Leadership Application & Schedule


Criteria for Program Acceptance

  • Live or work in Cadillac or the surrounding area
  • Agree to the the nine-month time commitment outlined in the schedule below
  • Demonstrate commitment to the Cadillac area
  • Demonstrate desire to improve leadership skills
  • Interest in future community involvement

2020-2021 Program Schedule


ORIENTATION: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

RETREAT: Thursday & Friday, September 17 & 18, 2020 (Two-Day, Overnight Stay)


Ecology Day                                                    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Education Day                                                Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Economy Day                                                 Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Media Day                                                      Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Government & Criminal Justice Day          Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Health & Human Services Day                   Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Cultural Day                                                   Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Closing Retreat                                              Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Attendance at all class days is mandatory. Additionally, class members will be expected to attend the Governor’s Breakfast and the Chamber Annual Awards Dinner.


  • Full-day sessions begin promptly at 8:00a and run until 5:00p.
  • Dress code at all events is business casual unless otherwise noted.
  • 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.

Application Packet

Please review the following documents and return the completed application to Kate DeKam, Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, 222 N. Lake Street, Cadillac, MI, 49601. Applications can also be sent via email to kdekam@cadillac.org.

Tuition for the 2020-2021 Leadership class is $1,300.00.
Applications are due by 5:00p on Friday, July 31, 2020.