Leadership Arlington


​We’re a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is focused ​on the development of the next generation of community leaders. ​


Adult Leadership Arlington

youth leadership arlington

Arlington Leaders Developed... So Far!

Years (and counting!) Developing Leaders

Who we are and how we seek to impact Arlington, Texas:

The program seeks to identify potential community leaders, educate them regarding civic engagement and leadership opportunities, and provides the graduate, and their sponsoring company, access to a wide network of like-minded professional leaders.  Leadership Arlington is committed to identifying leaders from various geographic, ethnic, occupational, and economic segments of Arlington.

One of our most valued traditions is the Youth Leadership Arlington program.  The Youth program provides the opportunity for high school juniors to develop their leadership skills by participating in a variety of activities that give them an in-depth look at city operations, community issues, civic engagement, and social services in Arlington.  In fact, did you know that for every adult that signs up – one youth is sponsored to complete the Youth Leadership Arlington program?

What People Are Saying:

“Leadership Arlington is a great organization that is doing great things for our city. Their Youth program helps teach leadership to our students and the Adult program gives an in-depth look at our city, community issues and cultivates leaders that will be civically engaged” 
Jim Ross

Mayor, City of Arlington, TX

I will always cherish my Leadership Arlington experience. The sincere friendships are life long and the time spent learning about how and where to give back is priceless. I learned more about my city and what makes it tick than I have anywhere else. Everything is amazing from the group leaders to the sessions and the amazing opportunities they create for each individual.

Scott Parsinen

Founder & CEO The Parsinen Group

"Leadership Arlington was a unique experience that expanded my community connections and enabled me to broaden my knowledge of resources in Arlington. I highly recommend the program to newcomers as well as life-long Arlington residents, it's a great way to get plugged in!"

Tony Rutigliano

Entrepreneur, Business Owner

Leadership Arlington was one of the best leadership development and networkng experiences I've participated in. Exposure to the variety of opportunities to serve our community has led to ways for me to give back that I never knew existed. In addition, the relationships that I built across such a diverse group of individuals has been rewarding both personally and professionally!

Brig Serman

Leadership Arlington is a one-of-a-kind experience, with endless networking opportunities. Learning so much about what the City has to offer and understanding the need for all industries to come together to keep this City viable is truly amazing. Every day I find myself thinking about ways I can contribute to the growth of Arlington. I appreciate Leadership Arlington for providing the roadmap to navigate and be effective in Arlington

Leadership Arlington blew away my expectations and the experience in the program is irreplaceable. Learning about Arlington and where we can make an impact in the growth of our city was the best part of the program. Changes to anything starts with courageous conversations that are led by leaders and this program helps you find your place. Thank you Leadership Arlington for the relationships, experience and growth!

Jamil Ahmed, CFP®

Business Owner

As an Arlington native whose heart has been rooted in this community my whole life, Leadership Arlington provided the knowledge to match with the passion I have for the City and its people. Understanding the mechanisms of the City economics, learning what organizations address what problems, and connecting with several key stakeholders and like-minded individuals has had a tremendous impsct on my mission of creating more value for the underserved communities of Arlington. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to help build this great community. 10/10

I enjoyed the experience I had with Leadership Arlington. I loved connecting with people from all over my community and learning about the city I grew up in. From economic development to arts and culture, there are so many facets to living and working in Arlington. I have stayed on since I was a student in the BEST CLASS EVER of 2017! I was the class representative and then moved on to sitting on the Board of Directors as Co-Director of the Youth Leadership Arlington class. I am so fortunate to get to work with our students now and share all the wonderful leadership opportunities for them in our great city!

Nancy Manion Blinn

My involvement with Leadership Arlington has been invaluable, both personally and professionally. As a class member, I formed lasting relationships while learning about the inner workings of the city that are unknown to most residents. I now maintain my active membership as a Board Member, enjoying the ability to continue finding new ways to give back to my community and encouraging others to do the same!

Julie Reinhardt

Business Owner All Star Fence

Leadership Arlington is a tremendous program for community-focused individuals (or businesses) to get involved with real stakeholders and leaders in the city. I learned about the unique history we have here in Arlington. Most importantly, through the course of the program and time spent after, I've developed sincere relationships with leaders-movers and shakers-all over our community. You will definitely get a lot from this program, if you are willing to dive in and get involved with your class and the organizations that make it unique.

James Hollis

Director of Alumni Relations University of Texas at Arlington

The networking and relationships I’ve made through Leadership Arlington, both through the program with my classmates, and my fellow board members, has established connections both personally and professionally that will last a lifetime. I’m also grateful for the Camp Thurman team-building retreat and the increased appetite Leadership Arlington has instilled in me to embrace the unknown and step outside my comfort zone to take on new challenges and opportunities.

Ryan Hunt

Managing Editor City of Arlington, TX

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Leadership Arlington, Texas, Inc.

505 E. Border Street
Arlington, Texas  76010

ph: 682.268.1628

e: information@leadershiparlingtontx.org