Leadership Programs


Inforum Center for Leadership (ICL), a 501 (c) 3 organization, is the education and research arm of Inforum. ICL programs help women enhance their leadership capabilities and develop executive potential.Programs serve a broad range of professional women at different stages and types of careers – from emerging leaders, to high-potential executives, entrepreneurs, and corporate board leaders. Inforum Center for Leadership also conducts and publishes research on women’s leadership influence in Michigan, including the Michigan Women’s Leadership Index.



Click here to download the application for ICL's leadership programs. Please note on the application which program you are interested in.

NextUP™  a specialized leadership development program for women considered to be emerging talent either early in their careers or after making a significant career change.

Candidate have two to six years of overall work experience, entering a new industry or function, or about to move into a new position or level in the organization. Candidates are seeking tools to refine their leadership to succeed and companies are seeking programs to help candidates to get ahead in the company.
Session Dates
Southeast: February 4, February 25, March 18
(Applications due January 24)
West Michigan: March 20, April 17, May 15
(Applications due February 14)


Executive Leadership an action-learning program for women directors and managers designed to hone their executive leadership, emotional intelligence skills and organizational impact. More than 800 women have graduated from the program.

Candidateshave 8-12 years of management experience, are self-motivated, and committed to a long-term focus on personal leadership development. They are enterprise-wide leaders who are facing intense competitive pressures, market-related challenges, or major internal, organizational changes.
Session Dates (Applications due June 25)
                        Southeast: Fall 2014
                        West Michigan: Fall 2014


Genuine Leadership Presence an experiential program for women leaders that increases self-awareness, leverages the power of reputation and focuses on leadership presence.

Candidates are managers transitioning to a director level position, new executives, senior executive or leaders who desire or have received feedback to focus on their leadership presence
Session Dates
            West Michigan: April 30, May 21, June 18
                        (Applications due March 14)
            Southwest Michigan: April 29, May 20, June 17
                        (Applications due March 14)



Inforum BoardAccess™ resources and networking opportunities to develop qualified women candidates for seats on public and private for-profit corporate boards of directors.

Senior Executive Forum is a confidential, peer-to-peer business roundtable for top women executives.

inGAGE™ Inforum’s strategy to position Michigan as the Midwest hub for high-growth, high-tech women entrepreneurs. The approach includes: 1) guiding women in the earliest stages of idea validation and technology commercialization through the nationally recognized program ACTiVATE®; 2) giving women-led ventures access to a global network of advisors and investors through Astia; and 3) increases the number of women angel investors in Michigan through education and strategic connections.

Upcoming Events

4/24/14 | Thursday | Mid Michigan
4/29/14 | Tuesday | Southwest Michigan
4/29/14 | Tuesday | West Michigan