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Forum 35 Opens Applications For Redesigned Barton Leadership Program

Tuesday, May 14, 2019   (0 Comments)
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BATON ROUGE - Forum 35 opened applications May 1 for the John W. Barton Sr. Leadership Program (Barton Leadership), their premier leadership training program. Applications will be open through July 8, 2019. Announcement of the cohort will be August 1, 2019.


The program is designed to:

·         Expose participants to a variety of business, civic, and community leaders.

·         Broaden participants’ knowledge about the rich history, culture, and events of the region.

·         Provide the opportunity for participants to network and build relationships with fellow young professionals.

·         Challenge and equip participants with the resources and knowledge needed to become more involved in the community.


In previous years, Barton Leadership focused on training young professionals for non-profit board service. After realizing a community need for an affordable, intensive leadership program geared toward young professionals, Forum 35 leaders decided to take the Barton program to new heights. The expanded program will include in-depth sessions on Baton Rouge’s arts and culture; issues facing Baton Rouge and how young professionals can make a difference; honing skills for service in the community; and learning how to break down the barriers that divide the Baton Rouge community.


The 2019 program will also kick off an exclusive Mentor Connection Program which will pair accepted participants with C-level executives and community leaders. All participants will receive a guaranteed minimum of two mentorship sessions with their paired community mentor. “We’re very excited to announce the enhanced Barton Leadership Program, after many successful years, our new curriculum will help young professionals develop their leadership skills while making new connections and learning from a diverse group of individuals” said Jessica Trepagnier, Forum 35 President.


Barton Leadership classes will begin in August 2019 and conclude in December 2019. All meetings will be held 5:30 - 8:30 pm.


Any young professional in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas who wishes to be more engaged in the community is encouraged to register. Whether you are new to Baton Rouge or have lived here your entire life, Barton Leadership will connect you with the community in a dynamic and meaningful way.


For more information or to apply, visit Questions regarding the program or the application can be directed to Ethan Melancon at or



About Forum 35


As Baton Rouge’s largest young-professionals organization, Forum 35 has been striving to improve the quality of life in Baton Rouge for over 25 years through Leadership, Service, Arts & Culture and Diversity. 

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