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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 approximately 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 opening retreat, and continuing through the year with full day monthly sessions.

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.

Applications are open for the 2022 Class of Leadership SWLA. 
In order to become a Leadership SW Alumni, chosen participants must complete all sessions listed below. Please ensure that your employer understands that you will be out of the office for these sessions.  Leadership dates are usually the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Before applying, please check your calendars to see if there are any conflicts.

The proposed dates:
  • January 18, 2022:  Orientation Reception
  • January 30-31, 2022:  Mandatory Opening Retreat
  • March 8, 2022
  • April 12, 2022
  • May 10, 2022 
  • June 14, 2022 
  • July 12, 2022 
  • August 9, 2022
  • September 13, 2022 
  • October 11, 2022 
  • November 8, 2022 
  • November 15, 2022:  Graduation

If accepted into the Leadership Southwest Louisiana program, you or your employer/sponsor will be responsible for the tuition fee of $1,500 (Discounted to $1,200.00 for Chamber members) which covers all program costs (except optional activities)Completed applications are due by COB August 31, 2021.  

Click here to fill out your registration form.


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

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