T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute

The T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute is a program designed to provide training to our members on identifying and building strengths, enhancing leadership skills, developing relationships to help prepare members for leadership service within the Dallas community.
Established in 2008 with a generous gift from the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, the program serves to grow the leadership skills of a selected annual class of our members through their participation in a 10-month development and strengths training course.
Today, 358 members have participated in the Leadership Institute and have taken what they have learned to advance their careers, lead for- and nonprofit boards and serve in elected and civic held positions. Graduates of the program leave motivated to impact the Dallas community and equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to bring positive and effective change.
2022 – 2023 Applications are open May 1 – May 31, 2022 
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Timeline and Fees

Applications will be available annually from May 1 – May 31. The T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute will be selected and confirmed by mid-July. To be eligible you must have completed 3 years of Active service.

The cost of registration is $350* which will be payable upon program acceptance.

Scholarships are available.  If needed, please indicate on your application.  Your need for a scholarship will not factor into whether or not you are accepted into the program.

Program Requirements

Participants commit to attending a weekend retreat, Sept. 9-10, and monthly Friday afternoon or Saturday morning training sessions on Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 7, Feb. 3, March 4, April 7 and May 5.  Up to two of the eight meetings may be missed; graduation from the program is dictated by participation.

No placement or meeting credit will be given for Leadership Institute participation.  Participants agree to fulfill the obligations in addition to their normal meeting requirements, placement requirements and dues.

Alumnae Program

The T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute Advanced Track Alumnae program was created in 2013 for alumnae to connect through breakfast, book club meetings, dinner and community service projects. Members are encouraged to continue their training by attending current T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute classes and events.


For more information on alumnae events please contact tboonepickens@jld.net.




TBPLI Graduates Create Ripple Effect for Change

alumnae survey conducted in 2019

  • 63%
    advanced their career from promotions to new jobs, with opportunities in a wide range of industries
  • 30%
    held an elected or appointed position, many in a community organization or professional organization
  • 51%
    held leadership positions in professional associations
  • 37%
    served on the board of a nonprofit or for-profit organization
  • 24%
    started their own business
  • 10%
    employ others through the business the graduates started
  • 20%
    received honors or awards in the workplace and/or the community
  • 71%
    served on Leadership Council, which implements programs and policies of JLD

2021-2022 T. Boone Pickens Leadership Class

  • Brandi L. Billings-Wilkerson
  • Taylor Boyle
  • Beckie Callahan
  • Jessica Arcos Castillo
  • Stephanie Dolan
  • Brittany Dunn
  • Tara O'Reilly Gibson
  • Randi Gordon
  • Andrea Hart
  • Patricia Hubbard
  • Sonya Jarboe
  • Kristel Richards Jech
  • Keri Johnson
  • Megan Mattingly
  • Megan Musar
  • Katherine Pfeifle
  • Kacy Stark
  • Myra Whitesides
  • Meghann Zenteno


Please contact 2022-2023 committee chair, Tricia Buchheit at tboonepickens@jld.net with any questions about the T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute.