Leadership Houston Overview
Leadership Houston was formed in 1982 with the goal of bringing together leaders from different communities to increase dialogue, and foster collaboration on projects that would improve the quality of life for all Houstonians. The founders’ vision was to expose these leaders to civic issues that they may be unaware of and inspire them to expand their involvement within the community.
Leadership Houston Founders
In 1981, a Steering Committee of Houston Chamber of Commerce volunteers, now the Greater Houston Partnership, and one long-time chamber executive conceived and designed the first Leadership Houston training and education program. These were our Founders:
Hughes Tool Company, Chairman
Cameron Iron Works, Vice Chairman
Texas Agriculture Extension Service
Dr. June Holly
The Houston Center for the Humanities and Public Policy
Houston Chamber of Commerce
Lockwood, Andrews & Newman
Browning Ferris Industries
Suburban Homes Realty
Shell Oil Company
Jack S. Blanton, Sr., Spurlock Oil Company, served as the Executive Liaison between the Steering Committee and the Houston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Leadership Houston is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.