First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott Inspires Latina Leadership Institute Cohort


On Friday, May 11, 2018, First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott made a special stop in San Antonio to address the members of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Latina Leadership Institute. She provided an update on the state’s economic vibrancy and encouraged them as women to continue to serve their communities, and pursue leadership positions in community and governmental entities.

“Greg and I truly believe that women who invest in themselves and inspire change in others represent the greatest potential for growth in Texas,” said Abbott.

Abbott highlighted key economic data for the state of Texas, including the following:

  • Texas has been the best state for business 14 years running;
  • Texas has been the top state for exports for 16 years in a row, including leading the export of technology for the last 5 years; and
  • Texas is the 10th largest economy in the world – larger than the individual economies of Canada, Australia and Russia.


Abbott also recognized the impactful work local chambers do for the economy, including the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“Chambers have always played an important role in making sure that Texas business and the communities where Texans do business not only survive, but thrive,” said Abbott. “They are crucial partners in the successes of not only their communities, but of the entire state.”

Abbott’s visit to the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Latina Leadership Institute is the latest in an impressive roster that has included addresses from local, state and national leaders to the participants of the program.

“Securing First Lady Abbott was only fitting as she made history by becoming the first Latina, First Lady of this great state. The cohorts of the Institute were inspired and we remain grateful for her participation,” said Jaymie Mangelsdorf, chair of the Latina Leadership Institute, and senior executive director for governmental relations for UT Health San Antonio.

The Latina Leadership Institute is a non-partisan program founded by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 501(c)3 organization, the Hispanic Leadership Development Foundation, in 2015 to encourage more women to pursue elected-office positions as well as federal, state, and local appointment positions and boards/commissions. Each year, the program immerses its participants in education sessions taught by expert community leaders who have experience in policy, civic engagement, and boards/commissions.

For more information on the Latina Leadership Institute, please contact Victoria Shoemaker, Vice President of Education and Leadership, at 210-208-8210 or victorias@sahcc.org.

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