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 now open!

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.

Sessions held approximately 8AM - 5PM

Monthly sessions from October. - May

Session held locally, locations vary


Thursday, October 3 & Friday, October 4, 2024

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


Thursday, October 24, 2024

  • Tourism Experience


Thursday, November 14, 2024

  • Manufacturing and Business Experience


Thursday, December 5, 2024

  • Non-Profits Experience


Thursday, January 16, 2025

  • Health Care Experience


Thursday, February 6, 2025

  • Education Experience


Thursday, March 20, 2025

  • Public Service Experience


Thursday, March or April, 2025

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


Thursday, May 1, 2025

  • Media Experience
  • Area History Experience


Thursday, May 15, 2025

  • 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

Linda Holliday, Impact Minnesota


Nichole Heinen, Pequot Lakes Chamber


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: September 6, 2024

Paula Chapulis Circle Headshot

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

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