Each year, up to 25 individuals are selected to participate in a ten-month educational program that includes an opening retreat, 7 monthly half-day sessions, and a class project. Participants receive in-depth exposure to the critical issues facing the river region parish community through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations, and other leadership development activities. Issues to be addressed during the year include healthcare, government and law enforcement, regionalism, education, parish perspectives (2-part session) and arts and culture. The location and format of each session is different. The program enables participants to develop their leadership capacities, build strong relationships, and prepare themselves to grow and engage their surrounding communities.
- Program delivers quality leadership development through a range of dynamic speakers, discussions, and skill-building activities
- Designed to broaden participant knowledge of the community while enhancing leadership skills
- Extraordinary networking opportunities exclusive to class members
- Inspires participants to take an active role in contributing to the community
Participation is open to any individual who resides or works in River Region; however, the number of participants accepted each year is limited. Similar programs have participants that include corporate executives, educators, bankers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, homemakers, volunteers, retailers, physicians, elected officials, clergy, realtors, health care providers, firemen, police, parish council, tourism, a host of other industries, and YOU! Whether you are currently in a leadership role or just aspire to be, anyone invested in the future of the River Region can benefit from this program.
When participants are selected each year, it is with an eye toward diversity to encourage a collaboration of ideas and viewpoints. The program is not a starting point, but rather a professional development opportunity for men and women who are both acknowledged and aspiring leaders.
Commit to the entire program with the understanding that there are no refunds. Individuals unable to complete the attendance requirements will not graduate from the program. Participants can miss up to two classes, not including the mandatory opening and closing retreat(s). Participants missing more than two classes will not be allowed to graduate.
The River Region Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501c3 organization; this investment may be tax deductible as a business expense. Please consult your tax advisor.