Leadership Plano began in 1983 by the Plano Chamber of Commerce as a community leadership development program. Today, the Plano Chamber of Commerce is still the sponsoring organization and serves as a valuable resource to the program.
See a complete list of corporate sponsors for the 2012-2013 program
A program of the Plano Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Plano is dedicated to educating, developing, and empowering current and future leaders for the community and motivating them to serve civic, charitable, and business organizations.
Spanning nine months from September through May, Leadership Plano is designed to increase individual and community leadership skills. The beginning retreat, a two-day orientation weekend in September, focuses on individual leadership styles and techniques. Starting in October and ending in May, the class then spends one day a month examining specific aspects of the community such as education, area government, local business and economic development, health and human services, the criminal justice system, the arts and non-profit organizations.
The insights participants gain as they explore the inner workings of the community serves as a foundation for their long-term involvement in Plano in a variety of leadership roles.
Leadership Plano participants benefit from a broad-based education about the community in which they live and work, while developing a valuable communications network among civic, business and educational leaders. They also develop lasting friendships over the course of the year, and personal and professional skills that increase their effectiveness within their community and business environment.
The City of Plano benefits from the development of a source of high quality leaders with broadened perspectives prepared to address issues critical to Plano's future. The success of the program can be measured by the number of Leadership Plano graduates who currently serve the community in volunteer and elected positions.
Businesses whose employees participate in Leadership Plano gain not only a knowledge of the inner workings of the city, but also personal skills that increase their effectiveness in their professional environment.
Sept. 8-9, 2012 MANDATORY OPENING RETREAT
Class members meet for the first time and begin their leadership journey with an overnight retreat. Participants spend the first day discovering their own leadership style and learning how to utilize style differences. On the following day, members participate in a series of outdoor initiatives involving team-building, problem-solving, trust, and risk-taking.
Oct. 18, 2012 GOVERNMENT & CITY PROGRAMS
This session provides a “State of the City” overview from elected or appointed officials and examines local and state legislative issues impacting city governance. The session also covers recreational and leisure venues available and city volunteer opportunities. New Class Reception follows: 5:30 p.m. (Location TBA)
Nov. 15, 2012 EDUCATION & CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Visits to educational facilities and presentations by representatives from Plano ISD and higher educational institutions explore topics such as curriculum, school finance, technology, community partnerships, and current educational issues. Participants also gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Plano’s population diversity.
Dec. 13, 2012 BUSINESS/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & THE ARTS
Through presentations and tours, class members gain an understanding of the impact of business and economic development on quality of life and the challenges facing small and large businesses. Participants also gain insights into the value of cultural arts in the community and enjoy arts presentations. Leadership Plano Holiday Party follows: 5:30 pm (Location TBA)
Jan. 17, 2013 PUBLIC SAFETY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Representatives from police, fire and criminal justice provide an overview of crime prevention, emergency response, and public safety. Participants also tour local facilities, including the Collin County Justice Center and Juvenile Detention Center and gain an awareness of human service agencies that support the justice system.
Feb. 7, 2013 REGIONAL DAY
Class members join other DFW leadership program participants to explore and discuss major issues impacting their communities such as water, air quality and transportation that require regional perspectives and collaborative efforts to create solutions.
Mar. 21, 2013 SIMSOC (“Simulated Society”) & Introduction of Class Project
This simulation raises the participant’s awareness of all levels of society through role-playing, conflict resolution, trust, and crisis management. Members of the “society” address issues affecting their neighbors while trying to keep a “balance” in the society.
Apr. 18, 2013 HEALTH SERVICES
Presentations by local healthcare providers and tours of medical facilities provide a look into patient care and issues affecting the healthcare industry. Participants also gain an awareness of community nonprofit agencies that meet the healthcare needs of those facing physical, mental and economic challenges.
May 16, 2013 SERVANT LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The closing session offers insights into our community’s cultural diversity and provides a guide for effective non-profit board membership. The session also looks at “The Year in Review” and challenges participants to create a personal vision focusing on their individual commitment to community.
May 2013 Leadership Plano Class 30 GRADUATION (Date TBA)
The purpose of Leadership Plano is to educate, develop, and empower current and future leaders for the community and motivate them to serve civic, charitable, and business organizations.
The order of session topics and content may change based on availability of facilities and presenters.
All dates are tentative and may be rescheduled