Leadership & Professional Development Council

FOCUS: The Leadership & Professional Development Council offers specialized and advanced leadership and professional development to encourage and support our community’s leaders. This Council promotes leadership cultivation designed to assist business people in building professional connections and acquiring cutting-edge thinking and best practices.

Council Chair






Melodye Tomsu


Melodye Tomsu, CPSM, is the Business Development Manager for SpawGlass, a contractor for one-of-a-kind projects demanding attending to detail.  For over 25 years, Melodye has been involved with the marketing and business development efforts in the A/E/C community in and around Texas.

Melodye serves as the Leadership and Development Council Chair for the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors which oversees the Leadership Lab Program and Innovative Leadership, an executive leadership program launched in 2018.  She is a graduate of the 2008 North Chamber Leadership Lab Class, served on the 2009-2010 Leadership Alumni Board as a Director and Sponsorship Chair and President in 2014.  Melodye also served on the steering committee for the class of 2014.  She chaired the 2015 and Leadership Lab Class which graduated 84 Alumni and Community Leaders. In 2019, Melodye was one of the Past Leadership Lab Chair that lead the 74-member class.  Melodye spearheaded the development of newest Leadership Program, Innovative Leadership by bringing together business leaders to develop the content and securing St. Mary’s University as a Partner for this program.



CULTIVATE leadership skills in the Leadership Lab series, an award-winning and innovative approach to leadership development targeted to San Antonio’s up-and-coming business leaders from the corporate, non-profit and small business environments. This nine-month training program is based on the most current thinking, research and best practices in leadership development focusing on five core elements including: professional performance, leadership, management, community service and self-awareness.


Leadership Lab Chair

Mike Connor
Connor Creative Company, LLC

About the Company:

Connor Creative began as Retail Promotions and Marketing (RPM) in 1996. Over two decades later, Mike is putting that experience to work without it getting in the way of new ideas. Experience is what guides us to a real understanding of the client’s brand, products and services. Creativity is what happens when we make that understanding come alive and we expose what is truly unique and special about your brand. You won’t find a more engaged CEO than Mike. A force who connects with clients, he’s hands on and accessible. Entering the advertising industry in 1981 as an illustrator, Mike maintains his passion for creativity and the “art” of communication by crafting effective concepts, strategies and sound marketing programs. Mike has carefully cultivated a team that respects your passion, history and knowledge while intelligently challenging the status quo.

After attending the North SA Chamber Leadership Lab in 2013, Mike was drawn to the camaraderie, professional development, and networking opportunities made possible by continued involvement with the alumni. Being nominated and elected to serve on the alumni board for several years was a great privilege and offered him the opportunity to further contribute to one of San Antonio’s finest business leadership organizations. Mike went on to be a Co-Chair for the 20th anniversary class of 2019 and then to Chair the program in 2020 for the Best Class Ever.

About the Program: Leadership Lab is an award-winning, nine-month leadership development program designed to bring the most current leadership development principles, research and best-practices to its participants. It focuses on 5 core elements of professional performance, leadership, management, community service and self-awareness. Participants are immersed in the program which includes self-assessments for understanding their leadership style and skills, developing a Career Strategy Plan aligned with developmental goals and receive one-on-one career coaching. This transformational leadership program is specifically designed to provide North SA Chamber members a learning environment outside of their organization to develop their future leaders and connect them with the community to develop beneficial business relationships.



Leadership Lab Alumni Association Chair

Wendy Parker

About the Program: The Leadership Lab Alumni Association is an unincorporated affiliate of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and serves the alumni of the North SA Chamber Leadership Lab program by supporting and fostering the relationships developed by participation in Lab; providing alumni ongoing opportunities for leadership development and the establishment of new business and personal relationships; providing support and resources to Lab participants and to Association members; enhancing the image and visibility of Lab and alumni in the community; and marketing association members to other business members of the Chamber.


Learn more about Leadership Lab program

  • Leadership Lab Program Brochure & Application
  • Leadership Lab Alumni Class Rolls
  • Leadership Lab Alumni Board of Directors

Learn more about Innovative Leadership program

  • Innovative Leadership Program Brochure
  • Innovative Leadership Application (download/save and fill out using Adobe Reader)