By the LSA Steering Committee

We do more than many. That is the mantra of LSA45, and our first day was nothing short of fulfilling that statement. Our steering committee has been meeting as a team since October of 2019 to truly identify what story or legacy we wanted to leave this next year. As a team, we hold ourselves to a few key values: we are one team, there are no excuses, and we will create a transformative leadership experience; it’s why our tagline this year is “Legacy. Service. Action.” As a committee, we were firm in our belief of leading by example, so we decided to host the first day of the year – “Be A Legacy.”

We started the day at Univision San Antonio and reviewed the SA 2020 impact report with Molly Cox. At the opening retreat, our class was deliberate in choosing the areas of impact they wanted to learn about, and our discussion with Cox was focused on these six topics. It was great to hear what progress has been made, but more importantly, our class was fired up by all the work that is left to do. Cox lit a flame that fueled discussion, ideation, and potential learning opportunities for this next year.

Next, we heard about how to help with the 2020 Census from Celina Pena, with LiftFund, and Tuesday Knight, with San Antonio Growth for the Eastside. Pena and Knight are part of the leadership team with the San Antonio Bexar County Complete Count Committee to help each and every San Antonian get counted.  With the support of the awesome news team of Univision, our class, that’s right all 57 of them, recorded TV and radio Public Service Announcements for the Census. Then we hosted a Livestream conversation about the incredible legacy of the Nicolas family, Univision, and TPR from Guillermo Nicolas and Joyce Slocum. Exciting things are coming for both of these organizations! Be on the lookout, Univision is celebrating 65 years this September.

Our next component was to consider and hear from the legacy of small businesses, one of the largest economic contributors to the San Antonio community. We heard from the founder of Rosario’s Lisa Wong about what it was like to start in a very competitive industry and the work she had to do to build what she has today. But, in line with our Legacy, SERVICE, and Action, we followed this speaker by rolling up our sleeves and providing pro-bono consulting for SA Small business owners. Our class was broken up into groups with each major business acumen represented, poised to help our entrepreneurs with any challenge they could bring!

We closed the day at the Stock Show and Rodeo where we kicked up our boots at the Wine Cellar and heard from SA Rodeo CEO Cody Davenport. Leaving inspired, our teams spent the last hour of the day working on our 2020 legacy projects. More exciting info to come on these projects, so stay tuned. Last but not least, we were joined for a social hour by the Leadership San Antonio Alumni Association. This was a milestone for the Leadership San Antonio program, as it was the first time that current class members and alumni were able to interact and network about great things happening in SA.

LSA2020’s first day was a huge success, and watch out because we are only getting started!

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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