Graduate-Level Leadership Program Aims to Build Regional Stewards
The North Texas Commission opened the application period for the 2011-2012 Leadership North Texas class. Leadership North Texas is a graduate-level, regional leadership program designed to recruit, develop and support leaders who have a commitment to civic engagement and to the North Texas region. Participants hear from regional and national experts on various issues facing North Texas with discussion on how to address the challenges unique to our region.
The new program, now in its second year, has educated nearly 60 individuals, including two mayors, four city council members, representatives from the region’s higher education institutions, three assistant city managers, business executives and non-profit leaders. Over a nine-month period, the class addresses and discusses topics such as the history of North Texas, regionalism, our economy, workforce and education, sustainable development, state government and a plan for civic engagement. They learn best practices in regional stewardship from experts and other regions, and explore how to collaborate to best address current regional issues.
“North Texas is unique for many reasons, but most notably is the complexity of our challenges and opportunities and the reality that these issues are, in many cases, regional issues,” said Mabrie Jackson, President and CEO of the North Texas Commission. “We need strong leaders who understand the dynamics of our region. Leadership North Texas provides community investors an opportunity to work with their peers across the area to address the challenges we face.”
The application deadline for Leadership North Texas Class 3 is noon, June 10, 2011. Applications are available online at www.leadershipnorthtexas.org or through the North Texas Commission office at 972-621-0400 ext. 110. Tuition for the program is $3,000.