Interested in Applying?

Women attorneys selected for participation in the LEAD Academy will:

  • Be members of the State Bar of Texas;
  • Be members of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association at the time of class selection;
  • Aspire to lead and have the demonstrated potential to become leaders;
  • Want to serve their communities and the profession and be committed to the promotion of women in the legal profession;
  • Attend all LEAD Academy sessions; and
  • Commit a year of service to the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association or Foundation after completing the LEAD Academy program.

The Steering Committee has found the LEAD Academy curriculum to be applicable to women attorneys at many stages of their careers, and anyone with interest is encouraged to apply.  The 2017 LEAD Academy class consisted of sixteen attorneys with two to fourteen years of practice.  The selection committee may determine that a larger or smaller class is appropriate, depending on the strength of applications received.

Interested attorneys may simply apply.  The selection committee will also accept nominations sent to Marissa Helm at by October 20, 2017 and will notify nominees of their nomination.  

A copy of application materials can be downloaded here.  Whether self-applying or nominated, completed application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by Monday, October 30, 2017. The 2018 LEAD Academy class will be announced by December 4, 2017. 

The Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation and the LEAD Academy Steering Committee sincerely appreciate your interest in the development and advancement of women in the legal profession.

For additional program information, contact LEAD Academy Director Tiffanie Clausewitz at or 210-562-2900.  For questions regarding the application and selection process, contact LEAD Academy Class Liaison Marissa Helm at or 210-478-6800.  

2018 Schedule

 Welcome Mixer &
Speed Networking Event
January 11, 2018
 Spring Seminar
May 10, 2018
 Fall Seminar
November 1, 2018
 Winter Symposium***
January 31-February 2, 208
 Summer Seminar
August 2, 2018
 Graduation Celebration
TBD, late 2018

***Speakers and topics for the Winter Symposium include:

Patricia Gillete, J.D. - Where We Are

GRIT: Building Communication & Advocacy Skills

Strengths Finder

Jennifer Ostrich, PCC - Vision & Authenticity

Gindi Eckel Vincent, J.D. - Building Relationships & Risk-Taking

Cameron Vann, J.D. - Wellness, Self-Care and Stress Management

2017 Speaker Schedule





Winter Retreat & Symposium—Day 1 February 2, 2017 Where We Are    
StrengthsFinder Assessment    
Patricia Gillette, J.D.    
Courtney R. Chavez, J.D.
Cynthia Pladziewicz, J.D., Ph.D., PCC    

Winter Retreat & Symposium—Day 2      February 3, 2017 Vision & Authenticity
Building Relationships Risk-Taking 
Stress Management/Self-Care 
Jennifer Ostrich, PCC
Gindi Eckel Vincent, J.D.Gindi Eckel Vincent, J.D.    Gwen Brehm, LPC    
Spring Seminar May 11, 2017 Effective Communication
Victoria Pynchon, J.D.    
Victoria Pynchon, J.D.    

Summer Seminar August 3, 2017 Self-Promotion 
Business Development    

Kim Askew, J.D.
Kim Askew, J.D.    

Fall Seminar November 2, 2017 People Management
Time Management    

Deborah Williamson   
Deborah Williamson
Graduation Celebration November 30, 2017
Resilience & Restoration  General Angie Salinas


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