Leadership El Paso

Overview


Divisional Mission:

Leadership El Paso is the city's premier leadership incubator that fosters and guides current and future leaders toward the development of our region, establishing them as active contributors within our community.

Divisional Goals:

To develop a continuum of leadership programming encompassing Junior Leadership El Paso, Leadership El Paso, and Leadership El Paso Alumni Association

Leadership El Paso is the city's premier leadership enhancement program. A program of The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, LEP is a yearlong immersion into our community’s greatest strengths and weaknesses; its historic past and promising future. It's a magnified look at current events in an arena where key decision-makers and class participants share frank discussions and creative ideas, forging new partnerships and influential networks.

Accomplishments

Leadership El Paso has dedicated over 38 years of course curriculum designed to create and manage Leadership Initiatives; establishing the Chamber as the City's premier leadership incubator. Examples of community projects completed through the efforts of each cohort are as follows: (allow members to include their class project to build a history)

  • Raised $36,050 for the Opportunity Center. They will be renovating several rooms as well as renovating their garden area with the funds donated (Class 38)
  • Raised over $40,000 at the first ever ‘Homerun for the Homeless – 5k’ which directly benefited the Opportunity Center for the Homeless (Class 36)
  • Raised over $15,000 to provide a canopy for the playground that benefits some of the city's children in need; those housed at the Child Crisis Center, the El Paso Center of Children and the YWCA Sara McKnight TLC (Class 35)
  • Developed a One City One Need initiative that led to the collection of approximately 14,000 pounds of food, 160 toys, and other monetary donations, serving up to 315 area families (Class 33)
  • Hosted 3,000 underprivileged and special needs children for media day at the Amigo Airsho (Class 28)
  • Launched a $65,000 construction project for the Center against Family Violence’s family room (Class 27)
  • Hosted 3,000 underprivileged and special needs children for media day at the Amigo Airsho
  • Developed a mentoring program for over 70 students at Riverside High School (Class 26)
  • Raised funds and donated man hours toward the construction of White Spur Park (Class 26)
  • Raised donations and ran Team Leaping Lizards at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (Class 26)
  • Support the establishment and mission of Junior Leadership El Paso; a similar program that is afforded to local high school juniors at not cost to them (Class 25)

Committee Information

LEP CURRICULUM OFFICERS

Officers consist of the program coordinator, who is an employee of the Chamber; the current class chair and the chair-elect. Chairs are community individuals nominated by the retiring class chair, the President of the Chamber and the Chair-elect of the Chamber board. The LEP class chair and chair-elect both must be approved by the Chamber Board of Directors. Contact the Director of Leadership El Paso at 915-534-0526 should you wish to serve as an Officer.

FAQ’s

HOW IS THE CLASS SELECTED?

The selection of 45 class members is based on proven commitment to community service. Preference is given those already in leadership, or who are likely to be tapped for greater community responsibility. Participants will be representative of our broadly diverse community.

DO I HAVE TO BE AN EL PASO RESIDENT?

Applicants must have lived or worked in the El Paso area for the 12 months immediately preceding the submission of the application.

WHAT DOES MY TUITION COVER?

Tuition covers all program costs (retreat room & board, all meals, transportation, speakers, venues). In many cases, employers sponsor the participation of an employee, but a limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please do not allow the cost of the program to become the deciding factor in whether you submit an application.

HOW MUCH COMMITMENT IS INVOLVED?

Leadership El Paso is an intensive learning experience requiring commitment including:

  • Attendance at a minimum of eight all-day, (7:30 am-5:00 pm) monthly sessions routinely scheduled on the second Friday of each month
  • A two-day overnight retreat traditionally on the second weekend in January
  • Participation in the class project

 WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF LEADERSHIP EL PASO?

During the year, our curriculum focuses on key issues facing our city. Experts and key decision makers on topics such as economic development, the military, healthcare, social services and quality of life moderate sessions and provide briefings. This allows class members priceless opportunities to pose in-depth questions and engage in frank discussions on hot topics and current events.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Contact Maggie Benham at 534-0526 or [email protected] for an application packet. The Class is traditionally selected and named in November for the upcoming year. If you cannot meet the required commitments at this time, please refer someone who may benefit from this unique experience.

PRIVACY CLAUSE

To protect the integrity of these exchanges, class participants are asked to respect the confidentiality of any information divulged during these sessions. If certain information is deemed to be of public value (i.e. a class member who is a member of the media believes information warrants coverage) he or she is expected to ask the individual divulging the information for permission to use it. Further, working members of the media who are not members of the class are prohibited from attending any class session.

 

Junior Leadership El Paso


junior leadership el pasoThe purpose of Junior Leadership El Paso is to provide leadership training to area high school students by mentoring, encouraging, and instilling confidence, while increasing their awareness and appreciation of the leadership opportunities in the El Paso area

Junior Leadership El Paso is an innovative program for area high school juniors with the potential to become El Paso ’s next generation of leaders. Based on The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce's successful adult program, Leadership El Paso Class XXV has tailored Junior Leadership El Paso for high school juniors who receive a hands-on education about El Paso’s issues, history, challenges, and opportunities. Participants tour the region and meet face-to-face with some of the area’s top movers and shakers in business, government, the arts, health care, education, the military, and economic development. Junior Leadership El Paso also offers the unique opportunity for students to meet and interact with other high school students from across the El Paso area, providing them with the communication skills, confidence, and leadership ability they will need to give them a running start toward success.

Board Information

Junior Leadership El Paso Board of Directors- Directors are elected by the vote of the Board to serve a three year term. Contact the Junior Leadership El Paso Secretary at 915-534-0526 should you wish to serve as a Board Member.

CLASS INFORMATION
After a diligent application review process, the Junior Leadership El Paso (JrLEP) Board of Directors proudly announces the roster of JrLEP Class 14.  Over 170 applications were submitted from 32 different High Schools.  Candidates were selected to reflect El Paso’s cross-section of individuals who are community minded and have already demonstrated leadership skills at their young age.  The following fifty five students have proven to be El Paso’s best:

JrLEP Class 14

Jannell Ballin, Americas High School
Fernando Rodriguez, Americas High School
Christian Hernandez, Bel Air High School
Acasia Humphries, Bowie High School
Dulce Moreno, Bowie High School
Krystal Tapia, Burges High School
Sophia Cereceres, Burges High School
Gabriel Galaviz, Canutillo High School
Nadia Avila, Canutillo High School
Brianna Santana, Canutillo High School
Diego Limon, Cathedral High School
Jose Villarreal II, Cathedral High School
Daniel Brunnick, Cathedral, High School
Frank Feuille, Coronado High School
Estevan Mesa, Coronado High School
Michael Duenas, Coronado High School
Emery Saenz, Cotton Valley Early College
Gabriel Gonzalez, Cotton Valley Early College
Carlos Baeza, Del Valle High School
Victoria Anaya, Del Valle High School
Xochitl Carmona-Lopez, Eastlake High School
Skylar Borunda, Eastlake High School
Matthew Carr, Eastwood High School
Ryan Solis, Eastwood High School
Giselle Nevarez, El Dorado High School
Marianne Marin, El Dorado High School
Mariajose Orozco, El Paso High School
Rebecca Shiloff, El Paso High School
Joshua Sustaita, Fabens High School
Destiny Batson, Fabens High School
David Carranza, Faith Christian Academy
Sofia Olvera, Father Yermo High School
Anaid Velazco, Father Yermo High School
Kenia Arellano, Franklin High School
Ricardo Isaac, Harmony Science Academy
Damian Arellano, Immanuel Christian School
Bethany Clayton, Immanuel Christian School
Alyssa Lomeli, Irvin High School
Yazmyne Hallback, Irvin High School
Jaime Hernandez, Jefferson High School
Ivanna Ricks-Fuentes, Loretto Academy
Isabel Ruiz, Loretto Academy
Andrea Marquez, Loretto Academy
Paulina Gonzalez-Bello, Loretto Academy
Joshua Yuen, Lydia Patterson Institute
Valeria Torres, Lydia Patterson Institute
Sylvia Serrano, Parkland High School
Joshua Anaya, Radford School
Evalinn Tafoya, Socorro High School
Ezequiel Ibarra, Socorro High School
Kimberly Diwa, Texas Homeschool Coalition Association
Diego Maldonado, Valle Verde Early College High School
Ashley Delgado, Valle Verde Early College High School
Pedro Amaya, Ysleta High School
Briana Cardenas, Ysleta High School

The mission of JrLEP is to provide leadership training to area high school students by mentoring, encouraging and instilling confidence, while increasing their awareness and appreciation of the leadership opportunities in the El Paso area.  Through the generous contributions from El Paso Electric, Hunt Companies, Inc., Western Refining, United Way and Texas Gas Service, JrLEP continues to fulfill its promise to be an innovative program for area high school juniors with the potential to become El Paso's next generation of leaders.  Their support allowed JrLEP to kick off its twelfth year on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

FAQ's

HOW IS THE CLASS SELECTED?

Participants are selected by the Junior Leadership Board of Directors through an application scoring process. Preference is given to the top two scoring applications from each participating school. Selection for 2017-18 will begin in May 2017.

DO I HAVE TO BE AN EL PASO RESIDENT?

Applicants must be enrolled as a High School Junior (or equivalent) in a State accredited institution in the El Paso Region during the program year.

WHAT ARE THE TUITION COSTS?

Through the generous support of local community partnerships, the program is free to students; and is managed by volunteer committees made up of Leadership El Paso Class XXV alumni who conceived and developed the program.

HOW MUCH COMMITMENT IS INVOLVED?

  • Attendance at a minimum of seven all-day, (7:30 am-3:30 pm) monthly sessions routinely scheduled on one Wednesday of each month (September- May). Only two unexcused absences are allowed
  • Selected participants will be excused from school classes and an attendance record will be provided to the participant’s counselor, but it is up to the individual participant to communicate with him/her on a regular basis and make sure school attendance is not affected
  • Participants must conduct themselves in a professional manner
  • Participants must adhere to a dress code appropriate for each session. Comfortable attire is allowed. Participants will receive an agenda prior to each full day session that will provide the expected attire for that day
  • Participants must be willing to actively participate in class activities and seminars

WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF LEADERSHIP EL PASO?

Junior Leadership El Paso also offers the unique opportunity for students to meet and interact with other high school students from across the El Paso area, providing them with the communication skills and the confidence and leadership ability they will need to give them a running start toward success. In addition, each session is designed to support the students’ high school education by following Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Social Studies criteria.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Contact Maggie Benham at 534-0526 or [email protected] for more information. The recruitment process begins in May. The Class will be selected and named in the beginning of September for the incoming school year. If you cannot meet the required commitments at this time, please refer someone who may benefit from this unique experience. 

Through the generous contributions from El Paso Electric, Hunt Companies, Inc., Western Refining, Texas Gas Service, United Way and private donations, JrLEP continues to fulfill its promise to be an innovative program for area high school juniors with the potential to become El Paso's next generation of leaders.  Their support allowed JrLEP to graduate its thirteenth year of students.

Leadership El Paso Class 39

LEADERSHIP EL PASO WELCOMES CLASS 39

LEP Class 39

Mr. Javier Acosta, Conde Inc

Mr. Romel Alvarado, The Herrera Group

Mr. Matthew Armendariz, ScottHulse PC

Mr. Chris Banuelos, PRIDE Industries

Ms. Nancye Beck, Junior League of El Paso

Mr. Adrian Brito, Lauterbach, Borschow and Co.

Ms. Kellie Burns, El Paso Behavioral Health Systems

Mr. Robert Burton, Mithoff Burton Partners

Ms. Laura Cade, Clint Independent School District

Mr. Adrian Canales, Helen of Troy

Ms. Amy Castner, El Paso Water Utilities

Mr. Timothy Collins, Hub International Insurance

Ms. Lorena De la Mora, El Paso County Public Defenders Office

Ms. Virginia Dominguez, ONE Gas – Texas Gas Service

Ms. Kassandra Foster, Mithoff Burton Partners

Mr. Mario Franke, Dykema Cox Smith

Mr. Gustavo Ganem, Sun Carpets

Mr. Jesus Garcia, Security Services Federal Credit Union

Mr. Michael Gomez, El Paso County Attorney

Mr. David Hansen, ScottHulse PC

Mr. Matthew Haywood, The Hospitals of Providence – Sierra Campus

Ms. Cassandra Lachica-Chavez, El Paso Community College

Ms. Maria Llamas, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger

Ms. Gloria Loera, The Hospitals of Providence – East Campus

Ms. Beverly Longoria, El Paso Chapter – Texas Society of CPAs

Mr. Gregory Martin, Kemp Smith Law

Ms. Angelica Mata Lindstrom, Sanders Wingo

Ms. Keri Moe, El Paso Community College

Ms. Crystal Montoya, EL Paso Electric

Mr. Rene Navarro, Emergence Health Network

Mr. Jesus Rolando Nunez, University of Texas at El Paso

Ms. Margie Padilla, University of Texas at El Paso, School of Pharmacy

Mr. Ricardo Parra, Freeport McMoRan

Ms. Maria Parra, Stewart Title Company

Ms. Yvonne Ramirez, Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso

Ms. Elizabeth Rayas, El Paso Sleep Center

Ms. Claudia Rosales, Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Alberto Reyes, Workforce Solutions Borderplex

Mr. Adrian Santiago, WestStar Bank

Mr. John Curtis Sawyer, Science Applications International Corporation

Ms. Shaena Summers, Las Palmas Medical Center

Ms. Blanca Topete, Pizza Properties/QSR Burgers

Mr. Javier Torres, Border Environmental Cooperation Commission

Ms. Diana Vasquez, ADP

 

Curriculum Officers: Class co – chairs, Ms. Dana Guerra, Mithoff Burton Partners & Mr. Tony Davalos; Immediate Past Chairs, Mr. Walter Miller, Terracon & Ms. Secret Wherett, El Paso Inc; Ms. Jill Macias, Chase Bank; Mr. Gustavo Reveles, El Paso Independent School District;  Ms. Jimena Centelles, HUB International; Ms. Marina Monsisvais, Barracuda PR; Mr. Michael E. Guerra, Guerra Investment Advisors, LLC; Mr. Rene Hurtado, Emergence Health Network; Mr. Eric Pearson, El Paso Community Foundation; Mr. Ruben Chavez, CEA Group; Mr. Tyler Smith, Schmid, Broaddus, Nugent & Gano, P.C.; Mr. Brandon May, Hospitals of Providence; Mr. Jim Houlahan, El Paso Behavioral Health; Ms. Cassandra Flores, The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Allison Armendariz, The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and Ms. Maggie Benham, The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce

 

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