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About RDLI

The Rollie Denison Leadership Institute (RDLI), named for former Mt. Pleasant community leader and CMU alumnus George Roland “Rollie” Denison, is an intensive educational program that prepares individuals to be future leaders in the greater Mt. Pleasant area by learning about the many facets of the Mt. Pleasant community. The speakers for each topic area are experts in their fields and give the “perspective from the top.”

Leadership Institute participants learn about: Leadership Styles and Practices, Leadership Philosophies, Technology, Economic Development, Healthcare, Education, the Criminal Justice System, Business Ethics, Business Law, Cultural Diversity, Listening Skills, Legislative Affairs / State Government, Public Speaking, and Media Relations.

RDLI participants develop an incredible network of high-level contacts on which they can call for the remainder of their careers in the Mt. Pleasant community. Since its inception in 1990, the Rollie Denison Leadership Institute has helped more than 300 community members enhance their leadership abilities and put them to great use in their families, at work and throughout Isabella County community organizations.

If you have any questions, please contact the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce at (989) 772-2396.


Get Involved

The Rollie Denison Leadership Institute programs are conducted every other year. In 2023, the RDLI Program will begin in September.  The RDLI Program cost for 2023 - 2024 will be $850.

Dan Gaken, Director of the Central Michigan University Leadership Institute will facilitate each class.

Interested in RDLI but need financial assistance? Email Hannah at hmartin@mt-pleasant.net to see if you qualify.

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