A consortium of North Texas leadership programs hosted the fifth annual North Texas Regional Leadership Day on Feb. 25 at the sponsor site, Capital One Conference Center in Plano. The focus for this daylong event was “Managing Growth: Economic Perspectives & Sustainable Solutions,” and attendees heard from an impressive lineup of speakers. Topics included education, homelessness and poverty, workforce development, healthcare and healthy communities, along with perspectives from large business, specifically DFW Airport, the Dallas Cowboys and Capital One Bank. The day also included an overview of our region from several area Chamber of Commerce leaders.

The highlight of the day was keynote speaker Dr. Ray Perryman, President and CEO of The Perryman Group, an economic research and analysis firm based in Waco. Dr. Perryman’s economic forecasts are used by corporations and government agencies alike, and he has been called a “genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the most quoted man in Texas” by Texas Monthly. Dr. Perryman stressed the two most important things for “success in the market for prosperity” – education and workforce preparedness and infrastructure. Those two things need to be in place for success of a region. He also stressed to continue focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) but to not ignore creativity and the arts.

Other speakers throughout the day included, among others: John Ackerman, Executive VP of Global Strategy & Development – DFW Airport; John Siburt, President/COO – City Square; Candy Slocum, Executive Director – North Central Texas Interlink; Chad Estis, Executive VP of Business Operations – Dallas Cowboys; and Joel Allison, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health. Moderator for the day was Steve Stoler, Director of Media Relations for the City of Plano.

This annual collaboration involving North Texas leadership programs serves the important role of educating and connecting leaders from across North Texas’ business, civic and non-profit arenas. Critical issues facing our region are explored and discussed with nearly three hundred established and emerging leaders.

Participating programs included Leadership Allen/Fairview, Leadership Denton, Leadership Frisco, Leadership Fort Worth, Leadership McKinney, Leadership Plano, MetroTex Association of Realtors Leadership Academy and Leadership Sherman.


About Leadership McKinney

Leadership McKinney is a program of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce that has been providing leadership training since its inception in 1988. Based on a curriculum that combines personal leadership skills training and an awareness of the McKinney community, this challenging educational experience provides participants the opportunity to engage in dialogue with leaders and field specific experts on relevant community issues. This nationally-recognized program has over 500 program alumni representing all sectors of the community. They strive to put community trusteeship into action by combining inclusiveness, collaborative decision making, personal responsibility and visioning. Leadership McKinney’s Mission: Engaging leaders today for a stronger community tomorrow. Please contact Deb Fitzgerald with any questions about the event or leadership programming at dfitzgerald@mckinneychamber.com. Also, visit the Leadership page on the Chamber’s website for more information.