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.

Program Dates: Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11 & Oct. 18, 2023

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
  • Tuesday 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 Abbie Shipp

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

  • 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 LaCoste


Faculty Leaders

Photo: Tyson Browning

Tyson Browning

Professor of Operations Management
Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Department

Dr. Browning is an internationally recognized researcher, educator, and consultant.  He is a Professor of Operations Management in the Neeley School of Business at TCU, where he conducts research on managing complex projects (integrating managerial and engineering perspectives) and teaches MBA courses on project management, operations management, risk management, and process improvement.  A sought-after speaker, he has trained and advised several organizations, including BNSF Railway, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Seagate, Siemens, Southern California Edison, and the U.S. Navy. He is also the co-author of a book on the Design Structure Matrix (DSM).  He has given over 200 academic and industry presentations and workshops in 17 countries.

He earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Abilene Christian University before two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from MIT.

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: Abbie Shipp

Abbie Shipp

Management and Leadership Department

Dr. Abbie Shipp is the M. J. Neeley Professor and Department Chair of the Management & Leadership Department at TCU. She is an award-winning professor, working with undergraduate, graduate, and executive audiences on topics such as adaptive leadership, employee engagement, and leading change. Her research focuses on the psychological and subjective experience of time at work including: the perception of trajectories at work, how individuals react to change, how time is spent on work tasks, and how individuals think about the past/present/future. She has published a two-volume book (“Time and Work”) and is an Associate Editor at Academy of Management Review, the top conceptual journal in management. Prior to joining TCU, Dr. Shipp taught at Texas A&M University, the University of North Carolina, and Oklahoma State University and she was employed by The Boeing Company and TV Guide. Prior consulting engagements include Ernst & Young, Marriott International, AT&T, Halliburton, Texas Transportation Institute, Inspirus, and Working Solutions. She is also a member of the board of directors of United Way of Tarrant County and serves as chair of the strategic planning committee. Dr. Shipp holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Photo: Matthew Hirst

Matthew Hirst

Organizational Development & Learning Leader

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 20 years of mid- to senior-level experience in operations, employee relations, organizational readiness, talent planning, organizational communications, and leadership development, mostly within Fortune 500 retail and financial services organizations.

Matt is currently completing a Ph.D. dissertation in psychology, having already completed the coursework. He also holds a doctoral-level specialist degree in educational leadership, a master’s degree in management, and undergraduate degrees in management and finance. Matt works as an HR and talent consultant and 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 rescue and foster for many years.

Photo: Meghan Wright

Meghan Wright

Assistant Professor of Management at Texas Wesleyan University

Since arriving in Texas in 2014, Dr. Meghan Wright has been involved in developing entrepreneurship programs around the Fort Worth area including having worked with notable organizations such as the United way of Tarrant County, Meals on Wheels and the City of Fort Worth.

Her research is focused on women in leadership, the impact of technology and leadership agility on firm performance, and corporate innovation through diversity and inclusion and most recently, she developed a leadership program for early-career readiness and agility to be delivered to undergraduate students.

As a co-founder of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Fort Worth, Wright has played an integral role in developing this to be the top event in the country over the last 4 years. In addition to presenting at many academic conferences in the USA and Abroad, Wright also serves on the board of Accelerate DFW, a local entrepreneurship foundation.

Dr. Meghan Wright has an MS in Education from Western Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Benedictine University. Currently, Meghan is a visiting lecturer in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University and also teaches at Texas Wesleyan University. Her experience as an organizational development consultant and researcher informs her courses and customized programs.

Photo: Linda LaCoste

Linda LaCoste

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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