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Dear Applicant,

We are excited that you are considering applying for one of the state’s premier leadership programs, which now maintains a prestigious alumni network of more than 425 strong. BRLI is an exciting yet rewarding professional and personal growth opportunity. Now, more than ever, skills gleaned will help leaders face the challenges and opportunities in the days, weeks, and months ahead as we adjust to a new normal and do our part to rebuild Bangor.

 Our Mission

Educate, Challenge, Inspire, Engage, and Connect Leaders for the Future of the Bangor Region.

Personal connections are a crucial element to your experience in the program. Keeping in mind Governor Mills’ gradual approach to reopening the greater Bangor region, we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to start the program on time, with a two-day kick-off on Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9, 2020. The remainder of the curriculum will take place in-person on the first Thursday of each month through May.

New for the Class of 2021, some sessions will be virtual, which affords us the unique opportunity to connect the class to businesses and organizations we wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Should we have to pivot to completely virtual classes, rest assured, the curriculum has been built to effectively do so while still providing you with an experience that aligns with the BRLI mission.

Every session is mandatory, and any absence will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Your employer should be aware that you will be absent from work and unavailable during class day. Following tradition, your BRLI class will be assigned to work on a project for a selected area non-profit. This project will require significant extracurricular time outside of the dedicated curriculum days.

Selection is designed to bring together a diverse group and is based on various factors, including leadership experience, profession, and passion for the greater Bangor area. The deadline for applications, requested information, and required forms is Friday, July 17, 2020.

Thank you for your interest in the Bangor Region Leadership Institute. If you have any questions about the program or would like to hear about our BRLI experiences, please feel free to contact any of the BRLI Steering Committee members. If you have questions about the application materials, please contact Shelly Reilly, Program Coordinator for the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce at 207-947-0307, or by email


Jason Clay ‘13  Program Chair

Kelly Pearson ‘14 Incoming Program Chair

Bangor Region Leadership Institute

Time Commitment

In-Person Time Commitment

Each BRLI In-Person Half Day takes place at a thematically specific site throughout the Bangor region. A detailed curriculum including class locations, workshop details, and presenters will be emailed to each participant each week before each class day. As a reminder, our hope is to host all class days in person. If there is a need to host a day virtually, we’ll notify participants in advance.

2020-2021 In-Person Class Dates
Thursday, October 8 Thursday, February 4
Friday, October 9 Thursday, March 4
Thursday, November 5 Thursday, April 1
Thursday, December 3 Thursday, May 6
Thursday, January 7 Wednesday, May 12 (Annual Dinner & Graduation)*

*All dates above require attendance 8 am -12 pm (optional lunch and project time 12 pm-1 pm), except Wednesday, May 12, 2021, when class participants’ attendance will be required at the Annual Dinner and Graduation from 5 – 8 pm.

Virtual Time Commitment

Each BRLI Virtual Connect occurs via an online platform and will range from guest speakers to leadership training and activities. These sessions will run an average of 2 hours and attendance is mandatory.

2020-2021 Virtual Connect Dates
Thursday, October 22 Thursday, February 18
Thursday, November 19 Thursday, March 18
Thursday, December 17 Thursday, April 15
Thursday, January 21 Thursday, May 20

*All dates above require attendance 8 am-5 pm, except Wednesday, May 13. Attendance for class participants will be required at the Annual Dinner and Graduation from 5 pm-8 pm.

Program Cost

$1,150. No money is required at this time. Payment, if accepted, will be due on August 15th unless other arrangements have been made. If payment is not received or arrangements made by August 15th, a late charge of $150 will be assessed.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available based on demonstrated need. To receive a scholarship you must fill out the attached scholarship application.

How to Apply

A. Print off the class of 2021 BRLI Application and send completed application materials to Shelly Reilly, BRLI Program Coordinator, by Friday, July 17, 2020.


Fax: 207.990.1427

Mail: Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, 2 Hammond Street, Bangor, ME 04401.

B. Submit your application online using the form below. You will need to download and complete the Time Commitment 2021 & Scholarship 2021 (if necessary) forms to attach along with a copy of your resume.

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