The deadline to submit applications for the class of 2013 is Friday, June 29. The program was founded in 1985 to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community.
There are now over nine hundred graduates, many of whom serve in leadership positions on boards, commissions, and hold both state and local public offices.
Nominees are accepted from public and private agencies, corporations, civic and other organizations, and individual nominators. Applicants are accepted on the basis of demonstrated leadership ability through career or community achievements, concern for the future of the Capital Region, and commitment to the program. Every July a selection committee recommends thirty to thirty-five candidates, based on a cross-section of the community in terms of occupation, gender, race, age, and affiliations. An application, as well as program cost and requirements, is available at www.brac.org/leadership.
The Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program focuses on key areas of concern such as education, cultural and personal diversity, city and state government, healthcare and social concerns, economic development, the arts and media, the criminal justice system, and the environment. Graduates leave the program with first-hand knowledge of the issues facing our region and the potential for a positive community experience through volunteerism.
The program commences nine months of training with a weekend retreat in August. From September to April, the class devotes an entire day each month for lectures, discussions, field trips, and practical exercises pertinent to community issues.
To conclude the program, a weekend retreat is held in May, followed by a graduation ceremony in June. The program is led by Mary Beth Chevalier.
About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area, the Creative Capital of the South. Serving as the voice of the business community, BRAC’s investors includes more than 1,200 organizations whose employees represent over a third of the workforce.