Develop Your Leadership Skills for Our Community
Traverse Connect is excited to announce the launch of a leadership coaching program.
• This is a four-month cohort-based program, with an expectation that eight meetings between the Mentor and the Mentee will take place during that time period.
• Mentees will be matched 1:1 with participants using a strengths-based model.
Here are the details of the program:
The cost for this program is $800.00 and includes:
• Two, 3-hour luncheon workshops
• Eight, 1.5-hour meetings with your assigned mentor over a 4-month time frame
• Although this is a volunteer opportunity for mentors, proceeds from tuition will cover the cost of the program and will be utilized for future leadership development programming offered by Traverse Connect
• In-person attendance is required for both opening and closing events.
About Our Coaches
Executive Director, Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA)
Kelly has served as the executive director of the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) since January 2016. Prior to that she led the human resources and operations of the organization, playing an integral role in the transformation and rebranding of BATA over the 6 years prior to her directorship. Kelly has tackled several major initiatives during her tenure at BATA, internally and externally. Highlights include design and implementation of new organizational structures, systems, performance measurements, etc., increasing the local millage that provides adequate funding levels to support growth and sustainability, introduction of the highly successful Bayline (the region’s first high-frequency fare-free route), and now, the partnership with the Traverse City Housing Commission to build workforce housing alongside a new public transit transfer station and headquarters facility, funded with a nationally competitive federal grant. Prior to joining BATA, Kelly worked in both private and public sector organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Michigan State University. A life-long learner, Kelly has pursued several professional development opportunities throughout her career, including an intensive coaching course via the Center for Creative Leadership, and several previously offered by Traverse Connect. Kelly serves on the Networks Northwest Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. She is married with 2 young boys.LinkedIn
Executive Director, Grand Traverse Industries
Cindy Evans has been in the nonprofit industry since 2001, when she started her career at Grand Traverse Industries. She was hooked the day they asked her to hand out paychecks to all the employees, who happen to be adults with developmental disabilities. In January of 2021 her passion to continue to create smiles and place those paychecks into hands is what drove her to step into the Executive Director position at Grand Traverse Industries. Having been with the same organization for over 20 years, Cindy has a solid foundation and grit. Cindy was highlighted in the Traverse City Business News’ annual list of the region’s most influential professionals under age 40 in 2015. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Grand Traverse class of 2014 and MARO Leadership academy class of 2011. Cindy has always felt that sharing with others what she has learned is the best way to grow and cherishes opportunities to invest in others.
Cindy has a desire to be a bright light to her community and family. She is always looking for opportunities to make a difference. When Cindy isn’t at work she can often be found cooking and serving a meal to the homeless population or planning some type of family adventure. Cindy believes experiences and creating memories are better than obtaining material possessions. She loves hiking, travelling, taking photos, and growing flowers to give away.
Sales & Marketing, Mid-American Title Insurance Company
Dennis Fox works for Mid-American Title Insurance Company in Traverse City, Michigan with responsibilities in Sales & Marketing and as a Real Estate Closing Agent. He also helps the Benzie and Sault Saint Marie offices when volume and staffing requirements dictate. He holds the Title Insurance Company Solicitor license through the State of Michigan. Dennis was born in Flint, Michigan and grew up 25 miles northeast of Flint graduating from Lakeville High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society.He graduated from Central Michigan University in December 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics. Dennis is a graduate of Rapport International, Leadership Breakthrough One and has taken Dale Carnegie courses.He currently serves as a committee member for multiple associations.Dennis is married to his lovely wife Anita Emrich Droog and they have a beautiful combined family of 2 married daughters, a son and 5 grandchildren.LinkedIn
President and CEO, Faber-Castell USA
After growing up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Jamie began what is now a 40-year career in the creative products industries. For sixteen years he was a key sales and marketing executive with LEGO working both in the US and Canadian markets. He then continued the trend of working with high quality, privately held toy brands by serving as President of Playmobil USA. In 2003, Jamie assumed his current role as President and CEO of Faber-Castell USA, the US subsidiary of the 260-year-old German parent company Faber-Castell. Most recently he has played a pivotal role in the “Enriching Lives Through Creativity and Self-Expression” strategic platform within the Faber-Castell Group while also serving on the global company’s Leadership and Innovation councils.In his current efforts to promote the importance of creativity, Jamie makes regular stops at college campuses and business gatherings to speak on the topic, “Beyond Crayons, Flip-Charts and Sticky Notes: The Importance of Creativity in Business and in Life.” Jamie served for fourteen (14) years in a volunteer role for the Toy Industry of America as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Recently he served as a member of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) Strategic Council and American Specialty Toy Retailers Innovation Council. His volunteer work also includes a role as one of the earliest board members of “Operation Respect” an anti-bullying organization as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for LaRoche University. Jamie and his wife, Mindy, share time between Cleveland, Ohio and Traverse City, Michigan.LinkedIn
Executive Director, PACE North
Mary John-Williams, is a health care executive with experience in Home and Community Based programs, a Health and Human service background as well as PACE experience. Mary has also served in the Community College system as an instructor for Human Resource Development and as an adjunct instructor in the College of Business. Mary is currently the Executive Director of PACE North. PACE North is the provider of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) for Northern Michigan. PACE is an innovative healthcare model serving qualified seniors (55+) living in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse , Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee and Wexford counties. Mary holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Business Administration (MBA) and the other a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW). She is passionate about healthy high-performing work cultures that attract and retain talented staff that feel valued and comfortable in their roles. Mary’s innovative strategies and systematic approach have led to improved client outcomes and increased employee engagement. She is comfortable creating structure to meet objectives in a sometimes ambiguous environment. Mary’s personal mission is to empower everyone she interacts with and provide a positive impact while fostering a fun work environment. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Mary and her teenage daughter now call TC home. The beautiful waters of Grand Traverse Bay and the sounds of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band keeps Mary reminiscent of her Trini roots.LinkedIn
CEO, Forrader Group
Scott Mordell is a leader with success spanning a variety of industries and challenging business situations, with more than 25 years of CEO-level experience in organizational management, strategy development and implementation, global commerce and public policy. He served as chief executive officer of YPO (formerly Young Presidents’ Organization) from 2011 to 2020. YPO is a global leadership organization of more than 30,000 chief executives in 142 countries who are connected by the shared belief that the world needs better leaders. YPO members inspire and support each other through peer learning and exceptional experiences in an inclusive community of open sharing and trust. Combined, YPO member companies contribute USD9 trillion in annual revenue. During Scott’s tenure as YPO’s longest serving CEO, YPO membership grew more than 50% and expanded its global reach by 20% while achieving record member retention rates greater than 95%. YPO members claim YPO as the #1 reason members change their views on leadership and team members rated Scott in the 95th percentile on Glassdoor. Prior to YPO, Scott worked in the Duchossois Group, leading six different business segments within the private family-owned portfolio of businesses headquartered in Chicago. Scott was executive vice president of Chamberlain Group, a worldwide provider of access and convenience products for homes and businesses. He was responsible for business strategy and development, acquisitions, international operations and financial oversight of the company. Scott was also chairman of HeathCo LLC, which traces from the former Heath Kit company and is now the leading provider of motion activated lighting and door chimes under the Heath-Zenith brand. Scott is currently providing strategic counsel for leaders through Forrader Group LLC.LinkedIn
Vice President of Member Service and Operations, Hagerty
Chris has been with Hagerty since 2003 and holds nearly two decades of leadership experience in a variety of roles including Sales & Service, Underwriting, and People Operations & Strategy Execution. In his current role, he oversees a 550-person team and is responsible for scaling the industry leading service that Hagerty is known for. Throughout his career, he has maintained focus on driving operational excellence, revenue growth, employee engagement, leadership development and customer success. He is uniquely adept at developing leading edge strategies and making them a reality by leveraging his strong execution skills. He is passionate about creating engaging work environments where team members feel appreciated and supported in their journey of personal and professional growth. Appreciated for his talent of respectfully challenging the status quo and asking compelling questions, he allows people to stretch themselves and think bigger. He gives special care and attention to leadership development and provides coaching, training, and mentorship to individuals both inside and outside of Hagerty. Mentees of his describe him as “inspiring, thoughtful, someone of high integrity, a genuinely good person, and a true friend”. Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Grand Valley State University. He serves on the school board for Grand Traverse Academy. Chris along with his wife Jennifer and their children Averey and Brayden, reside in Traverse City, MI. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, reading, and playing the guitar.LinkedIn
Executive Director, Conflict Resolution Services
Brandie Sigler is the executive director of Conflict Resolution Services located in Traverse City, MI. She has been in this role since June 2021. Previously, Brandie has served as a 4-H program coordinator for MSU Extension and a coordinator of recruitment for Ferris State University. Her professional goals are to serve in roles where she sees the impact of her work in the community. Personally, Brandie is a wife and a mother of three. In addition, she serves on the school board at Manton Consolidated Schools. All of this adds up to a very busy schedule, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.LinkedIn
COO, MyNorth Media
A History of Driving Business Growth and Winning Market Share. Proven Sales Operations Executive who accelerates revenue and customer growth by creating and driving a strategy that increases employee capability, leverages data to increase customer engagement, and improves operations for maximum profitability. Expert at helping brands gain market share by successfully breaking into new markets through marketing and sales, using multi-channels. Recognized for optimizing corporate revenue growth opportunities through strategic planning, cross functional leadership skills, innovation and renovation of programs, continuous improvement to maximize organizational and individual results, talent management, creation and execution of sales and marketing promotions, customer relationship management (CRM), new business development (B2B and B2C), fulfillment logistics, information technology and organizational development. Strong Business Acumen coupled with the ability to successfully motivate others by using communication skills to engage others in the organization’s mission and vision.LinkedIn