Leadership Brownsburg Academy
The Town of Brownsburg's Leadership Brownsburg Academy is a free 8-session seminar designed for residents ready to take the next step in being community leaders and improving the quality of life in Brownsburg. The program will allow participants to grow in their leadership, analyze issues using data, connect with decision-makers and other Brownsburg leaders, and make a difference in our community.
Participants are selected based on their demonstrated interest in learning more and engaging in the community and their desire to grow in their leadership. The class size is limited to 20 participants.
Benefits of Participation
Leaders with vision and clarity of purpose will push our community forward. Our leadership development program will equip you with the ability to collaborate and exercise influence to better advocate for our Brownsburg community.
The Town's government structure can feel complicated, and you may not know how to access decision-making. The Leadership Brownsburg Academy will take you behind the scenes of each department and give you access to government leaders making daily decisions that impact residents' lives. In our interactive workshops, you will also be able to build relationships with town staff and elected officials.
Academy Workshops Cover:
- Introduction to the Town of Brownsburg
- Town Budget
- Brownsburg Government 101
- Community Safety
- Economic Development
- Community Planning
- Capital Improvement Projects
- Parks & Recreation
- Public Works Services
- How to Join Boards & Commissions
- Tuesday, February 13 (2-4 p.m.) – Introduction to the Town of Brownsburg, Leadership Development
- Tuesday, March 12 (2-4 p.m.) – Development Services
- Tuesday, April 9 (2-4 p.m.) – Economic Development
- Tuesday, May 7 (2-4 p.m.) – Parks
- Tuesday, June 11 (2-4 p.m.) – Water & Wastewater
- Tuesday, July 9 (2-4 p.m.) – Street & Fleet
- Tuesday, August 6 (2-4 p.m.) – Public Safety
- Tuesday, September 10 (2-4 p.m.) –Government 101
- October 10 – Graduation at Town Council meeting
What previous participants are saying:
Thank you to my hometown for providing such an in-depth and meaningful learning opportunity for its residents. It has truly given me a better understanding of all of the departments, roles and work that are part of a successful local government!
The people that work for this town are the unsung heroes. To a person they have given all of us such an insight and education into our great town operations. I don’t hesitate to tell residents that if they have the opportunity to attend, please do this.
The presenters were outstanding. Each presented their subject matter clearly and cogently. Very well done. Great people. Excellent education on important aspects of our town.
Presentations and information were very well done. [This program] was a terrific idea. Very well prepared slide presentations, and excellent people who clearly take their jobs seriously and have a commitment to our community. Excellent!!
- What is the Leadership Brownsburg Academy program?
The Leadership Brownsburg Academy is an eight-session crash course in Town of Brownsburg government and civic leadership. Participants will be provided the opportunity to grow in their leadership style, learn to analyze issues using data, connect with decision-makers and other Brownsburg leaders, and gain useful tools to make a difference in our community.
- Who can participate in the program?
Participation is open to residents of Brownsburg, IN. At this time, we are not accepting applications from anyone living outside of the town’s geographical boundaries.
- Do I have to be an established leader to participate in the program?
We encourage anyone who would like to exercise positive community leadership to apply to Leadership Brownsburg Academy. This can include established neighborhood leaders, home owners, renters, business owners, and non-profit workers. If you care about Brownsburg and want to work with the Town to improve quality of life, we want you to apply.
- Why was Leadership Brownsburg Academy created?
Brownsburg Leadership Academy was created to equip residents with the tools and information necessary to be strong, community focused civic leaders. Leadership Brownsburg Academy is focused on making Town government more accessible and transparent, and engaging residents as partners in grappling with the challenges we face as a community.
- How will participants be selected?
Up to 20 applicants will be selected. Selection is based on the application content, with a focus on selecting applicants who reflect the rich diversity of our community and who demonstrate a willingness to engage as leaders in Brownsburg.
- What is the cost of participation?
The program is free. Snacks and materials are included. Because Leadership Brownsburg Academy represents a significant investment in each participant, we ask that potential participants not miss sessions and think carefully about the time commitment before applying.
- When and where are sessions held?
Sessions are held monthly on Wednesday afternoons. All sessions are in-person and will be held at City-owned facilities. Selected applicants will receive an official agenda with details on each session and location with their acceptance packet.
- What information with the program cover?
Leadership Brownsburg Academy covers the operations of the Town of Brownsburg and how to engage in purposeful leadership. Participants will walk away with a high level understanding of the Town of Brownsburg and specialized knowledge about the Town's departments.
- How often is Leadership Brownsburg Academy offered?
Leadership Brownsburg Academy is offered annually, from February-September.
- What are the attendance requirements?
Participants may miss up to two sessions out of eight (not including graduation). Each session is packed full of vital information and participants are highly encouraged not to miss any.
- What happens if I am not selected?
We will keep your information on file and let you know if a participant drops out. We also encourage applicants to apply again for the next cycle and will give you first notice when applications are available.
- I want more information. Who should I contact?
Please contact Community Specialist Shelby Abner by email or call (317) 708-6119.
- What happens after the program?
Graduates of Leadership Brownsburg Academy can indicate their status on applications for boards and commissions. Graduates will also be included on volunteer communications. How graduates engage in individual community leadership is up to them, though community involvement and exercising leadership is a condition of participating in the program.