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What is Leadership Livingston?
Leadership Livingston is program based on a national model used by Chambers throughout the country to develop individuals as leaders within their communities. While the program is new to Livingston Parish, it has a long history of building successful leaders throughout the nation, state and neighboring parishes.
Participants are current and emerging leaders who graduate from the program with an awareness of community and social topics. With commitment and understanding, graduates of Leadership Livingston will transfer skills provided through the program into actual community application. Presenters and sponsors of the program benefit by helping to form trained, responsible, dedicated leaders who are given the tools and information to make a difference in the community where they live and/or work. Enthusiasm from their knowledge gained in the program gives graduates a “can do” approach applied with their renewed enthusiasm and understanding of their surroundings.
How does Leadership Livingston provide this information and skills?
The program begins with an overnight retreat where the class participates in a “simulated society” presented by a certified, professional facilitator. Participants are broken into different “classes” of society where they face the challenges and real life issues of each. Participation in the retreat is mandatory including an overnight stay.
Following the retreat, participants agree to attend a one day session each month focusing on a specific topic of Livingston Parish. The topics include government, culture and tourism, community health care, leadership competencies, judicial system, diversity, education, social concerns, economic development, hidden treasures and topics which are unique to Livingston Parish. These topics are presented as one day per month field trip where the class typically meets at a different destination each month throughout the parish.
Why did the Chamber take on this program?
The Chamber, through its mission, supports the growth and economic development of the parish. A role of the chamber is to engage business leaders, enrich the community at large and expand resources to all. Leadership programs are typically presented by local chambers of commerce making it a perfect fit for the positive direction and growth of not only the chamber, but the parish as a whole. As individuals participate in the program and presenters at the destinations greet the class, the value and need for the program will be realized even further.
Who should participate/apply for the program?
Leadership is for any existing or potential leader who resides or works in Livingston Parish. The number of participants is limited. Other programs typically have participants who are corporate executives, educators, bankers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, homemakers, engineers, volunteers, architects, retailers, physicians, mayors, elected officials, clergy, realtors, publishers, account representatives, health care providers, firemen, managers, police, parish council, city council, tourism, a host of other industries and YOU!
What are the requirements of participants?
Participants agree to:
· Commit to the entire program with the understanding that there are no refunds and those not completing the attendance requirements will not graduate from the program. (No more than one session can be missed to graduate. Sessions can be made up the following year and graduate with that class.)
· Attend the opening retreat with a one night stay.
· Provide your own transportation and agree to carpool when necessary to locations at your expense.
· Attend one full weekday per month session from September through May. (total of 9 days/ sessions, plan for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. sessions)
· Participate in the group project addressing a need in the community.
· No refunds, partial or otherwise, no exceptions.
· Should you leave your sponsoring place of employment before completion, your employer/ sponsor has the right to terminate your participation in the program. No refunds.
· Be attentive to the program and use break times to contact their offices. Cell phones will be silenced and no texting please during presentations.
· Complete a survey and feedback of the day’s events in writing for future programs.
· Write a “letter to the editor” and participate in publicity of the event through radio, interviews or other publicity options.
· Attend the August General Membership Luncheon where the class will be presented to the membership.
What is the cost of the program?
Because we would like to keep our program affordable, we are offering a program fee of $725 per participant. Ask anyone from the first two classes and we
promise they will state the program is worth much more. Many leadership programs charge from one thousand to two thousand dollars because of the value
of this type of Leadership program. Our program will offer the same topics as those and will be professional, structured and organized. Accommodations, meals, fees
and course materials are included in the cost. While transportation may be provided occasionally, transportation costs are not included and are the responsibility of the participant. Program sponsors are currently being offered to support the program as a whole and includes one participant.
What can applicants expect?
Applicants can expect to be notified of their acceptance within a week of the application deadline. Once accepted, you will be notified via email of upcoming sessions, dress, directions, arrival times and other details of each session. The Chamber will provide a calendar for the year at the beginning of the program, but the itinerary for each month will be provided in that month only. A social project of the group will be part of the program and will be an additional component. The chamber reserves the right to implement a social event as a part of the program. Each participant will have options on which event to attend. They will include arts or culture events, civil war reenactments, community events and other easy to attain requirements.
How do I apply?
· Complete the application.
· Sign your application
· Have your employer sign your application agreeing to the time and financial commitment.
· Submit a letter of recommendation with your application.
· Submit the required deposit.
· Return your application by July 25th 12:00 p.m.
2015/2016 Leadership Livingston Class
Amie Barton, Regions Bank; Steven Bernard, Client Technology Services; Brittni Blankenship, Quality Engineering & Surveying, LLC; John C. Blount, Blount General Contractors, LLC; Michele Crosby, Attorney; Carl Duplessis, Jefferson Financial Credit Union; Tracy Girlinghouse, Livingston Parish Council; Lana Guay, Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce; David Hobbs, Media Choice, LLC; Cheryl Jeane, Triton Healthcare; Percival Kane, North Oaks Health System; Mary Kistler, Livingston Parish President's Office; Amy Konieczka, Amy K & Co.; Kay Landry, Covington & Associates; Wayne Mack, Livingston Parish Assessors Office; Craig McGehee, Mayor of Killian; Todd Peters, Our Lady of the Lake; Sabrina Puryear, Ochsner Health Systems; Michael Sanchez, Labarre Associates, Inc.; Jennifer Seneca, Livingston Parish Library; Lori Steele, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office; Clint Trant, First Guaranty Bank; Denisse Velazco, Papi's of Watson
2014/2015 Leadership Livingston Class
Deputy Andre’ Sylvester | Denham Springs Marshal's office; Ben Morse | Skid Marks Tire Pros; Brad Holleman | SJB Group, LLC; Dale Erdey | LA State Senator; Debbie Williams | Ochsner Health System; Delaine Hood | Carnahan Andrews CPA; Eddie Bertoniere | FIRST GUARANTY BANK; Giovani Tairov | Livingston Parish Library; Hannah Kimbrough | LA House of Representatives; Jackie Dykes | GMFS, LLC; Major Jim Brown | Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office; Jodi Carter | Donnie Jarreau Residential, LLC; Karla Needham | Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce; Karen Demaree | BizWorks, LLC; Kayla Johnson | Covington & Associates; Kresten Brown | Forte & Tablada, Inc.; Marsha Bond | Our Lady of the Lake Livingston; Jamie Seal | Quality Engineering & Surveying, LLC; Mayor Rick Ramsey | City of Walker; Michael Larisey | Denham Springs Marshal's Office; Mike Cotton | Office Depot; Nicole Elmore | REGIONS BANK; Rhonda Walker | Livingston Parish President's Office; Scott Dufrene | Primtek, LLC; Susan Abels | Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle, LLC; Tracy Pettigrew | NORTH OAKS HEALTH SYSTEM
2013/2014 Leadership Livingston Class
Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle / Attorney, Brian Abels; Alvin Callais CPA, LLC / Owner, Alvin Callais; Rotolo’s /CEO, Chad Calongne; Our Lady of the Lake, RMC / Administrator, Sybil Cotten; The Livingston Parish News / Admin. Assistant, McHugh David, Jr.; LEDC / Vice President, Abigail DePino; Ochsner Medical Center / Director of Critical Care, Tammy Dickerson; Denham Springs Marshal / Community Relations, Donna Carlisle Erdey; The Livingston Parish News / Advertising Director, Leesha Gleber; First Guaranty Bank / Commercial Lender, Ludrick Hidalgo; Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office / DARE Program, Sgt. Gene Higginbotham; Livingston Parish President’s Office / Chief of Staff, Mike Hughes; DEMCO / Member Services Representative,Toni Johnson; Go! Pages of South Louisiana / Owner/Publisher, Michael Joyce; Labarre Associates / Vice President of Architecture, Phillip Kern; Livingston Parish Veterans Association / President/Founder, Lynn King; North Oaks Health System / Physicians Service Director, Stephanie Kropog; Supreme, LLC / Real Estate Consultant, Kathy Maust; Arceneaux Communications, LLC / Associate Publisher, Margot May; Nelson Service / Livingston Parish School Board, Buddy Mincey, Jr.; Farm Bureau Insurance / Agent, Curtis “Curt” Nickels; North Oaks Health System /Regional Director, Heather Pitarro; Whitney Bank / FSA II, Michael Poche; Skid Marks Tires & Auto Service / Sales Service, Mike Sanders; Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP CPA’s / Manager, Thomas “Trey” Sanders, III; Denham Springs Marshal / Chief Criminal Deputy, Joe Shumate; Livingston Convention & Visitors Bureau / Asst. Director, Jonathan “JT” Taylor; Livingston Alive! Magazine / Editor/Co-owner, Darrelyn Wilson; Livingston Parish Clerk of Court / Supervisor, Ann Wimberly
2012/2013 Leadership Livingston Class:
Parish President | Layton Ricks; Livingston Parish Sheriff | Jason Ard; City of Walker | Mayor Bobby Font; Denham Springs City Marshal | Jerry Denton; Our Lady of the Lake | Director of Business Development, Jill Wyble; Our Lady of the Lake | VP of Operations Dean Williams; Skid Marks Tires & Auto Service | Manager Tim Whittington; Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce | President/CEO April Wehrs; St. Michel Spa Owner | Michelle Tranchina; Wright & Percy Insurance | Account Manager Mickie Thompson; Generations Hospice Service Corporation | Hospice Social Worker, Jennifer Thomas; Whitney Bank | Financial Services Nick Terito; North Oaks Health System | AVP Diagnostic Services, Regina Scott; L. A. Champagne & Co, LLP | Partner, Kim Sanders; Robichaux Insurance | Owner, Jay Robichaux; Continential Kennel Club | Accounting Manager, Brandy Roberts; Amerigroup Louisiana | Senior Marketing Representative, Ashley Rivere; Ochsner | VP of Nursing, Dawn Pevey-Maust; Whitney Bank | VP of Retail Sales, Jolene Ott; First Guaranty Bank | Commercial Loans, Joshua Prejean; Alternative Incarceration Monitoring | Owner, Rhonda Nichols; Iberia Bank | Branch Manager, Sherry Mely; Labarre Associates | Client Manager, Travis Eiermann; Lard Oil Company | Sales Manager, Wayne Dugas; Livingston Parish President's Office | Grant Coordinator, Heather Crain; Carnahan Andrews, CPA, LLC | Owner, Shelby Carnahan; Child Advocacy Services | Director of Community Outreach, Donna Bliss; Primerica | Regional Vice President, Shannon Bernard; Babcock Insurance Agency | Owner, Derek Babcock; Indepentdent Realtor | Realtor, Sonya Allen