Bloomington Future Leaders

Bloomington Future Leaders

The Bloomington Future Leaders (BFL) program brings together students from Bloomington High Schools with mentors in the local business community. Activities include Fall and Winter Business Conferences and Spotlight Speaker series at Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools. The program also awards scholarships to graduating seniors at Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools who exemplify the characteristics of a Bloomington Future Leader. The program is a joint effort between Bloomington public schools and the Bloomington Chamber.


Ways to Impact our Future Leaders

  • Fall and Winter Business Conferences
  • Spotlight Speaker Series
  • Mentorship Opportunities
  • Support of student preparation for regional and state DECA competitions

Contact Cheri Gengler at for details.


Bloomington Future Leaders provides scholarships and mentoring opportunities to students at Jefferson and Kennedy high schools in Bloomington, Minn. Students in pre-business classes take part in two one-day business conferences, one in the fall and one in the winter. Chamber volunteers provide students with insights about their fields and career choices and take part in the scholarship application review and interview process. This program works in partnership with Bloomington ISD #271.

2021 Fall Conference

Students from Jefferson and Kennedy high schools met with members of the Bloomington business community in October at the BFL Fall Conference. The conference theme was Networking and Personal Development. Speaker Stevie Ray from Stevie Ray’s Improv Company shared ways to improve networking, problem solving, flexibility, professionalism and other skills that the students will need as they work towards their career goals.

2022 Winter Conference

Friday, January 28, 2022
7:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Speed Mentoring
Hilton Minneapolis / Bloomington

Spotlight Speaker Series

Through the Bloomington Future Leaders program the Bloomington Chamber is working with our local school district on a Spotlight Speaker Series where we bring in subject experts to talk to high school students who have expressed interest in that field. We want to offer students an opportunity to learn from and network with industry professionals in that area. Students are invited to the program via email based on their selections from their district-guided Personal Growth Plan. We piloted the program with 6 slots in the spring of 2018 and expanded it to 12 slots for the 2018-2019 school year. We have now created a full year (18 slots) of programming. We also partner with Best Prep who serves as a resource to each speaker on logistics and can provide him or her with typical material to cover about each career and what highlights to point out to students. You can check out this link which highlighted the program kickoff.

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