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The Gutierrez-Laclette Engineering Development ApprenticeSHPE is an entry level rotational program for engineers.

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What is GLEDA?

Founded in 2018 and named after SHPE DFW's co-founders Alberto Gutierrez and Fernando Laclette, GLEDA is a rotational leadership development program offering entry level engineers the opportunity to kick-start their careers. The program will transform participants leadership vision and strategics approaches allowing them to tackle complex issues as professionals.  Participants will be challenged out of their comfort zone, and trained to develop their own personal style of authentic leadership, enabling them to coach others and lead change across organizations and multi-generational teams. 


The year-long curriculum will focus on:

  • Self-motivation and time-management

  • Teamwork and collaboration skills

  • Leadership development

  • Professional communication

Additionally, the GLEDA cohort will lead special project committees for SHPE DFW's events and signature programs.

​Finally, GLEDA is built upon an "ApprenticeSHPE" model, where you will also be paired with a SHPE DFW professional in the same discipline and/or industry to provide you with supplemental career guidance and feedback.   ​Graduates of the program are recognized for their demonstrated excellence & commitment in engineering leadership at the annual SHPE DFW Gala.

Program Benefits

  1. Improve leadership skills, enhance capacity to understand and implement change, gain a positive approach to leading people and enhancing value

  2. Learn how to make better decisions by avoiding some common cognitive biases and traps

  3. Enhance your interpersonal skills so that you can motivate others and better utilize their abilities

  4. Evaluate & measure your own personal growth; create & execute an actionable development plan that addresses your unique nee

  5. Transfer new techniques and skills directly to the job

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 Our Graduates


Rudy Medina Jr. - Manufacturing Engineer at Texas Instruments

Daniel Castro - Design Engineer at Lockheed Martin

Stevan Davila - Inside Application Engineer at Hartfiel Automation

Alyssa Hernandez - ​Quality Assurance Engineer at Toyota 

Evelin Lopez - Design Engineer at Collins Aerospace

Brenda Rodriguez-Nino - R&D Engineer at Medtronic

Juan Rodriguez III - Cyber Engineer at Goldman Sachs

Jonathan Ruiz - Security Analyst at McAfee

Esmeralda Sotelo - Civil Engineer at Bridgefarmer & Associates

​Ricky Zamora - Engineer at Stephens Pneumatics Inc

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