Leadership Bloomington - Monroe County (LBMC) builds a stronger community by identifying a diverse cross-section of local, emerging leaders and preparing them for roles in shaping our future. Each year, professionals who are broadly representative of Bloomington and Monroe County participate in this leadership program to prepare for greater involvement in community life. To date, more than 900 local leaders have graduated from LBMC.

LBMC is a program offered in partnership between Indiana University and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.


  • What will I learn?

    During the course, you, along with a small group of classmates, will work on a project that addresses a community need or opportunity. Past LBMC projects have included community events supporting the arts, literacy, and community health; strategic plans for nonprofit organizations; youth education initiatives; and infrastructure improvements. If you've heard of the Boys and Girls Club of Ellettsville, the New Philanthropists, or B is for Bloomington, you are familiar with an LBMC project. The projects are group-directed and fostered throughout the program.

    You will learn leadership skills directly applicable to both your career and your community involvement as you interact with local experts and your classmates. The “classroom” is the community itself and the instructors are IU faculty members and business, not-for-profit, and government leaders who place local issues into context. Through interactive learning you will acquire specific leadership skills, such as effective listening, problem solving, team building, and networking. Each session takes place at a site related to the day’s topic. Topics focus on aspects of community life: economic foundations, education, government, healthcare, and media communication, among others.

  • How is the program organized?

    LBMC is a seven-month program that begins in October and ends in April. The program starts with an orientation and closes with group project presentations. Sessions are scheduled on alternate Thursday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon at various community locations. You will enjoy a special graduation and recognition dinner at the conclusion of the program.

  • What is my responsibility as a participant?

    You are expected to participate fully by attending each session. You must:

    • Attend the orientation, project planning meeting, and final presentations.
    • Attend a minimum of nine of the remaining 12 sessions held on alternating Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon; be on time and stay for the entire session.
    • Actively participate in your community project group, which will need to meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
  • What is the cost and how do I apply?

    The enrollment fee is $1,060, which includes a $60 deposit, all sessions, instructional materials, refreshments, and the graduation dinner. Scholarships are available. If you would not otherwise be able to participate in the program without a scholarship, you are encouraged to apply.

    The balance of $1,000 is due on October 1. You will be notified of acceptance on or around September 23. Since the number of participants in the program is limited, applicants who are not selected are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.

    Contact Director Kyla Cox Deckard with any questions about the program, the application, or scholarships at knblanke@indiana.edu or (812) 855-1182.

  • Are scholarships available?

    Several partial scholarships from the LBMC Alumni Association are available to individuals who would not otherwise be able to participate in the program. Click here for a scholarship application. Tuition assistance requests are due with your application.

    Programs of this type often qualify for fee reimbursement from employers. Check with your employer concerning partial or full reimbursement. Financial assistance may also be available from other community sources.

    For more information, call (812) 855-1182 or e-mail Kyla Cox Deckard at knblanke@indiana.edu.

  • What is the Class of 2017 tentative schedule?

    All sessions meet from 8 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted. This schedule spans the 2016-17 academic year.

    *Denotes a mandatory session.

    Friday, October 21* (9 a.m.-5 p.m.): Orientation

    Thursday, October 27: Rediscover Your Community

    Thursday, November 10*: Group Dynamics and Project Team Selection

    Thursday, December 1: Project Management

    Thursday, December 15: Ethics in Leadership

    Thursday, January 5: Social Services

    Thursday, January 19: Economic Development

    Thursday, February 2: Innovation and Change

    Thursday, February 16: Diversity and Multicultural Understanding

    Thursday, March 2: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

    Thursday, March 9: Community Communication

    Thursday, March 23: Community Health and Education

    Thursday, April 6: Local Government

    Thursday, April 13: Snow Day (held if needed to make up for a canceled session)

    Thursday, April 20*: Project Presentations

    Wednesday, April 26 (6-9 p.m.): Graduation

    This is a tentative schedule. The program reserves the right to make changes, additions, and deletions to this schedule.