Leadership Austin

What is LEADERSHIP Austin?

LEADERSHIP Austin is a community leadership program which provides participants an intense look at the business, agriculture, politics, education, quality of life, health care, human services, public safety and diversity of our community. The program is designed as an educational opportunity that enables participants to learn about this area’s resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. The intent is to motivate and encourage participants to assume individual leadership roles in community affairs. Participants create strong relationships to encourage their future involvement and collaboration in addressing the region’s challenges.

Who should apply?

Ideal candidates for LEADERSHIP Austin are individuals who:

  • are highly motivated to serve their community and have a passion to make a difference
  • want to cultivate relationships with a network of other community leaders, for both personal and professional benefit
  • have demonstrated community involvement
  • represent various sectors of the community: business, industry, education, public and private agencies, civic groups and other facets of the community

When are application due?

Applications must be received by June 19, 2023

2023 - 2024 Leadership Austin Application

What is the time commitment involved?

LEADERSHIP Austin consists of nine sessions the 2nd Thursday of every month. Participation in the program requires a serious commitment of time and energy. Participants meet for a full day each month, meeting September through May. In addition, a three hour evening kickoff event is held in August.

Selected applicants will be expected to meet the following commitments:

  • attend all program sessions
  • arrive on time and attend the entirety of each session
  • submit a final portfolio and give a 10 minute presentation at May graduation


“Leadership Austin was a fabulous way to learn more about the community and what makes it so great. Learning about a variety of programs allowed me to understand where my passion lies and how I can be part of making the community better. Most importantly, the relationships developed through this program will have an impact for the rest of my life.” 

Where will program sessions be held?

This localized program was designed by the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Riverland Community College and its Customized Training and Education Department. All sessions are facilitated locally and are held at a different location each month.

How: A series of intense thematic seminars conducted by local and regionally known professionals. The bulk of the instructional staff is drawn from volunteers in the community.

What is the tuition cost?  Tuition for Leadership Austin is $1200. Tuition is payable at the time a participant is accepted into the program and must be received prior to the August kickoff session. Partial scholarship assistance may be available.


Contact Information

Elaine Hansen
President Austin Area Chamber of Commerce
329 North Main Street, Ste 102
Austin, MN  55912