Leadership Houston Overview

LH Open House 2017

LH Open House 2017


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:

Wayne Bryant
Hughes Tool Company, Chairman

Carl King
 Cameron Iron Works, Vice Chairman

Joyce Carlen
 Texas Agriculture Extension Service

Dr. June Holly
The Houston Center for the Humanities and Public Policy

Howard Holsenbeck
Holsenbeck Realty

Charles Lansden
Houston Chamber of Commerce

Warren Marquard
Lockwood, Andrews & Newman

Roger McKillip
Browning Ferris Industries

William O'Donnell
Suburban Homes Realty

Frank Petty
Shell Oil Company

John Reigle
Boyden Associates

Vernus Swisher
Foley's Greenspoint

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.