LEAD South

2023-24 Application Closed!

In 1986, the South Texas Business Partnership, formally the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, recognized a need to identify, develop, and motivate potential leaders in the community to address the needs of the Southside of San Antonio and the City South Leadership Academy was formed. It evolved over the past 35+ years and remained as strong and lively as the community it served.

In 2022, the brand and organizational evolution of South Texas Business Partnership (SoTx) was initiated as a more significant strategic effort to position both the Southside and South Texas region as a unified and strong destination for investment. Building on its core business model focused on emphasizing leadership development, expanding access to resources, and leveraging opportunities, SoTx expanded its mission to the south. The rebranding from CSLA to LEAD South aligns with the goal of attracting the next generation of leaders, visionaries, and businesses in not only San Antonio but the entire South Texas region.

During the eight-month program, LEAD South participants are exposed to a wide array of venues, knowledgeable speakers, and educational tours. Participants develop greater personal leadership skills to use and take back to their places of employment and throughout the community. Additionally, participants gain confidence through public speaking opportunities, and organizational skills are strengthened through teamwork and group activities. If you are interested in being a part of a rewarding, hands-on program and are willing to be a committed member of our organization and mission, then LEAD South is right for you!

We are looking for a diverse group of people who are enthusiastic, motivated, and ready to focus on their personal growth.

Application Open: August 8, 2023

Application Deadline Extended

September 15th

Retreat October 18-19

Applicants received an email from President & CEO Rebecca Viagran regarding their application status and information regarding the retreat. For questions, please contact Info@sotxpartnership.org

Lead South Application 23-24 [PDF Fillable] Download Here


LEAD South Class of 2022-23

Stephanie Alvarado Spawglass
Andrea Arcos Generations FCU
Jorge Cardona Somerset Academy Brooks
Jessica Carley HOLT CAT
Aranya De Sola OKIN
Maricela Diaz-Wells VIA Metropolitan Transit
Omar Espinoza, P.E. KFW Engineers
Bill Flores CPS Energy
Stephanie Gomez NAVISTAR
Erron Gonzalez Palo Alto College
Sylvia Ann Guerrero Golf Club of Texas – SA
Leroy Ibarra Palo Alto College
Dr. Rachara Jefferson Palo Alto College
Christina Majdalani Baptist Health Systems
Cecile Montañez TX A&M- SA & SoTX Business Partnership
Bianca Ponce Frost Bank
Tim Powell Microsoft
Eva Ramirez RVK Architecture
Judith Rendon TX Vista Medical Center & Baptist Health Systems
Laura Saldana San Antonio Vascular and Endovascular Clinic
Daniel Smith San Antonio Water System
Cora Smith Credit Human
Danielle Trevino Project Permitting TX
Kristina Vazquez CPS Energy
Desirae Velasquez HOLT CAT

LEAD South Steering Committee

Alexandrea Trujillo Co-Chair Holt Cat & SoTX Board of Directors
Bonnie Salas Co-Chair Brooks Academies & SoTX Board of Directors
Diana Perez Generations Federal Credit Union
Dr. Rebekah Piper Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Jessica Carly Holt Cat

Mail or Email Printed Completed Application to: 
South Texas Business Partnership
3315 Sidney Brooks Drive, #200, San Antonio, TX 78235  info@sotxpartnership.org