Essential Application and Recruitment

It is important to Leadership Austin and the other Essential class participants that there be a diversity of opinions and experiences represented. Applications for the Essential class of 2018 have closed. The application process for 2019 will begin next spring.

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Application Process

  • Recruiting begins in early May
  • Completed applications are due to Leadership Austin in late June
  • Candidates will be notified by email of their selection status by late August
  • The Essential Class begins with a mandatory overnight Opening Retreat in September


Please note that the following qualifications must be met at the time of the application deadline:

  • Applicant must be a resident in the Greater Austin area for at least one continuous year.
  • Applicant cannot be a candidate for public office.
  • Applicant must be willing and able to commit the mandatory time necessary to complete the program.


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