Leadership Plano celebrates latest graduates

Earlier this month, the Chamber of Commerce Program Leadership Plano celebrated its thirty-eighth graduating class.  They gathered at the Courtyard Theatre, where recently retired Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser delivered the keynote address.  Also in attendance were State Representative Jeff Leach and Plano Mayor Pro Tem Kayci Prince, who presented proclamations honoring the graduates. Jyric Sims, CEO of title sponsor Medical City Plano, congratulated the graduates while class spokesperson Elisa Klein reminisced about the year’s highlights.

Led by Program Director Carole Greisdorf, Class 38 completed a one-weekend retreat in September and eight full-day class sessions over the course of nine months. The two-day retreat and orientation focused on identifying each class member’s individual leadership style and strengths, as well as team building. Beginning in October 2021 and ending in May 2022, the class spent one day per month examining specific aspects of the community, including education, area government, local business and economic development, health and human services, criminal justice system, the arts, and non-profit organizations.

In addition to class sessions, Class 38 completed a community project designed to assist the Hope Restored Mission in providing ID cards for clients who have been displaced, are unsheltered, or who have experienced loss of identification records.

Leadership Plano boasts an active alumni roster that is approximately 1,000 members strong. Program alumni include notable figures in Plano, such as Plano Mayor John Muns, City Manager Mark Israelson, Plano ISD School Board Chair David Stolle, My Possibilities Executive Director Michael Thomas, and Collin College Trustee Dr. Raj Menon, to name a few.

Applications are being accepted through June 15 for the next class.  For more information, visit leadershipplano.org.

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