Approximately 400 members of the San Antonio business community gathered at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday evening to celebrate the many impactful contributions of City Manager Sheryl Sculley and to thank her for her 13 years of exceptional leadership, passion, and dedication to making San Antonio a better place to live and work. VIEW PHOTOS HERE.
The evening’s program included remarks from Sam Dawson, CEO of Pape-Dawson Engineers and the Chairman of the Tobin Center Board of Directors; Mayor Phil Hardberger; Mayor Nirenberg; and the Chamber’s 2019 Chair and President and CEO of CPS Energy Paula Gold Williams. Each of the speakers focused on Sheryl’s impressive achievements, including her ability to maintain a AAA bond rating for nine years, which saved our city hundreds of millions of dollars in interest costs and allowed unprecedented investment in our community, and implement more than $2 billion in infrastructure improvements. They also praised her commitment, discipline, and hard work in leading our city into a new era of success. “Her work propelled San Antonio to be one of the best-managed cities in the United States,” said former Mayor Phil Hardberger.
To honor Sheryl and her dedication to growing, preparing, and supporting the next generation of women leaders, 25 percent of the sponsorship dollars raised for the event were donated to the Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation in Sheryl’s name. In addition, in lieu of gifts, Sheryl asked that attendees make donations to the YWLA, and she committed to match all donations up to a total of $10,000. She also auctioned her personal collection of 13 years’ worth of Fiesta gear, with proceeds benefitting the YWLA.
During her remarks, Sheryl thanked the business community for their support and talked about her passion for mentoring. “Madeleine Albright once said there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,” Sheryl said. “I don’t claim to be among them.” She then presented the YWLA with a check for $38,000 for money raised thus far.
To round out the program, Sheryl received a recognition of lifetime achievement from the International City/County Management Association and a decorative plate from several of her close friends. Finally, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Richard Perez presented her with a piece of the Alamo’s door and thanked her for being the best City Manager in the country and for leaving San Antonio a better place than it was when she arrived.
“The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce was honored to head the business community’s effort to thank a truly amazing City Manager,” said Richard Perez, President and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. “Sheryl’s book of work has propelled our community in a positive way and will be felt for generations to come.”
The San Antonio Chamber partnered with the Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for this event.