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Who should apply?

Ideal candidates for LEADERSHIP Austin are individuals who:

  • are highly motivated to serve their community and have a passion to make a difference
  • want to cultivate relationships with a network of other community leaders, for both personal and professional benefit
  • have demostrated community involvement
  • represent various sectors of the community: business, industry, education, public and private agencies, civic groups and other facets of the community
What is the time commitment involved?

LEADERSHIP Austin consists of nine sessions, held the second Thursday of every month.  Participation is the program requires a serious commitment of time and energy.  Participants meet for a full day, each month, meeting September through May.

Selected applicants will be expected to meet the following commitments:

  • attend all program sessions
  • arrive on time and attend the entirety of each session
  • submit a final portfolio and give a 10-minute presentation at May graduation
2017-18 CALENDAR

AUGUST 17                    SEPTEMBER 14                     OCTOBER 12                    NOVEMBER 9                    DECEMBER 14
Progam Kickoff                        Community Leadership Day             Education Day                            Quality of Life & Diversity             Government Day

JANUARY 11                  FEBRUARY 8                          MARCH 8                           APRIL 12                            MAY 10
Business & Economic           Community Health Services              Public Safety Day                        Agriculture & Agribusiness          Graduation
Day                                         Day                                                                                                         Day



Leadership Austin is a program designed as an educational opportunity that enables participants to learn about this area's resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges.  The intent is to motivate and connect community leaders while developing skills and relationships that will help them become more successful.

Ensuing program days provide participants with a series of tours and presenters, covering major aspects of our community, including Education, Quality of Life & Diversity, Government, Business & Industry, Community Health Services, Public Safety, and Agriculture & Agribusiness.

Since established in 2006, 250 people have graduated from the Leadership Austin program.  Leadership Austin is organized by the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Riverland Community College.

Special thanks to our program sponsors:

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