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Leadership Frisco™

Mission Statement:

The mission of Leadership Frisco™ 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.


Class members and Leadership Frisco™ graduates can utilize skills developed in the program for personal and professional growth and community involvement.


To develop a pool of qualified, highly motivated individuals who are interested in expanding their leadership skills, deepening their sense of civic responsibility, and become more involved in their community.


About Leadership Frisco™ 

Leadership Frisco™  is a nine-month community leadership program sponsored by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. Each class starts with a team-building day and includes a full day each month 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. Members will also have the opportunity to learn about and practice skills critical to working with volunteers and groups in the community. Members of the program will also select and complete a class project during their year that benefits Frisco.

Leadership Frisco Class XXV Application is now Live! Deadline to Apply is 5:00 PM on Friday, June 4, 2021.

How to Apply

The Leadership Frisco Class XXV Application is now live. The application is due no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, June 4, 2021. Late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted and will not be reviewed.

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee. Due to the limited class size, all applicants cannot be accepted, and are encouraged to re-apply if not selected.

Both members of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and non-members can apply. (Tuition is discounted for Frisco Chamber members.) A limited number of scholarships are available. Many employers will cover the cost of tuition as staff or leadership development.

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.

Watch our 20-Year Video

Introducing Leadership Frisco™ Class XXIV (2020-2021)

Tim Bicknell, Goosehead Insurance
Mark Blum, Elevated Roofing LLC
Romby Bryant, First United Bank
Tracee Elrod, CoServ
Shelby Fawver, Frisco Chamber of Commerce
Omair Fayyaz, Turner Construction Company
Chad Friece, Texas Health Hospital Frisco
Amer Gaffar, Tanium
Morgan Gill, Haiman Hogue, PLLC
Jason Isham, Children’s Health
Brandon Johnson, M&T Insurance Agency, Inc
Zakiyah Johnson, Texas Instruments
Melissa Kessler, Careington

Lauren Laake, PGA of America
Amanda Lagan, Simmons Bank
Cherika Latham
Jason Madden, The Boardroom
DeAdrian “Dee” Maddox, Junior League of Collin County
Sara Mahmood, brush365
Jim Mustain, Preston Trail Community Church
Melanie Nance, Cheney Group
Dr. Shalin Patel, DECA Dental Group/Ideal Dental
Kate Tonda, Walmart eCommerce
Ken Van Swearingen, True Narra Counseling, PLLC
Terri West, Frisco ISD & Frisco Education Foundation.

Read full announcement here.

Leadership Frisco™ Alumni

We are pretty proud of our Leadership Frisco graduates. Click here to see a list of our Leadership Frisco alumni and to stay up-to-date on our events.

Leadership Frisco™ 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Collin 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 Fastpacs

Class XIX (15/16) Ready to Read Railroad

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

Class XX (16/17) Meals on the Move

  • Benefitting Frisco Fastpacs.
  • Donated a truck for meal delivery.
  • More information HERE.

Class XXI (17/18) Community Garden

  • Benefitting Frisco Family Services
  • Help raise funds to update and revamp the Community Garden to increase production, which in turn, would help provide more fresh produce for families in crisis.
  • Use the Community Garden as another way to raise awareness of the need that exists in Frisco.
  • More information HERE.

Class XXII (18/19) Little Free Libraries

  • Created over twenty Little Free Libraries, to inspire the love of reading within the community.
  • The vision of Leadership Frisco Class XXII is that the Little Free Libraries will be gathering points to foster book exchanges for the youth of Frisco.
  • More information HERE.

Class XXIII (19/20) Benefitting Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County

  • Coordinated cash donations of $1,550 and two TVs for the Teen Game Room
  • Facilitated $2,000 donation for membership scholarships
  • Facilitated relationship between BGCCC and PGA which led to securing many silent auction items to be used in future events
  • Secured donations for post-pandemic “getting back open” supplies of sanitizers, cleaning supplies and masks during COVID19
  • Collected 115 backpacks and school supplies for the kids through an annual Partnership Backpack Drive


Picture of Karen Kim


Leadership Frisco Class XXIV Selects Project

As their class project this year, Leadership Frisco Class 24 has partnered with the City of Frisco’s Veterans Advisory Committee to help fundraise and revitalize the Veterans Memorial at Frisco Commons Park. 

Originally dedicated in 2004 to honor local veterans, the Frisco Veterans Memorial includes a Walk of Honor with dedicated veteran bricks, a Wall of Honor in remembrance of 11 young service members from Frisco who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country in addition to various plaques recognizing and describing significant wars. Due to age and weathering from outside elements, much of the park is in need of repair. 

As an expression of gratitude and to further honor local veterans, LF24 aims to contribute to the needed improvements and to make the memorial space a more impactful and interactive destination. Over the next three months, the class will fundraise in hopes to add various needed improvements and bring more awareness to the memorial. 

“It is a great honor to have the opportunity to work with the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee and other stakeholders on this special project,” LF24 class member and Veteran Amanda Lagan said. “We look forward to helping to revitalize and bring this memorial to life that will serve as a welcoming and connecting place for residents and visitors of Frisco, and we appreciate the community’s support to help Honor Our Veterans.” 

To follow the Honor Our Veterans project, please follow the LFXXIV’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages. If you would like to make a donation please click here. For further information about tax deductible donations, please reach out to Lauren Laake at



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