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Leadership Roundtables

Connecting Leaders of the Grand Traverse Region

Traverse Connect Leadership Roundtables bring together groups of 8 to 12 key decision-makers from the Grand Traverse Region’s small businesses.

These decision-makers will meet 10 times over the course of a year for collaborative, growth-oriented roundtable sessions that support a trusting environment in which leaders can safely explore business and personal issues with the guidance of experienced facilitators.

Participation in the roundtables provides access to numerous benefits, including: 

  • Peer-to-peer learning through discussion, interaction, and the sharing of experiences that allow participants to learn from each other’s achievements and mistakes
  • Support through highly qualified facilitators, expert guest speakers, and connection to various small business resources

Options for Leadership Roundtables

Option 1

Manager Level

Facilitated Manager-Level Roundtable: This facilitator-led roundtable, which involves 8 to 12 business managers, provides a confidential forum where participants can share challenges and experiences — and enhance their capabilities.

If you are looking to advance your career to the executive level, being properly prepared for the challenge is imperative. This is a confidential peer group environment that is not industry or role-specific and can offer a broader perspective, support, and insight. One of the things that make peer learning so appealing is the just-in-time, on-target feedback.

Format: Monthly meetings to be set on an agreed-upon date and time by the participants of each roundtable.

Member Profile: Mid-Level Manager, looking for a unique leadership development opportunity, willing to commit, engage, and contribute.

Guidelines: One member per industry, one member per company.

Cost: $2,000 per member

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Option 2

C-Suite

Facilitated C-Suite/Key Executive Roundtable: This facilitator-led roundtable, which involves 8 to 12 business executives, provides a confidential forum where participants can share challenges and experiences — and enhance their capabilities.

This is a confidential peer group environment that is not industry or role-specific and can offer a broader perspective, support, and insight. One of the things that make peer learning so appealing is the just-in-time, on-target feedback. The format enhances leadership abilities and improves decision-making.

Format: Monthly meetings to be set on an agreed-upon date and time by the participants of each roundtable.

Member Profile: Executive Level – C-Suite or Key Executive, looking for a unique leadership development opportunity, willing to commit, engage, and contribute.

Guidelines: One member per industry, one member per company.

Cost: $2,000 per member

Click “Continue” to learn about the Mid-Level Manager Facilitated Roundtables.

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From our Leadership Roundtable Participants

Nick Jacqmain, CEO

Springfield Commercial Roofing

Besides being in a Leadership Roundtable through Traverse Connect, I am also in a nationwide peer advisory group specific to my industry that I can go to with issues specific to my trade. While my peer group is valuable in its own right, working with my roundtable members that know how business is done in northern Michigan has been invaluable. I feel very fortunate to have this group of mentors and friends and will continue to participate.”

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Brian Lawson

Munson Healthcare

” Traverse Connect’s Leadership Roundtable provides an ideal environment in which to gain the perspective of local leaders from a variety of sectors. These candid conversations offer creative ideas and insights that help address challenges and foster growth as a leader.”

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Kevin Bozung, Co-Founder

Safety Net

I’ve been part of a roundtable group, through Traverse Connect, for around ten years.  Our group has largely stayed intact during this time and is much more than a group of fellow business leaders.  We’ve formed deep trusting relationships which allow us to share with candor, learn from each other’s experiences and support each other not only in business, but in life.  Our monthly gathering allows us to dig deep into current business, and sometimes personal, issues which we might be facing.  In between meetings we’re available to each other via phone, email, or in-person as things come up.  The group was incredibly important to me last year at the onset of the pandemic.  During that time we held weekly calls to share how each was being impacted, what we were hearing, seeing, and learning, and helped each other respond to new unprecedented challenges.  This is a group I highly value and hope to never leave.”

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Sara Harding, Sales and Marketing Manager

World Magnetics Company

The impact of the leadership roundtables is immediate. The sharing of what our group is working on as individuals in their organizations helps create a sense of a sounding board and tremendous lessons as a leader. Each time we get together and share, I walk away with actionable lessons and ideas for my own development and organizations. The work is profound, inspiring, and impactful.”

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John Melcher, Chief Operating Officer

Crystal Mountain

The Leadership Roundtable provides an excellent opportunity to get to know regional leaders from various industries.   The monthly meetings allow those leaders to share and discuss opportunities and challenges many of which are applicable to everyone at the table. “

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Greg Packer, CEO

Access Point

The Roundtable has been a rewarding exchange and way to connect with fellow leaders. I’m eager to have face to face engagement which I believe it will enhance the experience even more. “

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Bryan Taggart, CFP, CEO

The Larkin Group

I have been a participant in my Roundtable for over 10 years. Not only have I gained tremendous insights from the members of my group, as it relates to business, but I have also created deep relationships with each and every person. I have learned countless things from our group that have helped me grow my business and grow as a person. I look forward to our meetings each and every month.”

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Leadership Roundtables Facilitators

Jill May

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Jonathan Pool

Facilitator

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