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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 475 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

Dear Applicant,

We are excited that you are considering applying for one of the state’s premier leadership programs. BRLI maintains a prestigious alumni network of more than 475 people who have benefited from the rewarding professional and personal growth opportunity.

BRLI was founded with a goal to bring together a diverse group of potential and emerging leaders who were all focused on bettering the community for future generations. Today, our mission has evolved into five key words – educate, challenge, inspire, engage, and connect leaders.

Personal connections are crucial to the experience. As we did this last year, BRLI and the Greater Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce will adhere to Maine’s CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our participants and volunteers. Our plan is to continue to host the program in person, starting with a two-day kick off on Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4, 2024. The remainder of the curriculum will take place in-person on the first Thursday of each month through May, 2025.

Every session is mandatory, and absences will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Your employer should be aware that you will be absent from work and unavailable during each 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 class days.

Selection is designed to bring together a diverse group and is based on a variety of factors including leadership experience, profession, and passion for the greater Bangor area. The deadline for applications, requested information and required form is Wednesday, June 26, 2024.

Thank you again for your interest in Bangor Region Leadership Institute. If you have questions about the application, please contact Shelly Reilly, Program Director at 947-0307 or by email at [email protected]


Kristen Card ’13 Program Chair
Bangor Region Leadership Institute
[email protected]

Jeffrey Pangburn ’19 Vice Chair

Thank you to our sponsors for making BRLI possible:



Time Commitment

In-Person Time Commitment

Each BRLI  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.

2024-2025 In-Person Class Dates
Thursday, October 3 Thursday, February 6
Friday, October 4 Thursday, March 6
Thursday, November 7 Thursday, April 3
Thursday, December 5 Thursday, May 1
Thursday, January 2 Wednesday, May 7 (Annual Dinner & Graduation)*

*All dates above require attendance 8 am -5 pm (optional lunch and project time 12 pm-1 pm), except Wednesday, May 7, 2024, when class participants’ attendance will be required at the Annual Dinner and Graduation from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

Program Cost

$1,325. No money is required at this time. Payment, if accepted, will be due on August 30, 2024 unless other arrangements have been made. If payment is not received or arrangements made by August 30th, 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 2025 BRLI Application and send completed application materials to Shelly Reilly, BRLI Program Director, by June 26, 2024.

E-Mail: [email protected].

Fax: 207.990.1427

Mail: Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, c/o Shelly Reilly 2 Hammond Street, Suite 1 Bangor Maine

B. Submit your application online using the form below. You will need to download and complete the Time Commitment 2025 & 2025 Scholarship (if necessary) forms to attach along with a copy of your resume.

C. Please upload a 3 – 5 minute video answering the questions: 1. What are your personal and professional goals and how do you hope to use your BRLI experience to help achieve those goals. 2. Share your perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the greater Bangor region, and what you might do as a leader to help address those issues.

To ensure your application process is smooth, please follow these steps to upload your video submission:

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  2. Upload your video: Once you are in the folder, drag and drop your video file into the folder or use the “New” button on the top left corner to upload your file.
  3.   Please name your video file using the following format: [LastName_FirstName_2024]. This helps us keep track of all submissions and ensures your video doesn’t get misplaced.
  4. Confirm your Upload:  After uploading, make sure your file appears in the folder.  This confirmation is crucial to ensure your submission is complete.

    By following these instructions, you’ll help us process your application more efficiently. If you encounter any issues during the upload, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Shelly Reilly, Program Director at [email protected]


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