Education & Events

Women’s Elected Leadership Intensive

Empower your leadership journey with the Women’s Elected Leadership Intensive, the League’s new, transformative five-week program dedicated to equipping elected women with the essential resources, tools, and skills needed for impactful leadership. Designed to foster a supportive environment and build a robust network, the Intensive ensures women excel in their local elected positions.

Join a community of dynamic women leaders in our weekly virtual sessions, where we delve into essential topics such as meetings and parliamentary procedures, finance, community engagement, communications, and economic development. This program is more than just a series of sessions—it’s an opportunity to fellowship with like-minded individuals, create a robust network, learn from expert instructors, and undergo meaningful leadership development. Cap off the experience at our in-person Women’s Leadership & Well-Being Summit, featuring a full-day executive coaching session and insights on well-being as an elected official.

The Women’s Elected Leadership Intensive is a groundbreaking program borne from the success of our leadership initiatives for women. At the League, we’ve witnessed the transformative power of supporting local government women through tailored programs, and the Intensive is our latest endeavor in this journey. Aligned with our commitment to fostering knowledgeable and empowered leaders, the Women’s Elected Leadership Intensive also seamlessly integrates with our Elected Officials Academy (EOA), a voluntary program designed to empower elected officials through education on critical governance topics.

Program Logistics

Virtual Weekly Sessions

Thursday evenings, approx. 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

April 4 Meetings & Parliamentary Procedures
April 11 Finance & Budgeting
April 18 Community Engagement
April 25 Communications & Media
May 2 Economic Development

In-person Final Session

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

May 4 Women’s Leadership & Well-being Summit
MML Capital Office, Lansing

Who Can Apply

The Intensive is open to local elected officials from League member communities. Participants must commit to attending all sessions, including the in-person Summit.

Session Logistics

Primarily virtual, the program encourages virtual attendance at weekly sessions and requires in-person attendance at the Women’s Leadership & Well-Being Summit in Lansing.

Participation Expectation

Acknowledging the competitive nature of the program, active participation is crucial for optimal results. Successful applicants must commit to attending and engaging in all sessions.

Program Size, Application, and Acceptance Information

The Women’s Elected Leadership Intensive is limited to a small cohort of approximately 30 participants, and the application period runs from February 12 to March 1.

We are anticipating high interest in this program. If the number of applications received exceeds the number of spots available, applicants will be randomly selected utilizing a lottery system.

Accepted applicants will be notified the week of March 4.

Program Cost

Member: $495
Nonmember: $595

Elected Officials Academy Credit

In harmony with our commitment to fostering well-informed and effective leaders, the Intensive also seamlessly integrates with the Elected Officials Academy (EOA). The EOA encourages elected officials to pursue education, participate in leadership roles, and progress through three distinct levels, with each level representing a significant milestone in their leadership journey. Successful completion of the Women’s Elected Leadership Intensive earns participants 10 elective credits for the Academy.

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