Stories

Read updates from program participants, learn about our community collaboration and stay updated on the latest Leadership Institute of Acadiana news.
Leadership Lafayette Class XXXVI Co-Chairs Announced

Leadership Lafayette Class XXXVI Co-Chairs Announced

Mary Farmer-Kaiser is the Dean of the Graduate School and a Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She grew up in Kansas and moved to Louisiana in 2000 by way of Virginia, South Carolina, and Ohio. When she moved to Lafayette she did expect...

Introducing LL XXXV Curriculum Co-Chairs

Volunteer leadership has been the backbone of our Leadership Lafayette program since its inception in 1987. Each year, two program graduates join forces to help design the curriculum experience for the cohort. For 2022, we are excited to announce that the LL XXXV co-chairs are Maggi Bienvenu (LL XXXII) and Noah Brandon (LL XXXIV). You can learn more about both volunteers below.

LIA’s 2030 Vision

LIA’s 2030 Vision

Since 1987, the Leadership Institute of Acadiana (LIA) has distinguished itself as the region’s premier leadership organization. Connected by their commitment to serving the community, LIA’s graduates can be found taking action in board rooms, public office, corporate leadership, and area neighborhoods. LIA’s work to convene, build, and activate leaders has never been more urgent or critical to the region’s well-being than at the present.

Announcing National Leadership Network Launch

Announcing National Leadership Network Launch

We are thrilled to announce that the Leadership Institute of Acadiana is one of nine Community Leadership Programs serving as founding partners of the National Leadership Network (NLN).

Introducing LL XXXIV Curriculum Co-chairs

Introducing LL XXXIV Curriculum Co-chairs

Volunteer leadership has been the backbone of our Leadership Lafayette program since its inception in 1987. Each year, two program graduates join forces to help design the curriculum experience for the cohort. For 2021, we are excited to announce that the LL XXXIV co-chairs are Corey Jack (LL XXXI) and Lacey Maynor (LL XXXI). You can learn more about both volunteers below.

LIA Member Story Bently Senegal

LIA Member Story Bently Senegal

Bently B. Senegal, director of community services for Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, shares how his Leadership Lafayette experience better equipped him to serve our community.

LIA Member Story: Skyra Rideaux

LIA Member Story: Skyra Rideaux

City of Austin’s economic development services coordinator, Skyra Rideaux, shares how her experiences from participating in LIA programs were pivotal for her career progression.

LIA Member Story: Joey Durel

LIA Member Story: Joey Durel

Joey Durel, former city-parish president and now self-employed realtor with Keaty Real Estate, tells how LIA impacted his choice to run for public office.

LIA Member Story: Charles Fenstermaker

LIA Member Story: Charles Fenstermaker

President Charles Fenstermaker of C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, LLC shares how Leadership Lafayette continues to help him be more active and engaged in our community.

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