North Texas’ Only Regional Professional Development Program Aimed at Millennials
North Texas – The third class of Leadership North Texas University (LNT U) graduated with 29 young professionals completing the four-month program. LNT U is a program of Leadership North Texas, the graduate-level, regional leadership program that recruits, develops and supports stewards of the region. LNT U is aimed at the young workforce of North Texas, providing professional development through regional understanding.
“We have tremendous talent in North Texas, and it’s exciting to see how they will shape our region,” said James D. Spaniolo, president and CEO of the North Texas Commission. “LNT U not only provides the tools to shape this next generation of regional leaders, it provides them with a close network of colleagues to rely on over the course of their careers.”
Through the course of four program days, the class learned about the changing demographics of the region, the history of North Texas, how the region is preparing for the next 1 million in population growth and how Millennials can make an impact. In addition to learning about and discussing key regional issues, the class participants discussed leadership, conflict management, take part in a simulated society exercise and put servant leadership into action. LNT U is open to young professionals between the ages of 23-35.
The members of LNT U Class 3 are:
Cody Ainsworth, Sewell Automotive Companies
Stephen Altman, Sewell Automotive Companies
Noel Bernal, City of Coppell
Sarah Bibelhausen, The University of Texas at Dallas
Andy Buffington, Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation
Krystal Bybee, The Rios Group
Rebecca Cowle, Texas Central Partners, LLC
Will Daniel, Key Construction
Samantha Delmotte, Kimley-Horn
Michelle Ebanks, City of Cedar Hill
Mariya Gavrilova Aguilar, City of Corinth
Zoe Halfmann, City of Dallas
Sarah Hensley, City of Keller
Kapreta Johnson, Dallas County Community College District Foundation
Taylor A. Jones, Alliance Operating Services
Taylor Lough, City of Richardson
Catherine McMains, Texas Health Resources
Danny Mignano, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Holland Morris, The Real Estate Council
James Norwine, Key Construction
Alison Ream, City of Cedar Hill
Abbey Reece, City of Justin
Emily Riggs, K Strategies Group
Claire Skillestad, Atmos Energy
Zachary Snavely, McCarthy Building Companies
Nicole Vleck, HNTB
Christopher Walker, Alliance Operating Services
Matthew Whitehead, DFW International Airport
Ryan Wilhelm, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Established in 1971, the North Texas Commission is a regional non-profit consortium of businesses, cities, counties, chambers of commerce, economic development entities and higher education institutions in the North Texas Region. The North Texas Commission improves the economic vitality, infrastructure and lifestyle of North Texas by marketing the region, promoting collaboration and advocating on critical issues.
Leadership North Texas (LNT), launched in 2009, is a graduate-level, regional leadership program that recruits, develops and supports stewards of the North Texas region. During a nine-month program year, participants focus on issues and challenges facing the region.