The LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation Leadership Institute has been created to develop leadership skills for LGBT and ally professionals. The program aims to provide participants with valuable skills and knowledge along with an historical view of the LGBT community and equality movement. Upon completion of the nine-part program, participants will have a well-rounded understanding of the community.

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Our Mission

The LGBT Leadership Institute develops leaders in the LGBT community. The program aims to provide historical perspective of the community and the LGBT equality movement, enhance leadership skills, and prepare the next generation of diverse leaders for greater community engagement.

Our Objective

Provide a safe and nurturing environment to develop skills and explore the critical issues facing the LGBT community. Promote networking, dialog, and best practices among leaders from across the community. Encourage participants to apply their talent and skills for the benefit of the LGBT and overall community.

LGBT Leadership Institute Calendar

Session Topics

The LGBT Leadership Institute kick’s off with an orientation session on Friday September 13, 2019.

During this time, participants will meet and discuss their goals and experiences in the community and in business. At the same time, they will learn about the monthly sessions that comprise the LGBT Leadership Institute. In addition to participating in the monthly sessions, each participant will to choose and assist in planning future sessions.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Sidney Gardner, Women and LGBT Center at Southern Methodist University
Dr. Gardner recently returned to her home state of Texas to proudly serve as the Director for the Women and LGBT Center at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Gardner comes to SMU form Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. In her role at Montclair State, she served as the Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity which was comprised of the Women’s Center, the Center for Faith and Spirituality, the LGBTQ Center, and the Multicultural Center. Prior to her time at Montclair State, she served as the Program Coordinator for the GLBT Resource Center at Texas A&M University from 2012-2015. She also served as the Multicultural Coordinator for LGBT and Women’s Services at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN from 2006-2012.

Sr. Corporal Amber Roman & Ms. Joli Robinson, Dallas Police Department
Senior Corporal Amber Roman
is the Dallas Police Department’s LGBTQ+ Liaison Officer working for the Office of Community Affairs. As a Native Dallasite and the youngest of four siblings Amber quickly learned, “if you want to be heard, you have to speak up.” As an out and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Corporal Roman is passionate about strengthening the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and the Dallas Police Department through proactive relationship-building & inclusive community engagement efforts.

Joli Angel Robinson is the Manager for The Office of Community Affairs and the Youth Outreach Unit at the Dallas Police Department. Her desire for service in the community led her to take a leap of faith from the private sector to join the Dallas Police Department in 2013. She manages a team of Police Officers and Non-Sworn Outreach Representatives. Along with her team, she has been an integral part of furthering the mission of the Dallas Police Department by seeking to establish a proactive, continuous, and positive relationship with the Dallas community.

Dale Holdman, BSN, MA, ACC, Coaching Beyond
Dale is a professional coach with more than 25 years of successful experience in coaching, leadership development and personal growth. He has held many Senior Management Positions in his career. He’s a graduate of Coach Academy International and holds the designation of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation. He’s also a Certified Divorce Coach. He holds a B.S. in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University and an M.A. in Organizational Management from Dallas Baptist University.

Communications Skills – Friday October 11, 2019

Under the guidance of Dale Holdman, BSN, MA, ACC (Associate Certified Coach), participants will first learn about forms of communications. They will receive the result of their DISC Assessment survey and learn how to work with “Natural and Adaptive Behaviors” for more effective communications. The day will also include a look at, and discussion about, LGBT inclusion in Corporate America as well as the history of National Coming Out Day and other LGBT accomplishments.

About Dale Holdman
Dale is a professional coach with more than 25 years of successful experience in coaching, leadership development and personal growth. He has held many Senior Management Positions in his career. He’s a graduate of Coach Academy International and holds the designation of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation. He’s also a Certified Divorce Coach. He holds a B.S. in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University and an M.A. in Organizational Management from Dallas Baptist University.

Diversity Equity & Inclusion – Friday November 8, 2019

Over time, this topic has changed from simply Diversity, to Diversity and Inclusion, and now Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

In this session, participants will explore the meaning of DEI as well as the inequities that surround us every day. Professional experts will discuss issues around transportation, housing, healthcare, and education. A portion of the day is dedicated to the subject of privilege as well as a discussion on DEI topics it he workplace, employee resource/business groups, and collaborative impact leadership.

Business Strategy – Friday December 13, 2019

Entrepreneurship – Friday January 10, 2020

Nonprofit Boards – Friday February 14, 2020

Community Organizing – Friday March 13, 2020

Community organizing strategies and tactics can be used to organize from outside an organization, institution, community or issue area, from within, or both. Organizing can include both collaborative and pressure strategies – often strategically applied together. 

The three stages of organizing will be explored in-depth during this session: Getting Started, Action Planning and Taking Action.

The best, most effective organizers are people who genuinely care about the community and mission they’re serving, put others first, and are powered by the love and positivity they feel doing the work; is this you?

Soft Skills – April 10, 2020

Class Project & Graduation – Friday May 8, 2020

LGBT Leadership Institute Application

Applications for the 2019-2020 LGBT Leadership Institute class are no longer being accepted.

Please check back in early 2020 for the 2020-2021 class application.

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