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Leadership Austin seeks out and prepares diverse leaders for positions of public and private decision-making, and fosters community involvement and the exercise of civic responsibility.

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Phone Number: 512-499-0435
Address: 1609 Shoal Creek Blvd, Ste 202
Austin, TX 78701
- Leadership Austin launched a new program called Engage On The Go. Each month we will produce a short video summary of the Engage breakfast topic and it will be posted on our site. We ask you to explore opportunities to have a conversation about the topic where ever you already gather; a brown bag lunch with co-workers, neighborhood homeowners meeting, book clubs, car pools, school parents club or even just the dinner table. Be creative - the goal is to open a conversation and hear each other's perspectives.

- Leadership Austin's Engage Breakfast Series addresses the most pressing issues in Greater Austin and this season will discuss Education, Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness, Civic Engagement and Mayor Adler and Judge Eckhardt.

- Through a collaboration with Capital Metro, Austin ISD and the City of Austin, Leadership Austin is convening community leaders for Conversation Corps. Conversation Corps is a community dialogue, marking the beginning of a new era of public participation in Austin. Every month, groups meet all around town for facilitated dialogue, discussing issues from one of the three partner agencies. Conversations will take place in a variety of venues and will last about an hour. Trained facilitators will lead the group through a structured dialogue, giving everyone a chance to share their thoughts and respond to what they've heard others say. Input from the dialogue will then be delivered back to the decision-makers behind each issue and participants will be given the resources needed to stay in the loop and hear how their feedback affected decisions.

Impact Statement

As our community continues to grow and change, we are refreshing the pipeline of prepared leaders to take up critical roles and build a better Greater Austin area in the years ahead. We train the leaders who serve on the civic boards and commissions, business leaders driving our regional economy and nonprofit staff who provide direct services across our community.

Since our inception in 1979, more than 2,700 alumni have graduated from one of our core programs. Of those alumni:
- In the Austin Business Journal's Book of Lists, 84% of the Top 25 Employers in Austin employ at least one Leadership Austin alumni
- In the Austin Business Journal's Book of Lists, 96% of the Top 25 Nonprofits in Austin employ at least one Leadership Austin alumni
- Of the elected officials serving Travis County, 43% are Leadership Austin alumni

Needs Statement

Leadership Austin has been strengthening and transforming Greater Austin since 1979. Our programs prepare leaders with the skills to lead, an understanding of the issues and a strong network with which to connect and serve the community.

Leadership Austin has a model that offers earned income through fees for program participation, however approximately 40% of all class participants are on scholarships. The quality of the curriculum, as well as the caliber and expertise of our faculty, along with the ability to make our program inclusive regardless of the ability to pay, is made possible through corporate sponsorship, foundation support, individual giving and the commitment of our volunteers.
"The Leadership Austin class is the beginning of a journey that can help you make a greater impact on life in Austin." Kim Johnson, Essential 2016

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

"Experience Austin is like an all-access pass to the heart of the city; its history and creative culture, and the economic, education, land use and transportation issues that drive public policy. It's also about access to people; the civic and industry leaders, innovative entrepreneurs and volunteers dedicated to making Austin thrive. If you are a newcomer to Austin, it will ignite your curiosity and help you determine where to plug in; and if you are a long-time Austinite, it will challenge your perceptions and expand your opportunities to make a difference in your community." Fran Irwin (Experience Austin 2011 participant)

"Understanding civic issues from a variety of perspectives and creating meaningful dialogue is critical for any community. The Engage series enables and encourages that discussion, and makes it accessible for everyone. It's the perfect opportunity to learn, chat and enjoy a great cup of coffee." Chelsea Collier, Engage Participant, Essential 2010
Google Fiber has offered a $10,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating education organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.