Baton Rouge, LA (July 29, 2019) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) on Friday graduated 23 participants from its InternBR program. InternBR, presented by Gallagher and sponsored by Hannis T Bourgeois, is an initiative of BRAC’s Talent Development program designed to invest in young professional talent and assist area employers with talent attraction and retention. The program provides post high school-age students with professional development training focused on soft skills. 

 

The class of 23 area interns attended weekly sessions throughout June and July, each centered on a specific area of professional development. The program began with an opening retreat focused on the qualities of effective leadership and communication and culminated with participants using their newly-learned skills during a mock interview session conducted by community human resources professionals.  

 

Other focus areas included personal branding, professional communication, behavior preferences, and leadership styles. The students also engaged in professional, service, and social opportunities to learn more about the Capital Region. 

 

InternBR participants were selected through a competitive application process. The InternBR Class of 2019 and their internship companies are listed below. 

 

  • Chet Andrews, Lamar 
  • Louis AngellozLabarre Associates 
  • Blake Bean, Gallagher 
  • Jeneé Benoit, Barker Property Management 
  • Sarah Bourgeois, Gallagher 
  • Alannie Broussard, LSU Residential Life 
  • Paul CassisaElifin Realty 
  • Bradley del Rio, Gallagher 
  • Walker Fleming, Accurate Medical Billing 
  • Sam Grayson, Emergent Method 
  • Maggie Higgins, Baton Rouge Area Chamber 
  • Hunter Hill, Gallagher 
  • Ashlyn Lyons, Frock Candy 
  • Corynn Major, Gallagher 
  • Peter Mata, Faulk & Winkler 
  • Stoney McLarty, Armentor & Associates, APAC 
  • Alisha Moore, Kids’ Orchestra 
  • Mikayla Moss, Kids’ Orchestra 
  • Peyton Phillips, Hannis T Bourgeois, LLP 
  • Claire Popov, Gallagher 
  • Zachary RoubeinEmergent Method 
  • Shale Silva, Gallagher  
  • Justin Sumrall, Gallagher 

 

The InternBR program serves to attract and retain the region’s talent, one of BRAC’s chief objectives. To learn more about InternBR, visit www.brac.org/internbr. 

 

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, midsize firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at brac.org. 

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