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VISION: The MARO Leadership Academy is a professional development program targeting employees who demonstrate leadership potential, commitment to the future of our industry, and a strong drive to achieve greater levels of responsibility. The Leadership Academy is MARO’s commitment to, and investment in, the development of future leaders with high potential to positively impact future industry growth and success.



  • To enhance the leadership, communication, strategic planning, interpersonal, and managerial skills of high potential employees within our industry.
  • To prepare the next generation of leaders to guide our industry into the future through innovation, collaboration, and leadership.
  • To build a network of professional relationships among current and future leaders.
  • To promote career satisfaction and recognize career potential of senior staff. To promote life-long learning and professional development.


The program also has a mentoring component that facilitates a relationship between each Academy participant and a CEO or member of upper management from another MARO member organization – for one-on-one discussion, guidance, advice, and opportunities to learn how the subject matter addressed in the classroom is applied in the working world.




October 6-7, 2016 – Legislative Advocacy and Leadership Skills
Legislative Advocacy presented by Sandi Jones, Muchmore Harrington Smalley and  Fred Schaible – Chief of Staff, Office of Senator David Hildenbrand, Chairman, Appropriations
Leadership Skills presented by Chris Scharrer, New Paradigm Solutions – Hosted by Peckham, Inc., Lansing


December 7-8, 2016 – Finance & Accounting – Presented by Kristine Doran, Inland Plywood
Hosted by Mid-Michigan Industries (MMI) – Mt. Pleasant


February 28 – March 1, 2017 – Non-Profit Governance & Board Relations
Presented by Kathy Crosby, President & CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
Hosted by Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids


April 26 & 27 – Strategic Planning & Organizational Culture
Presented by Dennis Blender, Blender Consulting Group
Hosted by The Guidance Center – Southgate


Additional continuing education programs in relevant elective areas will be required for completion of the Academy.


Contact: Executive Director Todd Culver 517-484-5588

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