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Leadership Detroit Class XLIII

2022-2023 In-Person Session Dates, Topics, and Objectives
These sessions are designed create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region. Covering a wide range of topics, each offers a unique, behind-the-scenes approach to understand the inner workings of the region and the people that make it work. Participants can tap into a diverse pool of professionals that are actively engaged in improving the quality of life in the region which leads to open and fluid conversation, embracing multiple perspectives. Our goal is to create space where assumptions can be challenged and new ideas can emerge.

Sept. 22 and 23 – Orientation
A two-day session with an overnight stay is held in provide the framework for the year’s learning experience and begin the process of building cohesiveness among participants.

Oct. 13 – The Detroit Region
Understand the region’s demographics and history to contextualize current opportunities and challenges that shape the quality of life for all residents.

Nov. 17 – Economic Opportunity
Gain knowledge of macro-economic trends, key industries, workforce development, and small businesses and their impact on the Southeast Michigan economy.

Dec. 15 – K-12 Education
Increase awareness of K-12 educational options and delivery systems and better understand ongoing efforts to improve outcomes for young people across the region.

Jan. 11 and 12 – Race, Diversity, and Equity
A two-day session to increase awareness of the barriers people of diverse groups experience through personal reflection and dialogue. Support the development of a personal and organizational action plan in the area of valuing differences.

Feb. 16 – Public Safety and Media
Understand the collaborative efforts of local, state, and federal entities to improve public safety in Southeast Michigan. Understand how the media shapes the narrative of the region.

March 16 – Health and Human Services
Gain awareness of the challenges faced by individuals, families, and children to access healthcare and human services and the impact on the quality of life in the region.

April 13 – Arts and Culture
Increase awareness of the challenges facing art and cultural organizations to support and sustain operations and cultivate future leaders.

May 11 – Transformational Leadership
Solidify an action plan for ongoing engagement in leadership work to drive change and opportunities that help identify barriers to personal and professional growth.

June 15 – Graduation

2022-2023 Virtual Leadership Development Sessions
Seven leadership development sessions focused on conscious leadership, a set of practical tools and frameworks for leaders and teams designed to reduce drama, attract and retain top talent, and increase engagement. Each session will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. and will include the full cohort and small group breakouts.

Oct. 27
Nov. 10
Dec. 8
Jan. 26
Feb. 23
March 23
April 20

Class Size
For class XLIII, 70 individuals will be chosen to participate in the hybrid program representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, arts and culture, health and human services, and community development organizations.

Selection Criteria
The selection committee, made up of Leadership Detroit graduates, will evaluate each candidate based on the following criteria:

  1. Interest in and motivation to serve the Detroit region.
  2. Decision-making responsibility in your business/organization and/or high potential for leadership in your business/organization.
  3. Willingness and ability to facilitate change through personal leadership.
  4. Potential to exert significant influence on critical issues facing our community.
  5. Availability and full support of your employer to participate in the 6-month Leadership Detroit program.

Vaccination Requirement
All participants in Leadership Class XLIII are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after receiving a second shot of a two-dose vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Please be mindful of this requirement when nominating participants and accepting nominations. If you would like to participate but are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination due to health or religious circumstances, please contact Dan Piepszowski at