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

Michigan communities deserve exceptional leaders, and attracting the best and the brightest minds to professions in local government is important for the future of our cities and villages. At present, only 16% of local government managers in Michigan are women. When contrasted against women making up 50% of the population, it shows they face significant barriers when attempting to enter the profession.

That’s why the 16/50 Project empowers women leaders with access to critical topic education & executive development through this transformative training opportunity – the Women’s Municipal Leadership Program. We’re eliminating barriers so everyone has a fair shot in the collective hiring pool – and increasing the number of exemplary candidates ready to serve Michigan communities.

Tapping into municipal & leadership experts, the Women’s Municipal Leadership Program brings together lectures, panels, and interactive experiences – and offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares women to make bold moves forward in their careers. Participants explore topics including municipal budgeting & finance, economic development, council-manager relations, and interviewing and negotiating; dialogue with experts and veterans in the field of municipal management; build leadership expertise through executive coaching; and participate in a mock interview experience with immediate feedback from seasoned managers.

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

In-person sessions will take place at the Michigan Municipal League Lansing Office:
208 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Virtual sessions will take place via Zoom.