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Leadership St. Mary
To recruit and develop leaders who will be active and involved in moving St. Mary Parish into the 21st century.
The future focus of these leaders will be on improving the following aspects: business, educational, governmental, and community environments. Leadership St. Mary offers an opportunity to become invested, in the most active way possible, in the future of our parish.
Through this program, participants are exposed to a range of ideas and experiences that will best prepare them to guide St. Mary Parish toward achieving its highest potential.
Leadership St. Mary provides a continuing source of leaders by strengthening the following qualities essential to all who wish to serve effectively:
Knowledge of Our Parish
In the course of the program, members will develop the skills needed to participate in the processes that form the foundation of civic leadership—coalition building, significant dialog, creative problem solving, and consensus building.
Leadership St. Mary promotes diversity and expands awareness by recruiting candidates from all sectors of the parish: business, public agencies, nonprofits, education, and other professions.
Each applicant, if accepted, must commit to participate in the 2-year program. The first year, the applicant must attend the monthly all-day sessions, which present varied approaches to the issues facing every community. Group members share their ideas and learn from each other’s experiences, as well as participate in exercises, field trips, and presentations by local leaders. After completion of the all-day sessions, participants graduate from Leadership St. Mary. During the second year, the graduating class completes a class project they selected based upon their learning experiences during the previous year.
See below for an outline of the curriculum.
Who Should Participate?
Applicants for Leadership St. Mary include those who are interested in the future and what to make a difference. Leadership participants will find the program beneficial to their understanding our parish. Even those who have previous involvement in community issues gain new insights and develop new personal and professional relationships through their Leadership experience.
Leadership St. Mary is ideal for
Business and Professional People
Current Community Leaders
Non-profit Board Members
Executive Staff Members
Selection for Leadership St. Mary is a two-step process.
Complete an application and submit by the application deadline.
Following the application deadline, a selection panel reviews all written applications.
Final selection is based on the information furnished on the application.
Selected participants are then asked to make the two-year commitment to the program.
Now Accepting Applications
Jason Bailey, Chariman. MC Bank
Erin Sauce, Co-Chair. Teche Federal
Donna Meyer, Chamber of Commerce
Kristy Toups, Holiday Inn of Morgan City
Karla Byron, Louisiana Portrait Gallery
Leadership Program Curriculum
Session I Education/Vo-Tech/Nicholls
Session II History and Culture
Session III Healthcare/Non-Profit
SIMSOC (Simulated Society)
Session IV Government/Law Enforcement
Session V Mass Media/Public Communications
Session VI Our Environment
Session VII Economic Development & Tourism
Session VIII Industry & Agriculture
If you have further questions Donna Meyer at
"Leadership St. Mary was a great experience. I learned of available services and met numerous people from different areas of our Parish who came together to attempt a positive change." -- Scott Tudury, Apex-CNC
"Something awesome in St. Mary Parish!" - The Young Sanders Library
"Diverse locations, good speakers" - Anonymous
"Very informative! Learned so much about St. Mary Parish." - Anonymous
"The opportunity to see places I have never been before, even though I grew up in Morgan City." - Anonymous
"Enjoyed seeing the variety of education that St. Mary Parish offers." - Education Day
"It was wonderful seeing the technology that has been implemented in the school system." - Education Day
"Leadership St. Mary was an excellant experience. It was a very practical program that vastly increased my awareness about numerous aspects of life and business in St. mary Parish. As a long-term resident, I was surprised to learn so much abou this commmunity." - Suzanne W. Leadership Class of 2013
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