Leadership Richardson is a unique opportunity for participants to enhance their personal and organizational leadership as they relate to community trusteeship. The program explores all aspects of the community, including arts and culture, business and economic development, local government, health care, public education, public safety and social services.
During a nine-month period, September through May, Leadership Richardson participants meet in all-day sessions, one Friday a month. There is also a half-day orientation at the beginning and a half-day closing at the end of the program year. Class sessions are a mixture of information, problem solving and interactive studies.
Leadership Richardson fosters friendships that last a lifetime.
Applicants to Leadership Richardson must live and/or work in Richardson or the Richardson ISD attendance area. Participants are selected by an anonymous admissions committee, and submitting an application does not guarantee selection. Tuition is $1500. Participants from Chamber member companies receive a $150 discount. A limited amount of tuition assistance is available, but participants are encouraged to raise their own funds from a sponsoring company or organization (HOA, civic club, nonprofit, church, etc.) and from personal funds.
Celina Cardenas: "LR helped reinforce and strengthen my professional growth, focusing on teamwork, servant leadership, and dedication to the Richardson community."
Dickie Watkins: "It has opened doors that I may never have walked through without the introduction. It has opened my eyes as to how involved the business community is with the city and functions of the city."
Eron Linn: "I made many long-lasting, multi-cultural friendships through LR that I value greatly. LR provided me with an opportunity to experience different points of view that I may not have had otherwise."
Pauline Chen: “The Chinese have a proverb that says, ‘When the water rises, the boat floats.’ Leadership is a continuous journey of learning and helping people around you create success for themselves, or helping to float boats.”
EXTRA: Read Leadership Richardson XXXI Class member, Susan Yost's blog post on 9/17/2015