Georgetown Downtown and Tourism Director Kim McAuliffe and Finance Director Leigh Wallace graduated from the 2022 Texas Women’s Leadership Institute.
McAuliffe and Wallace were selected from a competitive field of local government professionals from throughout the State of Texas. They were two of 20 female executives who were chosen to participate in a program designed to prepare and inspire women to become city managers in Texas.
“Leigh and Kim are outstanding leaders in our community and city organization,” City Manager David Morgan said. “I appreciate their commitment to grow and the Texas City Management Association’s prioritization to support this important program.”
McAuliffe has been with the City of Georgetown for five and a half years. She leads the team responsible for downtown development, arts & culture, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Wallace has been the finance director in Georgetown for six years. She leads the teams responsible for the budget, procurement, accounting, fleet services, and municipal court.
McAuliffe and Wallace participated in course discussions, tours, and in-person sessions, completed assigned books, and were introduced to the female leaders in the Texas city management profession. The combination of leadership assessments, tours, and case studies provides a well-rounded experience in learning more about the intricacies of the city management profession and creating a network of colleagues who will support each other in the future.
The Texas Women’s Leadership Institute was created by Texas Women Leading Government to increase the number of women who are ready to become city managers. The program is financially supported by the Texas City Management Association and is part of a national trend of academies addressing the lack of female representation in the chief executive role in cities across Texas.