Leadership Frisco

leadership frisco

Leadership Frisco is a nine-month community leadership program sponsored by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. The purpose is to develop a pool of qualified, highly motivated individuals who are interested in expanding their leadership skills, deepening their sense of civic responsibility, and becoming more involved in their community as a whole.

Reasons to participate or invest in an employee?

  • Class members work in groups to complete a community service project. This requires everyone to practice project management skills, learn traits of effective teamwork, assess their individual strengths and weaknesses and use organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Class members interact with one another and with instructors, facilitators, and speakers, increasing their network and making valuable connections with people from a variety of backgrounds and industries within our community.
  • Class members are exposed to a wide variety of perspectives about the community. Each class session focuses on a different topic, ranging from business ethics and nonprofits to diversity and education. This helps them understand our community better and the resources available, which contributes to job performance.

Leadership Frisco Class XXII Application

The Leadership Frisco Advisory Council has closed the application process for the 2018-2019 year for Leadership Frisco Class XXII. Late applications are not accepted. Leadership Frisco Class XXIII Applications will be posted in May 2019.

Important Dates:

Class Dates:

September 7, 2018      Class Intro, Leadership Dynamics, Dinner (mandatory)

September 8, 2018      Ropes Course Team Building (mandatory)

October 5, 2018          Social Services Day

November 2, 2018      Economic Development Day

December 7, 2018       Education Day

January 11, 2019         Health Services Day

February 1, 2019         City Government Day

March 1, 2019             Public Safety Day

April 12, 2019             Leisure & Culture Day

*April 19, 2019           *Bad Weather Make-Up

May 3, 2019                Infrastructure & Servant Leadership Day

June 2019                    Graduation at Frisco Chamber Quarterly Luncheon


Leadership Frisco Advisory Council Chair: Julie Fernandez, City of Frisco

Staff Liaison – Shona Huffman – Frisco Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Frisco Class XXI Graduation is June 12, 2018

Class XXI Members:

Tami Alexander – Frisco Chamber of Commerce
Clayton Barnard – Freese & Nichols, Inc.
Todd Beckmann – PlainsCapital Bank
Ryan Blake – Bank of America
Brittany Colberg – Chicago Title, J. Marc Hesse, P.C.
Ryan Fuchs – Ifrah Financial Services, Inc.
Sean Heatley – EPIC Carts
Michael Howard – Parkhill Smith Cooper
Jeffery Hunt – Raytheon Company
Maurice Jelks – U.S. Trust
Christopher King – North Bridge Church
Jannie Kinsey-Goods – JCPenney
Chris Lewis – Deloitte & Touche LLP
Audra Mayberry – Strausburger & Price, LLP
Francis Mesina –  New York Life & NYLIFE Securities
Therese Naguib – Medical City Frisco
Megan Nguyen-Trinh – Comerica
Robert Paulsen – State Representative Justin Holland
Geneva Polster
Ericka Prince –Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
Dave Quinn – BeingWell LLC
Yuri Shin – Grace Church
Branden Weber – Alpha Insurance Group
Eric Williams – Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Class Project Summary

Class I (97/98)  The Frisco Senior Center

  • In collaboration with the City of Frisco’s Parks and Recreation Department, organized the efforts to develop the building for the Senior Center.
  • friscotexas.gov

Class II (98/99) Friendship Park Play Structure

  • Designed the structure, marshaled volunteers & sponsors
  • Built the children’s wooden play structure at Friendship Park
  • Rebuilt the structure following an arson attack
  • Became part of Frisco Commons Park

Class III (99/00) Clean It & Green It 

  • Tree planting program, planting 2000 trees around Frisco
  • Nexus for the Chunk Your Junk events coordinated by the City
  • friscotexas.gov

Class IV (00/01)  Special Olympics

Class V (01/02) Frisco Family Services Center

  • Organized community builder/contractors and monetary donations
  • Remodeled a “new” building for offices & food pantry
  • friscocenter.org

Class VI (02/03) WaterWise

  • Developed a Water education program for the 2nd graders in FISD
  • Created a robot mascot for teaching water conservation to kids
  • Developed sprinkler information tags sent to homeowners
  • friscotexas.gov

Class VII (03/04)  Youth Leadership Frisco

  • Established a Youth Leadership program in Frisco High Schools
  • Semester-long program to learn about Frisco, 10th graders
  • Not currently operating
  • youthleadershipfrisco.org

Class VIII (04/05)  Frisco Cares Children’s Clinic

  • Mobile low-cost medical acute care clinic
  • Children & youth through age 18 in Frisco and FISD
  • Originally open 1 evening per week, all volunteer
  • Borrowed medical “bus”
  • Now has a permanent clinic in downtown Frisco
  • friscocares.com

Class IX (05/06) Teen Court

  • Developed concept, procedures, volunteers for Teen Court
  • Teen minor offenses are “tried” by a jury of their peers
  • Prosecutors, public defenders & jury are teens
  • Held mock trial to showcase it’s benefits
  • Teen Court is now operating in Frisco

Class X (06/07) Boys and Girls Club

  • Assisted with fundraising for new computers and equipment
  • Assisted with building location & painting of computer lab
  • Raised over $50,000 for new mini-bus for Frisco Branch
  • bgccc.org

Class XI (07/08) Mindbender Academy

  • Worked with the FISD to create a camp for 7th-8th grade students to engage them in Science and Math
  • Secured Raytheon, Cisco and Janimation to lead the course content
  • Hands-on demonstration to see how cool Science and Math can be in hopes to encourage them in studies related to Science and Math
  • Secured $22,500 in monetary donations
  • friscoisd.org/mindbender

Class XII (08/09) IamFrisco

  • Demonstrating the multiplier effect of group volunteerism
  • IamFrisco initiative will match Frisco volunteers with needs in the area
  • Raised $36,000 for Frisco Family Services and $8,000 for other area non-profits

Class XIII (09/10) Watch D.O.G.S.

  • Partnered with FISD and Council of PTAs to raise awareness about national father volunteer program
  • Met with parents and administrators at 32 FISD campuses
  • Presented and organized campus “Pizza Nights” to recruit dads
  • fathers.com

Class XIV (10/11) Leadership14 DiscCourse

  • Partnered with Frisco Parks and Recreation to develop Disc Course
  • Collaborated with corporate sponsors & civic groups and organizations to generate sponsorships for all 18 holes
  • Raised over $6800 and managed over 2,000 volunteer hours

Class XV (11/12) Think Global, Act Local

  • Partnered with Frisco Chamber to energize growth for local and international business
  • Transform the Frisco Chamber of Commerce by creating a new look, a new feel, and a modernized multifunctional facility where business owners continue to establish relationships via networking, exchange, game-changing ideas, and grow their businesses
  • leadershipfriscoxv.com

Class XVI (12/13)  Frisco Charities

  • Established a 501( c ) 3 Non-Profit Organization
  • Establish Partnerships with Community Organizations to help generate funding to assist charitable organizations in Frisco

Class XVII (13/14) Boys & Girls Club in Frisco

  • Partnered Boys & Girls Club of Collin County to repair and replace multiple equipment and furnishings in the Frisco Boys & Girls Club
  • Partnered with multiple corporations and small business to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Colin County
  • Raised over $60K.

Class XVIII (14/15) Frisco 5 Star Challenge

  • Partnered with the Frisco Chamber to create a competitive team building competition within the business community
  • Raised money for local Charity
  • Presented $10K to Frisco Fast
  • http://friscofastpacs.org/index.html

Class XIX (15/16) Ready to Read Railroad

  • Partnered with the Frisco Library to create the Ready to Read Railroad in the children’s are at the Frisco Public Library.
  • Designed to help children ages 5 and under develop early literacy skills and other early learning skills for success in kindergarten.
  • Raised over $180,000 through sponsorships with local businesses, foundations, individuals, and held a sports raffle to fund design, build, and installation.
  • friscolibrary.com/librarytrain

Class XX (16/17) Meals on the Move

  • Benefitting Frisco Fastpacs.
  • Donated a truck for meal delivery.

Class XXI (17/18) Frisco Community Garden


For more information contact the Frisco Chamber of Commerce-972.335.9522 or email Shona Huffman.