Young professionals from across all industries gathered at The University of Texas for a day of learning, exploration, action, and development at the third annual LEAD Summit on Friday, February 28, 2020. Participants had the opportunity to attend 15 sessions in the areas of collaboration, diversity, leadership, civics, and more.

“For the Austin Young Chamber, the LEAD Summit is about delivering on our mission in a big way,” said Alyssia Palacios-Woods, President & CEO of the Young Chamber. “Right now, young professionals are the largest generation in the workforce, and we are taking on leadership roles big and small. Our actions, our opinions, our collaborations, our innovations, our diversity, and our leadership all shape what tomorrow looks like for our booming region.”

The LEAD Summit kicked off with an opening keynote presentation on leadership by Dr. David Springer, Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service.

After the opening keynote, participants had the option to attend one of five morning breakout sessions including:

  • Designing Your Life
  • Coming Together to Shape Central Texas
  • How to LEAD in the Workplace
  • Civics 101: A Crash Course in Government
  • Your Role in Diversity & Inclusion


Over Power Lunches, attendees had the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise while learning from their peers. Topics ranged from Business Development to Leadership & Management and Innovation to Community Issues.


During the afternoon breakout sessions, attendees participated in lectures and workshops such as:

  • Solving Community Issues through the Art of Question Finding
  • Understanding Your Cornerstone Habits
  • Leading with Confidence: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • Be BRAVE: Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone
  • Stop, Collaborate, and Listen

The afternoon keynote featured three-time LEAD Summit presenter, Reagan Pugh, as he took our attendees through an interactive sesson where they learned strategies to be more reflective. Attendees walked away with tools to help take Reflective Action each day to increase their effectiveness and fulfillment in work and life.

After our keynote, everyone was invited to the LEAD Unplugged Mixer. The impactful conversations from the day continued over drinks and light bites.

Thank you to everyone who made this day possible!


Sponsors for the LEAD Summit included:
Baylor Executive MBA Program | Capital One Café | Texas Mutual Insurance Company | Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Ascension Seton | H-E-B | LBJ Foundation | RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service | University Federal Credit Union | vcfo | Capital Metro

Event Partners included:
ALLPRO Hospitality Staffing | Austin Business Journal | Brown Distributing Company | Minuteman Press Pflugerville | TapSnap | Waterloo Sparkling Water

Community Partners included:
Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals | Austin Chamber of Commerce | Austin Community Foundation – Women’s Fund | Austin Independent Business Alliance | Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce | Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce | Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | Habitat Young Professionals | Leadership Austin | Young Men’s Business League | Young Hispanic Professional Association of Austin | Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Austin | Young Women’s Alliance