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Program and Application Information

The LEAD Institute Fall Cohort will meet for 4 full-day sessions over 2 weekends in October and November 2017. All class sessions will be held at Affirmations. Session days are from 8:00am until 5:30pm and breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

There is a program fee of $300 that covers the cost of your meals and printed materials. Scholarships are available, as we do not want this contribution to pose a barrier for anyone.

The application consists of short essay questions, some personal and demographic information, and your resume. We recommend you complete your answers to the essay questions before you begin the application form, as you will not be able to save your information before submitting. Although not required, you may submit up to 2 letters of recommendation by email to


Please contact Becca Budde at or 248-677-7226 with any questions.

Program Schedule

Session 1: Friday, October 13th

Session 2: Saturday, October 14th

Session 3: Friday, November 10th

Session 4: Saturday, November 11th

In addition to time spent in sessions please plan to spend time before and afterwards on pre-work and homework assignments.

Essay questions: 300 word limit each

Please write your answers in a separate document and upload below. 

  1. Please explain why you would like to participate in this program.
  2. What is your personal definition of leadership?
  3. How has your background or perspective prepared you for this program, and how might your perspective benefit the rest of the cohort?
  4. What positive change do you hope to affect in Metro Detroit?
  5. Please share any additional information you think we should know about you.
Applicant Information

First Name
Last Name
These are the pronouns you prefer that other people use when referring to you. For example, if you she/her/hers pronouns, we might say "She applied for the LEAD Institute."


Address Line 1
Address Line 2
ZIP/Postal Code


Essay and Resume Upload
PDFs or Word documents.


Program Fee Acknowledgement
The program fee for the LEAD Institute is $300, which helps cover the cost of meals and course materials. A limited number of scholarships are available if this fee causes a barrier for you. Please select the option that applies to your situation.
Demographic Information
As with all information submitted in your application, answers to the demographic questions will be kept confidential.