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LGBT Chamber Foundation Graduates Third Leadership Class

DALLAS, TEXAS: The LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation is pleased to announce the graduation of its third LGBT Leadership Institute cohort. Launched in 2019, the program has grown steadily each year.

Members of the 2023 LGBT Leadership Institute graduating class include:

  • Jed Billings, he/him; Texas Pride Realty Group
  • LaKeast Boone, she/her; Keasie B’s Coffee
  • Philip Brewer, he/him; Comerica Bank
  • Eddie Burton, he/him; Panoramic
  • Antoine Curry, he/him; Hardheaded Foundation
  • Morgan Darling, she/her; Burch Law
  • Tabitha Evans, she/her; Mommies in Need
  • Armando Gonzalez, he/him; Goody Goody Liquor
  • Deon Hedge, he/him; Hardheaded Foundation
  • Brian Kennedy, he/him; Room for Change
  • Devon Kodzis, they/them; Dallas College
  • Randi McRae, she/her; Sherman & Howard
  • Chloe Nicholson, she/her; Vistra Corp
  • LaToya Porter, she/her; JBJ Management
  • AnaChrista Robles, she/her; The Concilio
  • Ofelia Yanez, she/her; Amp Creative

Class members participate in a nine-month program designed to provide valuable skills and knowledge, along with an historical view of the LGBTQ+ equality movement and community.
“I am so proud of this diverse group and appreciate their commitment to the program and passion to serve the community,” stated Lisa Howe, who manages the program and serves as Vice President of Membership & Programs for the North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “Although there are a number of quality leadership programs in North Texas, none are designed to fill the generational information gap in the LGBTQ+ community. The Foundation’s goal has been to fill that gap without duplicating the work of other leadership programs. We like to think of our program as a great preface to other programs where our graduates can be better, more informed representatives of the LGBTQ+ community, whether they identify as LGBTQ or an Ally.”
The LGBT Leadership Institute provides a safe and nurturing environment for a diverse cohort of individuals to develop skills and explore the critical issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation is now accepting nominations for those interested in participating in the 2024 Leadership Institute class. Participation is open to members of the LGBTQ+ community and Allies. Tuition for the nine-month program is $1,500. Partial scholarships are available. More information is available at
About LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Established by the North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation carries out the charitable and educational objectives of the Chamber, supports young adults, and nurtures the development of leaders in the LGBT community. The Foundation is also home to the LGBT Chamber Foundation Scholarship Fund and Texas Diversity Equity & Inclusion Conference, now in its 7th year.
The LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a Texas nonprofit organization designated as tax exempt as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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