How Today's Young People are Shaping Corpus Christi for Tomorrow - The Bend Magazine

How Today’s Young People are Shaping Corpus Christi for Tomorrow

Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Published in TB Business Magazine by Madelyn Galindo / Photo courtesy of Leadership Corpus Christi

Fostering the sparkle in the Sparkling City by the Bay is what brLeadership Corpus Christ (LCC) is all about. Established in 1972, brLeadership Corpus Christi is the third oldest community leadership brprogram in the state. It recently celebrated a significant milestone of brits 50th graduating

LCC has helped develop many professionals in its long history. brLCC graduates include State Representative Gene Seaman (Class of I) brand former mayor Joe McComb (Class of IV), and many more.

The training program brings together emerging and existing brleaders to build the skills, knowledge and vision of a stronger

LCC invites members of the community to introduce their brorganization and ways to get involved. Classes have heard from the brDowntown Management District, the Art Museum of South Texas, brthe Natural Science and History Museum, the Corpus Christi Hooks br- just to name a few.

They learn about the history, government and social breconomy of our region in an engaging and intimate brenvironment. LCC participants even have the rare bropportunity to converse with community leaders. Though brthe program and speaker matrix may vary each year, the brgoal is the same. LCC is an invaluable resource to those brstriving to become visionary leaders.

Last year’s class of 30 individuals focused on becoming brmore service-oriented and improving the quality of life in brthe Coastal Bend. The class is as diverse as the city itself. Ed brCantu, the 2021 president, explains that each year’s class brstrives for diversity in age, gender, race and more.

Their decades-long legacy was presented with new brchallenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. But much brlike lessons it teaches, LCC preserved, finding ways to brcontinue. For example, the 2021 LCC class met in-person brin venues that normally hold 100 – 150 people, allowing brtheir class of 40 to social distance.

While the last several years presented unforeseen brchallenges, something that remains the same for brevery class is the bond they develop. An often lifelong brconnection forms between the members in each year’s brclass. They are united in their desire to build and invest brin our community. These up-and-coming leaders in our brcommunity work together as they endeavor to improve brthe future of South Texas.