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1st Year

Individual Leadership

During your first year in the Leadership Program, you begin to discover your strengths and define your values. You'll explore your leadership talents at a retreat, interact with a panel of leaders, and learn to communicate more effectively.

Fall Retreat PowerPoint

Fall Event - LP Welcome Dinner

Fall Event – LP Overnight Retreat

Date: October 27- 28
Location: CYJ Camp, Wimberely, TX
Information: All first-year students are expected to attend the retreat. This is a great way to meet and bond with the other students in your cohort. We will detail the expectations and learning outcomes of the Leadership Program. We will work to learn about individual leadership and help you discover your natural leadership talents. We'll have lots of fun!

IMPORTANT:  Special Accommodations – If you request any special accommodations (wheelchair accessible rooms, dietary needs, vegetarian meals), please email the LP Team (

Packing List
  1. Clothes for two days
  2. Toiletries
  3. Flashlight
  4. Alarm Clock
  5. Towel
  6. Camera
  7. Tennis Shoes and clothes for outdoor activity
  8. Medicines (if any)

Spring Event – Self Leadership Seminar

Date: January 22nd
Time: 9AM
Location: CBA 3.304
Information: This program teaches LP students how to increase their level of resilience. It focuses on self-leadership and, specifically, taking action using the three components of resilience: taking greater responsibility, focusing on empowering interpretations, and creating meaningful connections.
Presenter:  Dr. Mary Steinhardt
Attire: Casual
  • closed or open-toe shoes
  • pants, skirts, jeans (w/o holes) acceptable
  • casual tops – t-shirt, polo etc.

Please be sure to bring your UT ID Card for check in.  Please include any dietary restrictions in your RSVP response.

2nd Year Cohort

Organizational Leadership

Your second year is spent reflecting on your roles within a group. You'll learn how to collaborate more effectively with others in achieving common goals.  

Fall Event

Attendees: All Second-Year LP students who have RSVPed 
Date: November 2nd, 2013
Time: Approximately 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: San Jacinto Hall Multipurpose Room
Presenters: Dr. Doug Dierking & Dr. Ethan Burris - McCombs Executive Education and Management Department 
Information:  Students will be assigned to teams, and will participate in a manufacturing simulation to test their ability to work as a team. Each player has an important role in the simulation and will be surprised by challenges and restrictions. You will also participate in other facilitated activities to strengthen your communication and team-building skills. 
Attire: Casual

  • closed or open-toe shoes
  • pants, skirts, jeans (w/o holes) acceptable
  • casual tops – t-shirt, polo etc. 

Please be sure to bring your UT ID Card for check in. If you have any questions, please email 

Spring Event – Managing Organizational Conflict: Helping Groups Reach Agreement

Attendees: All 2nd Year LP students 
Dates: 2 event dates RSVP to one:  TBD
Time: TBA 
Location: Legacy Events Room
Attire: Casual 
Information: Mary Thompson of Coder & Thompson and five other coaches will lead a hands-on workshop on managing organizational conflict. They will assist students in understanding how to work within organizations and fine-tune problem-solving skills. Students will become better leaders as they learn how to understand strategies to identify areas of agreement and build consensus. 

Please be sure to bring your UT ID Card for check in. Please include any dietary restrictions in your RSVP response.

3rd Year Cohort

Community Leadership

Year three encourages you to demonstrate your commitment to relevant issues in your community, and actively participate in becoming a better citizen. Complete a community service project with your peers.

Education: Fall Event- Leadership Austin, Part 1 Oct 19th

Affordability: Spring Event-Leadership Austin, Part 2 TBA

9:30 a.m.

Students arrive for check in at McCombs

9:45 a.m.

McCombs and Sponsor welcome

9:50 a.m.

Leadership Austin welcome and introduction to the day

10:00 a.m.

Big Picture in Education – Why Education Equals Economics (Susan Dawson)

10:45 a.m.

Q&A and discussion

11:00 a.m.

Travel to bus

11:05 a.m.       

Board bus –

11:15 a.m.

Bus departs

11:35 a.m.

Welcome to Webb/Ann Richards (TBD)

11:45 a.m.

Ice Breaker – School Cafeteria

12:00 p.m.


12:45 p.m.

Mini Training on facilitation of small student groups 

Parallel Session with middle schoolers

1:00 p.m.

Small Group Workshops - McCombs students break into five groups and facilitate small group programs on the 5 topics below.

  • Dress for Success
  • Communication Skills (workplace, internships, etc.)
  • College Entrance Requirements
  • Volunteering and Community Service
  • College Major and Career Choices

2:15 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion

  • Ruby Martinez (IBM, Engineer & APIE Volunteer)
  • KC Cerny. MIA Consulting, Partner & APIE Board Member
  • Scott Lipton, Principal at Del Valle High School (tentative)
  • Mark Curry, Wells Fargo (tentative)

Q&A with McCombs students

3:30 p.m.

Group processing roundtable – discussion of lessons learned & Wrap up and call to Action

4:00 p.m.

Travel Back to McCombs

4th Year Cohort

Global Leadership

Fall Event - Global Workshop Prep

(Must attend all, unless excuse is approved, then 2 of 3)

Date: Thursday, October 24th (RSVP to follow)
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Legacy Events Room
Information: The Global Prep Workshop is a seminar designed to prepare you for your trip to Belize. The first portion of the workshop will consist of a “crash course” on the country lead by Belize cultural expert Dr. Orlando Kelm. Dinner will be accompanied by a panel of LP students who attended the Belize Global Service Learning Trip last year.  This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Date: TBA

Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: CBA Events Room
Information: The second portion of the workshop will consist of a seminar on entrepreneurship led by Gary Hoover, local Austin business owner and former McCombs entrepreneur in residence. The service aspect of the trip to Belize will require you to design and present job skills and entrepreneurship curriculum for the students at ITVET, a vocational college in Belize. The workshop will give you the foundation necessary to develop your curriculum.

Spring Event - Global Trip Prep and Belize

Date: TBA
We will continue preparation for curriculum to be presented to the students of ITVET Orange Walk and discuss logistics of the trip.

See the Global Trip Page for more information.