LEAD YP is a leadership development program designed exclusively for aspiring young professionals.


What is LEAD YP? The DRC’s LEAD YP program is a 6-month leadership development program designed to help young professionals gain a better understanding of their personal leadership styles and gain new insight on leading and inspiring others throughout their careers. To apply and participate in DRC LEAD YP, membership in the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Young Professionals is required. Join here.

Program: Up to 30 class members will be chosen for the LEAD YP program. The LEAD YP program typically kicks off in January and runs into June. Due to COVID-19, the LEAD YP Class of 2022 will kick off in April 2022 and conclude in September 2022.

Class members meet monthly where they will receive training on their personal leadership styles, leading through change, personal branding, coaching and feedback, and using the Predictive Index Behavior Assessment.

There will be a LEAD YP Retreat in April 2022, consisting of two half-day sessions, and then monthly sessions from March 2022 until September 2022 that will take place the on last Wednesday of each month from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Class members completing the program will be invited to attend a graduation reception in October 2022. Participation is mandatory for all events and exact dates and times will be communicated at the retreat in April.

  • Who Should Apply?

    The program is a professional development opportunity designed for individuals who are both “life-learners” and aspiring leaders. All participants should demonstrate an interest in enhancing their leadership skills and a commitment to the time and energy to complete the program.

  • Application Process

    Applications typically open online in the fall of each year. Applicants must submit a $25 application fee. Applications will be considered complete for review only if payment is submitted. Due to COVID-19, applications for the LEAD YP Class of 2022 will open on January 10, 2022.

    Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. A group of the most qualified applicants will be chosen to participate in the program. The committee takes into consideration: the applicant’s work history; desire to grow in leadership; community involvement; and educational background.

    Selected participants will be notified no later than April 4, 2021.

  • Key Program Requirements

    DRC YP membership is required to apply for the LEAD YP program. Not sure if your YP membership is up to date? Contact YP@dallaschamber.org for more information.

  • Cost

    The 6-month program costs $1,200 for participants employed by a DRC member company and $1,500 for non-members. This fee is nonrefundable, and all funds are used to cover expenses of the program such as training materials, speaker fees, and other class expenses. Find out if your company is a member of the DRC by searching our Business Directory.

  • Attendance

    The 2022 program will include in-person sessions, and will be held in accordance with public health guidelines. In-person sessions will be hosted at the DRC offices in downtown Dallas.

    Excluding retreat, participants may have up to four hours of excused absences for the LEAD YP program with prior notification.

  • Employer Participation Agreement

    LEAD YP applicants must have the support of their current employer due to the time commitment requirements of the program. As part of your application, your employer must complete the form to confirm acknowledgment of your application and company support if you are selected for LEAD YP. If the applicant is self-employed, the agreement should still be filled out to ensure the application is considered complete.

    Once the application is submitted, your employer will receive the Employee Participation Form to complete. Before submitting this application, please have a conversation with your employer about the application and your involvement in this organization.

    Selected participants will be notified no later than April 4, 2021.