Blue Ox Business Academy

Leadership Experience

Leadership Experience

An immersive experience in personal leadership growth through the exploration of community sectors, challenges and opportunities.

Leadership Experience Class
Leadership Experience Class
Leadership Experience Class

Registration will open in Summer 2022 for the 2023 Leadership Experience training.

Join a growing group of nearly 500 individuals representing businesses from across the Brainerd Lakes Area by signing up for Leadership Experience training. This program is designed for the emerging leaders and high-potential employees to develop essential skills and insights into their leadership character. Seats fill up fast, so don’t wait to register.

Through Leadership Experience training, participants will build relationships and gain an inside view of the region’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Upon completion of the program, all are challenged to take the next step in their organization and community. 

This program is only offered to Chamber Members. Cost is $995 per person and limited to 40 individuals. Through the support of Anderson Brothers Construction, scholarships (25% discount) are available upon request and approval by Paula Chapulis to non profit organizations and small businesses with fewer than 5 employees. 

Sessions held approximately 8AM - 5PM

Monthly sessions from Sept. - May

Session held locally, locations vary


September TBD

  • One overnight 
  • Opening Retreat: Myers-Briggs Profile, Leadership Traits & Styles, Leadership Communication, Community Service Projects
  • Attendance Mandatory


October TBD

  • Tourism Experience


November TBD

  • Manufacturing and Business Experience


December TBD

  • Non-Profits Experience


January TBD

  • Health Care Experience


January TBD

  • Diversity Experience (a.m. only)


February TBD

  • Education Experience


March TBD

  • Public Service Experience


March / April TBD

  • Date TBD (based on state government schedule)
  • Community Experience: Legislative Day at the Capitol



  • Media Experience
  • Area History Experience
  • Community Service Project Presentations
  • Commencement will be held at the Celebration of Leaders in June 2022.

Linda Holliday, Impact Minnesota


Erik Therwanger, Think GREAT


Paula Chapulis, Blue Ox Business Academy


Take it from our graduates.

"Leadership Experience is for anyone looking to take the next step in their career."

"A peek behind the curtain of many industries in the Brainerd Lakes Area and an opportunity to pick the brains of the people who help make it successful. "

"A program that not only develops you as a leader, but also helps you see how to improve your organization."

Deadline to register: August 31st, 2021

Paula Chapulis Circle Headshot

For more information, contact Blue Ox Business Academy Director Paula Chapulis.

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