Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo 

SAN ANGELO – At Tuesday’s 19th annual Junior League Forum, hosted by Leadership San Angelo Alumni Association, 14 community leaders appeared before high school sophomores from 13 area high schools to speak on the topic of leadership and what it takes to be an effective one.

JLF President Brook Dickison, informed Conexión how many students were invited, what the criteria was for the sophomores to attend, and who some of the leaders were that sat on the panel discussion as they were asked specific questions ranging from, “What was the one of the biggest challenges that you face in starting up your business" to “How did you overcome the fear of failure?” 

 “Today it was about gathering high school sophomores to hear about leadership skills and how to cultivate those skills to become an effective leader,” said Dickison.

As for how the students were selected to participate in the Forum, they were chosen by an administrator, a teacher or a counselor within their school as someone who has potential to grow and develop into a leader. “They are not necessarily at the top of their class and may be a little bit introverted but through this forum will be given the skills today to be empowered to be a vocal leader,” Dickison said. 

The JLF moderator was former Angelo State University graduate Jody Holland from Amarillo, Texas.  Holland introduced the 14 community leaders scheduled to speak: Mike Boyd, former president and CEO of First Financial Bank, Leslie Mack, residing County Judge of Sterling City, Dr. Joe Muñoz, Senior Executive Assistant to the President at Angelo State University, Brent Casey, City Recreation Manager, Tiffany Talley, Director of Development and Community Relations for West Texas Counseling & Guidance, Benjamin Beaver, President of By the Stream Media, Shane Plymel, President/CEO of Shannon Medical Center, Judge, Penny Roberts, County Court at Law 2, Jeremy Bryant, graduate of Wayland Baptist University, Scott Turner, Vice President of at TimeClock Plus, Scott Jameson, CEO of West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Justin Jonas, San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Executive Director, Robert F. Bluthardt, Fort Concho Site Manager and Andrew Leblanc, Technical Sergeant at Goodfellow Air Force Base.

One leadership trait that was mentioned was being a good listener while another one was shadowing successful people. As for “What was the one of the biggest challenges that you face in starting up your business”  

Beaver, By the Stream Media President stated, “Acknowledge your weaknesses and bring in others with strengths to offset that.” 

On the question, ”How did you overcome the fear of failure?” Dr. Muñoz gave his response.

“I never really thought about failing, you just do what you’re supposed to be doing.”  “Failure is not necessarily a negative, it’s just another way for you to grow; don’t be afraid to fail, pick yourself up and keep moving forward,” he said.

The 13 respective schools that were represented were: Bronte, Christoval, Cornerstone Christian, Grape Creek, Menard, Miles, Paint Rock, Rochelle, San Angelo Central, Lake View, Sterling City, San Angelo Christian Academy and TLC Academy ISD. This was the 19th that JLF held its annual forum, hosted by Leadership San Angelo Alumni Association.

The JLF was held on the campus of Angelo State University in the C.J. Davidson Center from 8:30 a.m. -3: 30 p.m.

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