Young Leaders Program

IMG 8613 articleIWA’s Young Leaders Program kicked off the eighth season of its distinguished leader speaker series yesterday with a new brand and a distinguished guest: Mr. Chase Untermeyer, former ambassador to Qatar under President George W. Bush.  Now in its eighth season, Leadership Live! is a student-run speaker series that invites distinguished leaders from the Houston community to IWA to share the stories of their lives and their leadership journeys with IWA students in an informal setting. 

This season’s first speaker, Mr. Untermeyer recently published the book “How Important People Act: Behaving Yourself in Public.” He has previously held elected office in the Texas State Legislature, served as a United States diplomat, and is now a professor, a consultant, a businessman, and active in serving the Houston community.   

Untermeyer noted that among all of the many different kinds of positions he held and industries he worked in there was one common thread: leaders at all levels.  He explained:  “There are lots of different programs of leadership, there are courses taught, there are institutes, there are military styles and corporate styles and civic styles of leadership.  I really think it all boils down to the same thing which is: the willingness of a person to take on a task usually for the good of other and the ability to carry it out. The key to successful leadership is remembering that you are by no means the most important person.  You are merely there to help other people.”

The IWA Young Leaders Program continues to have an impact in IWA’s hallways and this year they are proud to announce their latest innovation: a partnership with Chick-fil-A Leader Academy.  

Chick-fil-A Leader Academy is a national high school leadership program focused on impact throughaction.  Thirty IWA students will take part in the seven-month curriculum to learn valuable leadership lessons.  Students will execute two service projects to strengthen their project management and leadership skills, culminating in an end-of-program ImpactProject in the local community.

The program is fully-funded through generoussponsorships from local Chick-fil-A Operators.  So, if you find yourself in the Chick-fil-A in the Park Shoppes on McKinney, tell them thanks forsupporting IWA!

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Saturday, April 1st, the Young Leaders Program held their 4th annual Look 'n Lead conference, hosting over eighty 7th and 8th grade students from local middle schools! The theme for the event, Mission Possible, allowed each young leader to reflect on their passions, talents and leadership strengths to create a mission statement that will help guide their future as a servant leader. The IWA Look 'n Lead team, over 20 strong, had a great time planning and executing the event, and were so impressed with these young ladies!  The future of leadership at IWA is bright!

Sewfest WebsiteMarch 6 marked the 7th annual IWA Sewfest and the IWA community truly rallied around this worthy cause! Students, families, and friends of IWA worked diligently through the afternoon and evening to create dresses, purses, superhero masks and capes, and cards for the 300 2nd to 4th-grade boys and girls of Cafe con Leche school in the Dominican Republic. During the event, the Leaders in Action team hosted female leaders from Houston area middle schools to create bookmarks, while the Leading with Service WINGS project created bracelets with their "little sisters" from the Wesley Community Center. All of these gifts will be brought down by the Teens for Unity students on their spring break mission trip to Cafe con Leche, so keep an eye out for photos and videos after spring break. We sincerely thank each and every person who supported this year's Sewfest--this would not have been possible without your help!