Mill Cities Leadership Institute


MCLI Class 2017

MCLI develops socially responsible leaders & innovators
who learn from Lawrence & Lowell and serve our region

“In MCLI I did not just learn to become a better leader, I became a better leader.”
Kevin Blanchette, Groundwork Lawrence, ‘16

MCLI’s powerful experiential approach goes beyond classroom walls to develop leaders who have a personal vision, civic awareness, and professional confidence. MCLI empowers participants to address challenges of social responsibility in their workplaces and communities. Leadership has many varieties and requires many abilities. If you participate in MCLI, the program will challenge you to:

Practice soft skills of emotionally intelligent leadership:

– Network and build relationships with professionals from different sectors
– Listen, reflect, and question in order to build understanding
– Understand the dynamics of diverse teams
– Persuade and influence others to understand your perspective and vision

Deepen your insight into social responsibility:

-Visit sites of social innovation and impact around Lowell and Lawrence
– Engage local leaders and learn from their approaches
– Analyze civic issues and understand their interconnections
– Learn from life experiences that are different from your own

Generate new initiatives and solutions:

Identify opportunities for impact inside and outside your workplace
Innovate on current practices and build inclusive approaches
Present and pitch your ideas in front of groups at MCLI Mixers
Continue growing yourself and your initiatives through MCLI alumni activities

Link for 2018 Mill Cities Leadership Institute:
MCLI Overview & Calendar for Class of 2018

Mill Cities Leadership Institute Class Lists:

Class List MCLI 2012
Class List MCLI 2013
Class List MCLI 2014
Class List MCLI 2015
Class List MCLI 2016
Class List MCLI 2017

Class List MCLI 2018

See what MCLI Alumni are doing to improve their communities via News Flashes:

Alumni News Flash March 2015
Alumni News Flash June 2015

Thanks to our sponsors for the Class of 2017: MCLISponsors2016

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