Leadership Frisco Class XXV Announced
The Frisco Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the members of Leadership Frisco Class XXV. The 24 members were selected from a large and competitive pool of applicants. The program year kicked off on Friday, September 10, 2021, at Crest Infiniti, with a “Leadership Dynamics” session followed by a dinner featuring a fireside chat with Frisco City Manager of 34 years, George Purefoy. Christal Howard of Community Impact Newspaper, and Tony Felker, President/CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, moderated the chat. On Saturday, September 11, 2021, the class met at a ropes course for team-building exercises facilitated by “Leadership on the Move.”
Leadership Frisco is a nine-month community leadership program sponsored by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and led by a volunteer group of 25 past graduates known as the Leadership Frisco Advisory Council. The purpose of the Leadership Frisco program is to develop a pool of qualified, highly motivated individuals interested in expanding their leadership skills, deepening their sense of civic responsibility, and becoming more involved in the Frisco community.
During the program year, a full day each month is dedicated to exploring the inner workings of Frisco’s government, educational system, economic development, service organizations, regional issues, leisure and culture, health services, and public safety. Class members have the opportunity to learn about and practice skills critical to working with volunteers and groups in the community.
25 Years of Graduating Into Leadership
“This is a milestone year, and the class is off to a great start,” said Shanna Keaveny, Leadership Frisco Advisory Council Chair and graduate of Class 19. “These first two days of the program are critical and are arranged to allow the class members to build a sense of trust and to learn each other’s leadership styles. The kick-off sets the class up for success as they begin to plan and implement a class project and overcome any challenges created during the planning process.” Each year, class members work together on a project that benefits Frisco.
“The class project is an important part of the program,” said Tony Felker, President/CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and graduate of Class 3. “While there have been many great and sustainable projects over the years, the class project is mostly about the process of working together as a group to achieve the desired results.” Detailed information on each of the past Leadership Frisco class projects can be found at LeadershipFrisco.com
Leadership Frisco class members will have a graduation ceremony after the completion of the program in May 2022. Former Leadership Frisco graduates currently sit on various Boards and Commissions throughout the city, have become elected officials, or volunteer to serve Frisco in continuing to build an outstanding community.
Members of Class 25
Torei Crain – American Advisor Group
Sangita Datta – New York Life – Datta Insurance Services
Nicole Denson – Merit Financial Advisors
Josh Dill – Visit Frisco
Daniel Ford – City of Frisco
Ryan Gebhart – Baylor Scott & White Health
Amanda Hall – Self-employed
Kathryn Hardaway – Kathryn Hardaway, CPA, PC
Sarah Jacob – Thomas Edwards Group
Monica Johnson – Monica Johnson Enterprises
Jennifer Luney – US Bank
Nikki Mouton – Frisco ISD
Nicol Naaman – IKEA Frisco
Alex Nestor – Retired
Laura Rummel – Handle Financial
Ashley Saenz – Whalen Law Office
Travis Simons – The Potter’s House North
Kimberly Smith – Frisco ISD
Scott Snellings – Snellings Law
Jenn Van Dahm – Frisco Chamber of Commerce
Lori Wiltz – Halliburton
Lauren Wood – Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C.