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Leadership Program

Bismarck-Mandan's future is directly tied to the quality of our leadership. Our community needs people who are informed about local issues, willing to stand up for action and effective in serving on volunteer committees and organizations.

That's why the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC created the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program. By going through this program, you'll strengthen your leadership skills, broaden your understanding of local issues, connect with community resources and contacts, build mentoring relationships with current leaders, and even have fun. But most importantly, you'll gain skills and opportunities that will equip you to serve both your community and your business as a leader.

How To Apply

Complete the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan application online or call the Chamber EDC at 223-5660. Deadline for applications is typically the beginning of August.

Who Particpates

Up to 20 participants are chosen each year by a committee based on the following criteria:

  • interest in the community's well-being
  • willingness to be involved in community service
  • potential for community leadership
  • ability to devote time and energy to the program
  • previous community involvement

How You Benefit

As a participant, you'll gain an inside look at the inner workings of our community and develop a better understanding of the challenges facing Bismarck-Mandan in the future. As a graduate of the program, you'll become part of a network of community leaders, and you'll be recognized for your willingness and ability to contribute to community life.

The Program

Participants delve into today's most compelling issues. Community experts lead stimulating Issue Day sessions during the program on topics relevant to Bismarck-Mandan and its future. Faculty consists of local civic, education, and business leaders as well as out-of-town guest speakers. Issue Days include the following topics:

  • Local Issues
  • Economic Development
  • Law & Legislature
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Human Services
  • Arts & Leisure
  • Education
  • Health
  • Military & Law Enforcement
  • Media
  • Faith, Values & Ethics

Issue Days typically run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. so participants can avoid missing full days of work. The orientation day and the closing retreat each encompass a full day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Highlights of the program include:

  • Introductory full-day retreat
  • Group field project presentations
  • Wrap-up facilitator focusing on personal growth, development and commitment to leadership
  • Graduation ceremony and recognition

After graduation, all Leadership graduates are included in the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association's web site: lbmaa.org. All graduates are encouraged to become actively involved in our community.


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