Leadership Kalamazoo

Southwest Michigan First and its chamber division believe that at our community’s core, the ultimate catalyst for growth is the ability to identify, engage and empower the right people. We must take a bold approach to developing the human capital required for a sustainable future. According to John Maxwell, “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”

As a part of our robust leadership development strategy for our region, we continue the great work of Leadership Kalamazoo. For the past 25 years, Leadership Kalamazoo has been the community leadership development resource for the Kalamazoo Region, providing a unique opportunity for a diverse group of current and emerging community leaders to learn and work together. Southwest Michigan First is proud to bring you Leadership Kalamazoo in partnership with our presenting sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Participant Commitment
Leadership Kalamazoo is an eight-session, intensive program that meets monthly. Included in the program is an exclusive opportunity to attend Southwest Michigan First’s Catalyst University. The cost to participate in the program is $1,750 per person.

Each cohort of the program is focused on a different leadership development competency. Some examples of sessions that will be examined are:

  • Talent | Strengths Exploration
  • Managing Conflict for Optimal Impact
  • How to Inspire Change
  • Influence versus Authority
  • Generational Differences in the Workplace

We bring together experienced professionals, a world-class faculty and a dynamic curriculum in a setting where the common denominator is a shared commitment to accelerating leadership and impact. The result is a lasting transformational leadership experience.

Who Should Apply For Leadership Kalamazoo?
Emerging and accelerating leaders who have a strong desire to grow their capacity as leaders in Southwest Michigan are strongly encouraged to apply. Early application is encouraged since programs often fill to capacity. Due to the interactive nature of Leadership Kalamazoo, the number of participants is limited. Applications received after the stated program deadline will be considered only if space remains in the class.

The Application Process
The application for becoming part of Leadership Kalamazoo is available exclusively online.  Once you have completed the application, a member of the Leadership Kalamazoo team will contact you to discuss next steps.  Applications are currently being accepted for our next cohort.