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 is currently closed.

Registration for the 2024-2025 Leadership Experience class will begin in summer of 2024. Check back here for details.

Join a growing group of more than 500 individuals who have graduated from our Leadership Experience program. This 9 month, 10 session program is designed for 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 $1,345 per person and limited to 40 individuals. Through the support of Anderson Brothers Construction, scholarships (25% discount) are available to small businesses (up to 5 employees) and Non Profit organizations with financial limitations. Just ask.

Sessions held approximately 8AM - 5PM

Monthly sessions from Sept. - May

Session held locally, locations vary


Thursday, September 21 - Friday, September 22, 2023

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


Thursday, October 5, 2023

  • Tourism Experience


Thursday, November 2, 2023

  • Manufacturing and Business Experience


Thursday, December 14, 2023

  • Non-Profits Experience


Thursday, January 11, 2024

  • Health Care Experience


Thursday, February 8, 2024

  • Education Experience


Thursday, March 7, 2024

  • Public Service Experience


March or April, 2024

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


Thursday, May 2, 2024

  • Media Experience
  • Area History Experience


Thursday, May 16, 2024

  • End of the Year Retreat
  • Afternoon/Evening of the 16th with overnight stay optional
  • Commencement and Class Reunion will be held at the Celebration of Excellence in November 2024

Chris Doty-Cain, Cain Consulting


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 31, 2023

Paula Chapulis Circle Headshot

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

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