Leadership Lufkin



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 $1200, which covers costs of some meals and transportation, training materials and speakers.


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 class within each session, facilitated by a professional, that is the backbone of the program and grows in depth and intensity from session one 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 3 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 and is a permanent addition to the 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.


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.

2016-2017 Tentative Schedule of Events and Sessions. (These dates are subject to change.)

LEADERSHIP LUFKIN Sponsors 2015-2016

A special thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who support Leadership Lufkin through sponsorship. Our 2016-2017 program sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

Welcome Reception Sponsor
  • Consolidated Communications

Austin – State Government Trip (February)

  • State Representative Trent Ashby
  • Regions Bank

Opening Retreat Sponsor

  • Leadership Lufkin Class of 2015-2016

Local Government Session (March)

  • The Junior League of Lufkin
  • Whataburger
  • Servpro of Lufkin/South Nacogdoches County
  • Shelton’s Place (leadership training)

Business & Economy Session (September)

  • Real Graphics
  • Walmart
  • Lee TranServices, Inc.
  • Shelton’s Place (leadership training)

Call to Action Session (April)

  • Angelina Rotary Club
  • Velta Page

Quality of Life Session (October)

  • Forestar Real Estate Group
  • Angelina Arts Alliance
  • XETX Business Solutions (Xerographix East Texas)

Graduation Sponsor

  • Fenley & Bate, L.L.P

Health Care & Safety Session (November)

  • Larkspur
  • Joe W. Elliott House
  • Hospice in the Pines, Inc.
  • Shelton’s Place (leadership training)

Class Shirt Sponsor

  • CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial

 Education Session (December)

  • Skelton Susher Barnhill Watkins & Wells PLLC
  • Shelton’s Place (leadership training)

Nametag Sponsor

  • Jimmy Horton, AAA Trophy T-Shirt & Sport Shop

Community Impact Session (January)

  • Junior Achievement
  • KSWP/KAVX Radio
  • Sherri Anthony
  • Shelton’s Place (leadership training)

Leadership Lufkin Class of 2016 - 2017 (Class #35) 

Ashley Berry Zoe Ministries 
Pastor David Briggs Abundant Life United Methodist Church
Melissa Keeling Citizens National Bank
Marian Corley Gann Medford Real Estate
Kelly Follie Impact Lufkin
Emily Gay T.L.L Temple Foundation
Peter Gergen Angelina County & Cities Health District
 Dr. LaTonya Goffney Lufkin ISD
Briana Harkness  Lufkin ER
Emily Hobbs Woodland Heights Medical Center
Paul Johnson Hospice in the Pines
Matt Knight The Advanced Financial Group
Taylor Kovar Kovar Capital
Sharon Kruk Junior League of Lufkin
Matt Maisen Century 21 Cota Realty
Melinda Moore Cascade Health Services, LLC
Kristyn Nesrsta First Bank & Trust East Texas
Maegan Prejean Angelina Beautiful/Clean
Conne McLaughlin Mike Love & Associates
Erika Neill  Alderman Cain & Neill
Clay Oliver Brookshire Brothers
Alexis Pigg Merrill Lynch
Kevin Pratt Etech 
Nicole Torrez Lockheed Martin 
April Turner  Lufkin Daily News
Karen Vines  American Real Estate
Britany Vinson Tome Catering 
Hilary Haglund Walker  Regions Bank
Tara Watson-Watkins Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau
 Janet Yancey CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial


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