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John W. Barton, Sr. Community Leadership Development Program


2016 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.


Through a partnership with LSU Executive Education, the Barton Leadership Program has developed 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 hosted by nonprofits in our community.   


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.


There have been over 250 Barton Fellows since 2004. The 2015 class was one of the strongest groups we’ve seen in years, and we’d love to see you join us in 2016 to build on that momentum.



Class size – 30 candidates selected

Cost - $150 for Forum 35 Member / $200 for Nonmembers


2016 Session Dates:

Session 1 – August 17th at Woman's Foundation

Session 2 – August 31st at Goodwood Library

Session 3 – September 14th at United Way

Session 4 – September 28th at BRAF

Meet and Greet – October 26th at American Red Cross


Registration:  6/1/16 – 7/31/16 


Sponsorship and Support:

This year we are excited to announce that the Powell Group has awarded a grant in support of the Barton Program initiatives.  We appreciate their help in continuing to advance our program and improving our community leaders.

In addition, we’ve gained the financial support of a new partner in Louisiana Scrap Metal Recycling. The organization includes former Barton Fellows, and we are very excited about their current and future involvement with the Barton Program and Forum 35.



If you are interested in Forum 35, or need more information on the Barton Leadership Program, contact the Barton Chair, Daniel Richard, at


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