Application window opens for Traverse Connect mentorship program for budding community leaders

What’s happening: The application window has opened for the 2023 Traverse Connect Community Mentoring program, now in its second year. The mentorship program connects future leaders with established ones in a four month-long, cohort-based program.

What it is: The Traverse Connect Community Mentoring program utilizes a strengths-based model to pair each participant with a mentor to develop their career and leadership goals. They’ll then embark on a four month-long program that includes an opening retreat, two workshops, eight 90-minute mentor-mentee one-on-one meetings, and a closing celebration. A wide range of community leaders serve as mentors, including leaders at Aunalytics, Hagerty, Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic, and Munson Healthcare.

A testimonial: “I strongly recommend the Community Mentoring program through Traverse Connect,” says Peter Laing, operations partner at Mawby Sparkling Wines. “I went through as a mentee this year and definitely gained some insight, as well as the confidence, to move forward in some of the areas where I felt like I was struggling a little bit as a leader in our business.”

How it works: The application window closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. For those accepted into the program, which will total 12 participants, the opening retreat is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1, and the closing celebration is scheduled for June 2023. It costs $800 to participate in the Traverse Connect Community Mentoring program.

Click HERE to learn more about the application process, the 2023 list of mentors, and more.

What they’re saying: “I learned a very valuable lesson once again through this program, which is that you get what you give,” says Jamie Gallagher, president and CEO of Faber-Castell USA and program mentor. “This was a great example of that. I highly recommend this program for anybody in the area who is looking to, in fact, get what they give and also anyone who’s looking to accelerate their development and their career. It’s been a great experience.”

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