First 50

Southwest Michigan First believes that at our community’s core, the ultimate catalyst for growth is the ability to identify, engage and empower the right people. We must take a bold approach to developing the human capital required for a sustainable future, for…

        If we only have great companies, we will merely be a prosperous society, not a great one.
        Economic growth and power are the means, not the definition of a great community.
– Jim Collins

As a part of Southwest Michigan First’s strategy for our region to continue on its path to greatness, we introduced First 50, an exclusive, in-depth coaching experience that pairs 50 proven, seasoned leaders from around Southwest Michigan with fifty emerging leaders.

This year-long experience will give young leaders extraordinary access to examples of legacy leadership. Our next generation will learn many seemingly intangible skills that transformational leaders display. Our goal is to intentionally prepare the next generation of Southwest Michigan leaders who will shape its companies and organizations to its political and educational systems.

Class of 2014-2015
In our endeavor to create interdisciplinary leadership throughout the region – leaders that serve their companies as well as the community in roles that best fit their talents, gifts and abilities – our team is currently in process of identifying its third annual class of 50 First Counsels and 50 First Apprentices.

Application Process
The application for becoming a part of First 50 is available exclusively online here.

Once your assessment is complete, a member of the First 50 leadership team will contact you to discuss next steps. We look forward to growing our impact on this region together.

Commitments

First Apprentice Time
  • Two annual events: Kick-off and Closing
  • Attendance at Catalyst University 2015 to be held January 29, 2015
  • Eight mentoring sessions with counsels held about every 40 days. Methods may vary. Sessions should be focused on relationship building between the two, as well as discussions about leadership principles that will accelerate the First Apprentice.
  • Four development sessions with thought leaders
Talent
  • The completion of a strengths assessment through Gallup
  • To the extent possible and appropriate, the sharing of experiences, challenges and successes with your counsel
 Support 
  • $600 for the year, which includes Catalyst University 2015 registration, to be paid for by the First Apprentice’s employer
 
First
Counsel
Time
  • Two annual events: Kick-off and Closing
  • Eight mentoring sessions with your First Apprentice held about every 40 days. Methods may vary. Sessions should be focused on relationship building between the two, as well as discussions about leadership principles that will accelerate the First Apprentice.
Talent
  • The completion of a strengths assessment through Gallup
  • To the extent possible and appropriate, the provision of access to leadership opportunities and best practices to your First Apprentice

Contact

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Tim Terrentine.

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