Leadership Baton Rouge, BRAC Program

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Program Overview

Leadership Baton Rouge was founded as a BRAC program in 1985 to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community. There are now over 1,400 graduates of the program, many of whom serve in leadership positions on boards, commissions, and hold federal, state and local public offices. 

Because Leadership Baton Rouge focuses on key areas of concern – education, cultural and personal diversity, city and state government, healthcare and social concerns, economic development, the arts and culture, the criminal justice system & law enforcement), 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 is an excellent resource for organizations seeking capable board members.


The curriculum for Leadership Baton Rouge is designed to use a variety of resources and learning techniques. Topics are chosen based on key components inherent in the daily lives of the people of the Baton Rouge Area. 

The curriculum is designed to accomplish the following goals: 

  • To seek out, train and promote high achievers for positions of voluntary responsibility in the community 
  • To provide these developing leaders with practical information concerning community issues and assets 
  • To establish a communication network among the existing and emerging leaders of the community 
  • To challenge these leaders to increase their involvement in community affairs 


Leadership Baton Rouge program tuition for the 2023 cohort is $1,950.

2023 Class Schedule

Session dates for the class of 2023 are as follows; sessions denoted by an asterisk are mandatory:

January 20-21, 2023*
February 10, 2023
March 17, 2023
April 21, 2023
May 19, 2023
June 23, 2023

July 21, 2023
August 18, 2023
September 15, 2023
October 20, 2023
November 9-10, 2023*

Selection Process

Nominees are accepted from public and private agencies, corporations, civic and other organizations, and individual nominators. Applicants are accepted based on demonstrated leadership ability through career or community achievements, concern for the future of the Baton Rouge Area, and commitment to the program. A selection committee of Leadership Baton Rouge alumni recommend candidates based on a cross-section of the community in terms of occupation, gender, race, age and affiliations.

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