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John W. Barton, Sr. Community Leadership Development Program




"The Barton Leadership Program offered me access to community leaders and connections with colleagues that I may not have met elsewhere. Barton also offered me the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking conversations with my peers, and a broader view of Baton Rouge. Through Barton, I have become a more well-rounded professional and community member."- Janel Page, 2019 Barton Leadership Program Graduate


The application can be found at the bottom of this page. Applicants will be notified by our committee in the beginning of August if they have been accepted into the program. The program will accept up to 35 participants. In recent years, we have received more applications than openings. Please be thoughtful when completing the application. The Barton Leadership Program is Forum 225’s premier leadership training program that enables members to develop their leadership skills while promoting community involvement and volunteerism in Baton Rouge through training sessions. Participants gain a behind-the-scenes look at important updates on the private, public, and nonprofit sector landscape from those experts working in it while also engaging with other young professionals participating in the program.
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

The program will kick off August 18, 2020. 
** Forum 225 intends to hold all Barton Meetings in person starting in September and will abide by all CDC guidelines for social distancing and provide appropriate PPE for everyone. In the event of another shelter in place, all classes will revert to online learning through a platform.**


Program Fee


$300 for Forum 225 members

$350 for non-Forum 225 members

(Fee not charged until applicant is selected for the program)


** Once classes begin, there will be no refunds of program tuition.**






Forum 225 would like permission to use your name and employer when announcing the program participants.

If a member, please indicate how long you have been a part of Forum 225 and in which Forum 225 activities you have participated.

Please attach a current resume. Preferred file types are Word files and PDFs. ** Optional**

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