2020 Program Information

The 2020 application period has closed. 

Session Logistics:

Due to COVID-19 considerations, this five-month training opportunity has been reimagined: the first two sessions in August and September will convene virtually, and we’ll remain flexible for the remaining session dates to adhere to social distancing requirements and best practices. We are prepared to convene later sessions virtually if necessary.

Who Should Apply:

This program is open to Michigan women with a demonstrated interest in serving as local government chief executives.

Program Cost:

We are proud of our commitment to keep this opportunity financially accessible. This five-month training is supported by the Michigan Municipal League along with a number of generous sponsors – and is provided cost-free to selected participants.

Application Requirements:

Complete application (online form) including supporting documents.

Application & Acceptance Timeline:

Applications for the 2020 Women’s Municipal Leadership Program will be accepted until July 22. Chosen applicants will be notified in early August.

Participation Expectation:

WMLP is a competitive program, with significantly more qualified applicants than spots available. For those accepted, the program incorporates practical topic education, personal leadership development, and interactive dialogue that rely on active participation for best results. For these reasons, participation in all five sessions is expected.

2020 Program Details

Program Dates

Thursday & Friday, August 20-21 (Virtual)
Thursday & Friday, September 24-25 (Virtual)
Friday, October 23
Friday, November 20
Friday, December 11

Program Location

Michigan Municipal League, Lansing Office
208 N Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI

Program Deadlines

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 22

Acceptance Notifications: early August

Curriculum at a Glance

VIRTUAL SESSION

Thursday, August 20
9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome, Program Overview, Introductions & Purpose
9:30 am – 12:30 pm Eight Key Financial Areas Every Manager Should Know: Part I – Budgeting
Karen Lancaster

 

Friday, August 21
9:00 am – 11:00 am Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UpWords, Inc.

VIRTUAL SESSION

Thursday, September 24
9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Eight Key Financial Areas Every Manager Should Know: Part II
Karen Lancaster

 

Friday, September 25
9:00 am – 11:00 am Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UpWords, Inc.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Panel: Leadership & Success as a Woman Executive
8:15 am – 8:30 am Sign-In
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Economic Development
Deb Stuart, City Administrator, City of Mason
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UPwords, inc.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Panel Discussion:
Ask for More: Seeking Out Opportunities to Enhance Upward Mobility
8:15 am – 8:30 am Sign-In
8:30 am – 11:30am Council-Manager Relationships
MME & ICMA
Panel: Establishing Effective Council-Manager Relations
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UPwords, inc.
8:15 am – 8:30 am Sign-In
8:30 am – 11:30am Interviewing & Negotiating
Joyce Parker, Deputy Treasurer, MI Department of Treasury
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mock Interviews
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Leadership Wrap-Up