TCYP Brief

LGT Fall Application Deadline August 21st


It's back! One of the Chamber's core leadership development programs is now accepting applications for the Fall semester. Leadership Grand Traverse is an engaging, all-in, hands-on program focusing on local leadership and community betterment. Its focus is to give local leaders and those interested in contributing to the community the resources and knowledge they need to effectively fill decision-making roles in the area. Participants are entrenched in the inner workings of assets and topics including natural resources, parks and recreation, transportation, agriculture, local economy, local arts, and health and human services.  The benefit LGT provides its participants is unrivaled in Northern Michigan, but also requires a great deal of hard work and commitment from its members that is non-negotiable. In order to ensure graduation from the program, all events must be attended and contributed to. Here is the schedule for Fall 2015:


With the exception of opening and closing retreats, times for day sessions are 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.


  • Tuesday, September 15 - Orientation; 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Friday, September 18- Opening Retreat; 8 a.m. - Overnight
  • Saturday, September 19 - Local Economy
  • Wednesday, September 30 - State & Local Government
  • Thursday, October 8- Health & Human Services
  • Friday, October 16 - Education
  • Wednesday, October 28 - Arts & Culture
  • Thursday, November 5 - Natural Resources
  • Tuesday,  November 17 - Closing Retreat & Graduation Reception; 2 - 6:30 p.m.

The cost for this program is $1,300 per person.  There are scholarships available that you can apply for during the application process. Application deadline is August 21.


For more information about Leadership Grand Traverse contact Andi Wagenschutz or CLICK HERE TO APPLY!


Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:



Local Board Member Opportunity


The Salvation Army is seeking help from the YPs to fill vacancies on its Advisory Board. They are in need of energetic and passionate young professionals who have made community service a priority in their lives.


The Advisory Board currently has five members that meet at noon on the third Wednesday of each month. The overall time commitment would vary but is typical to be between one and three hours per month depending on the event schedule and meeting duration.


The Salvation Army has been serving communities worldwide for 150 years, and has had a strong positive presence in Traverse City for 121 years. Locally they have provided 56,216 services to 19,033 individuals and families through the generous support and help from the community members.


For more information contact the Salvation Army's Ruth Blick with questions.


Non-perishable Food Donations


The YP Committee has made it a point this year to bring in non-perishable food items as well as make financial donations at every meeting. The proceeds of this mission are then passed on to the Father Fred Foundation. In the first five months of 2015, the committee has donated an equivalent of 421 servings equaling 140 meals. THANK YOU to all who have donated and contributed to this cause. For more information about the YPs donation or to learn how you can join in the cause please contact Josh Janowiak.


YP Committee members- don't forget your food item at the next meeting! 

Free popcorn, movies, and volunteering ...what's not to love?


Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday, August 25 from 5:15-7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn!  Sign up or e-mail Erika Wiltse with questions.

Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2015

We are always looking for YPs to work the check-in table at the Chamber's Business After Hours (BAH) events. There will be plenty of chances to meet and mingle with fellow YPs and Chamber members at BAH in 2015. For more information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact  Bridgett Beckwith.


The next BAH will be held on September 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Cambria Suites. We hope to see you there!


2015 Chamber Golf Outing 

Fore! Wednesday, August 19, marks the 2015 Chamber Golf Outing. It's a great time and fun way to network and catch up with Chamber members while teeing off at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. The golf outing is an event that not only provides a fun day on the fairways for the participants but also supports an important function of the Chamber - developing and supporting future community leaders. The golf outing is the primary fundraiser for the Leadership Grand Traverse program and makes it possible for the benefit packed educational program to host both a Spring and Fall LGT program. 

Come out and enjoy a round of golf! Here are the details:


When: 10:30 a.m. shotgun start on Wednesday, August 19

Where: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Pricing: $185/golfer, $740/foursome, $100/hole sponsor

What you get: 18 holes with a shared cart, registration gift, lunch, dinner, a drink ticket, a raffle ticket, and a 50/50 ticket


For more information contact Andi Wagenschutz or CLICK HERE to register.


Leadership at the Movies


Join us for another intriguing screening of a great film with a leadership expert's evaluation and lessons. On September 9 from 7:30-9 a.m. at Bijou by the Bay, Barbara Ellis of the Center for Coaching & Leadership Development will break down the award-winning film Braveheart and explain "The Transformational Power of a Leader." The Leadership at the Movies program is new to the Chamber for 2015 and has provided members with a new and engaging way to broaden their leadership skills and knowledge base. Don't miss Barbara's lesson and screening of Braveheart! Register Now.


Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:




Seeking Input for 2015 Young Professional Events


The YP program offers a great line-up of Lunch and Learns, social events and volunteer opportunities and continues to add to its event calendar for 2015. Please share any ideas you have for Lunch and Learn topics, social event locations, speakers, or volunteer events in 2015 with YP Chair Allison Beers


Calling All Guest Bloggers!


Are you new to TC or have you been here for years? Just landed your dream job or are you searching for the next step in your career? Sharing your story on the blog is easy, and a great way to reach other young professionals both in our area and across the world. Simply type a brief summary about yourself-your favorite things in the Traverse City area, why you live here, what you do for a living-and send it in to Mo Stych with some great photos. We love featuring our YPs!





August 19 - 2015 Chamber Golf Outing (Grand Traverse Resort & Spa); Shotgun start-10:30 a.m., Dinner and Awards Ceremony- 4 p.m.


August 25 - State Theatre volunteering;  5:15-7:15 p.m.


September 9 - Leadership @ the Movies (Bijou by the Bay); 7:30 - 9 a.m.


September 16 - Business After Hours (Cambria Suites); 5 - 7 p.m.


October 9 - 2015 Young Professionals Annual Conference (Leelanau Outdoor Center); 8 a.m-5 p.m.



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