2019 HOBY TXCA Leadership Seminar: Day 2 Update

We had an OUTSTANDING day.

We started bright and early with our Societal Leadership Debate.  13 groups debated on a variety of topics in front of a panel of three judges, all of whom are practicing attorneys.  As the Director of Programs, this is one of my favorite activities – I’m consistently amazed by the intelligence, quick-wittedness, and perspicacity of our ambassadors.

Following the debate, we transitioned to our Group Leadership Panel.  The ambassadors had a chance to engage with and talk to five amazing professionals whose work is service-oriented.  They discussed how to overcome adversity, how to stay positive in the face of challenges, and how to effectively work with other people.  Our panelists even hung around for lunch to give the ambassadors additional time to ask questions!

A major part of HOBY’s curriculum is servant leadership.  Caitlin Crommett, one of our panelists and the founder of a nonprofit called DreamCatchers, led us in a seminar-wide service project.  She told us her story and taught us to make dreamcatchers and cards that will be given to the hospice patients that DreamCatchers works with.

We finished the evening with an upbeat team leadership activity – improv skits! – and reflections in front of the UT Tower.  There was a lot of laughter and a lot of heartfelt feelings. We’re headed to bed tired but happy.

Tomorrow, we’ll wrap up with a few final sessions to tie the whole weekend together before rejoining our families at the Parents’ Program.  We hope to see you there! As a reminder, the Parents’ Program will be held in the University Teaching Center (UTC) Building (105 W 21st Street, Austin TX 78712), and parents will leave with their ambassadors straight from that location.  For more details and logistics about the Parents’ Program and pickup, see the “2019 Parent Info Sheet,” attached below.

Mitch Harris, our Leadership Seminar Chair, explaining the basics of improv to ambassadors.

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