LSA CLASS 44 DEBUT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INVOLVEMENT WITH RODEO SOCIAL EVENT

Leadership San Antonio’s 44th class ushered in a new cohort of leaders earlier this month during a social hour at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. The event followed LSA 45’s first-class day where the class members learned about leaving a legacy, which made incorporating alumni with the new class an important point to drive home. The message of being good stewards of the LSA program was reiterated by the joint effort for the social hour and the alumni presence.

“For more than 45 years, LSA has carried a legacy of connecting over 1,900 of central Texas’ top business, civic and philanthropic leaders,” LSA Alumni Association Chair Juan Cano (LSA 43) said. “In 2020, we will reconnect these leaders, creating opportunities for forging alliances that will bring prosperity to our city for decades to come.”

Since 2016, there has been a groundswell effort to organize and promote reconnecting the entire LSA family. LSA 44 not only fulfilled its promise of ushering the new class into the fold but also pledged to help connect alumni from the past 45 years. The LSA program is more than one class, it’s a network of leaders from all walks of life united in the goal of wanting to make San Antonio its best possible self.

This year, LSA 44, Cano and many others hope members of past LSA classes will join the alumni association and rediscover the reasons they applied for the program in the first place – the experience, the camaraderie, the drive, the vision, and the lasting friendships. Please visit: https://sanantoniotxcoc.wliinc25.com/events/2020-LSA-Alumni-Association-Dues–4821/details to pay your yearly dues and visit the LSA website at www.leadershipsa.org for additional details.

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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