Thursday, September 3, 2020

Westland Development director to attend Women's League Leadership Academy

Aubrey Berman
Aubrey Berman was one of only 35 applicants selected to participate in the Women's Municipal League Leadership Program this year. The program is organized by the Michigan Municipal League.
Berman has served as the Westland economic development director since March of 2019 after serving five years in an administrative/communications role in the office of Mayor William R. Wild.  She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University and a master's degree in business administration in global leadership from Cleary University.
The women's leadership program is offered as a part of the municipal league 16/50 Project, which aims to empower women to lead communities and works to make gender balance a reality for local governments in Michigan.

The 16/50 project is based on findings that despite making up 50 percent of the population, women only represent 16 percent of local chief administrators in Michigan. 
The program incorporates practical topic education, personal leadership development, and interactive dialogue throughout the five month course.  Training is supported by the Michigan Municipal League and other sponsors and is provided cost-free to selected participants. 
“The 16/50 project acknowledges the benefits of gender balance as it directly impacts organizational success and innovation within communities,” commented Wild. 
“I am honored to be selected as a member of the 2020 class and look forward to participating alongside my fellow colleagues in municipal leadership positions as well as the next generation of female leaders,” Berman said.