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Leadership Grand Rapids 2013 Now Accepting Applications

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The community leadership development program empowers with a comprehensive understanding of our community's social, cultural, civic and economic issues and opportunities. Applications are due May 4.
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Being connected to a diverse network of more than 1,700 Center for Community Leadership alumni

Developing and sharpening leadership skills applicable to your professional career including, critical thinking, inquiry, dialogue and listening

Gaining a comprehensive understanding of your personal leadership style

Learning and practicing collaboration and taking your leadership to a new level

Increasing your awareness of the issues shaping the future of Grand Rapids and opportunities to become engaged personally

Discovering what makes Grand Rapids unique and becoming empowered to contribute to its continued growth and success

LGR 2012 Opening Retreat

LGR 2012 Opening Retreat /Lizzie Williams

LGR 2011 Poverty Simulation

LGR 2011 Poverty Simulation /Lizzie Williams

The Center for Community Leadership (CCL), the community leadership program of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Leadership Grand Rapids class.

Leadership Grand Rapids (LGR) is a nine-month community leadership program committed to enhancing and connecting established and emerging leaders from all sectors of the community, such as business, non-profits and government. For over 25 years, the program has empowered participants with a comprehensive understanding of our community's challenges and opportunities, providing a broader knowledge of the community and their role as community trustees.

“I learned as much about myself as I did about Grand Rapids,” said Tom Hanley, Director of System Community Relations at Spectrum Health and graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids 2008 class. “I gained critical-thinking skills and a framework for viewing our region and its people. My classmates were three dozen of the area's most dynamic and diverse leaders. I encourage all professionals to consider LGR.”

Each year, 35 candidates are chosen from a competitive application and selection process to participate in the program. Leadership Grand Rapids seeks established and emerging leaders who have the capacity to make a positive impact in the community. Candidates should have demonstrated past community involvement or a strong commitment to become involved.
More information and applications can be found at

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