EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Gwendolyn Brantley
Phone: 203-335-3800 x116
MISSION AND WORK:
The collective goal of Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC) Program Affiliates is to advance the BRBC mission to grow the regional economy by offering cost effective leadership and professional development programs designed to support local businesses in attracting and retaining a skilled and engaged workforce.
An affiliate program of the BRBC, Leadership Greater Bridgeport (LGB) presents a series of leadership development program days offering participants a behind the scenes view of the challenges and opportunities facing the Bridgeport region. LGB strives to graduate future community leaders who will have a positive impact on the region.
The LGB program serves to identify the region's future community leaders, nurture their growth through training and education, and then identify the areas where they, acting either as individuals or as an alumni group, can do the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
The program consists of a ten-month course of ten daylong workshops, along with an orientation, tour and graduation ceremony. Throughout the course, the participants are trained in leadership skills, including team building, negotiation, coping with conflict, communication, decision-making and listening.
In addition, participants acquire an acute awareness of community issues and challenges through face-to-face discussions with community leaders. The program sessions, many of which occur at a location related to the topic, provide information on human services, the economy, demographics, local and state government, public safety and justice, health care, education, the arts, the media, transportation, housing, and much more. In addition, the participants select a community service project from proposals that are submitted by BRBC nonprofit member organizations.
Each year BRBC member businesses are invited to nominate employees for participation in the next LGB Class.