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The TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute (TALL Texans) is a transformational program that helps participants learn and embrace their potential to take new initiatives for their institutions, profession, and stakeholders.


  • Five (5) years of experience working in libraries; MLS not required; experience need not be continuous
  • Current Texas Library Association membership
  • Ability to turn training into action
  • Desire to improve yourself, libraries and communities
  • Registration fee of $1200

Congratulations to the 2023 class of TALL Texans!

Monica Babaian, Fort Bend ISD Kimberly Kinnaird, Lewisville ISD
Johana Orellana Cabrera, Arlington Public Library Emily Kupersztoch, Round Rock ISD
Pamela Carlile, New Braunfels Public Library Rose Lerma, Grayson College
Julie Crisafulli, Mansfield Public Library Fen Lu, UT Arlington
Jean Darnell, Pflugerville ISD Shaun McDonald, Amarillo Public Library
Brittnee Emerine, Plano Public Library Amy Milstead, Mesquite ISD
Betsy Evans, Sul Ross State University Abby Moore, Breckenridge ISD
Anne Farley, Pasadena ISD Charlotte Polk, Brenham ISD
Kristen Fournier, Round Rock ISD Karina Quilantan, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Heather Garaviglia, Prosper ISD Stephanie Galvan Russell, Pflugerville ISD
Shawn Goforth, Fort Worth Public Library Becca Sexton, Georgetown Public Library
Morgan Green-Griffin, City of Plano Erin Smith, Harlingen Public Library
Jessica Hedrick, Point Isabel ISD Lindsey Snelling, Rockwall County Library
Katherine Hooker, Southwestern University Dawn Terrizzi, Denton Public Library
Amanda Hunt, New Braunfels ISD Regina Vitolo, Harris County Public Library
Lauren Jones, Mesquite ISD Natalie Watts, North East ISD
Sheena Kelly, Houston Public Library Audrey Wilson-Youngblood, Tarrant Cty. College
Leslie Whitaker, Claude ISD


  • January 24 – Applications open
  • May 22 – Applications DUE. Deadline has passed.
  • June 15 – Selection Committee finalizes roster
  • June 23  – All applicants informed of status by this date
  • August-October – 3 preliminary webinars will be scheduled for participants in this time
  • October 6  – Final payments due for participants
  • November 12-16  – TALL Texans takes place in person at Montserrat Retreat Center, Lake Dallas

Want tips on applying to TALL Texans and hearing what it’s really like? Check out our podcast episode, TALL Texans and What It Can Do For You. 

In the podcast, you’ll hear from a panel of TALL Texans alumni about how to successfully apply, find scholarships to pay your fee and how it benefited their careers.

Brandi Dawson, chair of the TALL Texans Round Table, hosts this podcast episode, which covers applying, attending, and what happens after the week of learning. Guests on the panel are Heather Hornor, Library & Information Tech Specialist at Richardson Independent School District; Dawn Wilbert, Youth Services Manager at Decatur Public Library; Lamoya Burks, Head Librarian at Texarkana College and Valerie Prilop, Senior Librarian at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Listen here.

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