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Mill Cities Leadership Institute

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The Program

MCLI builds foundations of leadership:

Self-Awareness    Exploring your own leadership strengths, underlying values, and emotional intelligence

Diversity              Understanding differences that affect teams, the workplace, and society as a whole

Community          Engaging local leaders, civic challenges and strengths of Lawrence and Lowell

MCLI develops key leadership abilities:

Relationships       Networking to build relationships and social capital across business sectors

Innovation            Identifying opportunities and approaches to new ideas for community and workplace

Influence              Communicating strategically to motivate and inspire others with your vision

MCLI develops a different kind of leader.  Our active “leadership lab” approach:

  • Starts with active engagement with social responsibility:  visiting sites in Lawrence and Lowell for quick case studies in schools, community organizations, local businesses, jails, and more
  • Provides practice in the skills leaders and innovators need to develop a culture of socially responsible innovation in the workplace
  • Engages a diverse group to build the emotional intelligence of a leader who can work with people from different business sectors, generations, cultural backgrounds, and walks of life
  • Expands awareness of leadership styles,  and builds professional confidence as a communicator, team-builder, networker, and persuader
  • Challenges participants to take responsibility for their own learning through small group activities, personal goal-setting, and peer feedback
  • Culminates in new personal and professional Leadership Commitments that develop with other members of the MCLI network  through our Mixers and Community Showcase

Apply for the Class of 2015!
Application available:        May
Information Sessions:       July
Application deadline:        August 11th
Class of 2015 begins:       September

Links for 2015 Mill Cities Leadership Institute:

Overview 2015 & FAQs
Application for 2015
Schedule for 2015 Class

Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors

Class of 2014 Leadership Commitments


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My experience at the Leadership Institute was just great. Before the program, I lived in Lowell but didn't know much about my community. The program let me know so much about the city of Lowell and Lawrence and the resources therein. I now perceive people differently in a positive way. The Leadership Institute has equipped and empowered me to be more involved in my community. I met and made great friends in my class.

      -Rosemary Agbede, Unique You Salon



Tony Marino_0.jpgGreat leadership requires self-awareness and purpose.  The Leadership Institute can help anyone learn more about themselves and their capabilities as a leader.  The energy and commitment generated by the group dynamic crystallizes purpose in a powerful way.  These elements come together in this experience to create the inspiration leaders need to make positive change in their organizations and communities.

             -Tony Marino, Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union





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What helped enhanced my experience in the Institute was the people.  The Institute created this setting where it doesn't matter who you are or where you are from or the status of your career, but a place where we as people of a community came together to discuss and debate about topics that really matter.  The Institute created a lens where I can see myself fit in my own community, and contribute more through my growing network and my new commitments to lead.

             -Siborak “Eric” Ponn, United Teen Equality Center



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Enterprise Bank is proud to have two Institute graduates who both rave about the contacts they have made and the way the program has broadened their view of Lowell and Lawrence.  They are now more confident to take leadership roles in the bank and in the community which fits in perfectly with the mission of the Bank.

                 -Susan Covey, Regional Manager, Enterprise Bank



Please contact Todd Fry - Director of the Mill Cities Leadership Institute at LCW for additional information. He can be reached at 978-722-2600, or by email at tfry@lawrencecommunityworks.org.

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