Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy

As Dallas continues to grow and change, ensuring the community’s vitality requires equipping the next generation of local leaders with content knowledge and skills to advance economic opportunity for all. The Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy (the Academy) strengthens the capacity of Dallas area leaders to think critically about economic challenges and develop sustainable solutions to address those challenges. 

Designed to increase the number of leaders to develop effective economic mobility approaches.

24 emerging leaders will be selected to participate.

Led by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce.

Provides a forum for local leaders to collaboratively work on solutions.

The Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy is a partnership between Communities Foundation of Texas, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, JPMorgan Chase, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities program. The Academy is designed to strengthen the leadership pipeline and deepen collaborative relationships within Dallas so that 24 Academy Fellows and the organizations they represent are better able to advance the economic well-being of the people they serve. The Fellows have the opportunity to work with leading practitioners from around the country, engage in leadership development activities, and use practical planning tools to develop effective strategies and programs that expand economic opportunity to more Dallas residents.



Andrea Glispie

Director, Pathways to Work

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas


Ashley McIver

Community Philanthropy Officer

Communities Foundation of Texas


Pathways to Work

Led by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Pathways to Work is a cross-sector collaboration of funders, employers and training providers working to create innovative solutions for moving entry-level workers into good middle skill jobs and ensure employers have a pipeline of skilled and ready-to-work employees. Job training and placement are key components of United Way’s community goal to move 250,000 people out of poverty permanently.


Andrea Glispie

Director, Pathways to Work




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