Baton Rouge, La. (March 7, 2019) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that applications for the 2020 class of its Leadership Baton Rouge program are now open at brac.org/leadership. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31.

Nominees are accepted from public and private agencies, corporations, civic and other organizations, and individual nominators. Candidates are selected by a committee of Leadership alumni based on demonstrated leadership ability through career or community achievements, concern for the future of the Baton Rouge Area, and commitment to the program.

Program curriculum seeks to train and promote high achievers for positions of voluntary responsibility in the community, provide developing leaders with practical information concerning community issues and assets, establish a communication network among the existing and emerging leaders of the community, and challenge participants to increase their involvement in community affairs.

Session dates for the class of 2020 are as follows:

  • August 1, 2019: Announcement Breakfast
  • August 22 – 23, 2019: Opening Retreat
  • September 17, 2019: Leadership Styles/Diversity
  • October 15, 2019: K-12 Education
  • November 19, 2019: Higher Education
  • December 10, 2019: City and State Government
  • January 21, 2020: Arts and Culture
  • February 11, 2020: Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice
  • March 10, 2020: Healthcare/Social Concerns
  • April 7, 2020: Economic Development
  • April 30 – May 1, 2020: Closing Retreat
  • June 2, 2020: Graduation Dinner

In addition to the monthly program, class members must also visit at least one non-profit agency, attend a Metro Council or other nearby parish governing body meeting, and attend a School Board meeting.

Informational briefings for interested applicants will be held throughout March and April. These briefings will provide more information on the program, tips for completing the application, and testimonials from Leadership Baton Rouge alumni. Event details for the informational briefings can be found at brac.org/leadership.

Applications for the class of 2020 will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31. More information on Leadership Baton Rouge may be found online at brac.org/leadership.

About Leadership Baton Rouge

Leadership Baton Rouge was founded as a program of BRAC to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community. There are now more than 1,000 graduates of the program, many of whom serve in leadership positions on boards, commissions, and hold local, state, or federal elected offices. More information is available at brac.org/leadership.

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, mid-sized 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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