Leadership Development


Grand Haven Young Professionals. Photo Credit: Jenn Marie Photography

Along with connecting our members with new people and to our community, GHYP works to create and promote events and opportunities that foster leadership development. We are proud to announce that we are offering a $1,000 scholarship towards the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Connect Program!

Leadership Connect
This is a comprehensive Community Leadership Program through the Chamber of Commerce that contains two components:

Community Awareness
The class will explore seven different areas of the community and how they connect with one another. Each month the class will be meeting at various locations throughout the area. The participants will finish with a comprehensive understanding of the community.

Personal Leadership Development
The participants will receive over 30 hours of leadership skill training. Each month a segment of the day will be spent on personal development.

Some of the skill sets that will be covered in the program are:

  • Understanding your leadership style
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Managing Conflict
  • Communication

Benefits for Class Members
Class members establish a strong foundation by gaining an understanding of their own leadership style and the style of fellow classmates. They solidify that foundation through a series of in-depth learning opportunities, which bring them face-to-face with local issues that will have an impact on their future.

Benefits for Organizations
Organizations that support Leadership Connect gain employees who are more resourceful and better prepared for change. They are able to apply skills that allow them to lead more effectively, enhancing their contribution to the organization and improving the quality of life in Northwest Ottawa County.

Attendance at a two day retreat in September, day-long sessions, held on the third Wednesday of every month, October through April, and a graduation program in May, are mandatory. Persons who cannot adjust their schedules to accommodate these ten days should not apply. Class members are expected to attend each day session in its entirety. Are you and your employer willing to make such a commitment?

Apply For Leadership Connect 

Program Brochure

GHYP Leadership Connect Scholarship Application
Application Deadline – Friday, May 19th, 2017
Applicant Requirements:
– Must be 40 years or younger by May 19th, 2017
– Lives or works in Ottawa County
– Be able to commit to the 9 month long Leadership Connect program in its entirety

Submit your completed scholarship application or direct your questions regarding the GHYP Scholarship to Lauren Grevel at lgrevel@ghacf.org 

For questions regarding the Leadership Connect program, please contact: 

Leadership Connect Contact
Nancy Manglos, Program Director