Submitted by Leadership Austin intern Mark Shaw.
Leadership Austin is very proud to have been recognized as the 2012 "FAVE Professional Development Source" by the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce (AYC). It is an honor to be nominated among other great organizations like Texas MBA and The Princeton Review The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Downtown on October 19, followed by an after-party at Recess Arcade Bar.
Leadership Austin and the AYC are truly aligned in their missions. Both strive to create and grow a culture of professional engagement, connectivity, and development in order to create civic awareness and business relationships in Austin.
Austin is "the No. 1 city for young people" according to CNBC, and the Census Bureau reported the Austin MSA as the second-fastest growing metropolitan area in the country. With so many young people from all around moving here, it is very important to have a connection to this growing next generation of leaders.
The AYC is an organization designed for young professionals to engage with the community and expand professionally. They are tuned in and growing their organization rapidly. "With this rapid growth, we are now the largest young professional organization and third largest chamber of commerce in Central Texas," says Melanie Plummer, Executive Director of AYC and Leadership Austin EMERGE 2010 alum.
Leadership Austin also plays a vital role in the development of young professionals in Austin through our EMERGE Program, which is designed to deepen leadership skills and build relationships for emerging young leaders of this fantastic city. "Many of AYC's membership, volunteers, staff and Board Members have had the opportunity to experience the excellent events and programs offered by Leadership Austin," explains Blake Absher, 2012 President of the AYC and current EMERGE 2012 participant.
Thank you again to everyone who voted in the FAVE awards! We’re honored to be a part of it.
To find out more about this or our other programs, visit our website at www.leadershipaustin.org.