The Leadership Dallas Alumni Council (LDAC) is part of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s (DRC) Leadership Dallas program. Earlier this year, the current LDAC and DRC Leadership Programs staff conducted a thorough review of the program, council guidelines, and LDA activities. As a result, the Council and DRC determined new, updated objectives, roles, and processes to guide the program towards greater impact in our communities. The redesigned LDA program has close alignment to the DRC’s strategic initiatives and promising growth potential for the program.
Objectives of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Council and Programming
To connect Leadership Dallas Alumni to each other and the community; to emphasize leadership, namely inclusive leadership, in the Dallas Region; and, to activate LDA to accelerate community impact in the issues holding our Region back from reaching its full potential as detailed by the Dallas Regional Chamber's 2021-2023 strategic plan: Economic Development, Education and Workforce, Public Policy, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and Quality of Life for All People.
These objectives are accomplished through the activities of the LDA ‘s four committees (described below).
Community Engagement: (1) Provide LD Alumni with annual volunteer engagement opportunities in keeping with the issue priorities established by the DRC Strategic Plan via the Community Investment in Underserved Areas and Southern Dallas County initiatives; (2) work with the DRC team to host LDA in the Community activities including supporting the Current Leadership Dallas Class Project and aligning with the DRC’s Community Engagement team for priority efforts. The Committee may also choose to (3) Serve as representatives to community agencies seeking the support of LDA volunteers and resources and establish criteria for LDA volunteer participation; (4) Serve as a liaison between local nonprofit boards and organizations to share information and encourage LDA participation; and (5) Serve as a liaison between local government boards and commissions and LDA in order to share information and to encourage Leadership Dallas Alumni participation.
Membership: (1) Assist with the nomination process for the LDAC; (2) leads Ambassador Program to connect LDA and current LD class members; (3) Works with DRC staff and LD Advisors to identify and develop a pipeline of qualified, and diverse candidates for the incoming Leadership Dallas Class, and (4) identify a pipeline of qualified candidates for the DRC’s Leadership Programs Council and the DRC Board of Directors from the Alumni network.
Programs: (1) Advise and lead with the DRC staff the planning on annual events. Those events may include: Breakfast with the Mayor, Welcome Reception for the new LD class, and the Annual Leadership Luncheon/ Class Graduation combined event, including confirming speaker(s) and presentation of awards; and (2) manage the selection process for awards sponsored by the LDAC. (3) Committee will develop relevant content. Content of programs will change year to year based on current events or key speakers that are of interest to the alumni. DRC staff will hold ultimate responsibility for venues, logistics, and provide final sign off on speakers and programming for core programs and events. (4) The committee may also develop and plan quarterly networking and/or education programs to bring alumni together. This programming will be planned and executed by the Programs Committee.
Resource Development: (1) Work with DRC Staff and Program Committee to pursue Sponsorships for events in lieu of membership dues and to keep ticket prices at a low cost for Alumni; (2) Work with DRC staff and the Community Engagement Committee to launch creative campaigns to support fundraising for LD Scholarship each year, and (3) works with the DRC to host North Texas Giving Day/LDA in the Community fundraising events.
LDA Council General Information
What positions are available on the council?
Committee Chairs -
Community Engagement, Membership, Programs, Resource Development
(*Selection will include an application process)
DRC Pillar Representatives
- Partners with DRC pillar staff, committees, and current class, as appropriate. Serves on DRC committees (Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Education and Workforce, Economic Development, Public Policy, and Southern Dallas). Representatives will help form connection with and advise the current Leadership Dallas class, current LD Class Advisors, and supply content for the monthly LDA newsletter.
(*Selection will include an application process).
Current Class Representative
Communicates with class about upcoming LDA activities. Brings class ideas to the LDA Council for consideration.
Dallas Dinner Table Representative
Leadership Dallas Advisor(s)
- is/are from the most recently graduated LD class and will serve a term beginning immediately after the class graduates through May of the following year. The Representative is a bridge between the current class and the LDAC keeping both parties informed of the other’s activities. The LD Advisor will also actively work with the Membership Committee and Program Committee to encourage attendance at events by the current class and encourage participation in LDA.
*Committee Members - If you are interested in serving as a committee member on Community Engagement, Membership, Programs, or Resource Development, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is required of members of the council?
The LDAC meets at least six times each calendar year. The meetings generally run from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM. Members are expected to attend an orientation meeting and at least two-thirds of the scheduled meetings. Additionally, members are expected to actively participate in at least one of the LDAC’s committees, which have separate meeting schedules, and attend LDA events throughout the year.
Who is eligible to apply?
Graduates of the Leadership Dallas program that are:
engaged in Leadership Dallas Alumni (LDA) programming
whose company/employer is a current member in good standing of the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC)
Individuals who graduated from a similar city-sponsored Leadership Program, who are now living in the Dallas area and meet the other eligibility criteria, are also eligible to serve on the LDAC.
Committee Chairs, and DRC Committee Representatives will all be members of the Dallas Regional Chamber.
Class Representatives, Dallas Dinner Table Representative, and Volunteers are not required to be members of DRC.
How long does a council term last?
LDAC committee chairs and DRC pillar representatives are selected on an annual basis and once selected, serve a one-year term with the option to extend to two years at the discretion of the LDAC and DRC. Service is limited to three two-year terms for a total of six consecutive years.
LDAC members will serve a one-year term with the option to extend to a two-year term beginning on January 1 of each year.
What is the selection process?
DRC staff will open applications to the LDA network each Fall, typically September through October, with the Selection Committee review during the latter half of October through early November, and final notifications in late November to early December. DRC Staff will notify all Leadership Dallas Alumni of applications opening via the LDA Newsletter, social media channels, and the current LDAC Class Reps will distribute to their class. DRC leadership will approve all final Selections.
How do I apply?
Complete this online LDAC application by NOON, 12:00 PM on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. The LDAC will be announced at the end of November/beginning of December. All LDAC members for the 2022 year will be required to attend an orientation meeting on Wednesday, December 15th from 8:00AM -10:00AM.
Do I need letters of recommendation?
No. Letters of recommendation will not be considered.
What if I have additional questions?
Email Dulari Mehta at email@example.com.