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About RDLI / 2021 RDLI Program

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.


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The Rollie Denison Leadership Institute programs are conducted every other year beginning in October of even-numbered years, and ending in May of the following year. During this period, the group meets for one full Friday per month for eight months. The first gathering in October is an overnight retreat.

Dan Gaken, Director of the Central Michigan University Leadership Institute and Jesi Ekonen, Associate Director of the Central Michigan University Leadership Institute facilitate each class. The cost to participate is $750.



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