2021 Program Information

Session Logistics:

As we remain flexible to COVID-19 considerations, we’ll host the 2021 program exclusively online.

Who Should Apply:

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

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 2021 Women’s Municipal Leadership Program will be accepted until June 16. Chosen applicants will be notified in early July.

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.

2021 Program Details

Program Dates

August 19-20
September 9-10
October 28-29
November 18-19
December 9-10

Program Location

Virtual

Program Deadlines

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 16

Acceptance Notifications: early July

Curriculum at a Glance
Tentative

VIRTUAL SESSION

Thursday, August 19
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 20
9:00 am – 11:30 am Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UpWords, Inc.

VIRTUAL SESSION

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

 

Friday, September 10
9:00 am – 11:30 am Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UpWords, Inc.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Panel: Leadership & Success as a Woman Executive

VIRTUAL SESSION

Thursday, October 28
9:00 am – 12:30 pm Economic Development
Deb Stuart

 

Friday, October 29
9:00 am – 11:30 am Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UpWords, Inc.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Panel: Ask for More: Seeking Out Opportunities to Enhance Upward Mobility

VIRTUAL SESSION

Thursday, November 11
8:00 am – 9:00 am Local Government Roles & Responsibilities
Chris Johnson
9:00 am – 11:00 am Council-Manager Relationships
Victor Cardenas, Asst. City Manager, City of Novi
Adam Smith, City Administrator, City of Grand Ledge

 

Friday, November 12
9:00 am – 11:30 am Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UpWords, Inc.

VIRTUAL SESSION

Thursday, December 9
9:00 am – 12:30 pm Interviewing & Negotiation
Joyce Parker, Deputy State Treasurer, State of Michigan

 

Friday, December 10
9:00 am – 11:30 am Mock Interviews
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Leadership Wrap-Up