Leadership Garland: Programs

Leadership Garland Alumni

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The Leadership Garland Alumni Organization was officially founded in the fall of 2002 following the spring graduation of Class 21. The purpose of the Leadership Garland Alumni group is to connect graduates from all classes and encourage continued involvement in community and leadership activities. The group works to inform fellow alumni concerning current issues in the community, provide social and business networking venues and enable alumni to contribute to social needs through group efforts.

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Applicants must be a graduate of the Leadership Garland program and are asked to pay annual dues of $30.00 to support the programs and projects of the group.

Download the Leadership Garland Alumni Application

Leadership Garland 2.0

Designed for up to 20 LG alumni who have returned to their workplaces and utilized their skills to advance their careers and their communities, LG 2.0 provides the opportunity to further participants’ leadership skills education.
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  • Eligibility: Leadership Garland Alumni who have graduated INTO the leadership of Garland and served in the community for a minimum of one year.
  • Deadline: Application and signed class calendar must be turned in via email to diane.whitlock@garlandchamber.com by 4 p.m., Sept. 16, 2022. If admitted to the class, the tuition of $425 must be paid by Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

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Distinguished Leadership Award

The purpose of this award is to honor a Leadership Garland graduate who has actively participated in leadership within the community following graduation and to develop community awareness of the contributions of both the individual recipient and the Leadership Garland program.

Nominations must be submitted by a graduate of the Leadership Garland program. Nominees must be a graduate of the LG program and should have a record of significant and continuous participation in activities designed for the betterment of the community. Nominees should demonstrate an attitude that fosters the strengthening of civic responsibility in the community. Participation in LG Alumni activities and leadership shall be considered in the selection process, but is not required.

Past DLA Recipients
Past DLA Recipients

The nomination form below shall be completed and submitted to the LG designee by the deadline date. Nominations will be considered by a group of at least three LG Alumni Leadership Team members who will make the final selection. The recipient will be honored at the Garland Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting in January. Time permitting, the recipient's name will be submitted to the Association for Leadership Professionals for recognition through their outstanding Leadership Award program.

Completed nominations must by submitted no later than Dec. 3, 2021.

Download the Distinguished Leadership Award Form 

Past Winners of the Distinguished Leadership Award

2021 Mark Wilson Class 19
2020 Pam Swendig Class 32
2019 Mike Vanbuskirk Class 32
2018 Kon Kelley Class 26
2017 Scott McMurdie Class 29
2016 Patty Granville Class 5
2015 Ron Jones Class 1
2014 BJ Williams Class 20
2013 Tandy Dollar Class 16
2012 Don Baynham Class 19
2011 Dorothy White Class 22
2010 Don Green Class 21
2009 Stan Luckie Class 17
2008 Jan Furtick Class 21
2007 Annette Ratliff Class 16
2006 Dick Hammond Class 3

Karina Olivares
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I direct the development and operational areas of the Chamber to carry out the organization's mission to be a catalyst for positive change in our community. Call me if I can help you cultivate relationships or discover services and programs to help achieve your business's mission.

Karina Olivares

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