Institute for Leaders    






Deadline for application is January 31, 2021. The Institute for Leaders class of 2021 will begin April 2021 and run through December 2021. Scholarships are available for nonprofit, small business or other candidates.  Tuition for 2021 is $1200.

If you have questions about scholarship availability or participating in the 2021 class, please contact Tera at 989-225-2053.

Click HERE for the 2021 Institute for Leaders Application


To further develop and engage leaders who are knowledgeable and dedicated to the Great Lakes Bay Region and prepared to lead regional collaborative efforts.


The Great Lakes Bay Region utilizes its solid foundation of Institute graduates to effectively collaborate to address any issue or opportunity for the region.

A focused approach to regionalism, which complements our organization’s efforts, will enhance the Great Lakes Bay Region’s opportunities for a greater quality of life and a positive economic future.


The Great Lakes Bay Region includes Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties. These four counties are natural partners by geography. Increasingly, that partnership is enhanced through efforts focused on specific issues and goals. Combining this natural partnership with prepared leaders, we can accomplish great things. Our region can only be strengthened through the leadership of individuals who are knowledgeable, informed, and ready to advocate and bring resources to the table.

Developing such leaders is accomplished through the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Institute for Leaders. The Institute for Leaders curriculum expands participants’ knowledge of the Great Lakes Bay Region, and introduces powerful, successful scenarios and concepts from other regions or at the state level.

The Institute for Leaders begins in January with a class and orientation dinner. The class meets eight times, January through June, taking July and August off, and will wrap up for the year in October. Each session focuses on a different topic such as economic sustainability, social issues, government, and offers a combination of top-notch presenters, tours, discussions and networking. Throughout the Institute for Leaders, participants are expected to apply their advanced leadership skills and knowledge to plan creative approaches to opportunities existing in the Great Lakes Bay Region; accordingly, our curriculum includes a trained facilitator to aid in this process.

We now boast of over 400 graduates of the Institute for Leaders. These Ambassadors are our allies and are the key to the individual communities’ effective collaboration on any issue or opportunity for the Great Lakes Bay Region.

The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Institute for Leaders represents a long-term investment in providing the leadership essential to creating positive individual and collective futures of Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties.