2022 Program Information

Session Logistics:

The 2022 program will offer a mix of in-person and virtual sessions. Participants will be expected to attend the August and November sessions in-person. The September, October, and December sessions will take place virtually.

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 2022 Women’s Municipal Leadership Program will be accepted until June 10. 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.

2022 Program Details

Program Dates

Friday, August 19 (Lansing, MI)
Thursday & Friday, September 15-16 (Virtual)
Thursday & Friday, October 6-7 (Virtual)
Friday, November 4 (Lansing, MI)
Thursday & Friday, December 1-2 (Virtual)

Program Location

Lansing, MI & Zoom

Program Deadlines

Application Deadline: Friday, June 10

Acceptance Notifications: early July

Curriculum at a Glance
Tentative

IN-PERSON SESSION

Friday, August 19
8:30 am – 9:00 am Sign-In & Networking
9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome & Introductions
9:30 am – 12:15 pm Eight Key Financial Areas Every Manager Should Know: Part I – Budgeting
Karen Lancaster
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Luncheon
2:15 pm – 4:45 pm Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, UpWords, Inc.

VIRTUAL SESSION

Thursday, September 15
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 16
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 6
9:00 am – 12:30 pm Economic Development
Deb Stuart

 

Friday, October 7
9:00 am – 11:30 am Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, President, UpWords, Inc.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Panel Discussion

IN-PERSON SESSION

Friday, November 4
9:00 am – 10:00 am Local Government Roles & Responsibilities
Chris Johnson
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Council-Manager Relationships
Professional Organizations Supporting Managers: MME & ICMA
Panel Discussion
Adam Smith, City Manager, City of Grand Ledge
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Leadership & Executive Development
Heidi Frye, UpWords, Inc.

VIRTUAL SESSION

Thursday, December 1
9:00 am – 12:30 pm Interviewing & Negotiation

 

Friday, December 2
9:00 am – 11:30 am Mock Interviews
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Leadership Wrap-Up