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Posted on: November 14, 2023

City of Denton’s Monica Benavides Graduates from 2023 Texas Women’s Leadership Institute

Monica Benavides

Denton, TX, Nov. 14, 2023 – The City of Denton is proud to announce that Monica Benavides successfully completed and graduated from the 2023 Texas Women’s Leadership Institute.

Benavides was selected from a competitive field of local government professionals across the state of Texas, and was one of twenty female leaders to participate in a program designed to prepare and inspire women to become city managers in Texas.

“Solving complex municipal government issues is a critical skill for future leaders, and this program helps public service professionals become well-versed in identifying attainable solutions,” says Benavides. “Participating in the Texas Women’s Leadership Institute afforded me an opportunity to gain invaluable insights and expand a professional network that will benefit the Denton community.”

While enrolled in the program, Monica participated in course discussions, tours, in-person discussions, book assignments, and was introduced to female leaders in the Texas city management profession. The combination of leadership assessments, tours, and case studies provided her with a well-rounded experience in learning more about the intricacies of the city management profession and creating a supportive network of colleagues throughout Texas.

Benavides has been with the City of Denton since 2002 and is currently an Assistant to the City Manager.

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.


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