Leadership Baton Rouge, BRAC Program

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The application window for the Class of 2021 has closed. If you would like to be notified when the Class of 2022 application window opens, please email leadershipBR@brac.org.

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 1,200 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 2021 cohort is $1,500. Tuition has been adjusted to reflect the economic impact of COVID-19 to both program expenses and individual stability.

If accepted into Leadership Baton Rouge, each participant, financial sponsor and/or employer will be billed for the tuition fee, which covers all program costs and the first year of dues to Leadership Alumni.

2021 Class Schedule

January 22-23, 2020
February 26, 2021
March 19, 2021
April 16, 2021
May 21, 2021
June 18, 2021
July 16, 2021
August 20, 2021
September 17, 2021
October 15, 2021
November 19, 2021

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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