Essential | Work toward community-wide systemic change with other established leaders.

Though you are already connected in the community, you will discover your Essential classmates are just outside your current circles of influence. However, they will become your best collaborators, advisers, supporters, and community resources. You will leave with a deeper understanding of your leadership style and the issues of the day, and will have developed lasting relationships that result in the innovative and collaborative problem solving for transformational leadership.

As the flagship Leadership Austin program, Essential participants reflect the diversity of Greater Austin, ensuring different experiences and points of view are brought to the program. By focusing on regional issues, deepening leadership skills, and building relationships with others equally committed to their community, alumni are poised to have increased impact through their civic engagement.


From Our Alumni

Leadership Austin and the Essential class taught me the skills to function in a community of equals, where the only true reward is the satisfaction of doing something for the common good. Sumit DasGupta, Essential 2013

Leadership Austin cultivated and confirmed my authentic voice in a supportive, strategic environment. My leadership style is forever changed and my propensity and capability to do more has opened up tremendously. Laura Donnelly Gonzalez, Essential 2013

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