LSA was created in 1975 by The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to help identify and develop community leaders and is now considered the premier program for existing and emerging leaders in the Bexar County and surrounding areas. The program, one of the first of its kind in Texas, has graduated more than 1900 participants and focuses on delivering these leaders an opportunity to develop an understanding of the promise and challenges of our community. The program goes beyond personal and professional development and, as its goal, educates and informs these leaders in the vital areas affecting San Antonio, as well as encouraging Chamber Business involvement and Community advocacy. In 1992, The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber joined to be a co-host to the program, enhancing the involvement and diversity of future classes.
For over 45 years, Leadership San Antonio (LSA) has helped to shape the future leaders of San Antonio. LSA has graduated CEOs; company presidents; public and private industry executives; academic and military leaders; mayors; and elected representatives at the local, state, and federal levels. This program, one of the first of its kind in Texas, has graduated more than 1,900 participants and focuses on delivering emerging leaders an opportunity to develop an understanding of the promise and challenges of our unique San Antonio community.
This is like no other leadership program in the surrounding area! By taking proven leaders in the community who have passed through the gates of LSA, leveraging their vast and diverse networks and experiences, LSA Class members are promised a year of “firsts”: highlighting areas of great importance to our city’s growth, success, and global impact and engagement. Each class day tackles a slew of issues that range from solutions to homelessness, diving deep into cutting edge developments in education, biomedical research, cybersecurity, military missions, to events and organizations that celebrate our local heritage and culture, travel and tourism, and more. Each LSA class member will meet new ideas head-on, obtaining both personal and professional development!
Through the LSA process, participants gain invaluable insight from present and future decision-makers in both the public and private sectors and are better prepared to lead San Antonio into the future by using a broader understanding of our diverse region. The class members grow together into a tight-knit family – which serves as a great thought generator and positive impact multiplier.
LSA class participants are selected from all segments of the region and a wide variety of industries. Participants are diverse in gender, industry, organizational mission, title, background, and ethnicity, to name a few. LSA Class members demonstrate leadership qualities, show a sincere interest in improving our community, and have a history of holding positions of increasing responsibility within their chosen professions. LSA seeks people dedicated to service and to invest their time and talent in improving and strengthening San Antonio.
LSA is a partnership program between the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with the goal of educating and motivating leaders to become involved in the Chambers’ Councils and Committees and spark a volunteer spirit in our local community boards and programs.
Serving on the LSA Steering Committee is a great honor and privilege. The most rewarding part has been helping to guide class members on their journey as community leaders. It’s amazing to witness the personal ‘aha’ moments, discovery of new passions and close working relationships that evolve through the year. I can’t wait to see what transformative leaders these class members will become!
Dear LSA Family,
We hope you and your families are remaining healthy and safe. During these past two months our great city has taken many necessary measures to ensure that our community stays safe and slows the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing measures that help to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus has greatly impacted our businesses, our schools, our families. We are all finding new ways to stay engaged, stay productive, and stay connected while supporting and rallying behind many of our LSA family who are struggling in our hotel, restaurant, tourism and travel industries, small business and non-profit sectors, as well as many others who have been professionally and personally affected.
With that said, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have agreed to continue LSA 45 (aka LSA 2020) into 2021, modifying our current class days using creative shortened virtual programs, challenging each other to serve the community and buy local, and to focus on the way ahead into next year. During these unprecedented times, our priorities are to ensure our businesses and families are safe and supported. We are challenged to improve ways that LSA can directly impact our neighbors and our community. In January 2021, we will reconnect to carry on the traditional mission of the program through full LSA class days – to educate and inform class members in the vital areas affecting San Antonio, as well as to encourage Chamber Business involvement and Community advocacy.
We find the COVID-19 challenges as a unique opportunity to leave a Legacy through Service and Action for our current class.
We look forward to seeing what LSA 45 can accomplish and we stand with you! We thank you for your continued commitment, leadership, and support to our great city!
We are all in this together!
Cristina J. Bazaldúa and Brian Hurtak
LSA 45 Co-Chairs