Leadership Greater Bridgeport


Phone: 203-335-3800 x116

Email: mercede@brbc.org


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The collective goal of Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC) Program Affiliates is to advance the BRBC mission to grow the regional economy by offering 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) is a nine-month experiential leadership program designed to develop and elevate community leaders. This year marks the 33rd class of Leadership Greater Bridgeport, a program that began in 1990 and has over 800 alumni. Each year, a cohort of leaders and rising stars who live and/or work in the Greater Bridgeport Region convene to create a lasting network of contacts, to learn about the challenges and opportunities in the region and to give back to the community through a meaningful group project. The cohorts are comprised of a diverse group of individuals from large corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, government entities and entrepreneurial ventures.


No other program offers the deep dive into regional issues, access to community leaders and networking opportunities with other ambitious individuals in the Greater Bridgeport area. Candidates for LGB are interested in investing in themselves, their organizations, and their communities.



The LGB cohort meets in person for a full day once a month, from October through June, plus an additional orientation day in October. Each class day is held in a different location around the region, offering access to many sites that are not open to the public. Participants will hear from community leaders on specific topics and will get the chance to engage in conversation with each of them. This will enable participants to acquire an acute awareness of community issues and challenges. The program sessions provide an in-depth look at the following:

Participants will also hone their leadership skills through a community service project to support a local nonprofit. Candidates choose their desired project and work in teams toward its successful completion over the course of the program.

Apply to Leadership Greater Bridgeport Class 33 here.

Contact Erin Mercede, Executive Director of LGB, with any questions at 203-335-3800 or mercede@brbc.org