LEAD Institute


The Affirmations LEAD Institute is a first of its kind, transformational leadership program designed to provide LGBTQ+ professionals with education, 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. See the full information package for additional details



Authentic Leadership: Who am I? - Friday, March 31st

Career Management - What is my legacy? - Saturday, April 1st

Support Networks - Who can help me? - Friday, May 5th

Mindfulness - How can I help myself? - Saturday, May 6th

Community - How can I pay it forward? - Friday, June 2nd



  • 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 Program Manager Becca Budde.


The LEAD Institute is generously supported by General Motors.



Volunteer Spotlight

"Before volunteering, Affirmations was a place I went to for support and services. It helped me to gradually learn to accept and love myself during a difficult period prior to coming out."

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