The LA Program

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The primary aim of the LA Program is to strengthen participants’ knowledge of, commitment to, and involvement in collaborative community leadership. The program is designed to develop, connect, and mobilize citizens from cross-sectors of the community, including business, nonprofit, education and government.

The program begins in September and ends in May. Meeting day sessions dedicate time to both leadership development and community orientation, led by a variety of trainers, facilitators, and community leaders. Additionally, there are activities required outside of program days that provide outlets to use and refine skills, concepts, and tools introduced in sessions and readings, which are integral program components.

Through interactive community orientation, personal leadership development training, outside activities, and hands-on team projects, the LA Program provides a strong curriculum for developing a broad, collaborative action-network of community leaders. Participants complete the program with an increased capacity to contribute as effective leaders, a strong connection to the network of LA Program graduates and supporters, and a greater knowledge of the area in which they live.

“This program was a great balance of community orientation and leadership development content. The structure fostered a highly supportive, interactive and inspirational learning environment.” -Maria Roloff, Retired Vice President, Human Resources, Mission Health System, LA 25

“From the beginning of my communication about applying for inclusion in the program, I have been so impressed with my experiences with the staff and the curriculum. I have left program sessions seeing things in a completely different way than I had the day before.” -Travis Childs, Senior Vice President, First Citizens Bank, LA 23

“Involvement in the LA Program is an honor, not only for the participants, but also for the organizations that sponsor them.” -Sandra Byrd, Retired Assistant Provost, Asheville Graduate Center, UNC Asheville, LA 5

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