The Bay West Leadership Academy (BWLA) will center on developing meaningful leadership skills, understanding opportunities and challenges facing Dickinson County and creating occasions for networking. 

  • Those interested in developing leadership skills and becoming involved in the community
  • Emerging young talent 
  • Mid-level employees looking to advance their leadership skills 
  • $900 per person
  • Eight monthly workshops running September through April
    • Three-hours in length centered on key learning outcomes and taught by local industry experts, Bay College faculty and consultants.
  • Monthly service presentations from community leaders looking to inform members about Dickinson County.
    • Where can you become involved? What opportunities are there? What are the challenges we're facing? How can you help?
  • Build your network! Small towns are friendly, but it can be difficult to make friends.
    • After each monthly meeting members will meet at a local establishment to download on the training, network, and enjoy a refreshment (included in price).
    • This is not a requirement of the training program and would occur after 4:30 PM.
  • Admission to the 2019 Leadership Conference 
  • A professional head shot with all rights to share and reuse
    • Bay West will be publishing member's bios to their website, social media and a print out using professional headshots by photographer Holly DeGroot.

Deadline to apply (no payment due) -- click the button below: July 27, 2018

Accepted applicants will be notified and updated with a detailed outline of workshops, instructor bios, service speakers + topics and networking locations: August 7, 2018

Registration and payment must be completed: September 13, 2018





Date + Topic

Learning Outcomes + Activity

Community Topic

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
9 AM to 4:30 PM
Personal Mastery


*Networking Location:
Sol Blu (Iron Mountain)

Icebreaker Activity by Paula Craven, Program Director at Downtown Iron Mountain
Professional Head Shot by Holly DeGroot Photography
Lunch by Crispigna's

Workshop Presented by Bridget Kennedy, Director of HR at Systems Control
  • DISC Assessment
  • What kind of leader are you?
  • Identify passions
Culture and Recreation
led by
Ringel, Center Director, YMCA
OCTOBER 9, 2018
Noon to 4:30 PM


*Networking Location: The Night Owl (Norway)

Workshop Presented by Christine Williams, VP of Operations at Bay College
  • Being flexible and keeping an open mind, particularly to change
  • Switching from the detail to the big picture
  • Being able to respond with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new ways to achieve targets and objectives

The History
of our 
led by Bill Cummings, Museum Historian

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 
Noon to 4:30 PM

*Networking Location: Famer's (Iron Mountain)
Workshop Presented by Mark Klossner, VP of Marketing at BOSS Snowplow
  • How to listen effectively
  • How to disagree without arguing
  • How to offer constructive criticism without embarrassing or offending

Government led by Brian Bousley Control/
for Dickinson 
County and Jordan Stanchina,
City Manager for the City of Iron Mountain

DECEMBER 6, 2018
Noon to 4:30 PM
External Communications

*Networking Location: Bimbo's (Iron Mountain)
Workshop Presented by Katie Schinderle, Digital Marketing Specialist at BOSS Snowplow
  • Giving a presentation
  • Giving a press interview
  • Writing a press release
  • Social Media – what you post and how it affects your brand and business
Local Media
(Presenter TBA)
JANUARY 16, 2019
Noon to 4:30 PM
Customer Service

*Networking Location: Wild Horse Saloon (Iron Mountain)
Workshop Presented by Cindy Carter, Resolution Services Program Coordinator at UPCAP
  • Importance of service standards on the customer service experience
  • Thinking in a customer-centric way
  • How to handle demanding customers and difficult situations

led by
Lois Ellis, Director of the DAEDA

FEBRUARY 19, 2019
Noon to 4:30 PM
Project Management

*Networking Location: Solberg's Greenleaf Sports Bar and Grill 
(Iron Mountain)

Workshop Presented by Michael Mattas, Sr. Project Manager at CCI Systems
  • Managing expectations
  • The danger of assumptions
  • PM mechanisms: scope, project plan, risks and issues, etc.
Health and Human Services
(Presenter TBA)

MARCH 14, 2019
Noon to 4:30 PM
Technical Skills

*Networking Location: The Big 10 Sports Bar (Quinnesec)

Workshop presented by Joanie Richtig, Communications Instructor at Bay College
  • Produce coherent sentences that quickly get to the point
  • Apply simple, effective tips for proper grammar, usage and punctuation
  • Select the appropriate grammar to suit the business situation
led by
Wendy Warmuth, DIISD Superintendent
APRIL 16, 2019
Noon to 4:30 PM
Organizational Stewardship

*Networking Location: 51st State Brewing Co. (Kingsford)
Workshop Presented by Dr. Matt Barron, VP of Academic Affairs at Bay College
  • Why caring leadership promotes the real purpose of business
  • How caring leadership helps you find and keep good people
  • Why the workplace must be a community
Getting Involved
led by 
Paula Craven,
Iron Moutain
MAY 18, 2019
Leadership Conference + Leadership Academy Graduation

For additional information, please contact Gina Wollner at or 906.302.3002.


*Networking Location:
Sol Blu


*Networking Location: The Night Owl (Norway)


*Networking Location: The Night Owl (Norway)

Bay College Main,
2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
906.786.5802 Main Campus Directions