About Leadership Temple
This series of 9 classes culminates in a final group project and graduation ceremony. It maintains a strong alumni network and prepares future Temple leaders for community-oriented, decision-making positions.
Curriculum & Class Days
Leadership Temple curriculum includes nine different courses. These topics and locations are carefully chosen in an effort to introduce and familiarize participants with a broad and effective spectrum of how communities interact and work together to become better citizens, better leaders, and better employees. The topics are as follows:
Eligibility Guidelines for Applicants
Required Activities for Class Participants
For more information, contact the Temple Chamber of Commerce at 254.773.2105.
"It was 1988 and the very first membership class of Leadership Temple was being formed. Then, as now, Temple was full of aspiring young people who wanted to learn the “how and why” of civic involvement. The line of qualified applicants was long, and I was not accepted that year. First civic lesson well learned….never give up on your goals. I reapplied the following year and was accepted into the program. I’ve been actively involved in our community’s leadership for 25 years and counting. Thank you Leadership Temple!"
Randy Ramsey, First State Bank
"Leadership Temple is an extremely valuable opportunity for new members to the community. It provided me with a priceless opportunity to meet people in industries outside my own that I otherwise likely would not have met. Participating in the class helped me feel tied in and connected to my community and it showed me how easy it can be to identify a need and make a huge impact that will better the city I live in. Providing class after class with that kind of confidence will do immeasurable good for the City of Temple."
Tara Stafford, Scott & White Healthcare
“Leadership Temple has been a great experience for me. It has given me new appreciation for what it takes for a successful city to operate and continue to excel on so many levels from daily operations to civil service to promote and sustain a healthy business environment.”
Tyler Johnson, BBVA Compass
“I was fortunate to be part of Leadership Temple’s first class. This experience stands out as one of the best opportunities I have ever had. Selection to the Leadership Temple Class indicated you have demonstrated a potential to be a leader in the community. It gives you an opportunity to learn and demonstrate your talents and abilities. Leadership Temple gives you an opportunity to form bonds and networks that will benefit you in your endeavors in Temple, whether for business or personal. Finally, Leadership Temple will give you an opportunity to determine if you have a heart for the work that goes on in our community. If you do have a heart for volunteer or public service, you can expect to be changed! You can expect to be introduced to opportunities to serve. If you want to know what goes on in our community, and if you are looking to be involved in forming our community’s future, I strongly recommend Leadership Temple to you!”
David Nix, The David Nix Agency
“Leadership Temple was my first experience in a leadership role as a young professional just starting my career. I learned so much about my home community! Leadership Temple introduced me to not only new people but, opened my eyes to all of the things our area has to offer. I learned to work with my team members to build a strong group project and presented the ideas we researched to the community. Leadership Temple was a great experience for me and helped springboard me into other leadership positions locally.”
Stacie Bratton, Central National Bank
“When I applied for Leadership Temple in 1988, I had been living in Temple for 5 years and had not ventured too far outside my workplace. The 1988-89 class would be the second one offered by the Chamber, and I remember thinking “now is the time to get involved in the community” … so I submitted my application. Fortunately I was accepted. I can honestly say Leadership Temple was a terrific investment in time. A wealth of information about our city, county, state and community is presented to participants in a very interesting and fun manner. I can think of no other activity that exposes a citizen to such a broad range of community services including government, law enforcement, education and social issues. I highly recommend Leadership Temple if you want to make a positive contribution to the growth and quality of life in Temple.”
Harry Adams, Johnson Brothers Ford Lincoln
“I was part of the 1990/91 Leadership Temple Class and will tell you I had no idea how impactful this experience would be and continues to be for me. Leadership Temple was an eye opening and tremendous experience for me for several reasons. First, the curriculum was fantastic and very informative. Second, engagement with class mates who brought to the table outstanding abilities. It was a joy to interact and gain from each other’s strengths. Finally, I got to know the community leaders who made the presentations … an essential benefit that helps me to this day. Leadership Temple means making a commitment, but anything worth doing usually does. Participation is an amazing experience opening up doors to become a more active and knowledgeable community leader. Making a difference is what makes this a great place to live, work, worship, and raise our families.”
Mark Jermstad, V-Quest Office Machines & Supplies
“The 2005/2006 Leadership Temple class was an experience I will not forget. The monthly field trips explored different aspects of the city, county, state, federal, businesses, manufacturing, social agencies, medical, arts/music, education, and military. Our small group selected for its project “An Accessible Playground for All Children.” We laid the groundwork with the Lions Club, City of Temple Parks Department, and a playground equipment manufacturer. It took two more Leadership Temple classes to finalize the project and build the playground which is located in Lions Park. This playground is a boost to our community by providing a needed recreational facility for children of all capabilities. My experience with Leadership Temple led to this very worthwhile contribution.”
Dorothy Mathieson, Ralph Wilson Youth Clubs