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Leadership SWLA

The future of Southwest Louisiana is tied directly to the quality and voluntary contributions of its leadership. In recognition of the need to develop leaders for the future who have a clear understanding of the region and are committed to its advancement, The Chamber SWLA and the SWLA Alliance Foundation have created Leadership SWLA.

Every year, a class of 30 men and women are selected from the applicants to represent a cross-section of our region: business, the professions, government, education, religion, civic groups, the arts, labor, minority organizations, and community groups. The program begins in January with a class welcoming mixer,  an overnight retreat in February, continuing through the year with full day sessions monthly.

The experience-based training sessions are conducted by recognized leaders whose decisions affect the region in areas such as economic development, business, workforce development, human services, education, government, coastal restoration, and infrastructure.

To apply for the 2020 class, click here.

To see the dates and topics for the 2020 session, visit this link.

For more information on Leadership/Southwest Louisiana, contact Michelle McInnis at (337) 433-3632 or at

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