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Leadership Richardson Class 36 graduates; Class 37 begins

Class 37, destined to be the best class ever, kicks off with 42 members eager to enhance their personal and organizational leadership skills, learn what makes a successful community and figure out how they can make a difference.

Programs like Leadership Richardson are conducted throughout the country, in large cities and small towns. It has become a proving ground for developing the next generation of community leaders. More than 1,200 participants have graduated from Richardson’s program. Alumni include corporate leaders, mayors, city council and non-profit board members, school board trustees, and others eager to learn more and get involved locally.

The program explores all aspects of the community, including arts, cultural diversity, business and economic development, government, healthcare, public education, public safety, regionalism and social services.

Class XXXVII will begin in September. The 42 members will meet in person once a month to learn about Richardson and what it takes to run a city, while also developing their own leadership skills and building a network of civic-minded individuals.

The members, selected from a wide pool of candidates, live and/or work in Richardson. Employers range from corporations to non-profits to self-employed. 

Host sites: The Drawing Board, Richland College, RISD, The Heights Church, City of Richardson, Eisemann Center, The Dialogue Institute, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, UT Dallas, IQ HQ, Network of Community Ministries, Richardson Fire and Police Training Academies and Cisco Systems.

Sponsors to date: Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Dorian Bahr, Frost Bank, Golden Tree Restaurants, Logotology, Nothing Bundt Cakes and State Farm.

Class XXXVII members are:
Hasan Alaz, Alaz Law Firm, PLLC,
Troy Ashby, Benchmark Search Group,
Michael Bahr, DorianBahr,
Michael Belvin, Belvin, Cleveland, and Associates (Northwestern Mutual),
Talia Billingsley, GEICO,
Wesley Caskey, Richardson Fire Department,
LaDonna Christon, State Farm,
Martice Cole, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of TX,
Joe Corcoran, New York Life/City of Richardson Council member,
Leslie Crawford, The University of Texas at Dallas,
Jenny Davidson, City of Richardson,
Matt Dawson, Network of Community Ministries
Elizabeth Dunn, Elizabeth Dunn Photography,
Aaron Garcia, TekConcierge,
Alisha Gimbel, City of Richardson,
Jud Hardage, The Heights Church,
Regina Harris, Webvent, Inc./RISD Board of Trustees,
Melissa Heller, Richardson ISD,
Brad Henderson, Trinity Bible Church,
Jessenia Hidalgo, State Farm,
Stacey Hubbard, Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP,
Mary Jessen, Community Volunteer,
Jasmine Johnson,  University of Texas at Dallas,
Sonali Kumar, Monkey King Noodle Company,
David Lary, The University of Texas at Dallas,
Leanne Libby, Community Impact Newspaper,
D'Nelle Lyons, retired RISD,
Kevin Lyons, Plano ISD,
Hollis Owens, To Be Like Me,
Sonali Patnaik, The Richardson Adult Literacy Center,
Leslie Rains, GEICO,
Jeremy Ritchey, Dallas College, Richland Campus,
Bryan Rogers, DCG TX, LLC/ Nothing Bundt Cakes, Partner,
Charles Rothermel, DFW Educator's Insurance and Financial Services,
Ross Sivertsen, Canyon Creek Enterprises,
Josh Smith, Methodist Richardson Medical Center,
Sandra Taylor-Moore, Serendipity Designs,
Alyssa Terry, State Farm,
Rashmi Varma, innovate5G Inc.,
Sean Weron, United Healthcare,
Patrick White, Texas Bank and Trust, and
Latriace Wicks-Williams, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas.

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Leadership Richardson at-a-glance

  • Nine-month inclusive program to develop leadership skills and expand knowledge of what it takes to make a community successful
  • Leadership development tools throughout the program
  • Seven sessions on various topics such as government, public education, diversity, health and wellness, social services, public safety, arts and much more
  • Grows ability for participants to be inclusive and understanding of different personalities and points of view in order to develop win/win solutions
  • Cost is $1350 for Chamber members, includes all expenses during the program year
  • Participants grow huge network of other community leaders
  • Opens doors to 1000+ other civic leaders
  • Unique opportunity unlike many leadership programs in Texas
  • Builds community trusteeship

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