LeadHERship Workshop

A new workshop specifically designed to empower women in recreation and public service

October 6 | 10:30am-3:30pm

Longacre House
24705 Farmington Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Cost: $45 per person
Student Rate: $25 | $25 to sponsor a student


  • 10:30am - 11:00am: Check in
  • 11:00am - 11:45am: Welcome from Sisters of Pawnee and Keynote with Amanda Edmonds, Mayor of the City of Ypsilanti: Empowering Women in the Workplace
  • 11:45am - 12:45pm: Networking Lunch
  • 12:45pm - 1:30pm: Group A will go to Breakout Session #1; Group B will go to Breakout Session #2
  • 1:35pm - 2:20pm: Group A will go to Breakout Session #2; Group B will go to Breakout Session #1
    • Breakout Session #1 with Anne Brown, former City of Ypsilanti Council Woman and Parks and Recreation Commission: "Leading Like Leslie"-Owning your own communication and confidence
    • Breakout Session #2 Jill Almasi, Parks and Recreation Professor at Central Michigan University:  "Stress Less"- Achieving greater work life balance
  • 2:25 - 3:15pm: "Your Leadership Master Plan" presented by the Sisters of Pawnee -Professional Goal Setting and exploring leadership within mParks
  • 3:15 - 3:30pm: Workshop Close & Evaluation





Keynote Speaker 

Amanda Maria Edmonds 
Executive Director, Growing Hope
Mayor, City of Ypsilanti, MI
Amanda will share her experiences, challenges, and aspirations related to her career in public service, highlighting her efforts in social organizing, advocacy, and policy work, ultimately inspiring and encouraging audiences to rise-up, lead, learn, and give back.

For over twenty years Edmonds has served as a leader in many capacities, through board service from the local to national level (beginning at age 16 on her local school board), and leadership roles in organizations (including co-founding a nonprofit at 18) of all types.  Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she has lived in Michigan since the mid 1990s. She is a twice alum from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources & Environment.   She is the founder and executive director (since 2003) of nonprofit Growing Hope, dedicated to helping people grow and access healthy food.  Growing Hope's farmers markets, home vegetable gardening program for low-income families, leadership training for community gardens, urban farm, and policy work are showing people that they can be the healthy change they wish to see in the world.  Growing Hope believes in giving people-- across lines of class and race and ability that usually divide us-- that chance to participate in positive change. She has served as a policy leader both as a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Food Policy Council and as Vice Chair of the Washtenaw Food Policy Council.  As former chair of Ypsilanti's Downtown Development Authority, she helped this body develop vision and strategy to most effectively support our invigorated commercial districts. And, in November 2014 she was elected Mayor of the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan, a diverse and historic urban community of 20,000 residents in southeast Michigan.  She continues to serve as the Executive Director of Growing Hope, while she also serves the city in this new way in her part-time role as its Mayor.  Previous board service includes as chair of the Washtenaw County MSU-Extension Advisory Council, many years of service on the Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation Commission, on the leadership team of the Ypsilanti Health Coalition, and six years on the bi-national board of the American Community Gardening Association, among others.    Edmonds travels nationally has a speaker and trainer in community organizing, organizational development, and community food systems.  Honors include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women Business Owners of Southeast Michigan. Twilight Foundation Award, Brown Chapel AME Brotherhood Award, and ATHENA Award for Young Emerging Leaders.   She was featured in the book "Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid" and has been highlighted in Organic Gardening magazine.  In 2016 she became a Marshall Memorial Fellow, and traveled in Spring 2017 on a diplomatic trip around Europe for almost 4 weeks engaging in transatlantic relations.