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Leading with Purpose Leadership Series

Cultivate Your Leadership
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Program Details

Dates, Time and Venue:

April 29, 2024         6:00 PM – 7:30 PM     Virtual

May 6, 2024            5:30 PM – 8:30 PM     Accenture Office, 5205 N. O'Connor Blvd, Irving, TX 75039

June 10, 2024         6:00 PM – 7:30 PM      Virtual

July 8, 2024             6:00 PM – 7:30 PM      Virtual

August 12, 2024    5:30 PM – 8:30 PM      TBD

Admission:  Through Sponsor nominations only

Audience: Professionals who sponsor companies have nominated; People with 10-15 years of work experience

*Years of work experience can be change for later cohorts

* Seeking nominations from sponsors; nominated individuals have to commit to the dates and times provided and work development assignments


Ascend North Texas is excited to launch a special, curated program to help develop high-potential, early professionals to prepare for senior leadership opportunities.  This leadership development program (LDP) is the first of its kind in Ascend and the North Texas Chapter is thrilled to partner with our local corporate sponsors to kick off this inaugural class. This program is designed to develop mid-level managers to “lead with purpose” and grow within their organizations.  We believe that by investing in the development of these leaders, it strengthens the individual, their organization, and the entire community.


The Leading with Purpose Series is a five-session program which offers a unique opportunity for leaders to connect with fellow leaders from other organizations to “group-learn and group-think”. LDPs are a cornerstone for building strong successful organizations.  By sharing their ideas with a cohort with similar professional experiences, challenges, and accomplishments, this program will stretch their sense of community and camaraderie amongst participants.  This sense of belonging translates into several key benefits:

  • Peer to Peer-Learning: Participants learn not just from instructors but also from each other.  They share real-world challenges, offering valuable insights and diverse perspectives.  This collaborative exchange allows them to test ideas in a safe space, gaining constructive feedback and honing their leadership approach.

  • Building a Support Network: Leadership can be a lonely journey. A cohort program creates a strong support network of peers facing challenges. This fosters trust and vulnerability, allowing participants to share experiences and support one another through setbacks and triumphs.

  • Accountability and Motivation: working alongside a committed group fosters accountability.  Participants are more likely to stay engaged and complete program requirements due to the encouragement and support from their peers.  This shared commitment fuels overall motivation and keeps participants on track with their leadership development goals.

Additionally, each participant will be assigned a coaching cohort who will provide guidance and support in creating their personal brand.  We understand that in today’s competitive business landscape, personal branding has become a crucial aspect of professional success.

Session Details

Session 1 (April 29) Cohort 1 Kickoff (VIRTUAL)

  • Who are we and why are we here?

Session 2 (May 6) Leadership Pre-requisites (IN-PERSON)

  • Know Thyself – Improve Effectiveness with Better Relationships

  • Don’t Fall for Everything – Building Your Leadership Values

Session 3 (Jun 10) Leadership Reflection (VIRTUAL)

  • Discussion on Value and Relationship Reflection

  • Leadership 360 Assessment – Cohort Review

Session 4 (Jul 8) (VIRTUAL)

  • Competency Development

Session 5 (Aug 12) (IN-PERSON)

  • Begin with the End in Mind – Set and Execute Goals with ease.

  • It’s all about Relationship – Building Meaningful Connections


Program Speakers

Zain Ali

Associate Professor of Professional Practice

Texas Christian University

Lisa Ong

President & Founder

Wishing Out Loud, LLC

Lumia Zaman

Director of Strategic Governance

Digital & Technology


Mayme Doumbia

Principal Consultant

Xcelsior Coaching & Consulting, LLC

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Kiki Dallao

Executive & Leadership Coach, Dallao Coaching

Important Information for Participants

What is expected of me?

Participants are expected to make a commitment to the program and attend all sessions.  They should actively participate and take advantage of the access to coaches and sessions in building out their brand. Since this is the inaugural class, we love for everyone to provide feedback throughout the program.  This will help us further fine tune the program for future cohorts and make the class stronger.


What will I get out of this program?


Participants will acquire the necessary skills, knowledge, and confidence to build a strong personal brand, enhance their professional reputation, and ultimately achieve their career goals via time for self and group reflection.  Participants will also be able to grow their professional network with their fellow participants from other companies.


Do I have to be an Ascend member?

Yes. Participants must be Ascend members so they can continue to access all the benefits from the programs that Ascend/Ascend North Texas offers.


What is the cost to register?


To register for the leadership series, interested attendees would have to pay $199.  A select number of attendees will be sponsored nominees and will attend the program free of charge.

Our Corporate Partner


Safety of our guests is paramount to Ascend. Attendees are responsible for monitoring their own condition and agree to comply with the safety, hygiene and CDC identified pandemic level communicable illnesses (including COVID-19) guidelines established by relevant health authorities. We request that attendees not attend an event should they test positive or if they experience COVID symptoms prior to the event.

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