By SAVANNAH SAILER
Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Lewisville recognized the 31st class on Tuesday, April 25 at the MCL Grand for their completion of the nine-month leadership development program.
At the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce’s April Partnership Luncheon, Leadership Lewisville celebrated 16 new graduates.

Leadership Lewisville is recognized as a prestigious nine-month leadership development program and is one of the longest running leadership programs in North Texas.

Each class is asked to develop and implement a project that will benefit the community and serve as an ongoing legacy. Class 31 chose a project with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County.

Volunteers with Leadership Lewisville’s 31st class worked on transforming the backyard of the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County into a child-friendly space. (Photo courtesy Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce)

With the help of volunteers, sponsorships and charitable donations, Class 31 transformed the organization’s backyard into a child-friendly space for both play and therapy.

The Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County provides care, healing and justice for abused children. Class 31 helped the center continue their work by building tools that will be used for therapy such as a garden and hopscotch that will help children express different emotions. Additionally, the class raised $2,000 to continue and sustain the work completed.

“We live in a wonderful community, a growing community — a community that can and always will benefit from existing leaders leading better and new leaders getting into the game,” Jim Mustain, Chairman, of Leadership Lewisville Steering Committee, said.

The program features a collection of leaders such as bankers, educators, business women and men, government officials and staff, medical professionals and non-profit entrepreneurs. The goal of the program is to educate, develop, inspire and motivate future leaders and provide opportunities for current leaders to develop and polish their leadership skills.

Lewisville Assistant Fire Chief Mark McNeal helps out with CACDC’s backyard. (Photo courtesy Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce)

Leadership Lewisville provides business acumen learning and takes a regional approach. The program includes the communities of Lewisville, Highland Village, Flower Mound, Carrollton, Denton, The Colony, Coppell and Denton County.

Each class commits to becoming familiar with the greater Lewisville area and issues that confront the community. The nine-month program begins in August and consists of one-day- a–month sessions. Through the nine months, participants are able to understand the issues in the community and contribute problem solving while developing and refining their leadership skills.

Along with the time commitment, participants must commit to a financial obligation as well. Participants pay tuition that covers meals, transportation and other program expenses.

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for Fall 2017. Contact the chamber for more information. Call 972–436–9571 or visit LewisvilleChamber.org.