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The Texas Leadership Summit


The Texas Leadership Summit is a FREE campus-wide conference for all students at The University of Texas at Austin. The conference offers a unique opportunity to interact with a diverse community of student leaders and to develop and refine leadership skills through participation in breakout sessions, group activities and special workshops that speak to various aspects of student Leadership and Engagement

The 3rd Annual Texas Leadership Summit was held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Student Activity Center (SAC).

A look back at the 2014 Texas Leadership Summit...

Keynote Speaker

Photo of Tukarsh Ambudkar Utkarsh Ambudkar is a musician and actor of Indian-American descent. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (BFA Drama), Ambudkar has spent most of his career trying new things. Though most widely known for his roles as Rishi Lahiri on The Mindy Project and as Donald in Universal Pictures' Pitch Perfect, Ambudkar has enjoyed an incredibly wide variety of experiences as a performer. He's spent time in several off-broadway productions, worked as an MTV VJ, written and performed educational songs for Sesame Workshops' The Electric Company, served as an assistant professor of Hip Hop studies at the University of Ghana at Legon, won multiple freestyle rap battles, opened for Public Enemy, LMFAO and Questlove of the Roots and also once took a class in the art of making sushi.

Along the way he has learned that above all things success requires an open mind, a tenacious joy for what you do, and an understanding of your own worth. As one member of a pioneering class of Indian-American artists making their mark on the industry, Ambudkar hopes to share his experience, strength and hope to inspire, ignite and empower anyone with the audacity to have a dream and the willingness to make it come true.


Goals of the Texas Leadership Summit

  1. To provide students with concrete ideas, concepts, skills and tools related to leadership development.
  2. To motivate students to take their new knowledge back to their organizations and social networks.
  3. To empower students with the personal tools and leadership skills to implement in their academic lives and future careers.

Summit Incentive

TLS 2014 Winners

Three participants of the 3rd Annual Texas Leadership Summit received an incentive:1 iPad Mini and 2 Beats Pills. All participants were eligible for the free drawing and were be present to claim the participant incentive. Criteria required to participate in the Texas Leadership Summit is that you are a currently enrolled student at the University of Texas at Austin or an invited guest student representing another Texas college or university.

Note: In order to claim an incentive students are required to complete a Payee Information Form (PIF) and show a picture ID. This form is completed for every student who receives even in-kind incentives. The form includes obtaining their SSN and goes to accounting for tax reporting purposes. If for some reason the student cannot complete a PIF, then they are automatically ineligible for the participant incentive.

Take a look at the 2013 Texas Leadership Summit