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New Leaders Council—Houston welcomed twenty-one Fellows for the first weekend of our progressive leadership development institute on the fourth weekend in January.
A gracious community supporter invited us to meet in the BioScience Research Collaborative building. The BRC, where Rice University meets the Texas Medical Center, was designed to foster collaboration and connection, making it the ideal launch site for the Houston chapter’s first Fellowship class.
The primary focus of the weekend was a deep dive into Fellows’ hopes, goals, and plans, guided by Matti Miranda, former Programs Director at NLC who now leads NLC Community Action Initiative. Fellows worked through a series of exercises built around the concept of life entrepreneurship. They studied their strengths and weaknesses and began to articulate a long-term life path that will secure for each of them a strong foothold in working toward a pragmatic and inclusive society. At the weekend’s conclusion, Fellows initiated a conversation about their capstone projects—practical plans to put the tools gained during NLC Institute to use.
No surprise, given such weighty work, that feedback was an almost universal confession that the two days were exhausting. The NLC Executive Board, which had been planning for almost a year, felt the same way.
Life entrepreneurs are “ordinary people who integrate their life, work, and purpose through distinctively entrepreneurial behavior—and, in so doing, create extraordinary lives of significance.” We concluded the weekend absolutely certain that extraordinary progress will come from the work of our NLC Fellows, and eagerly anticipate our next gathering.
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