HOW TO APPLY

LSA APPLICATION CRITERIA

Due to the extension of LSA Class 45 into 2021, applications for LSA Class 46 will be available in the Fall of 2021.

LSA seeks individuals dedicated to serving their community. Participants of the program will be given the opportunity to develop an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the San Antonio area. This coming year, LSA will be dedicated to exploring the long-term goals and promise of San Antonio. Rather than examining the latest developments and short-term urban trends impacting our city, LSA 45 will consider the issues and trends that will impact San Antonio over the next generation of its populace. Whether it’s the impact of changing demographics on our natural resources and infrastructure, the correlation between elementary school reading levels and workforce development, the effects of technology on health care for an aging populace, or the long-term development of our urban core, LSA 45 aims to tackle San Antonio’s future…today.

LSA is limited to approximately 50 participants annually. Acceptance into the program is based on a subjective assessment of the information each applicant provides in this application, as well as a second round in-person interview, if selected. If you are selected for the semi-finalist interview, you MUST be available to attend during your designated time on:

Be sure to mark your calendars now, in the exciting chance you are extended an interview.

The LSA Selection Committee is comprised of LSA Alumni. The selection is highly competitive with more applicants than class positions, therefore applicants who are not accepted are highly encouraged to reapply the following year.

APPLICANT COMMITMENT:
The applicant acknowledges that attendance is MANDATORY during all class days, retreats, and class day planning sessions. Absence at any of these scheduled events, without advance approval from Chamber staff and the LSA Co-Chairs, on more than one (1) occasion may result in expulsion from the class, ability to complete the remaining class days, as well as lose an opportunity complete the program, without reimbursement of tuition and fees. Your participation in the program reflects on the LSA program itself, as well as you individually and within your organization. Please be mindful of the time commitment prior to applying.

Engaging in improper, threatening and/or harassing behavior at any LSA event may lead to removal from the program without reimbursement of tuition and fees.

EMPLOYER COMMITMENT:
The employer approves of the agreement above, which acknowledges the time commitment of the Leadership San Antonio program required by their employee as a participant. The employer also acknowledges that failure to join at least one of the sponsoring Chambers of Commerce within 30 days of employee’s selection and remain a member in good standing throughout the entire class year will result in the participant’s immediate dismissal from the program. Employer agrees to hold applicant (employer) accountable, if accepted, to show a high level of participation and engagement within the program.

Mandatory Attendance Dates:
Retreats include overnight accommodations.
Class day commitment will be from approximately 7am to 5pm with optional after hours events from 5-7pm.

December 10, 2019 LSA Welcome Reception (5:30-7:30PM Location: TBD)
January 17-18, 2020 LSA Opening Retreat (Location: TBD) (MLK Weekend)

February 12, 2020 Class 1 – ALL DAY
March 4, 2020 Class 2 – ALL DAY
April 1, 2020 Class 3 – ALL DAY
May 6, 2020 Class 4 – ALL DAY
June 3, 2020 Class 5 – ALL DAY
JULY 1, 2020 – ALL DAY
August 5, 2020 Class 7 – ALL DAY
September 2, 2020 Class 8 – ALL DAY
October 9-10, 2020 – LSA Closing Retreat (Location: TBD)

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Have lived in and/or worked in the San Antonio area for at least one year at the time of the application.
  • Persons related by marriage may not apply for the same class year.
  • Within 30 days of selection, you must become a member of one of the sponsoring Chambers of Commerce (either Hispanic Chamber of Commerce or San Antonio Chamber of Commerce – membership in both is encouraged) and remain a member in good standing throughout the entire LSA year. Failure to remain a member will jeopardize participation in LSA and/or final graduation.
SELECTION CRITERIA:
  • Show a sincere interest in and commitment to improving the community.
  • Have the desire to increase service to the community through holding key leadership positions.
  • Present a clear vision for the development and growth of San Antonio.
PROGRAM COST:
  • Applicants must submit a $50 non-refundable application fee due with application by Friday, October 25 at 1pm. Click Here to Pay
  • Class members accepted into LSA must submit a non-refundable tuition fee of $2250.00 payable to the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce before the end of the 1st Quarter FY20 – March 31, 2020. 
Formal written requests must be submitted within 30 days of selection into the program and received no later than December 31, 2019 for the following:
  1. Payment plans: bi-annual, quarterly, or monthly payments.
  2. Small Business, Non-Profit 501(c)3, Veteran, and Minority Owned Needs Based Scholarships for partial and full tuition.

If not already a member of either sponsoring Chamber, a separate membership fee will be required which will vary upon desired level of membership within 30 days of notice of selection.

LSA 45 APPLICATION TIMELINE

  • September 20, 2021
    Application Open (prior to “live” status – we recommend to work on 2-3 Letters of recommendation, ready to be uploaded digitally for application)
  • October 18, 2021
    Application Deadline – noon CST (incomplete applications will NOT be considered)
  • November 15, 2021
    Semifinalists Interviews | 8am – 12pm & 1pm – 5pm | Location: TBD
  • No later than the week of November 29, 2021
    Applicants notified of program standing
  • December 2021 (TBD)
    Announcement of LSA Class 45 Members and Welcome Reception (Time/Location: TBD)
  • January 2022-October 2022
    LSA 45 Program Year

Serving on the LSA Steering Committee is a great honor and privilege. The most rewarding part has been helping to guide class members on their journey as community leaders. It’s amazing to witness the personal ‘aha’ moments, discovery of new passions and close working relationships that evolve through the year. I can’t wait to see what transformative leaders these class members will become!

Kara Hill Director, Executive Accounts, CPS Energy, LSA 36 Steering Committee

Dear LSA Family,

We hope you and your families are remaining healthy and safe. During these past two months our great city has taken many necessary measures to ensure that our community stays safe and slows the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing measures that help to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus has greatly impacted our businesses, our schools, our families. We are all finding new ways to stay engaged, stay productive, and stay connected while supporting and rallying behind many of our LSA family who are struggling in our hotel, restaurant, tourism and travel industries, small business and non-profit sectors, as well as many others who have been professionally and personally affected.

With that said, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have agreed to continue LSA 45 (aka LSA 2020) into 2021, modifying our current class days using creative shortened virtual programs, challenging each other to serve the community and buy local, and to focus on the way ahead into next year. During these unprecedented times, our priorities are to ensure our businesses and families are safe and supported. We are challenged to improve ways that LSA can directly impact our neighbors and our community. In January 2021, we will reconnect to carry on the traditional mission of the program through full LSA class days – to educate and inform class members in the vital areas affecting San Antonio, as well as to encourage Chamber Business involvement and Community advocacy.

We find the COVID-19 challenges as a unique opportunity to leave a Legacy through Service and Action for our current class.

We look forward to seeing what LSA 45 can accomplish and we stand with you! We thank you for your continued commitment, leadership, and support to our great city!

We are all in this together!

Cristina J. Bazaldúa and Brian Hurtak
LSA 45 Co-Chairs