Leadership Garland

A Proven and Effective Leadership Training Program

Leadership Garland
Leadership Garland

Leadership Garland is a program offered by the Garland Chamber of Commerce to any interested citizen who lives or works in Garland or is a member of the Garland Chamber. The purpose of Leadership Garland is to provide corporate leadership training; to motivate and encourage civic leaders; and to develop personal leadership characteristics and skills within individuals. Participants are introduced to state, county, city officials, school board trustees, administrators, community leaders, community boards and commissions. Leadership skill topics are taught with active participation along with numerous field trips. Each graduate is encouraged to actively contribute to Garland’s growth and future.

Leadership Garland Steering Committee Members

Dorothy White, City of Garland (Chairperson 2020-2021)
Jeff Bass, Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Merrill Balanciere
Kevin Bullard, Mount Hebron Baptist Church
Eva Hummel, Atmos Energy
Shannon Mejia, City of Garland
Elisa Morales, City of Garland
Drew Shubzda, Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc.
Tiffany Veno, Garland Independent School District


Ex-Officio Members:
Dick Hammond, Leadership on the Move (Program Facilitator)
Jenna McWethy (Executive Director)
Karina Olivares, Garland Chamber of Commerce (Chamber Staff Liaison)

Leadership Garland is also represented by program alumni on the following committees: Youth Leadership Garland, Leadership Garland Alumni and Leadership Garland Prayer Breakfast

Karina Olivares
"Let me help you discover innovative business services."

I direct the development and operational areas of the Chamber to carry out the organization's mission to be a catalyst for positive change in our community. Call me if I can help you cultivate relationships or discover services and programs to help achieve your business's mission.

Karina Olivares

President (469) 326-7474 Karina.Olivares@garlandchamber.com