Last night, I had the pleasure of attending an event for Leadership Austin hosted at The University of Texas Club. Since 1979, Leadership Austin has been instrumental in helping Central Texans, from diverse backgrounds, discover and foster community leadership. Programs include topic focused monthly breakfast meetings, immersion experiences for people new to Austin, and extended cohorts focused on emerging leaders and professionals wishing to expand their engagement and relationship with their home city. Last night’s social was a recruiting event for the 2012 Essentials class, which starts this Fall. It was great to meet alumni ranging from as early as the Class of 1986 to those fresh from the current cohort. Many interesting people looking to join the Leadership Austin alumni community were there as well. It was a pleasure to meet so many folks and learn about how they are contributing to building a better Austin.