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Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program (ABLDP)


 The mission of the Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program (ABLDP) is to enrich leadership and professional development through strategic planning, change management, teamwork, sustainability, and civic engagement.

 Participants engage in an experience that builds and enhances personal and professional leadership skills.  The program curriculum provides participants with the aptitude to meet the intellectual and often emotional demands of leadership.  

The 2017  call for applications has closed. Thank you to all those who applied.  


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The Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program is a personal and professional leadership development program focused on the Core Values:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Building Great Teams
  • Improving Quality – Operationally and Culturally  
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Creating and Sustaining Professional and Organizational Results

The ABLDP is a seven-month program that will provide you with the skills to succeed in today’s working environment.  The program provides networking and learning opportunities with existing and emerging civic and corporate leaders in the San Antonio area, as well as promoting leadership on boards and commissions.

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The program is named after retired City Manager Alexander Briseño and is grounded in his leadership philosophy “Gerencia Con Corazon,”  practice management with compassion/heart, as well as his leadership principles: Judgement, Compassion, Courage, Integrity, Creativity, Passion, Vision, Competency, Diligence, and Accessibility.


Mr. Briseño retired as San Antonio City Manager in March 2001 after almost 11 years in office.  As Chief Executive Officer, he managed the administration of a full-service municipal government as directed by City Council and oversaw an annual budget of $1.2 billion.  Mr. Briseño supervised the activities of all city departments with 12,000 employees, serving a community of more than 1.1 million residents and 417 square miles.  During his tenure as city manager, Mr. Briseño worked under four different mayors and 39 city council members.  Mr. Briseño has also been appointed Professor of Public Service in Resident at St. Mary’s University where he teaches graduate courses in public administration. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to have its premier leadership development program named after such a distinguished public servant.

Our leadership development programs help the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce remain San Antonio’s leading resource and advocate for Hispanic businesses, Hispanics in business and to provide premier access to the Hispanic marketplace.  


There is a $35 application fee to apply.

Tuition costs for the year: $750 (payment plans available)

Click HERE for the Employer Agreement Form.  This will need to be either uploaded during the application process or emailed to Sophie Torres at sophiet@sahcc.org. 



May – ABLDP Launch Reception

June  – ABLDP Class 1

July  – ABLDP Class 2

August  – ABLDP Class 3

September  – ABLDP Class 4

October  – ABLDP Class 5

November  – ABLDP Class 6

December  – ABLDP Graduation


 Want to learn more?

Meet the 2016 Class 

Meet the 2015 Class

  Meet the 2014 Class

 View their Final Presentations



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