Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) Program

In 2014, LWV Ohio began sponsoring the LWVUS’ Membership and Leadership Development Program (MLD) in order to support and assist local Ohio Leagues’ efforts to increase their membership, increase their members’ engagement and develop strong League leaders.

The mission of the League of Women Voters has never been more needed - and growing our membership and developing leaders will increase Leagues' impact in our communities. The MLD Program takes a collaborative approach to building a powerful and visible League presence in local communities, recognizing that each local League is unique.  And a specially trained MLD coach provides support and resources to each participating League and MLD team.    

                                        "MLD gives us the tools and support to recruit, engage and retain members."   

Iris Meltzer, President, LWV Kent  

“The MLD experience was a light bulb moment for us--providing focus and tools for membership development.  We started asking our friends and neighbors, and inviting the community to join at our events and, surprisingly, the memberships started rolling in."

Susan Hesselgesser, Executive Director, LWV Greater Dayton Area

“It’s a lot of fun to help a local League work on their plan for new members and mentoring new leaders, and I get to celebrate with them as they grow.  I’m lucky to be an MLD coach and recommend coaching to anyone who enjoys being part of a team.”

Marlene Muse, MLD Coach

Currently, 16 Ohio Leagues (51%) participate in the program: LWV of Ashtabula County, LWV Cincinnati Area, LWV Clermont County, LWV Greater Cleveland, LWV Metro Columbus, LWV Greater Dayton Area, LWV Delaware County, LWV Hudson, LWV Kent, LWV Marion, LWV N. Portage County, LWV Oxford, LWV Tallmadge, LWV Toledo/Lucas County, LWV Wayne County, and LWV Greater Youngstown.

LWV Ohio is now accepting MLD applications for 2016-2018 from additional Leagues and prospective new coaches!

If your League is not participating, we invite it to join the MLD program today - and make those wishes come true!

Please click to see the 2016-2018 local League application form and the LWVO MLD coach application form, as well as the overview of the MLD program.

For questions or further information contact, please contact the state League office at 614-469-1505.

MLD Program Information

Please see the links below for additional information about the MLD Program.  For questions or further information contact, please contact the state office at 614-469-1505.

Membership Leadership Development (MLD) Program: Background and Overview

MLD Overview (PPT)

LWVUS – LWVO – Local Leagues: MLD Support Structure: National, State and Local Partnership

LWVUS - LWVO - Local Leagues: MLD Expectations and Roles

The Role of the MLD Coach