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Lead SA is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support and sponsor North SA Chamber programs and initiatives, which promote education, leadership, career and professional development in San Antonio.

Lead SA has awarded $54,000 in scholarships for the award-winning Leadership Lab program, a nine-month leadership development series; and, since 2003, Lead SA has awarded more than $98,500 in scholarships to area institutions including Alamo Colleges, Our Lady of the Lake University, The University of the Incarnate Word, UTSA, and Haven for Hope to support its career and workforce development program, for a total of $327,750 in support of leadership and professional development and the advancement of higher education.

North SA Chamber members have an opportunity to support Lead SA and its educational mission by making an annual contribution through their membership renewal statement or by sponsoring or attending any of the organization’s annual fundraisers Employment Law Update and Salute to Excellence Luncheon.

Employment Law Update

Since its inception in 2003, the employment law seminar has been sponsored and presented by Haynes and Boone, LLP. This full-day program is designed to update employers, human resources professionals, in-house councils, managers and business owners on the latest in employment law to help reduce and/or avoid costly litigation. Haynes and Boone lend their most skilled employment law attorneys from across Texas for this enriching legal seminar. Continuing education credits are available.

Employment Law Update Chair

Laura O'Donnell
Laura O’Donnell
Haynes and Boone, LLP

About the Company: Haynes and Boone, LLP is an American Lawyer top 100 law firm, with more than 550 lawyers in 13 offices and 30 major legal practices. Laura O’Donnell is a Partner and leads the firm’s Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Laura specializes in FLSA collective actions and state wage and hour class actions as well as class discrimination, particularly EEOC claims of systemic discrimination.

About the Program: This year, the North SA Chamber and Haynes and Boone, LLP will present an Annual Employment Law Update for the 13th consecutive year. The Employment Law Update is a one-day seminar that provides valuable information on current liability trends and strategies to reduce employers’ exposure. The seminar is presented by experienced Haynes and Boone attorneys who exclusively practice labor and employment law and is ideal for human resources professionals, business owners, managers and executives.

Personally Speaking: As the partner over the Haynes and Boone’s central Texas labor and employment practice, Laura O’Donnell has led Haynes and Boone as they have sponsored the Employment Law Update since its inception in 2003. Laura has also served on the Enterprising Women’s Planning Committee and chaired the EWC Athena Award Committee and the Sponsorship and Table Sales Committee.

Salute to Excellence

This recognition event is designed to honor San Antonio’s finest leaders and organizations for their contributions in the areas of community contribution, business achievement, leadership and philanthropy. In 2010, the award was renamed the Gov. Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Salute to Excellence Award in memory of Governor Briscoe’s contributions to the state of Texas.

Salute to Excellence Honorees

2017 The Dawson Family, Pape-Dawson Engineers
2015 Robin & Ernesto Ancira, Ancira Enterprises
2014 Edith McAllister, Jane Macon, Rosemary Kowalsky
2013 Maj. Gen. Joe Robles, USA Ret., USAA
2012 Charlie Amato & Gary Dudley, SWBC
2011 Dr. Louis Agnese, The University of the Incarnate Word
2010 Dr. Ricardo Romo, UTSA
2009 Bill Greehey, NuStar Energy, L.P.
2008 Tom Frost, Frost
2007 Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr.
2006 Lila Cockrell, San Antonio Parks Foundation & Former Mayor of San Antonio
2005 Charline and Red McCombs, McCombs Enterprises
2004 San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (EDF)
Mario Hernandez, EDF President
Ed Kelley, USAA Real Estate Company, Retired & 2004 EDF Chairman of the Board
Joe McKinney, Broadway National Bank & 2003 EDF Chairman of the Board
2003 Kent Krauss, San Antonio Business Journal, Publisher

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Alan Kramer
Wells Fargo


Susan Hough


Robby Brown
DOCUmation, Inc.


Board Members

Tony Alarcon
ENTRUST Technology Consulting Services


Jonathan Amato


John Comander
Capital Group


Luke Grothues
MG Building Materials


Terry Hookstra
eEmployers Solutions, Inc.


Sylvester Johnson


Troy Law
BBVA Compass


Victoria Martin


John McFall
Security Service Federal Credit Union


Bill Nash
Endeavor Management


Judy O’Malley


Chris Thiel


James Tighe