H/S Emerging Professional Brooke Bergeron graduates with the Leadership Tangipahoa Class of 2024

Brooke Bergeron, an emerging professional, proudly graduated from the Leadership Tangipahoa Class of 2024! This program empowers individuals to sharpen their leadership skills, dive deep into community knowledge, and actively participate in local affairs.

Throughout the year, Brooke and her classmates participated in monthly sessions exploring Tangipahoa Parish’s diverse facets, from city and state government to social systems, criminal justice, health, education, hidden treasures, and economic development. These sessions featured an exciting mix of lectures, simulations, group discussions, panel presentations, field trips, and community projects.

One of the highlights was the class’s community project, where they raised $900 for the non-profit organization, OPTIONS. Their class will also be participating in the annual volunteer event, Feeding Tangi Challenge, which is a fundraiser for Our Daily Bread Food Bank.

Leadership Tangipahoa’s mission to “improve the quality of life in Tangipahoa Parish by training a diverse group of current and emerging leaders about the interrelationships of community systems” was brought to life as 23 students graduated on June 13 at the Tangipahoa Parish School System Office in Amite. The ceremony featured a keynote address by District Court Judge Blair Edwards. Her message was to be the change in the world you want to see. Leadership is not loud. True leadership is quiet, it has grace, and it is a mentor for those to be better in this world.

Reflecting on her journey, Brooke said, “Through participation in Leadership Tangipahoa, I have acquired leadership skills, expanded my knowledge of the local community, and made both personal and professional connections. I have had the opportunity to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of what makes Tangipahoa Parish a special place to live and work through interaction with the local businesses, the community, and organizations. It has been an honor to be a part of a group of future leaders who will make a difference in our community for many years to come.

Since 2010, H/S has proudly participated in Leadership Tangipahoa, sending upcoming leaders and firm representatives, including graduates like Architects Pierre Theriot, Ryan Faulk, Mark Beckers, and Paul Morvant, Interior Designer Mary Guiteau, and Business Manager Robin Gray. This program equips committed graduates with the essential skills and knowledge to become informed and responsible leaders, empowering them to contribute to the community’s vibrant growth.

“Holly and Smith Architects proudly supports the Leadership Tangipahoa program and has done so for the past 15 years. Our involvement in this program has been invaluable. As the first graduate from our office in early 2010, I have personally experienced the benefits of Leadership Tangipahoa and have witnessed many of our team members, including Brooke, gain valuable relationships and local knowledge through their participation.”  said Pierre Theriot, AIA,  Principal Design Director.