Blue Ox Business Academy: 2024-2025 Leadership Experience

Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce


The Blue Ox Business Academy’s Leadership Experience is an immersive experience in personal leadership growth through the exploration of community sectors, challenges, and opportunities.

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. Throughout 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 $1,395 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.

Who Should Attend

  • Business owners, leaders & managers
  • Emerging leaders & high-potential employees
  • Those who are new to the Brainerd Lakes Area

Program Schedule

  • SESSION 1: Thursday, October 3rd & Friday, October 4th, 2024
    (one overnight) Opening Retreat: Myers-Briggs Profile, Leadership Traits & Styles, Leadership Communication, Community Service Projects
    *Attendance Mandatory

  • SESSION 2: Thursday, October 24th
    Tourism Experience

  • SESSION 3: Thursday, November 14th
    Manufacturing and Business Experience

  • SESSION 4: Thursday, December 5th
    Non-Profits Experience

  • SESSION 5: Thursday, January 16th
    Health Care Experience

  • SESSION 6: Thursday, February 6th
    Education Experience

  • SESSION 7: Thursday, March 20th
    Public Service Experience

  • SESSION 8: Thursday, March/April
    TBD (based on state legislative schedule)
    Community Experience: Legislative Day at the Capitol 

  • SESSION 9: Thursday, May 1
    Media Experience
    Area History Experience

  • SESSION 10: Thursday, May 15
    End of the Year Retreat
    Afternoon/Evening of the 15th with overnight stay optional

    Commencement and Class Reunion will be held at the Celebration of Excellence in November 2025.

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