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John W. Barton, Sr. Community Leadership Development Program


2018 Program Information


Who is John W. Barton Sr.?


There was an article written in the 2012 Baton Rouge Area Foundation publication, Currents, which details the greatness of John W. Barton Sr. and his undeniably positive impact on the community. It’s an impact that will continue to help shape our community for many years to come. Taking a quote from the article, we can begin to understand why Mr. Barton’s influence can still be seen 4 years after his passing:


 “He wasn’t focused on short-term impact, or about what something meant to him, but about what a project would mean 20 or 30 years into the future. He looked forward at every age.”  - Terrell Brown


In his 75 years of serving the Baton Rouge community, specifically the nonprofit sector, Mr. Barton understood that investments must be made in the present to ensure the success of the future. It is through his legacy and commitment that Forum 35 gained the inspiration to create the John W. Barton Sr. Community Leadership Development Program (Barton Leadership Program). 


What is Barton Leadership?


The Barton Leadership Program is Forum 35’s investment in the present to ensure a lasting impact on the future. The Barton Leadership Program creates the stepping-stone young professionals need to become more effective leaders, and more importantly to help them use those skill sets in the nonprofit community.

The Barton Leadership Program offers emerging leaders in the community a course curriculum that focuses on the aspects of leadership development and board governance. The curriculum is delivered in three-hour sessions on four different evenings.

Using a combination of both industry experts and community leaders, the Barton Leadership Program creates an interactive classroom setting that allows participants to learn, question and debate real life scenarios related to leading and governing in the non-profit sector.

In the middle of the lecture series, each candidate will be required to attend a live board meeting with one of our partnering non-profit agencies.  This allows for candidates to see some of the lessons taught in action, as well as bring those experiences back to the classroom.

To close out the program, Forum 35 coordinates a meet-and-greet between the Barton Fellows and leaders of the Baton Rouge Area non-profit community.  At this session, you will be provided an opportunity to sit down with non-profit organizations looking for new leaders and board members.


Who Should Apply?


The Barton Leadership Program is open to both members and non-members of Forum 35.  We are looking for active members of our community who seek to move their impact at a higher level.  We are looking for candidates who not only have a passion for philanthropy, but also desire to take a leadership role in those philanthropic causes.



Class size – 30 candidates selected

Cost - $200 for Forum 35 Member / $250 for Nonmembers


2018 Session Dates:


Kick-off: Networking with Class of 2017 and Alumni – September 25

Session 1: Introduction: October 3

Session 2: October 10

Session 3: October 17

Session 4: October 24


Non-profit Meet and Greet/ Close Out Reception: October 30


*Sessions will meet at BRAF's downtown location (100 North St #900, Baton Rouge, LA 70802)*




If you are interested in Forum 35, or need more information on the Barton Leadership Program, contact the Barton Co-Chairs, Morgan Kastner and Meredith LaBorde, at


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