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Since 1981, Leadership Amarillo & Canyon (LAC) has educated and developed area leaders on the challenges facing our community. Our ten-month leadership development program is designed to introduce leadership tools that will make better employees, leading to a better workplace, better families and ultimately a better community. Participants meet one day a month (August-May) and experience a variety of businesses, organizations and area sites, including the opportunity to tour various businesses and industries in the community, such as Bell Helicopter and B & W Pantex. Participants also hear presentations and panel discussions from a cross-section of civic, business and non-profit leaders. This dynamic program not only includes leadership development, but also networking, community awareness and social consciousness.


Teen Leadership Amarillo & Canyon (TLAC) is a program of LAC a “not for profit” 501 (c) (3) leadership training organization. TLAC is dedicated to strengthening the local community by enhancing sophomore, junior and senior high school students’ skills to better enable them to become future civic, corporate, and political leaders. Through TLAC students can realize their capacity to effect positive change in our community. They also discover common interests and goals while learning to appreciate diverse personalities, talents and values. West Texas A&M University college trainers facilitate sessions, along with hands-on activities and field trips to area businesses and service organizations.


Meet the Executive Director : Lisa Blake

Lisa joined Leadership Amarillo & Canyon in July of 2012.  

Prior to that time, she was the District Manager for Wells Fargo Bank since 2002.  She was responsible for the effective management of numerous branches throughout the Texas Panhandle. Her position encompassed both Market Management and Human Resource Management while focusing on customer relations and community support.

Prior to Wells Fargo, she worked for The First National Bank of Amarillo since 1991.

Lisa is a graduate of Leadership Texas, Leadership Amarillo and ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management. She has served on various community boards including Opportunity School, Martha's Home, Presbyterian Home for Children, Children's Learning Center, Cal Farley's Boys Ranch School Board and many other civic organizations. She recently served on City Council for Amarillo, completing the last year of  Dr. Brian Eades' term.  Lisa is also an experienced motivational speaker, speaking at business events, conferences and women's organizations.  She enjoys mentoring, motivating and developing others. Her speaking website is

Lisa can be reached at 322-2044 or

Board of Directors for Leadership Amarillo & Canyon:

Johnny Harris, Chairman of the Board, Education Credit Union

Mary Bralley, Accord Commercial Realty

J R Contreras,  Xcel Energy

Sharyn Delgado, Licensed Professional Counselor

Matt Edwards, Market Street United

Jody Holland, Jody Holland Speaking and Training

Bowden Jones, FirstCapital Bank of Texas 

Gail Malacara, FirstBank Southwest

Brandy Sanchez, KAMR

Paula Schlegel, West Texas A & M University

Denise Thomas, Amarillo National Bank