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 2015-2016 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
  • Shelton’s Place (leadership training)

Business & Economy Session (September)

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

Local Leader Spotlight & Call to Action Session (April)

  • Angelina Rotary Club

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)

  • Velta Page
  • 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 2015 - 2016 (Class #34) 


Sherri Anthony First Bank & Trust
Mendi Brent Georgia Pacific
Kayla Campbell Huntington State Bank
Rebecca Dilday Hospice in the Pines
Tiffany Elder Lufkin State Supported Living Center
Jeff Fatheree CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial
Burt Hairgrove George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center
Ben Honeywell Jay Jackson State Farm
Jay Jelinek  Brookshire Brothers
Jim Johnson Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce
Phillip LaCorte Heart Institute of East Texas
Gary Litton Angelina County & Cities Health District
Stephanie Love Regions Bank
Becca McMahon Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins Wells PLLC
Keldon McPherson Lockheed-Martin
Velta Page Communities in Schools
Wayne Ramsey Principal Financial Group
Jill Roberson Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce
Lauren Stacy Lufkin First United Methodist Church
Sarah Vest Lee TranServices
Julie Warren CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial
Emily Welch First Christian Church


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