Leadership Lufkin

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.

Leadership Lufkin requires participation in an intense two-day opening retreat with a ropes course of high and low elements, a three-day high-energy trip to Austin to study state government and host the Lufkin/Angelina County Day reception, and 5 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 the Leadership Lufkin Alumni Association and begin using the skills and knowledge learned to lead our community.

Applications for Leadership Class 40 are now closed. Twenty-five qualified applicants are selected on a first-come basis with Chamber Investors having priority. Download the Application Package HERE


Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and are required to either reside or work in Angelina County. Beginning with the 2023-2024 class the tuition for the program will increase to $1,500, which covers costs of some meals and transportation, training materials and speakers.

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.

2022-2023 SponsorS:

A special thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who support Leadership Lufkin through sponsorship.  

Presenting Sponsor:

 Graduation Sponsor

  • Fenley & Bate, Attorneys at Law

 Silver Sponsors

  • Alexander, Lankford & Hiers, Inc.
  • The Advanced Financial Group

 Austin – State Government Trip Sponsor (February)

  • Cascade Health Services

Sessions Sponsors:

 Community Impact Session (September)

  • McWilliams & Son, Inc

 Business & Economy Session (October)

  • Lee Trans
  • Real Graphics

 Health Care & Safety Session (November)

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

 Education Session (December)

  • Skelton, Slusher, Barnhill, Watkins, & Wells, PLLC

Quality of Life Session (January)

  • Angelina Arts Alliance

 Local Government Session (March)

  • The Junior League of Lufkin

 Call to Action Session (April)

  • Angelina Beautiful/Clean

Nametag Sponsor

  • Cascade Health Services

 For more information about Leadership Lufkin, contact
Administrative Assistant, Heather Holiday
[email protected] or call 936-634-6644. 

Click below to view previous Leadership Lufkin Classes