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The West Houston Leadership Institute (WHLI) is a ground-breaking 10-month program designed to develop leadership and promote civic engagement in the West Houston community by building common values and goals of residents and businesses. With a board of directors and alumni group of business people and community leaders, WHLI provides the framework for dialogue and analysis of issues facing the community. Self-organized learning expeditions help participants determine first-hand what is happening, what's working, what isn't, what opportunities and threats affect the community, what needs to be done, and who can do it.

Based on the analysis of the key issues identified by WHLI participants, they craft pilot projects to be executed over the course of the program. Through these projects, the participants not only enhance their leadership skills, but they also work to create their vision for West Houston.

WHLI is structured to connect classes with an impressive array of established leadership in both West Houston and greater Houston areas. These leaders offer their knowledge and guidance to our team in addressing the most pertinent issues we face today

Class enrollment is limited to 30 leaders or business owners who live and/or work in West Houston. The focus of the Institute is the development of the West Houston community and as such is an exclusive leadership initiative targeting those who live and work in the West Houston area..
Time Commitment, Costs and Registration
  •  Two-day off- site retreat in January
  •  Monthly half-day meetings March through October. No meeting in August.
  •  One-day off site retreat in November, followed by graduation

Class Fee


The Class of 2018 is forming now. To apply or for more information, please visit or email

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