Class of 2020

Congratulations to the 44 graduates of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Forum Class of 2020 generously sponsored by Audi of Sugar Land. Under the direction of Division Chairs Jan-Michael Jenkins and Breah Campbell, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Leadership program celebrates its most recent graduating class of effective leaders.

Participants study the qualities that make a community leader, analyze leadership roles, and develop personal leadership styles and skills. The class of 2020 represents the 32nd year that a group of outstanding individuals have participated in this rigorous program of leadership development and community engagement through active learning, expert insight, and experiential activities. The class participants are selected each year from a wide spectrum of the area’s population. The class of 2020 completed the program in Galveston on May 14, 2021. 

Presenting the Fort Bend Leadership Forum Class of 2020:

TaraAeJohnson Development Corp.
AhmadAlaswadFort Bend County – Commissioner Ken DeMerchant
KingBanerjeeBig Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Sugar Land
CodyBurginMillis Development & Construction, LLC
NancyBurnettCornerstone Christian Academy
WilliamCaiBriggs & Veselka Co. LLP
ShanelleChannellRiverstone Community
StephanieCrochetJohnson Development Corp.
CindyDeesCity of Sugar Land
DianaDobbsFort Bend County – Commissioner Andy Meyers
EstherGarzaCity of Stafford
StevenGatesTeal Run General Maintenance Association
TroyGoodellSienna Plantation Residential Association
JeffGraebertAction Landscaping Inc.
DarrellGrovesDWG CPA PLLC
BrandonIrbyFluor Corporation
KendraLaCour RameyMemorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital
MaureenLallHouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
KiyokoLatsonKelsey-Seybold Clinic
PennyMeekHenderson Wessendorff Foundation
MihirPatelAllegiance Bank – Sugar Land
DavidPellaFirst Colony Community Association
IanPietzBGE Inc.
RussellPiperEnvironmental Development Partners, LLC
AllenaPortisCity of Missouri City
ZulfiqarPraslaPrasla Law Firm PLLC
PrestonPriceSmart Financial Credit Union
CollinRatcliffHouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
J.R.RichardsonConsolidated Communications
LauraRosilezRiverstone Homeowners & Commercial Property Owners Assoc.
KelseySamueleXp Realty
EllenSaundersAudi Sugar Land – A Sewell Company
DianaSayavedraFort Bend ISD
FranSteeleFirst Colony Community Association
MonicaSturgillIberia Bank
ConnithaTyrerHouston Focus Academy Inc
FaisalVellaniVellani Law – Title & Legal Services
LisaWatsonDream Dinners
KristinWerneckeStewart Title
SuzanneWhatleyBranding Matters, LLC
CarlWillisFrost Bank – Stafford

The Fort Bend Leadership Forum is a ten-month program, August through May; it begins with a one and a half day opening retreat in San Antonio. The opening retreat is followed by monthly one-day sessions covering criminal justice, diversity, economic development/infrastructure, health and social services, municipal/county government, a two-day trip to Austin for a state government session, and a three-day national government session in Washington D.C. which will take place for the class in 2022. The Leadership program is completed with a one and a half day ending retreat and graduation ceremony in Galveston.

As the premier leadership development program in the region, the Fort Bend Leadership Forum was designed to prepare for the community needs that demand the involvement of informed citizens. The Fort Bend Leadership Forum offers structured learning opportunities in an atmosphere that stimulates creative thinking and encourages participants to work together to utilize both new and proven tools to meet the challenges of today and to prepare for tomorrow.

The Fort Bend Leadership Forum Class of 2022 is filling up fast. For more information on the program and sponsorship opportunities contact Juliette Nessmith at [email protected]  281-566-2161. 

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