TYLER — The East Texas Leadership Summit was held May 17 at Tyler Junior College in Tyler. This is the second annual summit presented by the Hispanic Professional Association. This year’s focus was “Connecting to Make an Impact.”

Key note speaker was Dr. Henry Musoma, of the Texas A&M Foundation.

Musoma, a native of Zambia, South Africa, holds a doctorate from Texas Christian University in education and his multinational background has afforded him significant insight into global perspectives on leadership development.

Musoma has been actively involved in university and community leadership development throughout his academic tenure, and has received numerous awards.

Debbie Maxey, of Jucys Hamburgers, was a featured speaker on the Woman’s Panel, discussing “Turning Challenges into Opportunities.”

Maxey is involved in leadership of her family-owned business, Jucys Hamburgers and Jucys Taco in Longview, Tyler and Marshall. Her extensive background in education at Tatum ISD has helped shape the outstanding culture and leadership team at Jucys restaurants.

Sponsors of the event were: Brookshire’s & Super One Foods, TJC, Greater Texas Capital Corp., Jucys Hamburgers, Fresh, Southside Bank, Roberts & Roberts, Peltier Chevrolet, Austin Bank, Work Hub, D&C Grocery, Office Pride, East Texas Collision Repair, SC 911 Emergency Services and ETX Republic and Leadership Tyler.

The event was organized by Smittee Root, Executive Director of Leadership Tyler, and by Dr. Kent Willis, of UT Health Science Center at Tyler.