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Ron Kessler to be honored with Exceptional Award for Honorary Alumnus

Ron Kessler to be honored with Exceptional Award for Honorary Alumnus

By Elizabeth McGuire Of the many attributes listed on Ron Kessler’s bio, a very important one is missing: he writes bad poetry really well. Kessler takes great pride in this skill, although many of his colleagues may not know about it. One recent poem, crafted…

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Meet the Leader: Andy Sernovitz

Meet the Leader: Andy Sernovitz

We hope you will join us for our next Meet the Leader session with Andy Sernovitz CEO, GasPedal and SocialMedia.org and author of  Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking. The Meet the Leader series provides an intimate gathering to give alumni…

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INFO & TICKETS FOR JUNE 21 ENGAGE: MAYOR ADLER AND JUDGE ECKHARDT

INFO & TICKETS FOR JUNE 21 ENGAGE: MAYOR ADLER AND JUDGE ECKHARDT

Our panelists are:  Mayor Adler, City of Austin  Judge Eckhardt, Travis County What a Year: Hear from Mayor Adler and County Judge Eckhardt On June 21st we will close our Engage breakfast season with City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt. This…

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Cookie Ruiz To Be Presented Polly Scallorn Community Trustee Award

Cookie Ruiz To Be Presented Polly Scallorn Community Trustee Award

By: Elizabeth McGuire Cookie Ruiz grew up a child of the world. The daughter of a U-2 pilot who flew high-altitude reconnaissance, she lived in remote locations all over the globe. That childhood gave Ruiz a sense of worldliness and connection that she still carries…

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Advance Austin

Advance Austin

We’re excited to announce the launch of Advance Austin, a new course curated by Glasshouse Policy and Leadership Austin.  The Advance Austin program will help you engage with the political and policy making process at all levels of government. Whether it’s learning how to serve on…

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Essential and Emerge applications now available

Essential and Emerge applications now available

Invest in Yourself When graduates of Leadership Austin describe their time in the Essential or Emerge programs, they use words like life-changing, defining, unforgettable. They talk of shared experiences and supportive networks, and of opened minds and fresh perspectives. They can’t believe they didn’t pursue…

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How to Save a Life- Ascendant Award Honoree Lydia Clay

How to Save a Life- Ascendant Award Honoree Lydia Clay

By: Elizabeth McGuire There are many reasons a rising star professional might join a leadership development program: to build skills, expand her network, connect with the community. Saving a life is not usually one of them. But that is exactly what happened when two women…

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Engage for May: Can Austin Undo Racism?

Engage for May: Can Austin Undo Racism?

It’s not easy to talk about racism. For some it is personal and raw. For others it is distant and undefinable.  For many it is somewhere in between and accompanied by the question, “what do we do about it?” It’s easy to get stuck thinking…

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