About Us


Houston Black Leadership Institute (HBLI)

Established in 2013 and sponsored by the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, The Houston Black Leadership Institute (HBLI) is an intentional development program for the next generation of African-American leadership in the city of Houston. HBLI aims to develop the city’s best and brightest young professionals, to cultivate a cadre of individuals who are capable and willing to positively affect the social and economic problems facing our communities.
The intense nine (9) month program features training modules focused on Diversity, Collaboration, Personal and Professional Development, Houston’s Black History, and Strategic Planning. One of the culminating experiences of the HBLI program is the class project. Designed with the intention of having a lasting impact on Houston, this project aims to serve a segment of the population with specific social challenges. These challenges may be in the areas of health, education, or the economy.
Class II of the Houston Black Leadership Institute, consisting of 23 young professionals, pooled its networks to identify a need to bring more positive attention to the offerings within the Black communities of Houston. It is through these efforts that Class II’s capstone project, OurHouston.org, was birthed.

Greater Houston Black Chamber

Founded in 1935 as the city’s first African -American civic organization, the GHBC has evolved into an active participant in the City of Houston’s socioeconomic process. The organization is a 501(c)(6), not-for-profit, private, member-driven organization that serves the Greater Houston Area.Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States, located in a culturally diverse metropolitan region of 5.3 million residents – and growing at more than twice the national pace. African-Americans constitute 25 percent of the population.