Leadership Odessa

About

Leadership Odessa is a program of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce that attracts a diverse group of businessmen and women. Each class is comprised of 40+ participants from a variety of sectors, including education, medical, small business, banking, industry, hospitality, and nonprofit.

The Leadership Odessa program is open to anyone who currently lives or works in Odessa, and whose organization is a Chamber Member. If you are new to Odessa, it’s the quickest way to get plugged into the community. If you’re familiar with Odessa, take this program to find out all the things you’ve been missing!

Management

Although overseen by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Odessa is essentially a participant-run program. The previous year’s graduates put their new leadership skills to work immediately, organizing into committees and facilitating the incoming class’s activities. This passing of the leadership torch has been working beautifully since the program’s founding in 1978.

Commitment Requirement

In order to graduate, participants must attend seven of the nine day-long sessions.

As explained above, each graduating class is responsible for facilitating the incoming class’s year of activities. Additionally, several Leadership Odessa graduates are peer-nominated to oversee the coming year’s one-month Junior Leadership program for high school juniors.

Many lifelong friendships (and even a few marriages) have resulted from Leadership Odessa.

Enrollment

2023 Leadership Odessa Enrollment Application

Enrollment for the 2023 class begins in July. The enrollment deadline is 5 pm, August 15, 2023. Class is formed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To find out more, please call Carla Hartwig 432-333-7854 at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce or email Carlah@odessachamber.com.

2023-2024 Schedule

*Times may vary according to agendas*

Leadership Odessa always starts the day and ends the day at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, 700 N. Grant, Suite 200 in the Bank of America Building.

Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 5, 2023 (5:00PM-6:30PM)
Odessa Chamber of Commerce

Retreat: Prude Ranch in Ft. Davis, TX

Saturday October 7 & Sunday October 8, 2023

Session 1: Government & Public Safety

Thursday, October 19, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 2: History & Culture

Thursday, November 16, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 3: Business & Industry

Thursday, December 14, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 4: Medical Services

Thursday, January 18, 2024 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 5: Media & Education

Thursday, February 15, 2024 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 6: John Maxwell

March 2024 Date TBD (8:00-5:00)

Session 7: Social Services

Thursday, April 18, 2024 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 8: Roundup & Graduation

Thursday, May 16, 2023 (8:00AM-12:00PM)
Odessa Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, May 16, 2023 (6:30PM)
Odessa Country Club

2022-2023 Leadership Odessa Class

Co-Chairs

Ruben Florez
Laura James

 

  • Shannon Adams – Permian Basin Rehab Center
  • Chris Bartlett – Ector County ISD
  • Mason Beddingfield – SouthWest Bank
  • Anthony Bolton – SRP Environmental
  • Laurie Bruner – Ector County ISD
  • Marshall Burson – Westech Seal, Inc.
  • Lisa Butler-Giamporcaro – Eofficial Enterprises
  • Diana Carrera – First Basin Credit Union
  • Denice Carrillo – HQ Chiropractic
  • Carol Cates – Odessa Regional Medical Center
  • Maryann Cadillo – City of Odessa
  • Brad Cline – Odessa Police Department
  • Tonya Coke – Medical Center Health System
  • Chester Cooper – Odessa College
  • Miranda Crow – Atkins Law Firm
  • Larry Daniel – UT Permian Basin
  • Cody Davis – Ector County ISD
  • Shane Dixon – Prime Lending
  • Blake Fosse – Odessa Marriott Hotel
  • Sydney Garcia – Ector County ISD
  • Diana Glenn – SouthWest Bank
  • Sally Gore – Sparklight
  • Allison Gray – Odessa Chamber of Commerce
  • Brenda Gutierrez – Prime Lending
  • Tony Hurt – Hurt Insurance Services
  • Albert Hutchins – Odessa Regional Medical Center
  • Katelyn Jeter – Whitley Penn
  • Andra Jones – Boys & Girls Club of the Permian Basin
  • Dallas Kennedy – Ector County ISD
  • Kimberely Luna – UT Permian Basin
  • Tom Manskey – Odessa Chamber of Commerce
  • Ed Mendez – Oncor Electric Delivery
  • Trace Notley – SouthWest Bank
  • Nicole Pool – Sims & Guess Realtors
  • Neidia Rankin – Home Hospice
  • Josh Reyes – Young Professionals of Odessa
  • Alex Reynolds – Atkins Law Firm
  • Austin Reynolds – Permian Workforce Development Board
  • Cynthia Rubalcado – Ector County ISD
  • Jacqueline Saucedo – SouthWest Bank
  • Samantha Sotelo – Ector County ISD
  • Kyria Wade – Frost Bank
  • Jana Ward – SouthWest Bank
  • Amanda Webber – Ector County ISD
  • Bobby White – Odessa Fire & Rescue
  • Lindy Wright – Ector County Tax Office
  • Kathy Yorkman – Frost Bank