The WHLI program begins in January with an Opening Retreat. In the 9 months that follow, the class is immersed in experiences that address specific aspects of our community. Each program day gives the Class a hands-on look at what is happening in that field; the opportunity to hear from leaders of organizations and the key issues they are addressing; and firsthand accounts from providers and customers.

Each half-day experience is designed by WHLI alumni who have expertise in the field of interest for that day. In addition to each month’s class, short site visits to unique locations provide a deeper understanding of West Houston.


WHLI presents an incomparable opportunity for leaders to see beyond their own field to the broader interests of community. They develop a working knowledge of our community across sectors and learn to appreciate the diverse perspectives of their classmates. The result—a group of leaders equipped to advance our community.