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:

Steve Spencer, Chairman -  Center for the Family
Lisa Blanchard, Vice Chair
- Community Enthusiast

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

Daniel DeWindt, Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
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
David Jones, Petoskey/Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
Mary Cummings, Harbor Springs Historical Society
Garrett Urman, Bank of Northern Michigan 

LLT Supporters

Thank you to these LLT Supporters for the 2015 / 2016 Class:
Graduation Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Notebook Sponsor: Bearcub Outfitters
Session Sponsors: Petoskey/Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Petoskey-Sunrise, Kiwanis Club of Petoskey-Noon, Insurance by Burley, Harbor/Brenn Agencies.
Lunch Hosts: City Park Grill, Twisted Olive, Julienne Tomatoes, Which-Wich, LLT Class of 2015.
Transportation: Odawa Casino
Photography: Petoskey News-Review
Brew Ha Ha: City Park Grill
The Class of 2016 was powered by Roast & Toast Coffee