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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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Guest Post from Essential Class Day: Diversity and Inclusion

Guest Post from Essential Class Day: Diversity and Inclusion

  Guest post from Essential Class of 2016 participant Kevin Foster, reflecting on the January class day on the Diversity and Inclusion. Kevin is an Associate Professor of  African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas.   Among the first things I noticed chatting…

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Guest post on Essential Class Day on the Built Enviroment

Guest post on Essential Class Day on the Built Enviroment

  Guest post from Essential Class of 2015 participant Holly Tachovsky, reflecting on the December class day on the Built Environment:  Transportation, Land Use & Housing. Holly is CEO of BuildFax.   Austin is growing like mosquitos in a Hyde Park alley. But, it isn’t just…

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Finding Purpose in Austin’s Growing Economy

Finding Purpose in Austin’s Growing Economy

  Guest post from Essential 2016 Class participant Ben Loftsgaarden, reflecting on the November 2015 class day on the Austin Economy. Ben is a Partner at Greyhill Advisors. “Your circumstances can bend your commitment or your commitment can bend your circumstances.” -Excerpt from Essential class…

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New Report Released in Partnership with Leadership Austin and the Annette Strauss Institute

New Report Released in Partnership with Leadership Austin and the Annette Strauss Institute

Austinites are “cautiously optimistic” for the future of the 10-1 system of geographic representation adopted by the City of Austin in 2014 to elect city council members, according to a report conducted by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas…

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Building a Truly Authentic City

Building a Truly Authentic City

  Guest post from Essential Class of 2016 participant Kelly Nichols, reflecting on the October 2015 class day on Greater Austin’s demographics and growth. Kelly is a Principal at Woollard Nichols & Associates.   “I was drawn to Austin in the late 70’s because there was no…

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