Emerging Leader Initiative

Our Strategic Objective is to equip young leaders to apply their personal faith into actionable steps that will impact the marketplace. We do that with a three-track series designed to connect emerging leaders with highly qualified marketplace disciplers and lead them through proven Christian business content

ELI LogoThe Emerging Leader Initiative is a key component in ABBA’s strategy to connect people with purpose. When asking Christian business executives, "What impacted their leadership development?" one answer rises to the top: personal investment from a high-level leader further down the road. We have crafted a program specifically for leaders with a desire to grow spiritually and professionally. All course tracks are steeped in biblical theology with practical applications that can be applied to new or existing for-profit business, non-profit organizations, civic, Christian ministry opportunities, or brand new businesses.

Semester Formats

Cohort meetings are held monthly for four months on the first Monday of each month (Mar-Jun and Sep-Dec).

Workshop Sessions will also meet monthly during the cohort’s four months.

Eight months of one-to-one personal coaching with a high-level business leader in the Austin area (Carrier & Builder Track).

Grow your leadership network through ELI Alumni Gatherings throughout the year.

Course Descriptions

Emerging Track (New for 2022) - Cost is FREE

  • Geared towards younger adults (22-30 years old) who might not be in leadership positions but who want to develop the skills needed to step into lead roles while maintaining their faith and industry focus.

Carrier Track - Cost is $200 per semester (payable in monthly installments if needed)

  • Geared towards adults (26+ years old) who are currently in a leadership role and want to develop their leadership skills to help them represent their faith well in the marketplace.
  • One-to-one coaching, one hour per month for eight months (September through April) with a professional coach, marketplace leader, or career mentor.

Builder Track - Cost is $500 per semester (payable in monthly installments if needed)

  • Geared towards adults (26+ years old) who desire to launch their own business and want to maintain their faith throughout that process.
  • Exclusive access to StartNew Training with Bill Woolsey, who also teaches the Builder Track.
  • One-to-one coaching, one hour per month for eight months (September through April) with a professional coach, marketplace leader, or career mentor.