Our Programs


LeaderPrime is meant for top decision-makers and it provides orientation to Fort Worth and its top leaders as well as preparation for quick effective community engagement. Learn more


The LeadershipClass addresses vital issues impacting Fort Worth by engaging established leaders in discussion and challenging them to make an impact. Learn more


LeadingEdge offers emerging leaders in their mid 20s to mid 30s an opportunity to strengthen leadership practices, create connections with community leaders and move beyond volunteerism into board service. Learn more


LeadershipForum exists to serve our members by providing leadership education, leadership skill development and connections with other leaders and community volunteer efforts. Learn more

We believe everyone has a leader inside. Our youth program LeaderKids encourages middle-school students to develop leadership skills such as taking initiative, setting achievable goals and becoming strong communicators. Learn more…

Program Application

Providing Fort Worth with Diverse and Enlightened Leaders




Program Summary

Leading Edge offers emerging leaders the opportunity to strengthen their leadership capabilities, create connections with community leaders and move beyond volunteerism into board service through our partnership with Boardbuild.

The Leadership Class addresses vital issues impacting Fort Worth by engaging established leaders. The program features a series of sector-focused days to broaden perspectives about how Fort Worth operates. Through the program’s Issues Initiative projects participants collaborate to connect their networks and resources to address key community challenges.

Leader Prime helps CEOs new to Fort Worth (or new in their role) make more productive decisions because of their orientation to the culture, leaders and trends in Fort Worth. In addition, CEOs will be given opportunities for civic connections that will give them a greater personal and professional impact on the community.

Target Audience

Emerging leaders (typically in their mid-20s to under 40) seeking to establish their engagement as a Community Trustee in the FW community at a Board level.

Established leaders, with key decision-maker board-level experience, who would like to become more engaged in the Fort Worth community at a Community Trustee level.

CEOs/top decision-makers and spouses, new to Fort Worth and/or their professional roles seeking to learn more about how Fort Worth works and how they can contribute as Community Trustees.

The LFW Selection Committee seeks individuals who....

  • Are rising stars in their profession
  • Serve in a leadership capacity in organizations related to their career, academic institution or other young professionals organization
  • Are outstanding volunteers for non-profit organizations
  • Aspire to decision-making roles on community boards and/or city commissions

    • Are leaders in their chosen profession, most often at the “Director” level and above
    • Have a strong record of achievement in community/civic activities
    •  Have significant volunteer leadership, ideally at the board level, experience with community/civic organizations

    • Are the top business leaders in their companies
    • Are new to the Fort Worth community or to their professional roles
    • Have a desire to connect with key decision makers and influencers in the community
    •  Have a desire to become more engaged in the FW community

    The Program Experience

    • Introduces leadership practices shared by successful community leaders
    • Identifies personal leadership strengths & development opportunities
    • Explores processes relevant to “how Fort Worth works” (collaboration, advocacy, board governance)
    • Provides multiple opportunities to make connections with community leaders
    •  Provides training and placement opportunities for non-profit board service via BoardBuild
    • Exposes established leaders to the diverse needs and issues in the community
    • Creates connections between leaders related to those issues, and develops relationships to move projects forward
    • Enhances community leadership capabilities through group processes
    •  Aligns personal passions and resources with vital issues to be addressed through Issues Initiatives
    • Offers extensive information on pertinent issues impacting the business environment
    • Provides connections to significant leaders and the roles they play
    • Opens doors for personal and professional community engagement
    •  Offers opportunities to appreciate Fort Worth’s history, culture and current trends

    Leadership Skills/ Competencies

    Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Practice Inventory (LPI) Competencies (based on The Leadership Challenge). Through a combination of lecture and experience-based training, the competencies are practiced and developed.

    The LPI competencies are:

    • Model the Way
    • Inspire a Shared Vision
    • Challenge the Process
    • Enable Others to Act
    • Encourage the Heart

    The Community Trusteeship CompetenciesListenCare and Lead form the foundation for skill development. In addition, we provide opportunities to develop in the areas of:

    • Adaptive Leadership
    • Collaboration/Team-building
    • Relationship Building
    • Networking
    • Project Management
    • Presentation / Communication Skills

    The Community Trusteeship Competencies

    • Listen
    • Care
    • Lead


    January – June (Virtual in 2021)

    Fridays, once or twice per month 11:30am – 5:00pm

    Two mandatory one-day retreats at the beginning and end of the program

    January – June

    (Virtual in 2021)

    Thursdays, twice per month

    9:30am – 5:00pm

    Two mandatory retreats:

    • 2-day retreat at the beginning of the program.
    1-day retreat at the end of the program.

    Dates vary – typically 1Q of each year.

    Class Size




     (Including spouses)


    $2,200 – applications accepted through

    October 30, 2020

     A limited number of partial tuition waivers, aimed at helping non-profit and small business employees, are available based on need.

    $2,750 – applications accepted through October 30, 2020

     A limited number of partial tuition waivers, aimed at helping non-profit and small business employees, are available based on need.

    $4000 – candidate

     $2850 – spouse of candidate