Leadership Institute of Acadiana

Activating Leaders for a Better Community

aka Leadership Institute of Acadiana   |   LAFAYETTE, LA   |  www.leadacadiana.org

Mission

To convene, build, and activate leaders

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ashley Mudd

Main address

804 EAST ST MARY BLVD

LAFAYETTE, LA 70503 USA

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EIN

72-1171295

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana aims to convene, build, and activates leaders that seek solutions to community challenges through respectful public discourse, diversity, inclusivity, and strong leadership. We've identified three community challenges that we aim to develop leaders to overcome: complacency and lack of capacity among community leaders; lack of communication and collaboration among leaders and organizations; and a lack of diversity in community leadership.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leadership Lafayette

Leadership Lafayette is the flagship program of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana and boasts many of the region’s most distinguished leaders as program graduates. The intensive experience is designed to inform, educate, and connect the emerging and experienced leaders of the Lafayette region to some of our community’s biggest assets, most daunting challenges, and most interesting people.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Intro Lafayette program is designed for those with limited time, but plenty of interest in Lafayette Parish. This program is your behind-the-scenes look at important updates on the private, public, and nonprofit sector landscape from those experts working in it while also engaging with your peers participating in the program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana convenes leaders through a spectrum of programming. Our participants are equipped with community knowledge and participate in situational leadership building activities. Our stakeholders are activated to take on community leadership roles to develop long lasting community change.

Our work is divided into five strategic buckets:
1-Provide a variety of programming for a spectrum of leaders ranging from emerging to established
2-Accelerate diversity and inclusion among community leaders by accelerating our internal initiatives
3-Provide strong, continued engagement to a wide range of community stakeholders
4-Activate political and civic leaders; connect them to resources
5-Build a strong internal organizational model as a model for other nonprofit and civic organizations

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana was founded in 1987 and volunteer-ran until 2016. LIA boasts over 700 Leadership Lafayette program graduates, over 100 Intro Lafayette graduates, and over 600 Lafayette Junior Leadership graduates. Our largest resource is our volunteer and program graduate base.

We are mid-way through our 3-year strategic plan and have:
-doubled our number of participants served annually
-launched a regional board development program
-developed program metrics to measure the effectiveness of our flagship program
-launched a database to track participants and connect them to community resources
-solidified our organization's work in diversity and inclusion including hosting a civil rights forum for high school students, a disability awareness forum, and serving as the fiscal agent for cross-racial dinners
-hosted a candidate boot-camp to encourage and equip program graduates to run for office

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Leadership Institute of Acadiana

Board of directors
as of 2/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Taniecea Mallery

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Term: 2021 - 2021


Board co-chair

William Kellner

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/12/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/12/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.