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Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Michigan Municipal League to Launch 16/50 Project

Project aims to remove barriers to women serving at executive levels of local government

What: The Michigan Municipal League will be launching the 16/50 Project: Driving the Force of Female Municipal Managers. The 16/50 Project was developed to highlight and bridge the gap between the percentage of women in the state of Michigan (50.8 percent) and the percentage of women that hold positions as municipal managers (16 percent).

When:   10:10 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (immediately following the opening general session of MML’s Capital Conference)

Where:  Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, Michigan. Expo halls AB. The news conference also can be viewed on Facebook Live on MML’s Facebook page (

Who:    Catherine Bostick-Tullius, Michigan Municipal League Board President, Lapeer City Commissioner
Melanie Piana, League Board Vice President, Ferndale Councilmember
Patrick Sullivan, President of the Michigan Municipal Executives, Northville City Manager
Emily Kieliszewski, League Membership Engagement Specialist
Rebecca Fleury, Battle Creek City Manager

Why:   Despite filling roles in many areas of appointed and elected government, women lag substantially behind men when it comes to their representation in executive local management positions. With a focus on the unique skills and challenges that women bring to and face in the profession, the 16/50 Project will work to remove barriers for women seeking the highest level of the profession, provide exclusive professional development opportunities, and foster key opportunities for a new generation of female leaders.

For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell); (734) 669-6317 (office) and

About the League: Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at




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