Leadership Bloomington - Monroe County (LBMC) builds a stronger community by identifying a diverse cross-section of emerging leaders and preparing them for roles in shaping our future. Each year, people who are broadly representative of Bloomington and Monroe County participate in this leadership program to prepare for greater involvement in community life. To date, more than 800 local leaders have participated in this program.
LBMC is a program offered in partnership by Indiana University and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.
During the course, you, along with a small group of classmates, will work on a project that addresses a community need. Past LBMC projects have included community events supporting the arts, literacy, and community health; strategic plans for nonprofit organizations; youth education initiatives; and infrastructure improvements. If you've heard of the Boys and Girls Club of Ellettsville, the New Philanthropists, or B is for Bloomington, you are familiar with an LBMC project. The projects are group-directed and fostered throughout the program.
You will learn leadership skills directly applicable to both your career and your community involvement as you interact with local experts and your classmates. The “classroom” is the community itself and the instructors are IU faculty members and business, not-for-profit, and government leaders who place local issues into context. Through interactive learning you will acquire specific leadership skills, such as effective listening, problem solving, team building, and networking. Each session takes place at a site related to the day’s topic. Topics focus on aspects of community life: economic foundations, education, government, healthcare, and media communication, among others.
LBMC is a seven-month program that begins in October and ends in April. The program begins with an orientation and closes with group project presentations. Fourteen sessions are scheduled on alternate Thursday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon at various community locations. You will enjoy a special graduation and recognition dinner at the conclusion of the program.
You are expected to participate fully by attending each session. You must:
- Attend the orientation, project planning meeting, and final presentations.
- Attend a minimum of nine of the remaining 12 sessions held on alternating Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon; be on time and stay for the entire session.
- Actively participate in your community project group, which will need to meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
If you cannot currently meet the program’s time commitment, we encourage you to wait to apply until your schedule is more flexible.
The enrollment fee is $1,060, which includes a $60 deposit, all sessions, instructional materials, refreshments, and the graduation dinner.
The balance of $1,000 is due on October 1. Participants will be notified of acceptance on or around September 23. Since the number of participants in the program is limited, applicants who are not selected are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.
Several partial tuition awards are available to people who would not otherwise be able to participate in the program. Click here for an application. Tuition assistance requests are due with your application.
Programs of this type often qualify for fee reimbursement from employers. Check with your employer concerning partial or full reimbursement. Financial assistance may also be available from other community sources.
For more information, call 855-1182 or e-mail Kyla Cox Deckard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Kyla Cox Deckard at email@example.com or (812) 855-1182.
LBMC 2015-16 Program Schedule
Friday, October 16*
Orientation, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, October 29
Rediscover Your Community
Thursday, November 12*
Project Selection Day
Thursday, November 19
Thursday, December 3
Thursday, December 17
Thursday, January 7
Thursday, January 21
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Thursday, February 4
Innovation and Inspiration
Thursday, February 18
Community Health and Education
Thursday, March 3
Thursday, March 24
Thursday, April 7
Thursday, April 14
Thursday, April 21*
Project Presentation Day
Wednesday, April 27
Graduation, 6-9 p.m.
Schedule is tentative. LBMC reserves the right to make changes, additions, and deletions to this schedule.
All sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted. * denotes a mandatory session.
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