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Essential Guest Post on Education

Essential Guest Post on Education

      Guest post from Essential Class of 2017 participants M. Teresa Granillo, Executive Director of Con Mi Madre and Matt Glazer, Executive Director of Austin Young Chamber of Commerce. My colleague, Matt Glazer, Executive Director of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, and I volunteered to co-author…

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Sergeant Major, Come Here.

Sergeant Major, Come Here.

  Guest post from Essential Class of 2017 participant Patricia Buchholtz, Partner/Marketing Strategist at lookthinkmake.   In the Army, when you want to make a team move through a narrow passageway more efficiently and effectively, you simply gather the Sergeants Major, let them know the exact time…

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Education and the “Austin Model” – Keys to Growing Austin’s Economic Success

Education and the “Austin Model” – Keys to Growing Austin’s Economic Success

   Guest post from Essential Class of 2017 participant Sameer Shah, Vice President of Marketing, Smart Flour Foods. Austin’s economic opportunities and problems came into sharp focus for me at our #BCE2017 second class. My general thinking about Austin’s economy was limited to the tech industry,…

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Laying a Sound Leadership Foundation for the Future

Laying a Sound Leadership Foundation for the Future

  Guest post from Essential Class of 2017 participant Patricia Hayes, reflecting on the October class day on Demographics and Growth. Patricia is the Chief Strategist and Consultant at PVH Consulting Group LLC.   When in information overwhelm, retreat. Or summarize in pithy statements. We were certainly in…

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Welcome 2017 Essential Class!

Welcome 2017 Essential Class!

We are very pleased to announce the participants of the Leadership Austin Essential Class of 2017! Congratulations to the 60 individuals below selected for their community involvement, service, and diversity. During the year, the Essential class will meet monthly in various locations around Austin to…

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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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Reform vs. Transform Public Schools: Our Communities Responsibility

Reform vs. Transform Public Schools: Our Communities Responsibility

Guest post from Essential Class of 2016 participant Matt Pope, reflecting on the February class day on Education. Matt is the RAISEup Texas Senior Program Director at E3 Alliance. “We don’t need to reform public schools…we need to transform them!” exclaimed Michael McKie, Superintendent of Schools in Hays…

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Joene Grissom: Lifelong Learner and Mentor

Joene Grissom: Lifelong Learner and Mentor

By Elizabeth McGuire You name it, Joene Grissom has done it. Over the course of her 40-plus-year career, Joene has worked as an educator, marketer, entrepreneur, political campaigner and community organizer. She has served too many non-profit boards to name, focusing her efforts on education,…

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