Join Us! Apply For the 2018 Year Today!

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 more than 425 strong. BRLI is an exciting and rewarding professional and personal growth opportunity. As our application pool increases each year, there are some critical items we ask that you consider prior to submitting this application.

Attendance at every session is a crucial element to your experience in the program, as well as for the other participants who will greatly benefit from your full commitment. The program commences with a two consecutive day requirement (the second Thursday and Friday in October) and the remainder of the curriculum requires one set calendar day on the first Thursday of each month through May.

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 days.

Additionally, your BRLI class will be assigned to work on a project for a selected area nonprofit. This project will require significant extracurricular time outside of the dedicated curriculum days.

Please be aware that applications are not accepted on a first come, first serve basis. We allow a maximum of 26 participants each year to maintain the quality of the program. Selection is designed to bring together a diverse group and is based on a variety of factors including your leadership experience, professional industry and passion for the greater Bangor area. The deadline for application is Friday, June 16, 2017.
Once again, 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 947-0307 or by email at

Kirsten Ismail ‘13
Program Chair
Bangor Region Leadership Institute


Time Commitment:
Each BRLI Day takes place at a thematically specific site throughout the Bangor region. A detailed curriculum including class locations, workshop titles, and presenters will be sent to each participant upon acceptance.

2017-2018 Class Dates
Thursday, October 12
Friday, October 13
Thursday, November 2
Thursday, December 7
Thursday, January 4
Thursday, February 1
Thursday, March 1
Thursday, April 5
Thursday, May 3
Wednesday May 9 (Annual Dinner and Graduation) *

*All dates above require attendance 8am-5pm, with the exception of Wednesday May 9. Attendance for class participates will be required at the Annual Dinner and Graduation from 5pm-8pm.

Program cost: $1150. No money is required at this time. Payment, if accepted, will be due on August 15, or in two payments on August 15 and November 15. A limited number of partial scholarships are available based on demonstrated need. To be considered for a scholarship, you must fill out and attach the scholarship application.


How to apply:  

A) Print off the class of 2018 BRLI Application and send completed application materials to Shelly Reilly, BRLI Program Coordinator, by June 16, 2017. E-Mail: Fax: 207.990.1427, Mail: Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, 20 South Street, Bangor, ME 04401.

B) Submit your application online.  You will need to download and complete the Time Commitment 2018 & Scholarship 2018 forms to attach along with a copy of your resume.


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