Ignite Leadership Training


Whether you’re new to leadership or a seasoned veteran, Ignite can help.

Wherever your people are on their leadership journey, they will increase their leadership self-awareness and develop successful leadership behaviors, and build their teams with the guidance of Ignite’s experienced trainers.

Ignite Leadership Training is virtual, hands-on, application-based learning offered at an affordable price delivered in 90-minute sessions over the course of several weeks.

Ignite is relevant, interactive, practical, and group-guided enhancing the leadership skills of managers who are building teams within in a virtual, hybrid or traditional work setting.

To apply discounts (Peer Group member, MichBusiness member, or multiple enrollment discounts) please call or email Therese Smith at 586-393-4396 or tsmith@michbusiness.org.

Ignite Leadership Training Details

Practical Leadership Advancement Track

A reality-focused, action-­oriented program for experienced and emerging leaders who are ready to take their leadership influence and results to the next level. This program offers hands­-on, pragmatic solutions to build managers and leadership teams that will make your business flourish.

Price: $1,800/student

Multi-student discounts available.

8 Week Development Program (90-Minute Mid-Day Virtual Sessions)
2022 Cohorts
Winter/Spring: February 2nd – May 11th
Spring/Summer: June 1st – September 7th
Fall/Winter: September 1st – December 8th

Session Topics

Session 1: Leadership 101

Session 2: Climbing the Leadership Ladder

Session 3: Developing Your Leadership Influence

Session 4: Developing a Culture of Ownership

Session 5: Know Your Team

Session 6: Accelerating Teamwork

Session 7: Selling Your Ideas through Story Telling

Session 8: Self Awareness & Strategies to Win With People

Why Choose Ignite Leadership Training?

  • Learning is hands on – not a traditional classroom, students participate in just-in­-time learning
  • Topics are relevant – trainer applies leadership principles to real-life business successes and failures
  • Program learning occurs over time – allowing for effective assimilation with company culture & role
  • Sessions take place virtually – reducing leader’s time away from role
  • Learning happens in cohort – reinforcing learning with a group of leadership peers from a variety of industries & disciplines
  • Class size is limited – creating a safe space for sharing challenges & practicing new behaviors
  • Students stay engaged between sessions and acquire leadership resources via a proprietary LMS

Meet Our Trainers

Cathy McCafferty-Smith has a diverse background within private industry and nonprofit, education, healthcare, manufacturing, and banking serving as a Leadership talent development/organizational change consultant. Her focus is on strategic, influential leadership development, talent development, coaching, organizational change, and employee engagement programs. She has co-designed multiple award-winning, action-based leadership development learning and succession programs Cathy’s focus: leadership learning integrated back on the job.

Denise Roberts has helped professionals in Michigan businesses increase their revenues by teaching them how to connect with and create strong relationships with their coworkers, customers and prospects. Her high energy, experiential training style offers a simple but effective method that changes people’s beliefs, leading them to new behavior and stellar results. Denise provides customized training programs that teach people the skills necessary to engage and retain employees, customers and prospects without missing revenue opportunities.

Ignite Leadership Training Details

Leadership Development Jumpstart Track

An interactive program that builds the overall capability of your organization’s leaders (experienced managers, newly hired managers, team leaders, individuals moving from peer to supervisor, and any staff demonstrating the potential to become a leader).  Participants learn within a learning community (cohort) of peers guided by experienced trainers/coaches.

Price: $1,500/student

Multi-student discounts available.

6 Week Development Program (90-Minute Mid-Day Virtual Sessions)
2022 Cohorts
Spring: April 6th – June 15th
Summer/Fall: August 3rd – October 12th

Session Topics

Session 1: Measuring and Assessing Your Own Leadership

Session 2: Developing Resilience in Times of Change and Uncertainty- The Art of Feedback

Session 3: The Art of Giving Negative Feedback

Session 4: The Cost of Disengagement- A little thanks, goes a long way

Session 5: Strategically Hiring Engaged Employees- Accelerating Team Performance

Session 6: Leadership Performance – Driving your leadership to reach your destination smoothly and effectively

Why Choose Ignite Leadership Training?

  • It’s relevant - based on what surveyed clients deem currently most important
  • It’s hands-on – students bring real leadership issues to sessions for just-in-time learning
  • Program learning occurs over time – allowing for effective assimilation with company culture & role
  • Sessions take place during lunchtime – reducing leader’s time away from role
  • Learning happens in cohort  - reinforcing learning within a community of leadership peers
  • Cohort size is limited to– creating a safe space for building skills & practicing new behaviors
  • Two trainers guide cohort during all sessions – providing individualized attention
  • Trainers follow a coaching model of learning – enhancing self-awareness & inspiring behavior change

What are students saying about Ignite?

It’s about understanding and applying leadership qualities even in non-management functions. The idea that anyone can be a leader and that it’s more than just a title.

It’s about understanding and applying leadership qualities even in non-management functions. The idea that anyone can be a leader and that it’s more than just a title.

I love the diversity of the people who are participating in the training. I love that we get to work together in the training and share with each other our successes and opportunities. We are not only learning from our trainers, but each other as well.

Why Choose Ignite Leadership Training?

  • Learning happens in cohort – reinforcing learning with a group of leadership peers from a variety of industries & disciplines
  • Class size is limited – creating a safe space for sharing challenges & practicing new behaviors
  • Students stay engaged between sessions and acquire leadership resources via a proprietary LMS
  • Learning is hands-on – not a traditional classroom, students participate in just-­in­-time learning
  • Topics are relevant – trainer applies leadership principles to real­-life business successes and failures
  • Program learning occurs over time – allowing for effective assimilation with company culture & role
  • Sessions take place virtually – reducing leader’s time away from role

For More Information

Therese Smith
(586) 393-4396
tsmith@michbusiness.org