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RBLP Hosted Non-Profit Panel

Trevor Bell

April 22, 2015

The Rawls Business Leadership Program launched its inaugural Non-Profit Leadership Panel on Friday, April 17, and welcomed leaders from several non-profit organizations in Lubbock to speak with students about how leadership and business applies to the non-profit sector.

This semester's panelists were:

  • Les Burrus, Director, Link Ministries/Tent City
  • Eddie McBride, Chief Executive Officer, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
  • John Osborne, Chief Executive Officer, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance
  • Robin Raney, Chief Executive Office, Lubbock Goodwill Industries
  • Bryan Sessom, Director, Early Child Intervention Program - Lubbock Independent School District


The panelists began the event by detailing their non-profit organization and identifying themes that helped them achieve their goals. Key themes that were discussed included recognizing strengths and weaknesses, upholding accountability, impacting the community, building relationships, raising money, and sustaining growth. RBLP students in attendance prepared questions for the panelists beforehand, which were then asked by the moderators, Joshua Neel and Amanda McIntire.

About the Non-Profit Organizations

Link Ministries/Tent City

As a local non-profit organization working to assist homeless individuals to secure temporary shelter, permanent housing, sustenance and medical assistance, Link Ministries/Tent City provides critical services to individuals and families in serious need of basic self-security.


Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is a critical non-profit component of Lubbock's economic welfare: strengthening network ties for businesses, both large and small, and helping to create an atmosphere of reliable prosperity as a whole for our rapidly growing city.


Lubbock Economic Development Alliance

The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) is a critical non-profit component of economic growth, civic beautification and reliable prosperity as a whole for the citizens of our rapidly growing city.


Lubbock Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries' philosophy of "a hand up, not a hand out" is the cornerstone principle of teaching people to help themselves succeed. Giving a hand-up to the citizens of Lubbock for more than 50 years, Goodwill assists those who may be experiencing employment barriers with training and employment opportunities, creating economic stability for many.


Early Child Intervention Program – Lubbock Independent School District

As an educational non-profit organization, the Lubbock Independent School District's (LISD) mission is to nurture, develop and inspire the children and teens of Lubbock - providing age appropriate education to all enrolled. With the addition of the Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI), very young children from infants to preschoolers benefit from early detection of at-risk potential and developmental delays.


To view more photos from the panel, visit the Rawls Flickr account.

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.