Leadership Lafayette

Find your voice as a local leader and work alongside existing and emerging leaders who share your passion for community growth to help create meaningful change and connections for a stronger future.

Applications for the 2021 Leadership Lafayette program are now closed. Sign up for updates and information on the 2022 application cycle.

What is Leadership Lafayette?

Since 1987, Leadership Lafayette has helped to enhance the skills, knowledge and personal awareness of our community leaders to build a coalition of supportive networks that affect positive change for the Acadiana region. As Leadership Institute of Acadiana’s flagship program, Leadership Lafayette is designed to equip and activate informed leaders through a broader awareness and appreciation of the region in which they live, work and play.

What can Leadership Lafayette participants expect?

For Participants
Leadership Lafayette offers in-depth learning opportunities and experiences that foster personal and professional growth and empower you to take the next step on your journey as a local leader. Over nine months, a class of 40 participants will learn about the history, critical challenges and current assets of our community and consider the implications for the future while they build relationships with cross-generational leaders and peers.

The yearly program opens with orientation in January, a two-day opening retreat in February and one dedicated program day each month from March through November. The program concludes with an evening graduation ceremony in November.

Read stories from current participants and graduates about their Leadership Lafayette experience.

For Employers and Sponsors
LIA’s Leadership Lafayette program is focused on the growth and development of new and emerging leaders across our region. With a network of more than 700 graduates, Leadership Lafayette participants have the opportunity to connect with fellow community leaders and build a strong local network of influencers. Leadership Lafayette participants have the opportunity to serve our community and deal firsthand with crucial local issues, offering added visibility for your company and allowing you to partner with an organization vital to the future of our region.

Who is a good fit for Leadership Lafayette?

As the premier civic-leadership training program in the region, Leadership Lafayette is designed for innovative thinkers, collaboration enthusiasts and leadership devotees who are ready to make a difference in their community. Leadership Lafayette participants are interested in:

  • Further developing their leadership skills
  • Increasing their civic and community involvement
  • Exploring different experiences and diverse points of view
  • Building relationships with individuals who are equally committed to improving the Lafayette community
  • Using their Leadership Lafayette experience, knowledge and connections for the long-term benefit of our community

Leadership Lafayette participants must also be willing and able to commit to the mandatory retreat and time necessary to complete the program. Active participation is required at planned sessions including tours, field trips, group discussions and activities, as well as inter-session readings and field trips.


Register for Leadership Lafayette

Applications for the 2020 Leadership Lafayette program are now closed. Sign up for updates and information on the 2021 application cycle.

Leadership Lafayette: Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

The Leadership Lafayette application fee is $30 and program tuition is $2,000 — this includes the cost of meals, materials and overnight lodging for opening retreat.

Limited funds for tuition assistance are available based on need. The tuition assistance application is part of the online application form.

What are the participation requirements?

The Leadership Lafayette Selection Committee—made up of LIA staff, advocates and board members—focuses on building a diverse cohort of leaders to ensure a broad representation from a variety of occupational, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as geographic areas and community interests. Leadership Lafayette applicants:

  • Should live or work in the Lafayette area
  • Must have the full support of the organization for which the applicant works
  • Must be willing and able to commit to the mandatory retreat and the time necessary to complete the program

How often does it take place?

Leadership Lafayette is a yearly program. Applications for the upcoming year are typically due in November, and selected candidates are notified by email in early December. The Leadership Lafayette program kicks off with an orientation in January, a two-day opening retreat in February, one dedicated program day each month from March through November and concludes with a graduation ceremony in November. Part of the application process is confirming you are able to commit to the full program year.


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