Leadership Lufkin

Applications are now available for the 2018-2019 program year. Don't delay!  Twenty-five qualified applicants are selected on a first-come basis with Chamber members having priority.  Deadline for submission is June 1, 2018.


Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and are required to either reside or work in Angelina County. Tuition for the program is $1,200, which covers costs of some meals and transportation, training materials and speakers.

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The Program

Leadership Lufkin is a prestigious nine-month introductory program designed to identify and educate the existing and potential leaders of Lufkin and Angelina County. It consists of day-long sessions targeted at orienting the class to particular aspects and issues of the community, such as the health care and safety, social services, local/county/state government, education, economic development, and quality of life in Angelina County. The program also includes an empowering leadership training segment within each session, facilitated by professionals, and culminates at the celebratory graduation.

The program requires participation in an intense two-day opening retreat with a ropes course of high and low elements, a two-day or three-day high-energy trip to Austin to study state government and host the Lufkin/Angelina County Day reception, 5 hours volunteering at the annual Angelina County Science & Tech Fair, and 4 hours volunteering at the Texas State Forest Festival. The class is also required to attend a City Council Meeting, an Angelina County school board meeting, a County Commissioner's meeting, and a Lufkin Police Department Ride-Along. A class project is also carried out from start to finish during the 9-month program that fills a need in our community. Leadership Lufkin allows class members to become acquainted with volunteer opportunities, needs of local non-profits, Chamber goals and benefits, and community issues to find each class member’s passion and niche the community. The program will prepare participants to graduate into Leadership Lufkin and begin using the skills and knowledge learned to lead our community.

2018-2019 Tentative Schedule of Events and Sessions. (These dates are subject to change.)


Financial Assistance

If you require financial assistance, a letter explaining your request and the Commitment Statement must be included with your application. Upon acceptance into the program tuition is due in full. Limited scholarships may be available. Click here for instructions, a copy of the Scholarship Request and the Commitment Statement.

LEADERSHIP LUFKIN Sponsors 2017-2018

A special thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who support Leadership Lufkin through sponsorship. Our 2017-2018 program sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

 Gold Sponsors

  • CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial
  • KSWP/KAVX Radio
  • SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County

 Graduation Sponsor

  • Fenley & Bate, L.L.P.

 Welcome Reception Sponsor

  • Consolidated Communications

 Opening Retreat Sponsor

  • Tomé Catering

 Silver Sponsor

  • Alexander, Lankford & Hiers

 Austin – State Government Trip Sponsors (February)

  • Regions Bank
  • SERVPRO of Lufkin/South Nacogdoches County


Sessions Sponsors:

 Community Impact Session (September)

  • Junior Achievement
  • Shelton’s Place
  • Sherri Anthony

 Business & Economy Session (October)

  • Lee TranServices, Inc.
  • Real Graphics
  • Walmart

 Health Care & Safety Session (November)

  • Hospice in the Pines, Inc.
  • Joe W. Elliott House
  • Larkspur

 Education Session (December)

  • Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins & Wells PLLC

Quality of Life Session (January)

  • Angelina Arts Alliance
  • SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County

 Local Government Session (March)

  • The Junior League of Lufkin
  • SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County
  • Shelton’s Place

 Call to Action Session (April)

  • Angelina Rotary Club
  • The Lufkin News
  • Zoё


Leadership Lufkin Class of 2017 - 2018 (Class #36) 

Erin Aikens American eChem, Inc. 
Jennifer Allen Angelina Arts Alliance
B.J. Brookshire Merrill Lynch
Crystal Capps Alzheimer's Association
Chris Clark Langston Construction
Dr. Martha Lopez Coleman St. Patrick Catholic School
Craig Corley Axley & Rode LLP
Donna Grimes Angelina County & Cities Health District
Steffan Guest Lockheed Martin
Kim Hennigan First Bank & Trust East Texas
Will Horn Bartlett Baggett & Shands Insurance Agency
Jennifer La Corte Angelina Beautiful/Clean
Austin Larson Lufkin Industries/GE
Donna Mulholland Huntington State Bank
Susan Robertson Habitat for Humanity
Kate Rudasill Brookshire Brothers
Shea Smith McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning
Candice Stott SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County
Dan Watson CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial
J.J. Weibe JM Chevrolet
Sandra Wilson Hospice in the Pines


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