Develop critical skills, navigate the field, and take the lead with key strategies and tools in the exclusive 16/50 Project’s Women’s Municipal Leadership Program.

The Women’s Municipal Leadership Program is an opportunity for aspiring women to advance their skills and hone their leadership abilities on the path to becoming strong local managers.

Municipal budgeting and finance, economic development, council-manager relations, interviewing & negotiation. We pack a lot of learning – lectures and panels filled with content, tools, and tactics – into five dynamic days. Dive in on key topics instructed by municipal experts, build your executive leadership expertise, and gain insight on the application of your new skills from current municipal managers through this impactful program. You’ll experience it all in the company of other dedicated women, as you create a personal and professional network you can leverage throughout your municipal management career.

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

Applications for the 2019 Women’s Municipal Leadership Program will be accepted until June 7. Chosen applicants will be notified in early-July and must commit to attend all five required sessions.

2019 Program Details

Program Dates

Friday, August 23
Friday, September 20
Friday, October 25
Friday, November 22
Friday, December 13

Program Location

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

Curriculum at a Glance

8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration & Networking Breakfast
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, Finance Director, City of Ann Arbor
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UPwords, inc.
8:15 am – 8:30 am Sign-In
8:30 am – 12:30 pm Eight Key Financial Areas Every Manager Should Know: Part II
Karen Lancaster, Finance Director, City of Ann Arbor
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UPwords, inc.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Panel Discussion:
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 and Demonstrate Leadership Ability
8:15 am – 8:30 am Sign-In
8:30 am – 11:30am Council-Manager Relationships
Kathie Grinzinger, Lead Executive Recruiter, Michigan Municipal League
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UPwords, inc.
2:30 pm – 3: 30 pm Panel Discussion:
Establishing Effective Council-Manager Relations
8:15 am – 8:30 am Sign-In
8:30 am – 10:30 am Interviewing & Negotiation
Joyce Parker, Executive Recruiter, Michigan Municipal League
10:30 am – 11:30 am MME/ICMA Presentation
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mock Interviews
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Leadership Wrap-Up