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About the 2014 - 2015 Leadership Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Program

Why Leadership A2Y?

The unique quality of life we enjoy in the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti region is a result of strong leaders and responsible citizens. Leadership A2Y, offered by the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, presents a rare opportunity for individuals to develop their leadership strengths, gain direct access to local movers and shakers, and define their roles as true stewards of the community.

Strong curriculum and local focus provide Leadership A2Y participants an appreciation of the complex issues facing the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti region population, and the skills to address those concerns. Individualized programming helps you identify the leadership qualities you already possess, and encourages you to enhance your natural strengths. Dynamic workshops address the capabilities necessary for effective communication, such as inquiry, dialog, and listening techniques. Real-world projects enable collaboration, allowing you to cultivate valuable relationships with classmates and community organizations in need.

Representatives from the business, nonprofit, government and education sectors, as well as the community-at-large, make up each class. Participants have included small business owners, financial institution representatives, public servants, attorneys, executives, university managers and administrators.

Not only will your commitment allow you close interaction with this diverse population, but you will have access to the eyes and ears of influential local experts while investigating a broad range of topics including economic development, community services, health care, education, government, law enforcement and quality of life.

Leadership A2Y’s 9 month curriculum delivers knowledge critical to enhancing your professional career and your role as a community leader. Beginning at the vital two-day retreat, you will develop a broad network of relationships that carry on long after the program ends. Combining your improved leadership skills with your new associations will allow you to better represent your business, responsibly serve a deserving non-profit organization, and be an energetic steward of your community.

Are YOU a Leadership Candidate?
Leadership A2Y is open to individuals who work or reside in the greater Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti region. Current and emerging leaders within organizations and individuals interested in serving the community in a leadership role are encouraged to apply.

Orientation begins October 1st, followed by a two-day retreat. Thereafter, the class meets the second Wednesday of each month, culminating in a June graduation. Class size is limited to the 55 participants with the most outstanding applications. The Chamber accepts submissions January through August.

Candidates are generally sponsored by their employers or fund individually. A limited number of scholarships are available, with preference given to nonprofit organizations. Demonstrate confidence in key employees by making this investment in their professional growth!

Applications, program information, costs and a class schedule are available below or by contacting Barbara Davenport, VP of Business Development, at (734) 214-0104.

Leadership A2Y requires commitment, prioritization and dedication. Each participant is required to attend every session from the orientation and over-night retreat to the monthly class sessions. If a class member is absent in excess of two (2) sessions, they forfeit their eligibility to graduate.

2014-2015 Leadership A2Y Application

2014-2015 Leadership A2Y Class Schedule

2014-2015 Leadership A2Y Scholarship Application

2014-2015 Leadership A2Y Program Information

Please review the Scholarship Application for the selection criteria, complete the form if you are eligible, and submit along with the Program Application and your non-refundable $50 application fee to:

Leadership A2Y
Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber
115 West Huron Street, 3rd Floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2303
Fax: (734) 665-4191

2014 - 2015 Class Schedule
Orientation – October 1, 2014
Purpose: Introductions – class members and program. Class photos will be taken.

Retreat - October 23 & 24, 2014 
Purpose: Assessing and developing leadership. Understanding what we bring to the party of community leaders. Connecting with your classmates.

Economic Development Day - November 12, 2014
Purpose: Where is the economic growth engine? Government, Academic and Community impact on economic growth.

Community Services/Non-Profit Day - December 10, 2014
Purpose: Discover the resources available in our community. Where are the gaps? What are the volunteer opportunities that are available?

Health Care Day - January 14, 2015
Purpose: Health Care services delivery – challenges and successes.

Education Day - February 11, 2015
Purpose: How are we preparing tomorrow’s workforce?

Local Government - March 11, 2015
Purpose: Understanding governmental levels and how their decisions impact our basic services.

Justice Day- April 8, 2015
Purpose: From breaking the law, to incarceration to release or rehabilitation.

Quality of Life Day - May 13, 2015
Purpose: Quality of Life is different for each individual. Understanding the importance of rich community offerings that range from arts and cultural activities to museums and recreation and sports.

Graduation Day - June 10, 2015
Purpose: Celebration, closure and feedback. 


"My experience with Leadership A2Y was fantastic!  I met interesting new people, learned a lot about the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti areas and really thought the whole experience was time well spent.  I now feel so much more plugged into the community and as a direct result of my Leadership A2Y experience, will begin serving on the Board of a local non-profit this fall.  I would recommend the Leadership A2Y experience to anyone who lives or works in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti areas.  It is an extremely valuable program."

Phil Weiss

VP Commercial Banking/Government Lending Specialist

Ann Arbor State Bank