hough 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 class 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
Application & Recruitment
Latest Essential News & Info
Essential Class At a Glance
The Essential class consists of two overnight retreats in September and May, plus seven full-day sessions monthly between October and April. Read more
Tuition for the Essential class is $3,250. Tuition assistance and payment plans are available. Read more
Essential applications are available on this site in April and are due back to the Leadership Austin office in June. Read more
Since 1979, more than 1,800 individuals have graduated from the Essential class.