Leadership Fort Worth announces new slate of officers and directors

Fort Worth – Lee O. Rogers, president of The Rogers Group advertising agency, has been elected President of Leadership Fort Worth. Other officers include Gina Smith of Freese and Nichols as President-Elect and Robert Allen of CBIZ Valuation Group as Treasurer. As Past-President, Veronica Chavez-Law, a partner at the Decker Jones law firm, will continue on the board and executive committee. Drenda Witt of JPS Health Systems will again serve as Vice President, Program Policy. Tom McGraw, President of Summit Administrators, continues as Vice-President, LeaderKids, Leadership Fort Worth’s leadership and mentoring program for FWISD eighth graders. Amy Plaskota, Lockheed Martin, as Vice President, Membership, and Tracy Syler-Jones, TCU, as Vice-President, PR/Marketing, round out the executive committee.

New board members include Kevin Strawser, Chesapeake Energy, and Mark Dabney, Gideon-Toal. Jared Cobb, TCU, will represent Leading Edge, LFW’s program for developing leaders. Theresa Berend, attorney with Harris Finley & Bogle, and Jake Yarborough, Global Prairie, will represent the new graduates, the Leadership Class of 2011.

Harriet Harral continues as Executive Director with Jan Titsworth, Program Director for the Leadership Class and Leading Edge and Ann Barr, Manager of LeaderKids and Administration. New hire Pam Cannell is the Administrative and Technical Support Specialist.

Founded in 1973 to provide Fort Worth with diverse and knowledgeable leaders, Leadership Fort Worth provides four programs:

  • The Leadership Class is a year-long program consisting of nine monthly meetings, including opening and closing two-day retreats. Class members, usually 45-50 in a class, are drawn from people currently involved in civic activities at a decision-making level. They are exposed to current difficulties facing city and county governments, public healthcare, social service agencies, the arts and non-profit organizations and are tasked with creating workable and sustainable solutions to various challenges.
  • Leading Edge targets emerging leaders in the 25-35 age range. It provides participants an opportunity to polish leadership skills, broaden community perspective, and create community connections through a valuable board shadowing experience.
  • LeaderKids focuses on fostering the early development of leadership skills in 8th grade students. LK’s goals are to communicate positive values, to develop leadership potential through volunteerism, and to support the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Stay-in-School initiative.
  • LFW graduates, now some 1700 strong, continue their education through the LFW Membership Program which holds quarterly social and educational meetings designed to continue the contacts and commitments nurtured during the class year.

To learn more about any of the four Leadership Fort Worth programs, visit the website at LeadershipFortWorth.org.