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New Executive Director Training - Detroit


MIE New Executive Director Training

May 7 - 8, 2024
immediately preceding the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference 2024, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center 
Detroit, MI


The MIE New Executive Director Training offers new legal aid program leadership support and guidance in addressing today’s management challenges. With an agenda that touches topics such as the role of the director, leadership, communications, trust, culture change, race equity work, and financial management; participants have the opportunity to engage with peers, hear from experienced leaders, and think intentionally about the many diverse demands on a director’s time and attention. The training also provides space to workshop specific issues pressing for event attendees, learning from colleagues facing similar challenges. Attendees will leave the training with a new array of skills and perspectives, as well as a strong network of new executive directors who will continue to offer support in the future. New executive directors of civil legal aid programs are welcome to register. 


Training topics include: 

  • The Role of the Executive Director
  • Working with the Board of Directors
  • Leadership, Management, and Implementing Change
  • Executive Director Communications
  • Culture Change
  • Financial Leadership and Management
  • Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity
  • Building Trust Among Teams
  • MIE Roundtable



 Training leaders: 
 (left to right) Jacquelynne Bowman, Executive Director, Greater Boston Legal Services; Yvonne Mariajimenez, President & CEO, Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County; Merf Ehman, Executive Director, Columbia Legal Services; Jared Smith, Director of Programs, Management Information Exchange; and Kesha James, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange


Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI 48243

ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference room rate: $215 per night plus taxes and fees
Reserve your room online here.
Please be sure you've successfully registered for the training before booking your hotel room.


Registration Rates* 
Each registration fee covers one participant. 
MIE Subscribers: $500
Non-subscribers: $600
Included in the registration fee are continental breakfast, sodas, coffee, and snacks each day. Lunch and dinner will be on your own. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary needs or accessibility accommodations.

*separate from the ABA/NLADA EJC Conference fee and hotel accommodations

Registration Information & Policies
Registration and Room Reservation Deadline: March 29, 2024
Registration is open until March 29 or until we reach our participant limit. Space at this training is limited due to the small group structure. If the training fills, a wait list will be available.

Registration fees are non-refundable. MIE will provide a credit for the registration fee which may be used by any staff at your organization for any future MIE events (trainings, conferences, webinars) or MIE subscription payments. Credits do not expire. Late cancellations may be subject to a deduction in credit due to unavoidable charges incurred. Registrants who do not cancel before the start of an event will not be credited, however, they will receive access to the event materials or recordings. An event registration may be transferred to a colleague at the same program at no additional cost. In most cases, registration transfers may be made at any time prior to the start of an event. Please notify MIE of substitutions as soon as possible. If a registration transfer is not practicable, credit will be provided instead.

If you need assistance during the registration process, please contact Erica M. Szuplat, Administrative Assistant, MIE, at  

Photo and Hotel Consent MIE may need to speak to hotel staff regarding room reservations in our block for the training. In addition, we will be taking photographs during the training that may be used in publicity efforts, including future MIE communications, social media, the MIE Journal, or at the MIE website. By registering, you're confirming that you allow MIE to speak with hotel staff regarding your room reservation and understand that your photo may be taken during the training and used for publicity efforts.

Current CDC COVID-19 recommendations can be found here. Please take any steps you deem necessary to protect your health and those around you, and be comfortable in our training environment.


May 7th, 2024 8:30 AM to May 8th, 2024 5:00 PM
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI 48243
United States
Phone: 313-568-8000
Event Fee(s)
MIE Subscribers $500.00
Non-subscribers $600.00