FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/06/2017
2018 Date Set For Third West Houston Teen Leadership Summit, Hosted by State Representative Jim Murphy
West Houston, TX - November 2, 2017 -- West Houston’s high school sophomores and juniors will connect with local executives, politicians, and community leaders at the third biennial West Houston Teen Leadership Summit. The event is hosted by State Representative Jim Murphy and will continue his tradition of developing teen leadership skills. The 2018 summit will be held on Saturday, February 10 at the Norris Conference Center - City Centre, in the heart of House District 133.
"While we don't know exactly what the future looks like, we can get an encouraging glimpse from today's young people. They will shape the future and we want them to know that it begins today. It is important that we train them to engage in leadership roles, network with current leaders, and get to know their community," said Murphy.
Each West Houston high school has been invited to send their nominees to the biennial event. In addition to the school nominations, places have also been allocated to At-large "Community Delegates" to complete 200 delegate spots. Over 20 area high schools participated in the 2016 summit. The summit is held free of charge for all attendees, due to the generous support of the event sponsors.
The Teen Summit draws top Houston-area leaders to participate on panel discussions and smaller break-out groups. Confirmed speakers include Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Chase Untermeyer, Lorelle Media President Linda Lorelle, Councilman Jerry Davis, Harris County Flood Control District Meteorologist Jeff Lindner, and over 20 additional community leaders.
“When I was a teenager, I very much wanted to be involved in public life in Texas and the nation. But I had no clue how to do it. If there’d been a Teen Leadership Summit in those days, it would have introduced me to men and women who had achieved public office and who could have given advice on what to do and what not to do. Representative Murphy should be commended for creating this exciting and valuable forum, and I eagerly look forward to talking with the future leaders of our community,” said Chase Untermeyer, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar and 2018 summit panelist.
State Representative Jim Murphy represents District 133, West Houston. First elected in 2006, Murphy serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee. Working as an economic development consultant through his firm, District Management Services, he has helped bring in over $2 billion in new investment and tens of thousands of jobs to West Houston. Murphy grew up in District 133 and graduated from Strake Jesuit and UT Austin. He and his wife, Dr. Kathleen Murphy are members of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and have two adult sons, Robert and Pace.