Q. Is Leadership McAllen a non-profit organization?

A. Yes, Leadership McAllen is a 501(c)3 organization.

Q. When was Leadership McAllen created, who created it and why was it created?

A. In 1981, Danny Boultinghouse, the late Dr. Charles Wilson and Josef Garza created Leadership McAllen to identify and motivate emerging leaders of all ages and sections of the city and to develop their potential for community leadership by exposing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges facing McAllen and its citizens.

Q. What are the objectives of Leadership McAllen?

A. To inform the participants about McAllen’s history, government, economy, social issues, needs and opportunities and existing processes for dealing with them. To encourage the participants to establish dialogue with each other and current leaders of McAllen and to participate in future activities which contribute to the growth and betterment of McAllen.

Q. How is Leadership McAllen governed?

A. A Steering Board comprised of up to 30 members representing a cross section of our community.

Q. Who can apply for Leadership McAllen classes?

A. To qualify for the class, applicants must have lived or worked in McAllen or its unincorporated extraterritorial jurisdiction for one (1) year prior to September 1 of the current calendar year. Priority is given to applicants who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Elected officials, except Precinct Chairmen, are not eligible. Spouses cannot participate in the same class. Prior non-acceptance of an applicant does not affect future consideration for selection

Q. How are class members selected?

A. The Selection Committee, comprised of members of the Steering Board, selects class participates that represent a reasonable cross-section of backgrounds, interests, business and civic ties of the community. The program is designed for emerging leaders of any age.

Q. How large are the Leadership McAllen classes?

A. Maximum of 30 members.

Q. When are Leadership McAllen meetings held?

A. There is a retreat in September beginning on a Friday at noon and ending Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month, October through May, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. December and March meetings subject to change due to McAllen School District schedule.

Q. Where are Leadership McAllen classes held?

A. Various locations throughout the city chosen by the committees planning the meetings.

Q. What type of programs are presented to the class?

A. Each Leadership McAllen program consists of knowledgeable speakers that add to the participants’ knowledge about specific topics or areas of community activity with time allowed for questions and answers after each or several presentations.

Q. Who can attend Leadership McAllen meetings?

A. Only class participants, Steering Board members and presenters may attend meetings. All meetings are closed to the media to preserve the educational format, preserve confidentiality and encourage open and frank discussion of issues.

Q. What is the cost to participate?

A. All participants are charged a tuition fee of $500 to cover shirts, meals, hotel and transportation costs for the annual program. This fee is due with the participate’s acceptance. There is limited scholarship monies available through the Alex Longoria Leadership Fund.

Q. Does Tuition cover all costs of the program?

A. Tuition partially funds the program with the remainder coming from private, corporate and alumni contributions.