West Chamber Announces Newly-formed Leadership Academy


West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is launching Líder Academy —a partnership with Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) supporting the further development of business leaders in San Antonio’s westside and beyond.

The program helps participants expand their professional networks as well as their management skills, thanks to a thorough curriculum developed by the university to meet to needs of working professionals.

The first eight-session course begins on October 20 at OLLU, with topics including business strategy, defining leadership, emotional intelligence, measuring performance, resonating leadership, organizational culture, leading generations and building change plans.


“We want to improve the quality of life for our members,” said West Chamber President Gabe Farias. “We put together a program that’s holistic here at the West Chamber that will make participants and their business stronger —whether they are an executive inside a large organization or whether they are a small local business owner.”

Through exercises and projects, academy leaders strengthen their professional development by enhancing skills in leading others, facilitating positive change, building coalitions and solving problems. As a result, employers will benefit by having a workforce with heightened leadership skills and the ability to participate in a community network.

“The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has been a vital partner in building bridges between our organization and the surrounding San Antonio community,” said Port President & CEO Roland Mower. “The Líder Academy underscores the commitment the Chamber shares with the Port by providing innovative tools for people to enrich their education and build strong careers and strong organizations.”

OLLU Dr. Esther Gergen

The inaugural Academy class will include up to 20 participants. Upon completing the eight-week program, they will receive three hours of college credit they can apply toward a bachelor’s, masters or doctorate degree at OLLU. Classes will be held on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

“Those who take part in the program are going to be better professionals, better leaders and they could be kick starting a higher education jaunt," adds Farias.

For more information on applying to the Líder Academy, please contact Gabe Farias at (210) 461-0709 or gfarias@westsachamber.org.