Leadership Information


Mission Statement

To provide an engaging atmosphere for the development of emerging leaders with opportunities for identifying and investing their skills and passions to benefit the Cadillac community while creating lasting relationships.


What is the Cadillac Leadership Program?

Cadillac Leadership is a nine-month program dedicated to the development of leadership skills through education, awareness and networking relationships. The curriculum can be broken down into two categories: classroom and community service.

In the classroom, participants will engage in eight full-day sessions designed to showcase many areas of our community and provide opportunities to meet current community leaders. Through these sessions, Cadillac Leadership participants gain knowledge of trends, challenges and issues facing the greater Cadillac area with the ultimate goal of becoming future community leaders who anticipate change and act decisively.

Additionally, each year the class chooses and completes a community service project that offers ample opportunities to put their leadership skills into practice while also providing a valuable asset to our community.

For more information, contact Kate DeKam, Leadership Director, (231) 775-9776 or leadership@cadillac.org

Class Schedule

Class Schedule

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2019-2020 Program Schedule

Orientation: Thursday, September 5, 2019 4pm
Retreat: Thursday and Friday, September 12 & 13, 2019
Two Day, Overnight stay – Kettunen Center
Full Day Sessions:

Education Day – Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Economy Day – Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Media Day – Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Government Day – Wednesday, January 19, 2020
Cultural Day – Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Health & Human Services Day – Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Justice Day – Wednesday,April 15, 2020
Closing Retreat – Wednesday, May 6, 2020

**Schedule subject to change if necessary**

Other events class members are expected to attend:

Governor’s Breakfast – TBA
Graduation/Annual Awards Dinner -TBA
**The Leadership class will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner in June.
Attendance at all Chamber events is encouraged.

Additional Information

The class will meet at various locations throughout the Cadillac Area.

Your attendance at each scheduled session is expected, plan to be available from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Dress code is business casual unless otherwise noted.

There will be field trip options offered outside of the normal meeting day. Participation 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 fund raising efforts.

Support the 2020 Class Project:

Payments can be made via a PayPal account or Credit Card.