The Southlake Chamber of Commerce recognized the graduates of its Leadership Program at the May 27th luncheon in Legends Hall at The Marq. GRACE Events Manager Christina Cates was among the graduates who endured a COVID-adjusted schedule.
While many of the executive sessions were presented virtually during the nine-month program, class members still experienced an important team-building ropes course, participated in numerous discussion groups and tours exploring critical community issues, and completed a very meaningful service project.
The leadership program provided a deep dive into some of the most challenging issues facing our society and allowed members to gain insight in to what the can do to make Southlake a better community for everyone.
“It was a great honor and privilege to be a part of this leadership class,” said Christina “Cici” Cates. “We worked hard. We were stretched and challenged to do things differently—to view things differently than before.”
Leadership class members were moved by the activities of the Southlake Police Honor Guard, and formed a service project to help in the Honor Guard’s efforts.
The role of the Honor Guard includes representing the Southlake Police Department during official ceremonies and parades, and paying homage to fallen officers during funerals.
Responsibly embracing masking and social-distancing directives, the leadership class raised nearly $11,000 to outfit the Honor Guard with new dress uniforms. The gift was graciously received by Southlake Chief of Police James Brandon who served as the keynote speaker for the graduation.
Chief Brandon used a SWAT scenario involving a young hostage to illustrate what leadership meant to him and how critical decision-making leads to successful outcomes. In his talk he touched on many of the tenets of the leadership program, including professional and personal development, and project and personnel management.
Since the Southlake Chamber launched the leadership program in 1989, over two hundred and twenty-five men and women have graduated. Chamber President and CEO Mark Guilbert said at the event, “We must remember to always actively and intentionally help develop the next generation of leaders–it can’t be left to chance.”
GRACE is proud and honored to take part in the leadership programs at chambers of commerce throughout north Tarrant County, including Colleyville, Grapevine, HEB, Metroport and Southlake.