Leadership McAllen Executive and Steering Board are pleased to announce the graduates of Leadership McAllen Class XXXVI.

This year's Leadership McAllen 2016-2017 program began with a retreat held Sept. 9, 2016 and concluded with a graduation ceremony held May 9, 2017. Class XXXVI was composed of 26 participants, who reside and/or work in the McAllen area. Class Sessions were scheduled monthly through May of 2017. The sessions were guided by each month's Program Committees consisting of Executive and Steering Board Members. Sessions allowed for forum dialogue among participants and sessions leaders, to not only share ideas but develop understanding of different aspects and topics regarding the City of McAllen. Other activities in addition to the monthly sessions included attending meetings of the McAllen City Commission, MISD Board and a city advisory board.

Leadership McAllen is an organization created to identify and motivate emerging leaders, develop their potential for community leadership by exposing them to the realities, opportunities, and challenges facing McAllen and its citizens, and to train emerging leaders of any age how to bring people together to make things happen.

Since Class I, the program has assisted in molding, developing and enhancing leadership skills.  Within its existence more than 800 people have graduated from the Leadership McAllen program and many of the graduates have gone on to serve on city boards and currently hold or have run for public office.