Leadership San Antonio (LSA) is on a quest for the next BEST CLASS EVER! Applications are open digitally now through noon Friday, October 14th. You can find the application directly by clicking here.

More details on how to apply, eligibility requirements, program cost, and a draft timeline for application review and semi-finalist interviews can be found on the Leadership San Antonio website. Approximately 60 individuals will be selected to begin their Class 47 journey by the end of the year. The process is very competitive, so taking time to complete the application thoroughly will be important. Only digitally submitted applications with attached letters of recommendation will be accepted.

“Leadership San Antonio was my primary entry to my adopted hometown of San Antonio,” says Jeff Arndt, President and CEO, VIA Metropolitan Transit. “I learned much about the wonderful offerings and the workings of the community.  But even more importantly, I built a network of friends and colleagues that I believe will continue forever.” Arndt will serve as the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Co-Chair for LSA 47 and is joined by San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Co-Chair, Stephanie Suarez, Co-Owner and Vice President of Integrity Roofing and Siding. Suarez shared, “I look forward to working with my Co-Chair and this year’s class as we embark on this experience of our city being the foundation for our learning lab. Not one year of LSA is the same, and I am eager to see this year’s class grow, evolve, and identify ways they can contribute to the greater good of our community.”

LSA was created in 1975 by The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to help identify and develop community leaders and is now considered the premier program for existing and emerging leaders in the Alamo Region. The program, one of the first of its kind in Texas, has graduated nearly 2000 participants and focuses on delivering these leaders an opportunity to develop an understanding of the promise and challenges of our community. The program goes beyond personal and professional development and, as its goal, immerses, educates and informs these leaders in the vital areas affecting San Antonio, as well as promoting Chamber Business involvement and Community advocacy. In 1992, The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber joined to be a co-host to the program, enhancing the involvement and diversity of future classes.

Through the LSA process, participants gain insight from present and future decision-makers in both the public and private sectors and are better prepared to lead San Antonio into the future by using their broader understanding of our diverse community. The program takes already proven leaders in their industries and organizations to new levels, adding to their networks and challenging them to think strategically and with an eye towards the future. Class members are responsible for planning their class days with the help of Steering Committee Mentors who are previous LSA Alumni and successful business leaders in their own right.

LSA class participants are selected from all segments of the community and must have demonstrated leadership and held responsible positions in their chosen profession. LSA seeks people dedicated to serving their community and applicants must show a sincere commitment and desire to increase their level of service by assuming key leadership positions in both the San Antonio Chamber and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as on Boards and Commissions that seek to promote business interests and quality of life efforts for our region.

In its 47-year history, LSA’s primary goal remains the same – to help mold sensitive, responsible and committed leaders and ensure a prosperous future for San Antonio.

For any questions related to LSA, please reach out to Lori Stinson, Vice President of Military Affairs and Leadership Development.

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