Opening Retreat

Phillip D. Green

Phillip D. Green

Chairman And Chief Executive Officer, Cullen/Frost Bankers, INC.

Phil Green serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. and Frost Bank. Green joined the Cullen/Frost organization in July 1980 and served in a number of managerial positions in the company’s financial division before being named chief financial officer in 1995, a position he held until 2015 when he was named president of Cullen/Frost. He became chairman and CEO in 2016.

During Green’s tenure at Frost, the company has become one of the nation’s 50 largest banks and has increased its common stock dividend for 27 consecutive years. At the same time, Frost has won numerous accolades for excellence and customer service, earning the most Greenwich Excellence Awards for service to business clients among banks nationwide for five consecutive years, and receiving the highest ranking in customer satisfaction in Texas in the J.D. Power U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study for 12 consecutive years. Frost has also ranked highly in the American Banker/Reputation Institute Survey of Bank Reputations and Forbes magazine’s list of America’s 100 Best Banks.

Green currently serves as chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and he is a founding member of the Corporate Partners for Racial Equity. He sits on the Board of Directors and chairs the Investment Committee of the Southwest Research Institute and on the University of Texas at Austin Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee, McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and the McCombs Scholars Program committee. As a member of the Board of Directors of The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Green serves as the vice chair and chair-elect. Green recently joined the University of Texas San Antonio Campaign Leadership Council and is a member of the Mid-Sized Bank Coalition where he is a former executive committee member. Green is a past member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. He previously served on the Federal Reserve Board’s Federal Advisory Council, serving the Fed’s 11th District.

Green graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Prior to joining Frost, he spent three years in public accounting with Ernst & Ernst. Phil and his wife, Sandy, have been married for 45 years and have six grown children


Darryl Byrd

Darryl Byrd

Founder and Managing Partner of ULTRAte Strategy and Advisors

Darryl is Founder and Managing Partner of ULTRAte Strategy and Advisors, a management consulting firm based in San Antonio, Texas where he helps clients (1) establish clear corporate/organizational vision, (2) set strategic focus, and (3) design and energize the governance and operational leadership structure to execute it. Much of Darryl’s time is focused on discreetly advising leaders and organizations on how to both navigate through rough and changing seas and keep perspective and focus within sometimes chaotic environments. Among the clients Darryl advises are philanthropic, non-profit, healthcare, public transportation,  higher-education, technology, real estate, and sports and entertainment, hospitality sectors leaders.  

Darryl is past President and Chief Executive Officer of SA2020, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization he co-founded, which serves as the primary catalyst for progress on San Antonio’s community vision. SA2020 does this through three core functions: 1) objectively and transparently measuring community-wide progress, 2) supporting partners, and 3) engaging the public. SA2020 has proven to be a model of public engagement bold visioning and accountability for cities large and small across the nation.  

Prior to SA2020, Darryl served as Managing Director of Pearl Brewery, LLC, where he led an  extraordinary team of professionals on the creation, articulation, and execution of the bold vision and master plan for the Historic Pearl Brewery, located on the banks of the San Antonio  River. Today, Pearl is among the strongest models of mixed-use urban redevelopment and adaptive reuse efforts in the nation.  

Darryl received his Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University and his Bachelor’s degree from Hampton University. A devoted community servant, Darryl is a  member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a former chairman of the City Planning  Commission, and a former Co-Chairman of Leadership San Antonio, and a member of the  Emerging Leaders Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Darryl is currently a trustee of the McNay Art Museum, a board member of the San Antonio Area Foundation, and the  Santikos Charitable Foundation. Darryl also co-chaired the City of San Antonio’s 2040  comprehensive plan and the $850M 2017 Bond Program.  

When not working, Darryl spends his time hiking, reading, and building model rockets, and marveling at the cosmos with his teenage son, James. 

Dr. Kara Allen

Dr. Kara Allen

Chief Impact Officer

Kara trusts that communities have the answers and is an unapologetic believer in young people and the adults that uplift them. 

Kara joined Spurs Sports & Entertainment as its first Chief Impact Officer in October 2021. In this role, Kara leads all aspects of community and societal impact, including SS&E’s philanthropic arm (Spurs Give), and provides oversight for all philanthropic engagements, community investments, and nonprofit partnerships alongside all internal and external initiatives that advance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, social justice and sustainability for SS&E. Kara also leads all crisis management and crisis response initiatives for SS&E.

Prior to joining SS&E, Kara served as Chief Executive Officer and led the national expansion of NewRoot Learning Institute. She previously served as the President & CEO of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides housing and wrap-around thriving support for young people impacted by the foster care system and housing insecurity. In addition, Kara moderates racial affinity leadership experiences through Pahara Institute, teaches graduate courses, and serves on the Board of Directors of CoachArt and The Wayfarer Foundation.

After starting her professional career as a teacher in Oakland Unified School District, Kara earned a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University. Kara is lucky to be called “mom” by some beautiful humans; her oldest is at UC Davis Medical School and her youngest is loving elementary school.


Denise Hernandez

Denise Hernandez

2022 Chairwoman

With over 20 years of experience in the food industry, Denise is the owner and operator of The Eatery Culinary Group, M-PRESSED Commercial Laundry Services, The Fruteria y Botanero and serves as Vice-President of Development for True Flavors Catering. Denise has a passion to help small businesses be heard and thrive in the San Antonio community and has dedicated herself to this mission. Her desire to continue to move forward has inspired her newest small business venture M-Pressed Laundry Services which complements her work in the Food and Beverage industry. Denise’s key to success has always been “the empowerment of great people to take risks, lead change and make a difference.”

Denise is a San Antonio native who holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word. She was recently featured by the San Antonio Business Journal for her management of The Eatery Culinary Group and her ability to transition from catering to corporate dining. She has been recognized with the SAHCC Inspiration Award and the HOPE Leadership Award. Denise is a graduate of the Leadership San Antonio class 40 and Co-Chair for LSA 300. In addition to serving as this year’s Board Chair, she also serves on the Visit San Antonio Board of Directors. She volunteers her time with the LSA Alumni Group and the San Antonio Food Bank. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and being a mom to her four children.

Know Before You Go

The Opening Retreat is finally here! We are excited to gather in-person with you this coming Friday and Saturday! Here are a few important details for the two-day experience:

Location:            Estancia Del Norte San Antonio

                            37 NE Loop 410, SAT 78216

Dates:                 Friday and Saturday, February 18 & 19

Times:                 Friday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm (overnight)

                            Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please arrive on Friday between 8:00-8:30 am for registration. The program will begin promptly at 8:30 am.

Breakfast will not be provided on Friday, so please plan accordingly.

Due to the current COVID risk level and keeping safety in mind, individual hotel rooms are being provided to all LSA 46 class members at no additional cost. The rooms will not be available until 3:00 pm on Friday, however we will have a designated secure area reserved for your luggage and personal belongings when you arrive at the hotel.


Recommended attire for the event is business casual.  We want you to be comfortable.  Jeans are okay to wear and we recommend you wear comfortable shoes, as we will be moving around throughout the retreat. In addition, the weather fluctuates this time of year and the temperature in the hotel may change, so it is recommended you bring a jacket or sweater to keep warm.

COVID Protocol:

We are encouraging all class participants to help us keep a safe environment while together.  Please note the safety guidelines below:

  • Mask use is highly recommended (regardless of vaccination status), especially while indoors where the risk of transmission is greater.
  • COVID tests are highly recommended that all class participants (regardless of vaccination status) take 3-5 days before our gathering to help prevent any potential spread of the virus.  A list of free testing sites through our city can be found here.
  • If you feel or are experiencing symptoms of the virus, we ask you kindly not participate in a special event or class day and contact us at your earliest opportunity.
  • Rapid test kits, hand sanitizer, and masks will be available throughout the weekend.

We will be meeting in a large ballroom with ample space to spread out and seating limited to 6 per table.

In order to maximize your engagement in the retreat, we would like your input to help guide our planning.  Please complete the Pre-Retreat Survey HERE.

We encourage you to begin interacting with your LSA 46 class before the retreat by sharing your thoughts, reflections, learnings, and/or wonderings on our LSA46 Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Your LSA 46 Leadership Team