Abilene’s talent pool and LEADERSHIP NETWORK isn’t just a driving force of our economy. It’s what separates us from the pack.
We help our members invest in that talent through comprehensive leadership development offerings designed to connect and grow strong leaders who lead both inside and out of the office.
Our leadership development programs offer a unique blend of classroom and experiential learning that allows participants to:
Build meaningful, long-lasting connections
Learn from our region’s most influential leaders
Think critically about key business, policy and civic issues facing the Abilene area
Due to COVID-19, last year’s Leadership Abilene class was put on hold. In September the 2021 class, now known as the Class of 2022, will launch meaning we won’t be accepting applications for a new Leadership Abilene class until Summer of 2022. For more information on what went behind this decision, click here. We appreciate your patience and look forward to growing and developing even more leaders for our community.
THE PURPOSE OF LEADERSHIP ABILENE
Identify and motivate potential leaders
Acquaint them with community needs
Provide insight into techniques, opportunities, and challenges of leadership
Explore alternate perspectives for community challenges
Encourage new leaders to community involvement
Leadership Abilene strives to expose participants to the many services, resources, organizations and businesses that make Abilene unique. Each month (of the nine-month program) the group will attend presentations, tour facilities and interact with representatives from local businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and public offices.
This highly sought-after and respected program accepts up to 36 participants each year from a wide cross-section of Abilenians. After almost 40 years, Leadership Abilene Alumni can be found serving on boards, leading companies and creating new opportunities.
Who should apply?
Anyone 21 and older who is interested in expanding your network and gaining deeper insight and access to all that Abilene has to offer.
What is the time commitment?
This program runs one full day, monthly, September through May. Usually on a Thursday or a Friday. An overnight orientation and seven out of the nine program days are required to graduate from the program.
Why should I do this?
Leadership Abilene offered me an avenue to explore leadership opportunities alongside others with the same goal. Leadership Abilene also provided valuable insight into how I can make an impact in my community. -Emerald Cassidy, ACU
Two of the many great experiences I took from Leadership Abilene are, one, the numerous close friendships that developed during that year and beyond, and two, I gained a greater understanding
and appreciation for how this GREAT city operates and serves its GREAT citizens! -Luke Harwell, Baack’s Florist
Being part of Leadership Abilene gives you an opportunity to see what it takes to make and keep Abilene the great city that it is. If you want to be part of this community, from the inside out, Leadership Abilene should be on your bucket list! – Yanell Rieder, Casa Authentique
Leadership Abilene Class of 2021
|Brittany||Adair||Hendrick Health Care System|
|Emily||Bailey||Texas Tech Health Science Center|
|Matthew||Beard||Maverick Saw Cutting and Core Drilling|
|Holly||Bearden||Community Broadcast Partners KABW/KORQ|
|Chelsea||Brooks||Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau|
|Joshua||Brown||First Financial Trust and Asset Management|
|Meredith||Churchill||Fullerton & Associates, PLLC|
|Michael||DeNapoli||Dyess Air Force Base|
|Garrett||Dussia||Coca Cola Southwest Beverage|
|James||Gordon||First Financial Bankshares|
|Kenneth||Heaton||Small Business Development Center|
|Susan||Holland||Servicemaster by A-Town/Hi-Tech|
|Alexzandra||Hust||Abilene Hope Haven|
|Gregory||Johnson||Dyess Air Force Base|
|Marli||Kimberlin||Hendrick Health Care System|
|Joe||Mangrem||Enprotec /Hibbs &Todd, Inc|
|Jan||Morrison||The Noah Project|
|Mindi||Nagy||Abilene Country Club|
|Michelle||Parrish||Community Foundation of Abilene|
|Kimberly||Norman-Prater||Gary’s Floral Gallery|
|Charles||Rodgers||West Texas Rehab Center|
|Erin||Seabourne||Hendrick Home for Children|
|Byron||Stephenson||The Shed Market|
|Gabriel||Stokes||The Local Taqueria & Bar|
|Brenda||Trinidad||First Financial Bank|
|Jacob “Bubba”||Weckworth||Vintage Marketplace|
|Noreen||White||The Betty Hardwick Center|
|Benjamin||Young||Brightway Insurance, The Young Agency|