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Texas Leadership Awards

The time is NOW to nominate leaders for the John Ben Shepperd 2016 Texas Leadership Forum awards! Here are the nomination forms:

The Outstanding Texas Leader award exemplifies the leadership spirit of John Ben Shepperd who advocated that all Texans have a responsibility to serve their state. Nominees must demonstrate leadership while exhibiting character and high standards of ethics. Scope, significance, reach and impact of accomplishments as a volunteer, elected official, educator, philanthropist, business leader, religious leader, etc. – in community or state affairs.

Outstanding Texas Leader Nomination Form

The Outstanding Local Leader award exemplifies the leadership spirit of John Ben Shepperd who advocated that all Texans have a responsibility to serve their local communities. Nominees must demonstrate leadership while exhibiting character and high standards of ethics. Scope, significance, reach and impact of accomplishments as a volunteer, elected official, educator, philanthropist, business leader, religious leader, etc. – in community or state affairs.

Outstanding Local Leader Nomination Form

The Shepperd Pathfinder award recognizes young Texas leaders. John Ben Shepperd believed in encouraging young people to “get off the sidelines” and learn to contribute early in their careers. Our intent is to select and award one nominee each year. Nominees must demonstrate leadership while exhibiting character and high standards of ethics. Nominees could be a volunteer, elected official, educator, philanthropist, business leader, religious leader, etc. – in community or state affairs.

Shepperd Pathfinder Nomination Form

The Shepperd Trailblazer award recognizing the demonstrated leadership behaviors of young Texans in their Junior or Senior year of high school. The nominee must be a Texas High School Junior or Senior, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the award presentation.

Shepperd Trailblazer Nomination Form

 

The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute announces its 2015 Texas Leadership Forum Awards. Recipients of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute’s Texas Leadership Awards will have demonstrated a broad and consistent scope, significance, reach and impact of accomplishments as a student, volunteer, elected official, educator, philanthropist, business leader, religious leader, etc. in community and/or state affairs. This year’s categories and winners are:

Outstanding Texas Leader: The Outstanding Texas Leader award exemplifies the leadership spirit of John Ben Shepperd who advocated that all Texans have a responsibility to serve their state. Nominees must demonstrate significant and sustained leadership while exhibiting character and high standards of ethics. Their actions generally have consistent statewide reach and impact.

The 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Texas Leader award is Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman.

Guzman, Eva - PhotoJustice Eva Guzman has served at three levels of the Texas judiciary. In 2009 she was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas by Governor Rick Perry. She was elected to a full term in November 2010, when she became the first Hispanic woman elected to state-wide office in Texas. Justice Guzman is the Court’s liaison to the Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the Texas Access to Justice Commission, responsible for oversight and funding of the state’s legal-assistance programs for the poor. She also is Chair of the Supreme Court’s Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families.

Justice Guzman’s devotion to the law and her community has been recognized by national, state and local organizations. Justice Guzman’s devotion to the law and her community has been recognized by national, state and local organizations. She is a 2014 recipient of the Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas Sara T. Hughes Lawyers of Achievement Award and is a 2014 recipient of the of the Association of Women Attorneys’ “Premier Women in the Law Modern Trailblazer” award. Her alma mater, South Texas College of Law, recently recognized Justice Guzman’s significant career accomplishments and community leadership with a 2014 Alumni Impact Award. The National Hispanic Bar Association honored Justice Guzman with a 2009 Latina Judge of the Year Award. Justice Guzman holds Pathfinder Awards from both the Texas Women Lawyers and the Travis County Women Lawyers Association and was an early recipient of the Texas Executive Women Women on the Move® award.

Justice Guzman was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for The Center for American and International Law. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of South Texas College of Law. Justice Guzman also serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke University School of Law. She previously served on the board of the Garland Walker American Inns of Court. Since 2005, she has been an elected member of the American Law Institute. Justice Guzman has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Houston Law Center and the American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute.

Before taking the bench, Justice Guzman enjoyed a successful 10-year career in Houston. She holds a B.B.A. from the University of Houston, a law degree from South Texas College and an LL.M. from Duke University School of Law.

Outstanding Local Leader: The Outstanding Local Leader award exemplifies the leadership spirit of John Ben Shepperd who advocated that all Texans have a responsibility to serve their local communities. Nominees must demonstrate significant and sustained leadership while exhibiting character and high standards of ethics. Their actions generally have consistent local or regional reach and impact. However, many Outstanding Local Leaders have also served in state and federal roles as well.

The 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Local Leader award is Mr. Kirk Edwards.

Edwards, Kirk - PhotoKirk is President and CEO of Latigo Petroleum, LLC. In that leadership role, he manages, operates and exploits diverse oil and gas assets and surface lands with properties located throughout the United States and the Gulf Coast of Mexico. He also serves as the lead manager for; Las Colinas Energy Partners, Las Colinas Minerals, LP, MacLondon Energy, LP, Alexis Energy, LP, Noelle Land & Minerals LLC, and the various mineral estates of the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research in Rochester, Minnesota. He was also a former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ El Paso Branch Board.

Kirk’s community activities include serving as the Development Board member and Chair of leadership giving for The University of Texas of the Permian Basin as well as Advisory Board member of the College of Business and the Athletics Department. He was awarded The Excellence in Community Service Award in Business for 2008 by the Heritage of Odessa Foundation and inducted into the Odessa Business Hall of Fame by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce in April 2011. He is a coach for Upward Basketball and a member of the United Way Pillars Club.

Shepperd Pathfinder: The Shepperd Pathfinder award recognizes young Texas leaders in the age group of 21 to 40 years old. John Ben Shepperd believed in encouraging young people to “get off the sidelines” and learn to contribute early in their careers. Nominees demonstrate break-through, 21st century type leadership while exhibiting strong character and impeccable ethics.

The 2015 recipient of the Shepperd Pathfinder award is Mr. Enrique Lima.

Lima, Enrique - PhotoMr. Lima is the current Board Chairman of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. Before assuming the role of Board Chairman, he also served the Chamber as Board Secretary, Economic Development Committee Chairman, Business Revitalization Committee Chairman, Neighborhood Revitalization Committee Chairman, and Public Safety Committee Chairman. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Sam Houston Area Boy Scout Council, Phoenix District, and the Klein Education Foundation (2nd Vice President). Since 2009, Enrique is the Broker/Owner of the Houston-based R.E.B. Group.

Enrique states, “The neighborhood revitalization committee is a committee committed to creating an image that our neighborhood deserves.  I am proud of where we live, and I am eager to see an improvement.  Our goal is to unite our pride, our vision, and our strengths, for the betterment of our homes, our families, and our future.  We look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood.”

Shepperd Trailblazer: The Shepperd Trailblazer award recognizes the demonstrated leadership behaviors of young Texans in their Junior or Senior year of high school. The nominee must be a Texas High School Junior or Senior, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the award presentation.

The 2015 recipient of the Shepperd Trailblazer award is Ms. Emma Gibney.

Gibney, Emma - PhotoEmma Gibney is a junior at McKinney North High School (McKinney ISD). She is a member of the Peer Assistance Leadership (PALS) organization. Emma is the epitome of what servant leadership is all about. She has helped start an Anti-Bullying Campaign on campus that is responsible for a video made up of testimonies of students on campus sharing their experience with bullying and challenging others to not only take a stand against it, but also to reach out and embrace those around you. She mentors two separate Elementary-Aged students at Press and Vega Elementary each week. Emma has helped get some of her peers back on the right track and increase their self-worth on campus as well by being a PEER Mentor to 2 different High School kids. At school, Emma was named, “Most Likely to Change the World”. She has shown a pattern of consistent leadership as Student Council President, Student Council Secretary, and currently as Student Body President. She has served her community at a nursing home, local elementary school, and Meals on Wheels.

Emma states, “As a leader, I strive to lead by example. Through life’s adversities, I have learned my strengths and weaknesses and have cultivated them to become a leader with compassion and understanding. I am a strong believer that actions speak louder than words, and nothing speaks louder than someone who embraces a struggle and grows from it.”

The JBS Texas Leadership Forum Awards Banquet takes place on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the JW Marriott Hotel, 110 E 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701. It starts promptly at 6:30 PM. Both the 2015 Outstanding Texas Leader and the 2015 Outstanding Local Leader will also be inducted into the Texas Leadership Hall of Fame. The event is open to registered Texas Leadership Forum conference attendees. To register for the conference, please visit: http://shepperdinstitute.com/events/texas-leadership-forum/texas-leadership-forum-registration/

The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute is the state’s Center of Excellence for public leadership education, ethics, and public service. It prepares young Texans in these areas and conducts on-site leadership training at schools and organizations throughout Texas. The JBS Institute is co-located and part of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB). Information about the Shepperd Institute and the Texas Leadership Forum is available at www.shepperdinstitute.com .

 

Past Award Winners

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