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Leadership San Antonio’s Longest Class Ever Finally Graduates

No one could have imagined that what started in January 2020, with community leaders participating in an opening LSA weekend downtown, would last over two years and include an ongoing global pandemic, a country’s unrest, career moves, weddings, and new family members. The participants, staff, and steering committee could have quit when mandated social distancing led to a “virtual only option” for a class that gets the most from in-person activities, but they continued anyway. The all-around support to complete the class in its entirety exemplifies the true leaders and leadership that enables LSA to stand out as a premier leadership program for Bexar County.

“This class will always be unique. As our city struggled, they acted and supported over 100 small businesses, delivered meals to families in need, and helped distribute vaccines and PPE materials,” said Brian Hurtak, AVP at USAA and co-chair for this year’s class. “Our commitment of collaborating with city and state continued to prepare the class to lead San Antonio into the future by encouraging a broader understanding of our diverse community.”

As part of the program, days spent together were in person, virtual, and hybrid with continuous pivots that established the inaugural “Lessons in Leadership” series that is expected to continue as part of future LSA curricula.

“I’m still simply amazed by this class and their resilience. It is a clear indication of the strong solidarity our LSA 2020/2021 class and steering committee have. Their level of quality conversations surrounding the challenges our city meets, the legacy they wish to leave as a class, as well as the service and action they will take for a better and stronger San Antonio give hope to our city’s bright future,” said Cristina Bazaldua, co-chair for this year’s class when asked to reflect on the previous two years.

In partnership with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of commerce, LSA 45 successfully completed the “longest class ever.” They are officially part of an exceptional family of professionals ready to jump in and continue the vital work affecting our city.

Support and partnership opportunities for Leadership San Antonio are always available through corporate and individual donations of time, talent, and treasure. For specific sponsorship details, please contact Lori Stinson at lstinson@sachamber.org.

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