LEAD Institute


 "As someone who hit the professional world running and never looked back, the LEAD Institute has given me the opportunity to slow down and reflect on my skills, areas for improvement, as well as given me specific tools to become the best leader I can be."- LEAD Institute alum


The Affirmations LEAD Institute is a first of its kind, transformational leadership program designed to provide LGBTQ+ professionals with leadership training, networking, and mentoring opportunities. This program enhances Fellows' personal and professional leadership development, builds their interpersonal networks, and positions them for more advanced leadership roles within for-profit, public sector and nonprofit organizations in the Metro Detroit area. 

For full details please see our program brochure by clicking here.



Authentic Leadership: Who am I?

Career Management - What is my legacy?

Support Networks - Who can help me?

Mindfulness - How can I help myself?

Community - How can I pay it forward? 



  • 5-10 years of work experience in the private, public, or nonprofit sector
  • 2+ years of experience in a leadership or management position
  • Demonstrated commitment to civic engagement or community service
  • Commitment to participate fully for the duration of the course


For more information, please contact Education & Training Manager Becca Budde.

The LEAD Institute is generously supported by Flagstar Bank.


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