Professional Development

Business/Civic Leadership Forum

Are you an established or aspiring leader in the Houston region? Do you have leadership skills and the ability to influence others? Do you want to effect change within the Houston region?

This Fall, Awty will sponsor one Awty Alum(na) who wishes to attend the Business/Civic Leadership Forum organized by the Center for Houston’s Future!

Business/Civic Leadership Forums are conducted twice yearly to build passionate civic leaders as diverse as the Houston region itself, leveraging participants’ business and leadership skills to drive lasting change. The purpose of the Forum is to identify matters of the highest importance to the long-term future of the greater Houston region, and to collaborate in addressing those challenges for the benefit of all.

The Fall session will be virtual and will happen between September 9th and November 4th of 2021. The meeting dates are as follows:

  • Day #1: Thursday, September 9, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Day #2: Wednesday, September 15, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Day #3: Thursday, September 23, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Day #4: Thursday, September 30, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Day #5: Thursday, October 14, 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
  • Day #6: Thursday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Day #7: Thursday, November 4, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Participants are taken on learning journeys through the thorniest social issues and the biggest economic hurdles, and build bridges between points of view as diverse as Houston itself. The results are dozens of life-changing community projects - spun off from the Forums - and a cohort of diverse civic entrepreneurs working to build a better region.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in participating in, fill out the questionnaire below by August 6, 2021 and a representative from The Awty Alumni Association will contact you for the next steps in the process.

For more information about the Business/Civic Leadership Forum click here.

Requirements and Candidate profile

Criteria for individual selection:

  • An established leader in their organization, but not necessarily yet a civic leader (could also be an emerging leader with a strong potential to become a major player in Houston region)
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to influence others in their jobs and/or in the community.
  • Access to resources (i.e. intellectual; financial, etc.).
  • Energy, drive, and the desire to effect change within the Houston region.
  • Willing to commit personal time and energy during and after participation in the Leadership Forum.

Other considerations:

  • Participation from across the region.
  • Representation of the diversity of the region.
  • Representation from business, government, and nonprofit arenas.
  • No age restrictions or limitations; but majority of participants have achieved success in their professional and personal lives.

Alumni Sponsored Application