We think LBMC is a great career development tool for young professionals. Check out Nikki and Will’s top 10 reasons why young professionals should consider going through LBMC:
- Build relationships: Every LBMC alum will tell you that the connections they made at LBMC have stayed with them throughout their career. At LBMC, you'll get the chance to learn alongside professionals from a diverse set of industries. These are passionate, involved people that you want to meet--the earlier in your career, the better!
- Learn to navigate Bloomington: During an early session of the class, you'll get to take a bus tour of the community. If you are new to Bloomington, or perhaps never stray far from your neighborhood, this is a great chance to get oriented to major landmarks. You'll also get a sense of the history of Bloomington as it has changed over time.
- Improve project management skills: A major component of the class is undertaking a community project with a local partner. This is a group project where you may be working alongside classmates with totally different areas of expertise and levels of experience. Chances are, your group members will become lifelong friends.
- Discover your leadership style: Throughout the program are activities to assess your own personal approach to areas such as communication, leading others and managing/resolving conflict.
- Use your expertise to help a local organization: Your group will likely select a local partner for your project in the class. This could be a nonprofit agency, for instance. How often do you get to use your professional skills to help a nonprofit you care about? Don't know much about local nonprofits? See #6.
- Learn about nonprofits in Bloomington: During a session of the class, you'll learn about the social services available to low income families in Bloomington and Monroe County. You'll also gain a sense of what it is like to live in poverty through role-playing exercises. Many LBMC alum have gone on to serve on boards and advisory councils of local nonprofits.
- Boost your public speaking skills: Almost every LBMC class includes a chance to get in front of a room of forty individuals and speak to the group. For hYPer's out there who don't get a lot of practice in front of large crowds, here's your chance!
- Make better decisions: The leadership training through LBMC will likely improve your emotional intelligence, which can provide you the perspective for informed and intelligent decisions.
- Promote your organization: LBMC is a good venue for letting community members know what is going on at your organization. Have an event you want everyone to know about? There is always a chance to make an announcement during each class. Time is available at the beginning of every class for informal networking, which is a great time to share what is going on with your organization.
- Develop your leadership skills: You’ll experience interactive exercises to improve leadership skills such as effective listening, problem solving, team building and networking.
If that doesn't convince you to check out the class, feel free to drop in on one of the LBMC Alumni Association's happy hours! They host happy hours a few times a year to reconnect old classmates and talk with prospective class members. Kelsie Holt, who manages hYPe at the Chamber, is also a part of the LBMC Alumni board - contact Kelsie for info on the next happy hour or questions about the program!
Want more information on LBMC? Contact Kyla Cox Deckard to learn how you can sign up for next year’s class at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit their website here. To keep up to date on Nikki and Will’s current class, like LBMC’s Facebook page.