Lead Up

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About the Program

Having the opportunity to lead and influence a team is no easy feat. Lead Up is designed to guide new managers through the concepts, principles, and best practices necessary for a successful transition. Learn how to define, assign, and enable others to do the work, all while building a culture around trust and transparency.  

Gain insights on things you haven’t considered before and breakdown important subjects to engage, retain and inspire your team. The assessment, curriculum, and individual coaching included in the program have been tailored specifically for first-time managers across diverse sectors. 

What You’ll Gain: 

  • An understanding of how you, your team and your organization influence one another 
  • The breakdown of important subjects to engage, retain and inspire your team 
  • Learn how to build a culture of trust and transparency 
  • Ability to define and assign tasks while enabling others to do the work 
  • Remove potential roadblocks and build support through the organization 
  • Clarity on where to spend your time and execute management responsibilities 
  • Interaction with other first-time leaders in the community  

Chamber leadership programs prioritize creating spaces where diverse perspectives can come together to learn, grow, and push our community forward. 

2024 Session Dates

Cohort 1

All sessions are hosted bi-weekly on Thursdays from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

Registration coming soon!

Cohort 2

All sessions are hosted bi-weekly on Thursdays from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

Registration coming soon!

Attendance at all program sessions is mandatory to achieve the full value of the program. If you cannot adjust your schedule to accommodate full participation, please consider applying at a time when you have greater flexibility. 

Program Cost

Tuition must be paid in full by the first class session.

Chamber Member

$ 2,500


$ 3,000

If you have questions on payment or need to discuss setting up a payment plan, please contact Monica Mendez, Director of Talent & Leadership Development, at monica@grandrapids.org. There are a limited number of partial scholarship funds available. Please submit the following scholarship application form NO LATER than 30 days prior to the first session to be considered.

Meet the Facilitators

Teia Gates-Hudgins

Questions or Comments?

Headshot of Summer Sharrard-Neering

Please reach out to:

Summer Sharrard-Neering

Talent Program Manager

Program Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Trustee Sponsor

Chamber Champions