Membership & Leadership Development

The Membership & Leadership Development Program

MLD stands for Membership & Leadership Development. The MLD Program is a LWV US initiated mentoring program designed to provide support and guidance to local Leagues on issues of membership growth, outreach, visibility, and leadership development as well as help on other aspects of the League’s work that may arise.

Call for Membership & Leadership Development State Coaches

To veteran League members who are experienced, knowledgeable, and wise in the ways of the League,

LWV WI invites and encourages you to consider serving as a state coach for the Membership & Leadership (MAL) Development Program. Your expertise as a veteran League member can be of great value to a new local League just starting out or to any local League eager to enhance its outreach, visibility, membership, and leadership skills.

What is a state MLD coach and what do they do?
MLD stands for Membership & Leadership Development. The MLD Program is a LWV US initiated mentoring program designed to provide support and guidance to local Leagues on issues of membership growth, outreach, visibility, and leadership development as well as help on other aspects of the League’s work that may arise. MLD state coaches are volunteers who are assigned to work with no more than two local Leagues as their advisor. They are never assigned to their own local League. LWV WI provides training in coaching techniques and MLD best practices. The more coaches we recruit, the more Leagues that will benefit.

How much time is involved in being a MLD coach?
A MLD coach coordinates and facilitates one conference call a month with each local League they advise. Calls last no more than one hour. Once a month, the MLD coach participates in a one hour conference call with Wisconsin’s national MLD liaison, the LWV WI MLD Coordinator,  and the other Wisconsin MLD coaches. MLD coaches are encouraged but not required to occasionally meet with the local Leagues they mentor such as attending an Annual Meeting or being present at a board orientation. A minimum of a two-year commitment to the program is requested.

What are the qualities of a good MLD Coach?

  • Knowledge about the League
  • Good communicator
  • Flexible
  • Willing to help and ask for help
  • Team player
  • Leadership experience in the League
  • Computer skills
  • Dedicated
  • Positive attitude

How do I apply to be a MLD state coach?
You may fill out our online application or contact Ellen Penwell, MLD Coordinator for LWV WI, at 608-256-0827, epenwell [at] lwvwi.org  

MLD Award

This annual award from the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin celebrates and recognizes local Wisconsin leagues for initiatives they have taken over the past year that have measurably increased their visibility, outreach, member participation, and leadership development – the four cornerstones of the MLD program. Learn more about how your League can apply here.