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Leadership Fort Bend

Now Accepting Applications for Leadership Fort Bend Class of 2022-2023

NEW Leadership Logo 2020

The Leadership Fort Bend program was organized in 1986 under the direction of the Central Fort Bend Chamber and has a long history of developing leaders for Fort Bend County.

Program participants will grow in awareness and consideration of the challenges and issues facing our community, Fort Bend County and the State of Texas by providing an understanding of how our community functions and foster healthy dialogue and exchange among participants and county leaders. The program offers skills training, education and new approaches to the study of regional issues.  In turn, our participants come out of the program with the desire and background needed to become leaders in Fort Bend County.

Participants will also develop valuable contacts and communication networks within the community. Most importantly, Leadership Fort Bend builds confidence and motivation to become actively involved in promoting positive change for Fort Bend County.

Leadership Fort Bend is a nine-month program - October through May with a 2-day Opening Retreat in August as well as a Welcome and Alumni Reception each year.

Co-Chairs:
Heather Reichert | Holy Rosary Catholic School
Scott Podsim | Commerce Bank
Ammie Blahuta | The George Foundation
Thank you to our 2021-2022 Title Sponsor:

2021-2022 Title Sponsor JDC Johnson Development Corp.

Congratulations Leadership Fort Bend, Class of 2022!

Ana Alicia Acosta
Fort Bend History Association

Nelson Amy
NRG Energy, Inc

Mike Andrade
Maverick Benefit Advisors

Jordan Becker
Frost Bank

Kim Bernshausen
Prosperity Bank

Adryan Billups
Adryan Billups, PC

Karen Birch
Catholic Charities

Montse Canedo
Brazos Bend State Park

Lindsey Castellanos
Child Advocates of Fort Bend

Shirley Collins-Clark
AccessHealth

Wally Dakar
Windstream Communications

Nick Deacon
Johnson Development Corp.

Benjamin Deist
Edward Jones

Kelley Drabek
Cryer Therapy Services 

Luis Garcia
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Katie Golzarri
Clark Condon

Michael Gutierrez
Rosenberg Richmond Helping Hands, Inc

Megan Haas
EHRA Engineering

Sally Sue Harriss
Central Fort Bend Chamber

Peggy Hernandez
Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship

Vicki Hildebrand
Texana Center

Palak Jalan
AccessHealth

Jerry Jones, Jr.
Development Corporation of Richmond

Tennille Jones
Fort Bend County Public Transportation

Ashley Kaylor
Costello Inc

Kayse Lazar
Lamar Consolidated ISD

George Lewis
Windstream Communications

Karina Martinez
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital

Robert Miller
Inframark

April Nemec
Lamar Education Awards Foundation

Angela Parker
Parks Youth Ranch

Matt Prasifka
Wharton County Junior College

Rey Rodriguez
SiEnergy

Rashmi Sheel
CMIT Solutions

Tony Wolverton
Lamar Consolidated ISD

Testimonials

Leadership Fort Bend helped me to learn more about our past leaders and build a strong bond with current and future leaders of the Fort Bend community. I didn’t grow up in the area, so Leadership Fort Bend was a must for me to understand the history of Fort Bend inside and out in order to fully invest myself in this spectacular community. My only regret is waiting so long to apply for the Leadership Fort Bend program. If you are working or own a business in or around Fort Bend County, this program is the best investment you can make to help entrench yourself in the community. And as a bonus, you will walk away with new lifelong friends.
Kyle Atchison, Frost Bank
​Leadership Fort Bend, Class of 2020


When I signed up for Leadership Fort Bend, I did it because a Board Member for our organization said I needed to. With our involvement in Fort Bend County, he thought it would be beneficial to me and the organization. And wow, was he right! Signing up for this was one of the best decisions ever. Not only did I learn a lot about the county where I live and work, but I learned a lot about myself as a leader. I met some amazing people who I know will be a part of my personal and professional life forever. It was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend to anyone who lives and/or works in Fort Bend County.
Shannon Woodruff, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
Leadership Fort Bend, Class of 2020


I went into Leadership eager and ready to network with local businesses. Oh boy was I in for a treat. I gained more knowledge than I expected and my classmates became lifelong friends. Networking was the icing on the cake!
Solomon Delaney, Jordan Ranch by Johnson Development
Leadership Fort Bend, Class of 2020


The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance has provided us an avenue to develop our future leaders through the Central Fort Bend Leadership Program. The program not only provides our staff an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, but also develop relationships with current and future partners of Texana Center. It has opened our eyes to the local resources we have access to that can assist us in fulfilling our mission.
Kevin Barker, Texana Center
Leadership Fort Bend, Class of 2017

Scholarship Opportunities

The Tuition Assistance Program is a program established by the Central Fort Bend Chamber and the CFBC Alumni to promote participation in the Leadership Fort Bend Program. The program is intended to provide financial assistance CFBC members who wish to learn about the infrastructures, resources, services and leadership opportunities available to them in Fort Bend County but who may not be able to afford the full tuition of the Leadership Fort Bend Program.

In order to be eligible for tuition assistance, applicants must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Small business owner/employee (business with 5 employees or less)
  • Non-profit
  • Self-employed
  • Elected official
  • Government (City, County, State, Federal employee)

In addition, potential candidate applications will be weighted based upon the following criteria:

  • Central Fort Bend Chamber Member in good standing
  • Fort Bend County Business/ Resident
  • Length of Tenure in Position (if Self-Employed tenure being self-employed)
  • Community Involvement
  • Application submitted by the required deadline
Scholarship Application Deadline is MAY 31, 2022!
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