The T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute is a 10-month, in-depth leadership program designed to provide Dallas Junior Leaguers “the appropriate tools to carry out leadership positions throughout Dallas.” It started back in 2009 thanks to “a charitable donation from the T. Boone Pickens Foundation.”
Goodness, it must be working because there are times when the membership is running everything around these parts.
Last year Dallas Women’s Foundation and U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management supported the Institute’s “Advanced Track” and “Training Track” programs. The partnership was such a win-win situation, they’ve signed up for a second year.
According to JLD President Julie Bagley, “We are grateful to have the support of such wonderful co-sponsors as Dallas Women’s Foundation and U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, whose grants have allowed us to continue training our Junior League members at a high level. It gives us the opportunity to expand our efforts as a League even further, enabling our members to identify and build strengths, enhance leadership skills, develop relationships and prepare themselves for continued leadership service within the Dallas community.”
How about an explanation for what all these tracks lead to?
- “Advanced Track” — To be part of this program, JLD members must have at least three years of active service in JLD. These women are educated and career oriented, range in age from mid-20s to 50s, and are hand-selected by a Junior League committee. Each participant commits to a 10-month program designed to develop and maximize their executive leadership skills, build consciousness (self-awareness of strengths, growth areas and abilities) and to increase competencies. Graduates walk away with improved skill sets in a variety of areas that can be applied to their personal, volunteer and professional lives.
- “Training Track” — The program focuses on leadership lessons members can apply in their work within JLD, in the office, at home and in other volunteer efforts. Participation is open to all current members of the JLD and includes opportunities for members to participate in monthly leadership-focused meetings, attend group meetings dedicated to leadership within the League, brown-bag lunches with JLD leadership and more.
Making up the 2014-2015 “Advanced Track” class are the following: Tandra Allen, Carey Barnes, Melissa Boler, Miranda Bond, Rebecca Brown, Beth Brown, Sarah Burns, Lauren Combest, Eleanor Couch, Sheryl Coynes-Batson, Becky Gomez, Sarah Groves, Shannon Hanberry, Lara Harrison, Lisa Hewitt, Hollee Hirzel, Emily Hoad, Laura Ann Kidd, Jessica Killough, Amy Martinez, Elisabeth McHugh, Claire McLeod, Jana Nobles, Theresa Remek, Heather Smith, Gennea Squire de Torres, Khairunnisa Veerjee, Cynthia Villanueva, Alisha Woodall, Andrea Woolford and Elizabeth Zuerker.