Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) Program

MLD Coaches 2014-2015

MLD Coaches 2015-2016

What are the objectives of MLD?

Local Leagues work one-on-one with a state coach in monthly telephone calls to recruit new members and engage and retain current members.

What can a local League expect to gain from participating in MLD?

  • Coach dedicated to your League and its needs
  • New ways to use your events and programs to gain and retain members
  • Ways to attract and develop new leaders
  • Increased impact within your community

Who from my League should participate in the program?

People most likely to participate are Presidents, Vice Presidents, heads of Membership and those involved in event planning. Involving two-three people from your League is best.

How much time is involved?

As a minimum, you must be willing to commit to a half-day introductory training session and once-per-month telephone calls with your coach. These monthly calls are about an hour in length.

MLD Tools

The MLD program prepares tools and monthly guidances for the program. These are available on the LWVUS League Management website.

What happens during the monthly telephone calls?

Challenges and success are discussed and each month a special topic is presented. Some topic examples are Planning the new year, Building a leadership pool, Program planning, Fundraising and Summer visibility.

What Leagues are involved in the MLD Program?

Currently participating Leagues are  Andover/North Andover, Greater Haverhill, Hamilton/Wenham, and Williamstown. Other Leagues who participated in the program in the past include: Concord-Carlisle, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Sudbury, Waltham, Winchester and Worcester Area.

How is the Membership and Leadership Development Program (MLD) different from the Field Service Program?

Both programs provide support to local Leagues, and both have the ultimate goal to strengthen local Leagues, however the methods differ. All Leagues participate in the Field Service program which encourages intra-League sharing with the Representative serving as a coordinator and facilitator. MLD is a LWVUS program that links coaches with local Leagues one-on-one to work together through monthly teleconferences following an established curriculum. (For more information on Field Service visit the Field Service Page.)

How do I get more information or apply for the MLD Program?

Contact Pam Holland at

MLD Application