Leadership Dallas Application FAQs

As you think about applying to Leadership Dallas, here are some tips and guidance about the process.


Leadership Dallas Class of 2021 applications will be open on our website Monday, March 30, 2020, through Friday, June 12, 2020. You can find more information about applying on the Application FAQ page.

Class Dates and Participation

Leadership Dallas is a 9-month leadership development program that includes a two-day retreat, eight monthly full-day sessions, monthly preliminary assignments, and a class project. If you are selected to participate in the program, Leadership Dallas class members can miss no more than 16 hours of class days. Attending the overnight retreat – in its entirety – is mandatory. At the retreat, class members receive an overview of requirements, are assigned to working committees, begin leadership development coursework, and get to know their classmates. Following the retreat, additional meetings will be required outside of class days. Class members will be expected to meet regularly to help plan their assigned class day, developing the agenda, confirming speakers, creating homework for the class.

The class will meet one full day each month to cover content related to the issues most important to our region. Leadership Dallas 2021 class dates are:

  • Welcome Reception: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
  • Retreat: Wednesday, September 2 – Thursday, September 3, 2020
  • Friday, October 2, 2020
  • Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Friday, January 8, 2021
  • Friday, February 5, 2021
  • Friday, March 5, 2021
  • Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • Friday, May 7, 2021


The final deadline for all completed applications is 5:00 PM on Friday, June 12, and applicants must submit a $100 fee. Applications will be considered complete for review only if payment is submitted. Applicants will receive a link to pay the application fee online with a credit card only after the online application has been completed and submitted.


The tuition fee for Leadership Dallas is $6,500. As a valued supporter, Dallas Regional Chamber members will receive a discounted tuition rate of $5,000. If your company is not currently a member but is interested in joining the DRC, please contact Jennifer Schmiel at jschmiel@dallaschamber.org or 214.746.6729.

The tuition fee covers the cost of all program material, group transportation, hotel stay, facilities, and meals. Tuition is nonrefundable.


The Leadership Dallas Selection Committee reviews every completed application packet. They seek to identify those who are most likely to utilize their leadership abilities for the long-term benefit of our region. In August of each year, the next Leadership Dallas class will be announced.

It is an honor to be invited to participate in Leadership Dallas. With so many qualified candidates from which to choose, the selection of each year’s class presents a difficult challenge. Many graduates of the program are not selected the first year they apply. Candidates who are not chosen are encouraged to apply again.

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Questions about Leadership Dallas? Please contact:
Sarah Carabias-Rush
Senior Vice President for Economic Development and Leadership Programs
Dallas Regional Chamber


Barry Barker Scholarship Fund

During the 1997-98 program year, Leadership Dallas lost long-time friend Barry Barker. Barry was a graduate of the first Leadership Dallas class, served as President of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, and chaired the curriculum committee. After his passing, the Dallas Regional Chamber and the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association renamed its scholarship fund in Barry’s memory. The Barry Barker Scholarship Fund helps future leaders of Dallas with their Leadership Dallas tuition.

Patti Clapp Scholarship Fund

For nearly 24 years, Patti Clapp served the Dallas Regional Chamber in a variety of critical roles, from Director of Leadership Development to Vice President of Education. As the Director of Leadership Development, she led the revitalization of Leadership Dallas, which contributed to the continued success of one of the DRC’s most significant programs. In honor of one of our longest serving and most impactful, effective, and influential leaders, we have established the Patti Clapp Scholarship Fund to help future leaders of the Dallas Region with their Leadership Dallas tuition.

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