Neeley School of Business

The Emerging Leaders Program

The role of the leader has never been more important. In an age of complexity and uncertainty, leaders at all levels can absolutely make a tremendous impact for their team, for their organization, and for their community. Accepting and navigating the challenges of leadership takes courage, creativity and a new range of capabilities focused at succeeding in a challenging and unpredictable landscape.

Fall Program Dates: September 11 - October 16

Six live online sessions will be held Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. CST.

Cost: $1,895

* A 20 percent discount will be given to companies that enroll two or more employees.
* A 30 percent discount will be given to TCU Alumni and TCU Faculty/Staff.
* A 10 percent discount will be given to U.S. veterans and employees of non-profit organizations.

Who Should Attend?

Soon-To-Be, New-To-Role, and Early-in Career leaders and managers; Project leads and program managers.

What You Will Learn

Real-life leadership approaches, key leadership skills and practical approaches you can put in to practice immediately.

The Program Difference

Attend all live sessions virtually from the comfort of your office, from your own home, or from where ever you are. Each session will also be recorded to accommodate the demand and changes in your schedule as an emerging leader for your organization.

Engage with faculty, industry experts and your fellow participants in dynamic weekly live sessions designed to deepen your leadership capabilities, challenge your thinking, and create new connections with your classmates across the Neeley School of Business.

At TCU Neeley School of Business, our #1 rated MBA faculty create highly engaging learning environments that combine leading edge thinking with practical, real-word approaches. As a participant of the Emerging Leaders online learning program, you will engage weekly with our top-rated faculty and topic experts

Each week, expert faculty will cover a range of real-life approaches and tools that you can use immediately to meet the ongoing challenges and opportunities you encounter in your journey as an emerging leader.

  • At the conclusion of the Emerging Leaders program, you will participate in our Emerging Leader Case Competition – a challenging and fun opportunity to apply the program lessons in a team-based competition with your fellow participants.

As an alumnus of the Emerging Leaders program, you will have access to recorded classes, webinars, graduate seminars and more.

Program Schedule

  • 6 weeks
  • Wednesday sessions are live, interactive online classroom conversations. Structured to create discussion & connections, these sessions include self-assessments, recommended readings, case analysis, access to faculty and real-world scenario discussions.
  • TCU Emerging Leaders Program Certificate.


Program Topics

  • Challenges for New Leaders
  • Making the Transition
  • Leading in the '20's
by Ryan Stafford

Skills for successful project leadership
  • Knowing where you're headed and where you are: project goals and status
  • Building accountability and aligning resources
Ryan Stafford

  • Key communication skills for leaders
  • How to leverage important behavioral components when communicating
  • Mastering authentic, courageous and purposeful conversations
Matt Hirst

  • Challenges Across Generations
  • Motivating, Engaging and Inspiring Employees
  • Culture & Leadership Style
Kenneth Chapman

  • Designing Dynamic & Highly Effective Teams
  • Operating Principles that Drive Agility & Innovation
  • Key Challenges for Leaders & Teams
Meghan Wright

  • Creating the Environment for Successful Coaching
  • Key Coaching Skills for Leaders
  • Navigating Critical Coaching Situations
Linda Driver


Faculty Leaders

Photo: Kenneth Chapman

Kenneth Chapman

Management and Leadership Department

Dr. Kenneth Chapman Jr., is a member of the instructional faculty at Texas Christian University’s M.J. Neeley School of Business. Dr. Chapman has held notable administration positions at Oklahoma State University, The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Dallas College. His unique perspective of the higher education landscape sets him apart as he focuses on business inclusiveness, transformational servant leadership, and organization change management. Dr. Chapman has done diversity consulting work with various types of organizations across industries. Chapman earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations: mass communication from the University of Central Oklahoma (2007), a master’s of education from the University of Oklahoma (2012), and a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Oklahoma (2018).

Photo: Meghan Wright

Meghan Wright

Assistant Professor of Management Practice
Management and Leadership Department

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Linda Driver

Executive Director of Graduate Programs for the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University in New York City

Dr. Linda LaCoste holds a Bachelor's of Science in Social Work from Iowa State University, a Master's of Education from Drake University and an MBA from Ottawa University. She has completed a PhD in Higher Education Administration from UNT, focusing her research on the relationship between culture and college persistence for Hispanic females. As the Director of Executive MBA programs at TCU, Dr. LaCoste was responsible for the overall academic and co-curricular experience as well as study abroad programs. Linda also served as faculty member for the Leadership Development course and oversaw the Executive MBA leadership development process. Prior to joining TCU, she served as the Chair of the Business Department and the Achieving the Dream Coordinator for Tarrant County College-Trinity River campus. Presently, Dr. LaCoste is the Executive Director of Graduate Programs for the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University in New York City.

Dr. LaCoste’s corporate experience includes ten years with the Walt Disney Company as a senior manager of operations and a corporate trainer for company-wide e-commerce initiatives and the Walt Disney World Travel and Resort contact center. Linda was recognized with the Disney Spirit award, given to less than 1% of the company’s employees.

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Matthew Hirst

Organizational Development & Learning Leader

Dr. Matthew Hirst is a senior human resources, organizational development, and learning leader, talent strategist, coach, HR and talent consultant, university instructor, and organizational psychologist. He has over 25 years of mid- to senior-level experience in business operations, employee relations, organizational readiness, talent planning, organizational communications, and leadership development, mostly within Fortune 500 retail and financial services organizations. He currently serves as vice president of organizational and talent development for First Command Financial Services, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas.

Matt has a PhD in psychology. He has also studied doctoral-level educational leadership, has a master’s degree in management, and undergraduate degrees in management and finance. Matt teaches organizational behavior, contemporary management issues, organizational management, and HR strategy at UT Arlington and Texas Christian University.

Matt and his family live in Fort Worth, Texas. Matt served on the board of directors for the Grief and Loss Center of North Texas for five years, and he served five years as a board executive and president for ATD Dallas. He currently serves on the MSHRM advisory board for The University of Texas at Arlington, the EMBA advisory board at Texas Christian University, and the policy advisory board for the Northwest Independent School District. His community service also includes adoption advocacy and support, and he and his family have done dog and cat rescue and foster work for many years.

Photo: Ryan Stafford

Ryan Stafford


Ryan Stafford brings significant operations experience and human resource expertise to the classroom. For the past 25 years, Ryan has held numerous leadership positions at AT&T. Over the past decade he has turned his attention to Human Resources unbridling his passion for leadership development, culture, and talent strategy. He currently serves as AVP – Human Resources serving the AT&T Network Organization as the HR executive overseeing 30K employees. Ryan also has significant labor relations and learning and development experience.

Ryan holds an MBA from the University of Dallas and Masters in Human Resource Management from Colorado State University. He holds the SHRM-Senior Certified Professional certification. Ryan enjoys developing the next generation of leaders teaching: leadership foundations, talent development, coaching, communication, conflict management, and change management, at Collin Corporate College and Texas Christian University.

Ryan and his wife live in Dallas.  Their son is attending Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Ryan and Brandy love to travel and go on bike adventures with their favorite rescue dog, Bella.


Please contact

Laurie Yesley

Director of Executive Program Development

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