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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