Thompson to speak about International Trade at Black Chamber Banquet

Thompson to speak about International Trade at Black Chamber Banquet

Ms. Leondria Thompson is an Entrepreneur and Founder of several profit entities and not for profit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. As a result of her experiences and challenges that face Black/African-American business owners, she exhibits a unique level of passion, wisdom and energy toward creating and developing workable solutions that encourage and enhances the desire to build economic independence and prosperity for persons of African descent. A native Houstonian, Thompson graduated from Jack Yates High School, and was awarded the Jesse H. Jones Nursing Scholarship to attend Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas. After leaving PVAMU, Ms Thompson embraced her childhood desire of becoming an entrepreneur. At age twenty-two she achieved her goal of becoming a business owner and the rest is “herstory.”Ms Thompson has over thirty years of business experience and community service. She has served as Chairman, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Director with numerous for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in Houston and abroad. She has been recognized by business and community leaders for commitment to excellence and service. In 2001, she founded the community based organization, Women’s Commonwealth Partnership with a mission to build leaders for the 21st Century by creating a platform for the advancement of information and knowledge.Ms Thompson gained a foothold in the international arena as International Trade Developer-Caribbean Initiatives for Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce International Trade Division. She organized and coordinated HCCC Historical Trade Mission’s seventy member delegation to Jamaica in 2003. She created and developed Tri-County Black Chamber of Commerce International Initiatives Council; organized and coordinated TCBCC Historical Trade Mission’s forty member delegation to Belize in 2005.Ms Thompson was elected in 2006 to Houston Mayor’s International Affairs and Development Council/Americas, representing the City of Houston for the country of Belize. In 2008, she was elected Secretary to the Council’s Executive Board. As a goodwill ambassador to Belize, she became recognized as an astute business advocate in Belize’s business community and in 2009, appointed De facto Emissary for the Government of Belize. She developed Partners in Trade Agreements between the City of Houston and Belize City, Belize, and the City of Prairie View and Punta Gorda Town, Belize.Ms Thompson’s latest accomplishment was the establishment of the Annual International Trade & Commerce Symposium. The ITCS purpose is to promote, educate, and foster an international network of entrepreneurs, which in turn, would expand the opportunity for micro and small business firms seeking international business opportunities. Ms Thompson’s current focus is assisting Minority business owners to “think globally” in order to gain an advantage in the global marketplace. Ms Thompson is a partner in numerous domestic and international business ventures.The Banquet is November 5th at the Abilene Country Club. Time is 6:30 pm and tickets are $25.00. Tickets may be purchased by calling 672-2303 676-0138 or 673-4741