Catholic Charities CEO joins elite list of Texas leaders

March 26, 2019

HOUSTON — Cynthia Colbert, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, has been selected to join an elite network of more than 6,300 women as a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2019.

Colbert is one of 82 outstanding women leaders competitively selected from across the state to participate in the longest-running women’s leadership development program in the nation.

Throughout the year-long program, she will have the opportunity to broaden her perspective on the state by exploring the issues in four Texas cities and receiving cutting-edge information from recognized experts, government officials and other thought leaders which will positively inform her work and community for years to come. Leadership Texas, now in its 37th consecutive year, is the flagship program of Leadership Women, a non-profit dedicated to producing programs to help women recognize their full potential and to encourage them make a difference in their community and in their organizations.

Launched in 1983 as the first statewide program for women’s leadership development, Leadership Texas is patterned after, though not affiliated with, the co-educational civic programs that have found success in a number of cities throughout the state and nation. Leadership Texas is designed specifically to help women learn about critical issues outside of their own industries and spheres of influence. Great leaders recognize that it is necessary to understand the cultural, social and economic shifts of the past and the programming of Leadership Texas provides opportunities and access to help the women impact the future of Texas, which is constantly evolving.

The theme for the 2019 program year is “Enlightened Leadership for the Future: Leading in the Lone Star State.”
“Participants will visit San Antonio, Laredo, Bryan/College Station and Austin, where each city’s opportunities and response to challenges will be highlighted,” said Heidi Murray, LW’s Chief Operating Officer.

Through the generous contributions of the Leadership Women Sponsors, the Leadership Texas program continues to provide the most up-to-date information on leadership and issues affecting the state. For more information, visit the Leadership Women website at