2021 Leadership Institute


About the Leadership Institute

Texas General Counsel Forum Leadership Institute, formerly the Forum Institute for Leadership in the Law (FILL), returns to the SMU Cox School of Business this spring for our annual six-day program. The Leadership Institute was designed by general counsel for general counsel and provides a unique management program taught by SMU Cox School of Business faculty. Each three-day session provides an intensive study of leadership, management, and corporate finance in a classroom of 25-30 general counsel, managing counsel, and rising counsel from major companies and organizations.

ATTENTION: As many Leadership Institute participants planned to travel to Dallas for this year’s program, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Leadership Institute.

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Program Benefits

  • 20 CLE credit hours including 6 hours of ethics
  • 41 hours of study over 6 days 
  • All study & classroom materials
  • Certificate of completion
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, & refreshments
  • 2 evening networking receptions
  • 2 networking dinners
  • Attendee directory

"The Institute greatly enhanced my in-house business effectiveness. The small, interactive classes, taught by top-notch MBA faculty, helped me focus on legal issues through both a business and leadership lens. Not only did it enhance my in-house success, it changed my career trajectory. In addition to legal oversight, the Institute contributed to my opportunities to lead other functions such as Human Resources, Culture and Corporate Communications. The Institute is unique among programs offered for in-house attorneys. Whether you are newly in-house or a seasoned professional, I recommend this program for all.”

Chris Willis
Chief People Officer and EVP Legal and Corporate Affairs, Interstate Batteries

Leadership Institute Class of 2006

Noteworthy Alumni Companies

  • 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • Austin Industries
  • AT&T Inc.
  • Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Ben E. Keith
  • Celanese
  • CenterPoint Energy
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
  • Children’s Health System of Texas
  • CITGO Petroleum Corporation
  • Comerica Bank
  • Cook Children’s Health Care System
  • Dell Technologies
  • FedEx Office & Print Services, Inc.
  • GM Financial
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Interstate Batteries
  • J.C. Penney
  • Kimberly Clark
  • Lennox International
  • LyondellBasell
  • Mattress Firm, Inc.
  • North Texas Tollway Authority 
  • NTA Life
  • ORIX Corporation USA
  • Orthofix Medical Inc.
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Rent-A-Center, Inc.
  • Ryan, LLC
  • Southwest Airlines Co.
  • Texas Instruments Inc.
  • The Weir Group PLC
  • Topgolf
  • Trinity Industries, Inc.
  • Varsity Brands, LLC
  • Vistra Energy

Hotel Accommodations

The following hotels offer discounted rates to individuals attending SMU and/or Cox events. Please inquire about SMU rates, availability, and transportation options with the appropriate reservations desk.

Hotel Lumen

6101 Hillcrest Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
1 block from SMU, walking distance or van service

Eric Davenport
Dir Sales/Marketing
469-941-7878 | kmauer@thelumendallas.com

The Highland Dallas Hotel

5300 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206
3 Blocks from SMU, van service

Karen Schloer
Group Sales Manager
214-560-2748 | karen.schloer@thehighlanddallas.com

Doubletree Hotel – Campbell Centre

8250 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
2 miles from SMU, across the highway from NorthPark Mall, van service

Jessica Brightman
Sales Manager
214-706-0115 | Jessica.brightman@hilton.com

Beeman Hotel Dallas Central Park Cities

6070 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
3 Blocks from SMU, van service

Janice Hill
Sales Manager
469-587-3722 or 214-750-6060 | jhill@beemanhotels.com