About LIA

For more than 30 years, the Leadership Institute of Acadiana (LIA) has brought together the region’s most dedicated leaders from the private, nonprofit and public sectors to drive actionable change for a better Acadiana.

At LIA, our goal is to provide experiential, collaborative leadership training programs and initiatives that offer local leaders access to the skills, knowledge and ongoing support they need to impact our community and influence the future of our region.

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Based in Lafayette, Louisiana, LIA was founded in response to a need for an active approach to leadership training and development that could offer a continuum of support for the betterment of our community.

Initially started with only its flagship leadership program: Leadership Lafayette, LIA’s programming has grown to include a variety of leadership training initiatives adapted to meet the needs of the community we aim to serve. With more than 1,500 graduates and counting, LIA’s diverse history of leaders represents the very best professional, public service and nonprofit organizations that are working together to champion policies and legislation for a stronger community.

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana has been a game changer for my personal development and professional career! Participating in Leadership Lafayette gave me a civic understanding of this region and allowed me to build relationships with leaders from many different backgrounds and professions. As a volunteer for Acadiana OnBoard, I was also able to utilize my leadership ability to help others impact Acadiana's nonprofit landscape.

- Corey Jack

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