Executive Director’s Column

HHThe new LFW year is underway! A great Leadership Class has had its opening retreat and Community Trusteeship Day, we are recruiting for Leading Edge 2014
(more about that later!), and LeaderKids will have their orientation at TCU on Oct. 29. It’s an exciting time!

Our Board of Directors made a commitment to begin a strategic planning process. We are looking forward to exploring even more robust ways to provide Fort Worth with diverse and enlightened leadership while we also consider ways of increasing our organizational stability. We may be talking with some of you as we collect input to help us make good decisions.

We are delighted to have two new people working with us. Lindsay Klatzkin, a 2013 Leading Edge graduate, will be helping us with logistics on our program days, and Ayesha Ganguly is consulting with LeaderKids to direct training on leadership skills and to maintain contact with our LK alums in high school. We welcome them both!

If you haven’t been to our website recently, take a look at www.leadershipfortworth.org to see our new design. It is still in process, and soon you will be given information about the new online membership directory. ONLY DUES-PAYING MEMBERS WILL HAVE ACCESS!!! Fair warning – please send those dues in right away!

In fact, let me reinforce how important it is for you to be an active dues-paying member. LeaderKids is still offered without any tuition charge to middle school kids who would not otherwise be able to participate. Your dues provide the stability for us to do that. In addition, they help support the infrastructure of the organization. Tuition fees go to our programs; your dues give us the ability to have staff and resources to run the programs. We appreciate every single one of you, and therefore offer those of you who pay dues reduced fees on all our membership programming.

Speaking of membership programs, PLEASE PUT DEC. 12 ON YOUR CALENDAR for our annual Holiday party! It is going to be a great event in the brand new Sundance Square Plaza.

I mentioned that we are in the midst of recruiting for Leadership Edge 2014. Please spread the word and encourage young, emerging leaders you know to apply. All the information is on the website at www.leadershipfortworth.org. The early bird deadline (with a reduced application fee) is Oct. 11; the final deadline is Nov. 1.

Take note of our program calendars below. Let us know if you want to volunteer to help.

I hope to see you soon!

Harriet B. Harral, Ph.D.