacted and asked to support and approve of the time commitment necessary for you to participate in the Leadership Grand Traverse program. If you do not have a supervisor, please indicate "none" in the name field below.

If you have a conflict with any of the scheduled dates, we encourage you to apply for a different session of Leadership Grand Traverse. Check back often for a posting of those dates.

Page 3 - Why You?

Page 4 - About You

Page 5 - Education

Page 6 - Tuition

Persons who meet the following guidelines may be eligible for scholarship or tuition assistance. The purpose of the scholarship/tuition assistance program is to ensure a diverse cross section of community participation in the Leadership Grand Traverse program. Consideration for partial scholarships will be based on the following criteria:

A) An employee or administrator of a non-profit organization with a past history of civic
involvement who would be unable to participate without tuition assistance.
B) An individual with a past history of civic involvement who would be unable to
participate without tuition assistance.

All requests for scholarship/tuition assistance will remain confidential.


Page 7 - References

Please provide contact information for three professional references.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, August 12, 2019

Molly McCallister, Event and Program Coordinator | molly@tcchamber.org

You will be notified the after the application deadline on the status of your application.