LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation Graduates 2nd Leadership Institute Class

DALLAS, TEXAS: The LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation is pleased to announce the graduation of its second LGBT Leadership Institute cohort. Launched in 2019, the program was forced to take a brief hiatus during the COVID pandemic, resulting in the first cohort completing the program online in May 2020.
Members of the 2022 LGBT Leadership Institute graduating class include:

  • Sophia Bledsoe, she/her; Prism Health North Texas
  • Christian Brewer, he/him; Baylor Scott & White
  • Scott Carnes, he/him; Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate
  • David Gifford-Robinson, he/him; Ericsson
  • Kevin Hendricks, he/him; Farmers Insurance
  • Traswell Livingston, he/him; AIDS Services of Dallas
  • Antoinette McIntosh, she/her; Alliance for Children
  • Melissa Malone, she/her; Children’s Health
  • Angela Muir, she/her; Comerica Bank
  • Tamika Perry, she/her; Dallas Hope Charities
  • Gary Sanchez, he/him; Visit Dallas
  • Candace Thompson, she/her; Comp-U-Dopt
  • Court Wakefield, they/them; Children’s Health

Pictured: Kevin Hendricks, Candace Thompson, Antoinette McIntosh, Angela Muir, Court Wakefield, Scott Carnes, Lisa Howe, David Gifford-Robinson, Traswell Livingston, Sophia Bledsoe, Gary Sanchez, Tamika Perry Not Pictured: Christian Brewer, Melissa Malone
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.
“Development of the program began nearly 10 years ago,” 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.”
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 2023 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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For more information on the LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the LGBT Leadership Institute, please contact Lisa Howe at 214-865-7313 or email