Ascension Chamber of Commerce announces its 20th Leadership Ascension Class

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
(Top from Left): James Flanagan, Jo Broadway, Justin Champlin, Ethan Babin, Brant Mayer, Garrett Ganucheau, Jaime Malveaux, Shannon Sing, Khalli Hagan, Lorie Bercegeay, Craig Beaman, Joey Mayeaux and Jason Bonaventure. (Bottom from Left): Jane Rabalais, Jenny Heroman, Aleaha Morgan, Michelle White, Tevora Tabor and Olivia Simpson.

The Ascension Chamber of Commerce announced its twentieth Leadership Ascension Class on August 19, 2014 at a reception held at Parc 73 in Prairieville. This year’s class consists of 38 outstanding individuals, one of the largest classes to date.

Leadership Ascension, like similar programs nationwide, is designed to develop responsible and informed community leaders. Recognized and emerging leaders in the community are selected to represent the diverse demographic of the Ascension Parish Community based on an application outlining each candidate’s work experience, education and community involvement.

The 10-month Leadership Program strives to develop practical leadership skills while promoting personal growth. Sessions are held each month and cover topics including diversity, education, social concerns, health care, law enforcement and government. The program begins with a teambuilding opening retreat and ends with a two-day closing retreat where the students review the sessions, share thoughts on Ascension Parish and present class projects that are developed throughout the year.

Over 500 individuals ranging from business owners to government officials have completed Leadership since its inception. Many of these top leaders participate on the Chamber’s Leadership Alumni Committee that assists in planning, recruiting and fundraising for this renowned program.

To learn more about Leadership Ascension, visit or call 225.647.7487.