• Leadership Little Traverse

  • What is LLT?

  • Are you a candidate for Leadership Little Traverse?

    LLT is open to individuals who work or reside in the Little Traverse Bay region and are motivated to embark on a nine-month, community leadership journey. If you are a current or emerging leader with a desire to do all of the following, then we encourage you to apply:

    • Learn about the state of our community, its systems, and current issues

    • Develop your civic leadership skills and capacity to make an impact

    • Find your path and commit to doing 'community better' in the Little Traverse Bay Region


    June 10, 2019:                        On-line application available

    July 12, 2019:                          Deadline for on-line application (submit by 5:00 p.m.)

    August 9, 2019:                       Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance to applicants

    September 12, 2019:              LLT Orientation for Class of 2020

    Tuition: $750 

    More info on LLT 2019-20 Schedule and Requirements   


    Mission Statement - To inspire and prepare civic leaders in the Little Traverse Bay Region to find their path of service, and better our community.

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  • LLT Testimonials

    Jeffrey Neill, OsborneKlein, Class of 2017
    “LLT is about the relationships you will create, the people you will meet, and the positive change you will make in your area. If you want to make an impact while learning about yourself and the community, this program is for you.”

    Andrea Coronado, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Class of 2017
    “As someone who was brand new to the community, Leadership Little Traverse introduced me to the organizations and people that make this community thrive. LLT helped me develop a deep connection with the community, gave me tools for professional development, built my confidence, expanded my relationships with local leaders, and taught me about area resources I can now share with others. I developed a lasting relationship with my mentor and made fifteen friends - my classmates. Together, we worked to complete a meaningful community project - and had fun along the way!”

    Becky Babcock, Stafford's Hospitality,  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!"

    Sarah Ford, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Class of 2016
    “I can't say enough about Leadership Little Traverse! This program helped me learn more about my community in nine months than I would have in years of living here. It was instrumental in re-connecting me with the nonprofit community and helped me form relationships with current and future leaders in our community. Beyond the professional development I gained, I met some incredible people and formed a bond with many of my classmates that I know will continue for years to come!”

    Christian Smith, YMCA, Class of 2015
    “LLT has meant a great deal to me both personally and professionally. Having been new to the area, LLT propelled my transition into this community, and provided opportunities to grow as a leader and a person. I love the class of 2015 and I loved being a mentor in 2017. What's more, the robust LLT alumni network make this program a must do for any aspiring leader. Sign up today, and thank me later!”

    Melanie Leaver, North Central Michigan College, Class of 2016
    “LLT not only helped me create connections throughout the area, but also provided me with an encouraging and supportive environment for further discovery and development of my leadership potential. The bond among my classmates has grown stronger after graduation as we continue to celebrate our accomplishments and challenge each other to serve our community in ways we might not consider left on our own. LLT embraces the spirit of being 'better together' and is a powerful resource for positive change - personally, professionally, and for the future of our community. ”


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  • Leadership Little Traverse

  • LLT Steering Committee

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

    Lisa Blanchard, Community Enthusiast

    Anne McDevitt, Bay View Association
    David Jones, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
    Carlin Smith, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Molly Veling, Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

    Melissa Hansen, Little Traverse Conservancy 
    Chris Cerrudo, Harbor Springs Public Schools
    Georgia Abbott, Abbott & Associates
    Mary Cummings, Harbor Springs Area Historical Society
    Garrett Urman, Chemical Bank
    Jan Mancinelli, MP Management
    Maureen Hollocker, Great Start Collaborative

    LLT Supporters

    Thank you to these LLT Supporters for the 2018 / 2019 Class:

    Graduation Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Special Contributor: Petoskey Chamber Golf Outing
    Binder Sponsor: Abbott & Associates
    Camp Daggett Sponsor: The Outfitter
    Leadership Books Sponsor: Great Start Collaborative.

    Session Sponsors: Consumers Energy, First Community Bank, Rotary Club of Petoskey–Sunrise, Kiwanis Club of Petoskey, Petoskey–Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Festival of the Book, Perry Farm Village and Bay Connect.

    Lunch Sponsors: Grain Train Natural Foods Cooperative, Flour Girl, City Park Grill, LLT Class of 2018, My Sister’s Bake Shop.

    Special Thanks: Roast and Toast, Odawa Casino, Petoskey News-Review, Harbor Light Newspaper, Randy Goss.

    Facility Contributors: City of Petoskey, Harbor Springs Area Historical Society, North Central Michigan College, Demmer Wellness Pavillion, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Crooked Tree Art Center, Trout Creek Condominiums.

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