LSA44 Begins New Year with Opening Retreat

After weeks of preparation and planning, the 44th Class for Leadership San Antonio (LSA) met for an opening retreat to connect and begin the important task of team-building and organizing the goals and vision for LSA this year.

The retreat kicked off with establishing the framework for the year under the leadership of Co-Chairs Andi Rodriguez (SAISD, SA Business Journal) and Laura Cabanilla (Wells Fargo). LSA 44 will focus on creating impactful and challenging days that dive deep into San Antonio’s industries and create an understanding of the role business plays in securing a booming economy, job growth, and supporting a high quality of life.

The Steering Committee, consisting of LSA Alumni from years past, developed an agenda full of unique information and valuable content geared toward the challenges in San Antonio. The retreat combined exercises on Adaptive Leadership facilitated by Francisco Gonima, Owner/Principal at Francisco Gonima Executive Coaching and Strategy, along with speakers such as Molly Cox, President and CEO SA 2020 and John Dickson, Principal at Denim Group. The speakers highlighted the value of investing time and talent in meaningful opportunities to push our community forward.

The theme for LSA this year is “The Next 300,” alluding to the long-range goals and future plans for the next 300 years. The San Antonio Chamber’s 2019 Chair Paula Gold-Williams (CPS Energy) and the Hispanic Chamber’s 2019 Chair John Agather (Los Juantanamos) provided a greater insight into the vision of both Chambers for 2019, focusing on advocating for business and industry growth, as well as encouraging future leaders to become more involved in Chamber Councils and Committees.

“What’s good for business is good for San Antonio,” said Paula Gold-Williams. “Your participation in this Leadership program will open your eyes to new ways to support San Antonio through studying good business practices, collaboration efforts, and establishing new relationships.”

To close the retreat, LSA was honored to host Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who shared his experience and knowledge on where San Antonio has been and where he thinks the city is going.

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