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The Cadillac Leadership Class of 2021 is proud to announce their community service project: The Shay Showcase

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Be a part of the BEST CLASS EVER

Cadillac Leadership is a comprehensive program offered by the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce as a forum for current and future leaders to gather an awareness of trends, challenges, and issues that face the Cadillac area. Participants learn to anticipate change, act with decisiveness,
and lead their communities successfully into the future.


Cadillac Leadership
Program Information

There’s a reason we have graduated nearly 500 community members over the past 30 years—Cadillac Leadership offers an invaluable opportunity to network, learn, and lead at the local level! Click below to review program details and requirements.

Participants must:

  • live or work in Cadillac or the surrounding area
  • be willing to fully participate in the program—Cadillac Leadership requires a large time commitment
  • show a commitment to the area
  • demonstrate a desire to better understand and improve leadership skills
  • have interest in future community involvement
  • agree to use regularly check communication platforms including email, Slack, Google Forms, etc.

Cadillac Leadership is an equal-opportunity program provided by the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce as a service to the community. Participation is not limited to Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce members.

Applications for the Cadillac Leadership Class of 2022 will be made available on Monday, May 3, 2021.

  • Applications are due by Friday, July 30, 2021. You will receive confirmation of receipt within 48 hours of sending your application. If you do not receive confirmation, please follow up by email to leadership@cadillac.org to verify your application was sent correctly.
  • All completed applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the Cadillac Leadership Director and program alumni.
  • Upon acceptance, a headshot, profile information, bio, and completed participation acknowledgement form will be required.


  • Applications open May 3 – July 30
  • 2022 Class participants selected and notified of acceptance status in early August
  • New cohort orientation first week in September
  • Tuition due in full by end of September

Cadillac Leadership begins with a two-hour orientation session on September 9 and a two-day, overnight retreat on September 16 & 17. After that, the class meets one full day per month from October 2021 through May 2022. Each of these monthly program days is focused on a facet of the community (i.e. local government, education, ecology, media, etc.). May 2022 is a final wrap-up session.

Attendance at all class days is mandatory. Only two absences for the one-day sessions will be allowed throughout the program. The schedule for each month’s sessions is below.

  • September 9, 2021 (Wednesday)
  • September 16-17, 2021 (Thursday & Friday, overnight stay)
  • October 20, 2021 (Wednesday)
  • November 17, 2021 (Wednesday)
  • December 15, 2021 (Wednesday)
  • January 19, 2022 (Wednesday)
  • February 16, 2022 (Wednesday)
  • March 16, 2022 (Wednesday)
  • April 20, 2022 (Wednesday)
  • May 18, 2021 (Wednesday)


Additional Information:

  • Full-day sessions begin promptly at 8:00a and run until 5:00p.
  • Dress code at all events is business casual unless otherwise noted.
  • Class members will be expected to attend the Governor’s Breakfast and the Chamber Annual Awards Dinner.
  • There will be field trip options offered outside of the normal meeting day. Participation in field trips, as well as additional Chamber events, is encouraged.
  • The “Class Project” will involve meetings/activities in excess of the normal session days. Personal time investment will depend on factors associated with the community service project choice and fundraising efforts.

Tuition for the Leadership Class of 2021 is $1,400 for Chamber members and $1,700 for non-Chamber members. Upon acceptance to the class, tuition is due in full by the end of September, 2020. A limited number of partial-coverage scholarships are available to those in need of tuition assistance.

Tuition fee payments are final and are not refundable once the applicant has accepted their spot in the class. 


Contact Kate DeKam, Leadership Director

(231) 775-9775


222 North Lake Street
Cadillac, MI 49601