Houston's Future Leaders

Houston's future leaders? Young professionals touted as difference makers

Houston's future leaders? Young professionals touted difference makers

Mayra Magana, from left, Felipe Bayon and Huyen Do at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Mayra Magana, left, Felipe Bayon and Huyen Do at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Dr. Laura Murillo, from left, Dr. Dorothy Caram and Alexander Obregon at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Laura Murillo, from left, Dorothy Caram and Alexander Obregon at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Robert Ledesma, from left, John Esquivel and Brian Hall at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Robert Ledesma, from left, John Esquivel and Brian Hall at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Leah Payne and Andre Thomas at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Leah Payne and Andre Thomas at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation. Photo by © Gary Fountain
John Esquivel, GHHCC foundation chairman, speaking at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
John Esquivel, GHHCC foundation chairman, speaking at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Jo Anna Castilleja, left, and Sonja Gonzales at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Jo Anna Castilleja, left, and Sonja Gonzales at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Baine Herrera, from left, George Grainger and Julie Long at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Baine Herrera, from left, George Grainger and Julie Long at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Aaron Cervantes, from left, Vanessa Salinas and Tim Wilkerson at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Aaron Cervantes, left, Vanessa Salinas and Tim Wilkerson at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Daisy Mendoza, left, and Morena Arredondo at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Daisy Mendoza, left, and Morena Arredondo at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Grace Moreno-Gongora, from left, Tony Castilleja and Mercedes Sanchez at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class.
Grace Moreno-Gongora, from left, Tony Castilleja and Mercedes Sanchez at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Mayra Magana, from left, Felipe Bayon and Huyen Do at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Dr. Laura Murillo, from left, Dr. Dorothy Caram and Alexander Obregon at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Robert Ledesma, from left, John Esquivel and Brian Hall at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Leah Payne and Andre Thomas at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
John Esquivel, GHHCC foundation chairman, speaking at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Jo Anna Castilleja, left, and Sonja Gonzales at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Baine Herrera, from left, George Grainger and Julie Long at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Aaron Cervantes, from left, Vanessa Salinas and Tim Wilkerson at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Daisy Mendoza, left, and Morena Arredondo at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class graduation.
Grace Moreno-Gongora, from left, Tony Castilleja and Mercedes Sanchez at the Emerging Leaders Institute 2013 class.

It was hip-hip-hooray at the Federal Reserve Bank when more than 30 high-level students and young professionals celebrated graduation from the Greater Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Emerging Leaders program.

Each year, the chamber identifies up and coming young businessmen and women and senior students with leadership capabilities and invites them to join the program that links these high-potential achievers with the corporate community and civic entities. Through seminars and networking opportunities, they are charged to make a difference in the city.

Heading up the evening's activities that included graduation ceremonies and cocktails were GHHCC Foundation CEO Laura Murillo and John Esquivel, foundation chairman. In remarks to the group, Murillo noted “In this 2013 graduating class, we have authors, civil engineers, private bankers, politicians, accountants, biologists, and entrepreneurs. These Emerging Leaders will become our future mayors, governors, chancellors, corporate board members and presidents.”

Among those joining the festivities were Marisa Walker, Baine Herrera, Dorothy Caram, Alexander Obregon, Leah Payne, Mayra Magana, Felipe Bayon, Huyen Do, Tim Wilkerson, Jo Ann Castilleja and Sonja Gonzales.