In 2009 I had the incredible honor of participating in the Leadership Austin Emerge Program, which is a three-month leadership development program for community-minded, high-potential young professionals who want to build relationships and gain leadership skills to make a difference in Central Texas. This program provided me with the opportunity to more deeply explore my leadership potential and to connect with amazing people – leaders with various jobs and life experiences, all committed to serving others in ways that align with their unique gifts and talents.
As the proud daughter of an awesome Dad who has spent most of his life doing leadership development work, I had very high expectations for this program. I spent my childhood years sitting in on leadership workshops and keynotes, trying to absorb everything I possibly could. An ever-present theme throughout my life has been to define the leader I want to be…to be intentional about developing my leadership skills and answering the call to leadership in my life. What I gained from the Emerge Program was a more profound understanding of how to answer the call to leadership so that I can best serve the people and causes that matter most to me. And I was energized by being in the same room with others who also wanted to ignite their passion for community leadership (which is the mission of Leadership Austin). It was a meaningful experience that reinforced these words from Margaret Mead that I always believed to be true:
The application deadline for the 2012 Leadership Austin Emerge Program is August 20th! Click here to learn more. If you’re thinking about applying and need the encouragement to take the step, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would be happy to share more about my experience! Have a wonderful day!