State President's Leadership Fund
Established in 1995 upon receipt of a substantial contribution from the Anheuser Busch Foundation, the fund was established to recruit, develop and empower leaders. The fund promotes training in public speaking and prepares individuals to serve in leadership roles in the workplace and in various public and private boards. Statewide events are held to assist in developing leadership potential in attendees.
In recent years, the Willie L. Meyer Personal Development Fund was consolidated into the State President’s Leadership Fund. The Willie L. Meyer Personal Development Fund was established in 1963-1964 by Convention action to honor Past State President Willie L. Meyer. Funding was to be provided from monies received from seminars held at local organizations (clubs), districts, and state conventions. Ten percent (10%) of profits realized from these seminars funded the Willie L. Meyer Personal Development Fund.
In 1980-1981, the National Federation of Business and Professional Women sponsored a series of Leadership Training Programs in strategic locations throughout the U.S. and when attendance exceeded the required number, the state federations received a rebate. The Texas Federation received these residuals and, as a result, a State Leadership Training Fund was established. For the next several years, Texas conducted its own Leadership Training Program and used the funds for this purpose.
On February 26, 1983, the State Board of Directors approved the consolidation of the Willie L. Meyer Personal Development Fund and the State Leadership Training Fund under one Fund and renamed it the "Willie L. Meyer Leadership Training Fund." This fund was ultimately consolidated into the State Presidents’ Leadership Fund.