Young Leaders Program

Leadership Live! is a unique opportunity for our students to connect with professionals who have made a significant civic contribution in an interactive and informal setting. Our students benefit from the stories of their life journey in leadership development.

Established in 2010, this successful monthly speaker series brings a distinguished leader in the Houston community to Incarnate Word Academy each month. This program enables our students to invite, host, and interact with leaders in an informal setting.


2017-2018 Speakers

Chase Untermeyer, Former Ambassador to Qatar
Jeanie Reckart, Fidelity Investments
Bill Forney, 9/11 Survivor
John Raley, Attorney with the Innocence Project who represented Michael Morton&nbsp


2016-2017 Speakers

Donna Fruge, Founder & Director, Summerhouse
Shannon Dietz, Founder, Hopeful Hearts Ministry
Matt Garcia-Prats, Principal, San Francisco Nativity Academy of Houston
Genny Winter, General Manger, Shell Company
Kat Montes, Bella Kerfers, Morgan Hall, Student Speakers 

2015-2016 Speakers

Reggie Bibbs, Creator, Just Ask Foundation
Rose Carrabba, Owner, Carrabbas Restaurant
Mike Marsh, Olympic Track and Field Athlete
Mimi Foerster, President of Junior League
Glenn Taylor, Founder of Skybound

2014-2015 Speakers

Suzie Thomas, EVP, Houston Texans
Tim Miller, President, Texas Equusearch
Gene Kranz, Former Director of Flight Operations, NASA
Jim McIngvale, President, Gallery Furniture
Anita Kruze, Founder, Purple Wings Can Fly

2013-2014 Speakers

Doug Suggitt, Executive Director, Periwinkle Foundation
Helen Sharkey Gebhard, ex-Dynegy employee
Steve Rosancranz, Executive Director, The Woods Project
Mike Feinberg, Co-Founder of KIPP Academy 
Annise Parker, Mayor of the City of Houston
Brian Ching, Executive with the Houston Dynamo/Dash 

2012-2013 Speakers

Ms. Andrea White, Author and Distinguished Houstonian
Lauren Anderson, Houston Ballet
Gracie Cavnar,
Niloufar Molavi, Partner, PwC
Kim Hansen, Executive Director, Yellowstone Academy,
Bob Eury, President, Central Houston
Sherron Watkins, ex-Enron senior manager

2011-2012 Speakers

Anne Clutterbuck, Houston City Council
Robert Ivany, President, University of St. Thomas
Mauro Ferrari, CEO, Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Daren Hightower, Founder, Childrens Music Foundation
Ed Murphy, Neurologist and Mission Doctor
Joe Sutton, CEO Sutton Ventures, part owner Houston Texans
Trisha Morille and Ms. Sarah Fisher, +Works Non Profit 

2010-2011 Speakers List

Lucretia Ahrens, Manager Customer Relations, CenterPoint Energy
Laura Sayavedra, CFO, Spectra Energy
Greg Hall, President, Drillers-Supply Inc
Jim “Mac” McIngvale, President, Gallery Furniture
Valerie Gibbs, President, Bank of Texas-Houston Region
Dr. Mikki Hebl, Professor of Psychology, Rice University