• Leadership Little Traverse

  • What is LLT?

    Mission Statement - To inspire and prepare leaders in the Little Traverse Bay Region.

    Goals for Participants:
    The Leadership Little Traverse Program (LLT) will:

    • Enhance skills through a broad-based curriculum addressing the components of effective leadership
    • Provide exposure to community challenges and opportunities for solutions
    • Furnish opportunities for personal and professional growth
    • Increase understanding of the various sectors of the community and how they relate and interact

    Community Benefits:
    The Leadership Little Traverse Program (LLT) will:

    • Identify existing and emerging leaders in the Little Traverse Bay area and provide them with leadership skills training
    • Foster participation in community service by increasing the number and quality of volunteer leaders who serve on boards, commissions, and public office
    • Encourage better community communication and more long-range thinking
    • Build the strength of our community leadership
    • Develop leadership management skills within the business community

  • LLT Testimonials

    Deter Racine, Class of '02
    “When I was first selected to join Leadership Little Traverse, I was so concerned with my busy schedule and how I would manage the time commitment. During the course and at the end, I never thought about it at all. The information I garnered from my involvement and the people I met through the program has been so valuable in my contact with the business community. I continue to encourage others to participate in this program and reap the rewards.”
    Alan Hegedus, Class of '02
    “Attending LLT broadened my understanding of our community, developed new friendships, and allowed me to learn and practice leadership skills helpful to contributing. I’m more effective at and more comfortable with participating after becoming better acquainted with the leaders of today and tomorrow.  Thanks to the participants, the mentors, the session leaders, the Petoskey and Harbor Springs chambers and all the other volunteers that bring LLT to our towns.”
    Becky Babcock, Class of ‘09
    "Leadership Little Traverse inspired me to become a better individual, both personally and professionally. Being pushed out of my comfort zone several times throughout the year, allowed many of my personal walls to finally break down. I now have a strong connection with my community… and it only grows from here!"

  • Selection Process

    Leadership Little Traverse is open to anyone with an interest in learning about and becoming involved in the community. No more than 16 individuals will be selected to participate. Participants must attend all sessions and activities. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. A personal interview may be required as part of the selection process. 

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  • LLT Steering Committee

    The Leadership Little Traverse Program is designed and presented by the LLT Steering Committee:

    Lisa Blanchard, Community Enthusiast

    Anne McDevitt, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra
    Jim Connaughton, Bay Street Orthopedics

    David Jones, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
    Carlin Smith, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Melissa Hansen, Little Traverse Conservancy 
    Chris Cerrudo, Harbor Springs Public Schools
    Georgia Abbott, Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
    Mary Cummings, Harbor Springs Historical Society
    Garrett Urman, Bank of Northern Michigan
    Jan Mancinelli
    Maureen Hollocker, Great Start Collaborative 

    Steve Spencer 

    LLT Supporters

    Thank you to these LLT Supporters for the 2016 / 2017 Class:
    Graduation Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
    LLT Sponsors: Bearcub Outfitters, The Outfitter, Harbor Brenn Agencies
    Session Sponsors: Walstrom Marine, Rotary Club of Petoskey-Sunrise, Kiwanis Club of Petoskey-Noon, Great Start Collaborative, Sturgeon River Pottery, Chemical Bank.
    Lunch Hosts: B.C. Pizza Harbor Springs, Mim's Mediterranean Grill, Petoskey High School Culinary/Hospitality Career and Technical Education Program, Symon's General Store, Julienne Tomatoes,                            LLT Class of 2016.
    Transportation: Odawa Casino
    Photography: Petoskey News-Review

    The Class of 2017 was powered by Roast & Toast Coffee

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