Charles T. Doyle
Leadership Education and Development Series (LEADS)

The Charles T. Doyle Leadership Education and Development Series (LEADS) was the vision of former Texas City Mayor and Texas First Bank Founder Chuck Doyle. The Foundation and the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce Leadership Mainland partnered together to bring life to this project in 2004. Texas First Bank provided a 10-year pledge to the TCISD Foundation for the Future to fully fund LEADS. In 2014, upon the expiration of this pledge, Doyle offered a new 10-year pledge to fund LEADS through 2024.

The LEADS program emerged to provide a leadership-training opportunity to select junior and senior high school students from Texas City ISD. It has grown to include students from Galveston, Dickinson, Hitchcock and Santa Fe school districts, as well as O'Connell Preparatory.

The main focus of LEADS is to develop future leaders with the support of the local business community. One day leadership events are scheduled each fall and spring. Contact us for more information or if you would like to volunteer with the program. Students must apply and qualify to attend each leadership event.



Students participate in different hands-on activities with business professionals in the careers of their choice. Nine career choices are offered for students to participate in two selected workshops. America's most requested young motivational speaker Shannon Pickard also speaks to students about building their confidence.

Challenge Me

Students work in teams through a low activity ROPES challenge course. The activity challenges their leadership, teambuilding and communication skills. Community mentors assist in facilitation of the activities.

The Intern

Students are challenges to research, design and plan a leadership event from start to finish. Students work in teams using local and Internet resources to formulate their concept and present it for judging. Over 20 local business leaders serve as mentors for the teams.


LEADSopoly is a life-sized board game similar to Monopoly where students have the opportunity to "purchase" local businesses as they land on them. Students travel around a gameboard and are encouraged to utilize teamwork, communication, leadership and financial skills while interacting with their teammates, as well as local businesses represented on the board. The game was designed by students as part of the LEADS "The Intern" program.

Leaders on the Hunt

Debuting in Spring 2015, Leaders on the Hunt sends teams of students on a scavenger hunt on 6th Street in Texas City. Students learn how leadership impacts the fields of disaster planning, small business, recreation and tourism, historical and industry. They also see how all of these areas can work together in a community. The program was designed by students as part of the LEADS "The Intern" program.