Developing leaders who develop the region.


What is LEAD YP? Through a hands-on curriculum, LEAD YP deepens young professionals’ understanding of their leadership style and primes them to grow into leaders who champion the Dallas Region.

Program: Up to 50 class members will be chosen for the LEAD YP program. The class kicks off with a retreat in April and the LEAD YP program begins in May and ends in October. Classes take place on the first Wednesday of every month, from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

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

  • 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

    Application for 2024 are now closed. Applicants must submit an application fee. Applications will be considered complete for review only if payment is submitted.

    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 in March 2024.

  • 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? Email leadership@dallaschamber.org for more information.

  • Program Dates
        • Wednesday, April 10 – Retreat (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
        • Thursday, May 9 – Class Day 1 (1-5 p.m.)
        • Thursday, June 13 – Class Day 2 (1-5 p.m.)
        • Thursday, July 11 – Class Day 3 (1-5 p.m.)
        • Thursday, Aug. 15 – Class Day 4 (1-5 p.m.)
        • Thursday, Sept. 12 – Class Day 5 (1-5 p.m.)
        • Thursday, Oct. 2 – Graduation (1-5 p.m.)
  • Cost

    The six-month program costs $2,500 for participants employed by a DRC member company and $4,000 for nonmembers. 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.

  • Attendance

    The program consists of in-person sessions hosted at the DRC offices in downtown Dallas.

    Excluding the retreat, participants may have up to four hours of excused absences. Prior notification is required.

  • 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. 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 your application, please discuss with your employer your intent to apply and the commitment involved.