Leadership Jefferson

Leadership Jefferson is a nine-month program designed to develop a diverse network of dedicated business and community leaders. Facilitated by a professional leadership team, the interactive workshops expose participants to local leaders and activists working to resolve critical issues facing Jefferson Parish.

We engage leaders throughout Jefferson Parish to present to the class and provide educational experiences that citizens may not otherwise have access to. Specific session topics include education, healthcare, quality of life concerns, criminal justice, diversity, community involvement, and economic development.

The Leadership Jefferson program strives to uphold the values and characteristics of an admirable leader; therefore, we take careful consideration in selecting each new class. The application process takes place each summer, followed by a meet-and-greet and opening retreat. Following the completion of all sessions, a graduation ceremony is conducted to reflect on class accomplishments and recognize individuals who successfully complete the program.

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During the program’s opening retreat, the class learns about their Emergenetics profiles and how we all work together as structural, analytical, social, or conceptual leaders and colleagues. Through activities and discussion, each class member learns more about how and why we act and react in various situations.

Leadership Jefferson welcomed updates to its curriculum in 2023 that reflect evolving, current issues unique to our region. New session topics include state governance and advocacy, and civic and community engagement to support traditional program seminars.

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Our state government and advocacy session is held during the regular legislative session where participants attend committee meetings at the Louisiana State Capitol and have lunch with the Jefferson Parish Delegation. The civic and community engagement session features a panel of non-profit business leaders who discuss involvement, serving on an organization’s board of directors, and volunteerism. Additionally, our parish president and council discuss the unique function of government in Jefferson Parish in comparison to neighboring jurisdictions.


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