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Thank You to the Presenting Sponsor of Class XLII:

Leadership Detroit Class XLII

2022 In-Person Session Dates, Topics, and Objectives

Jan. 20 – Orientation and Relationship Building

Provide the framework for the year’s learning experience and begin the process of building cohesiveness among participants.

Jan. 21 – 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.

Feb. 17 – Economic Opportunity

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

March 17 – 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.

April 13 & 14 (tentative) – Race, Diversity, and Equity

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.

May 12 – 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.

May 26 – Arts and Culture Tour (9 a.m. to noon)

Increase awareness of the challenges facing art and cultural organizations to support and sustain operations and cultivate future leaders.

June 15 – 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.

June 16 – 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.

All in-person sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


2022 Virtual Sessions

Eight 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 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and will include the full cohort and small group breakouts.

  • Jan. 27
  • Feb. 10
  • Feb. 24
  • March 10
  • March 24
  • April 21
  • May 5
  • May 19


Class Size

Approximately 55 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 XLII 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 Katy Palahang at