Fort Bend Leadership Forum class graduates

(Submitted photo)
Pictured are the members of the 2017 graduating class of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Forum.

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Forum Class of 2017 graduated last May.

Under the direction of Division Co-Chairs Dustin Fessler and Barkley Peschel, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Leadership program celebrates its most recent graduating class of outstanding leaders. Participants study the qualities that make a community leader, analyze leadership roles, and develop personal leadership styles and skills. The class of 2017 represents the 29th year that a group of impressive individuals participate in the rigorous program of leadership development and community engagement through active learning, expert insight, and experiential activities.

The class participants are selected each year from a wide spectrum of the area’s population. The class of 2017 completed the program in Galveston on May 26.

As the premier leadership development program in the region, the Fort Bend Leadership Forum was designed to prepare for the community needs that demand the involvement of informed citizens. The Fort Bend Leadership Forum offers structured learning opportunities in an atmosphere that stimulates creative thinking and encourages participants to work together to utilize both new and proven tools to meet the challenges of today and to prepare for tomorrow.

The Fort Bend Leadership Forum is a 10-month program, August through May; it begins with a one and a half day opening retreat in San Antonio. The opening retreat is followed by monthly one-day sessions covering criminal justice, diversity, economic development/infrastructure, health and social services, municipal/county government, and a two-day trip to Austin for the state government session. In addition, the class will participate in a special three-day national government session in Washington, D.C. The leadership program is completed with a one and a half day ending retreat and graduation ceremony in Galveston.

The Fort Bend Leadership Forum Class of 2018, sponsored by PrimeWay Federal Credit Union, is filling up fast.

For more information on the program and sponsorship opportunities, contact Matthew Ferraro at or call 281-491-0277.

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