Leadership Development and Mentoring Program

The Council of Michigan Foundations is deeply committed to ensuring a pipeline of diverse, adaptive leaders have access to tools, skills and opportunities to advance their leadership in the philanthropic sector and grow their professional network.

The CMF Leadership Development and Mentoring Program is an opportunity for experienced leaders and those who are new to the field to develop relationships and engage in a community of peer learning. 

This six-month program features one-to-one customized coaching, leadership style and 360-degree leadership assessments and a curriculum that centers principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and explores topics such as emotional intelligence, personal values and career development. The core of the program is centered in the mentoring relationship between experienced and emerging leaders.

Mentors, in addition to participating in the full cohort workshops, have the opportunity to positively impact the field of philanthropy, share their passion for the work and deepen their mentorship skills while growing their statewide network. 

CMF Leadership Development and Mentoring Program participants:

  • CONNECT: Through monthly engagements and a community of peer learning.
  • DEVELOP: Through a mentoring relationship and customized coaching.
  • LEARN: Through an intentional program curriculum and leaders with deep expertise in philanthropy.
  • GROW: Through enhanced leadership skills and an expanded professional network.

The CMF Leadership Development and Mentoring Program prioritizes applicants from underrepresented populations in philanthropy. 

The 2022 CMF Leadership Development and Mentoring Program will be hosted in a virtual format. The program will transition to include in-person gatherings with social distancing protocols if each participant is able to attend and feels comfortable doing so. An emerging leader participant orientation will take place in November 2021 and a mentor orientation will take place in January 2022. The first workshop will be held in January 2022.

Application Information:

The 2022 Emerging Leader Application is closed. Applications for the 2023 cohort will open Summer 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Collier, Program Coordinator, at [email protected]