A Leadership

Like No Other

Real business

Real experience

Real leadership

Do you know someone who would be a good fit for our program? Send them our way and earn a $500 referral fee if we hire them.

A year

You Will Never Forget

At Leadership Academy, we believe that career paths are not always linear. For the right individual, going through Leadership Academy at the beginning of your career could become one of the most formative experiences of your life.

Leadership Academy is a hands-on crash course in leadership, entrepreneurship, and real-life business experience – all while being paid a salary. Recent college graduates are hired on as Business Associates and will be immersed in multiple “Best-in-Class” service companies at the forefront of their industries and directly mentored by the people who lead them.

A role as a Leadership Academy Business Associate positions individuals to become a future business leader in one of our partnering companies or beyond.


Your Mentors

Each of our mentors has excelled in their professional career and today, many of them hold significant leadership positions in their respective industries. They were in your same shoes not too long ago.

some of

Our Speakers

What is

The Program?

Leadership Crash Course

Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

Real Field Experience


The Nuts & Bolts

Some of the topics you will learn about

Setting Strategic Vision

Financial Workflows

Budget Forecasting

Project Bidding

In-person Sales

Competitive Analysis

Supply Chain Logistics


Lean Management

Workflow Automation

Conducting Effective Meetings

The “Entrepreneurial Operating System”

Hiring and Firing

Gaining and Retaining Competitive Edges

Documenting Core Processes

Building Minimum Viable Products

Thesis testing

Zero-based Budgeting

Crisis Communication

Customer Management

Vendor Selection

Matching Right People with the Right Seats

Best Case

You spend a year around high-achieving, high integrity people and learn a lot about small business operations, while developing friendships with your leadership cohort.

You fall in love with small business.

You join one of our companies for the long run and grow into a manager (or more).

We help you start a business.

Worst Case

You spend a year around high-achieving, high integrity people and learn a lot about small business operations while developing friendships with your leadership cohort.

You learn more about yourself–what you’re good at and like doing and what you’re not good at and don’t enjoy doing.

What does it cost?

Nothing. In fact, we actually pay you $45,000 annualized during the program (and yes, you have to find your own housing).

We believe in investing in the future, even at a time when most companies in our space are freezing hiring and hunkering down.

We believe you are worth the investment and that we will find our next generation of company leaders through this program. We are willing to pay for that privilege.

Where will it be?

Austin, Texas

The Capital City of the Lone Star State. Come and enjoy our world-famous BBQ, the greatest live music in the nation, and rub shoulders with entrepreneurs from around the globe.


We only accept the top 10 applicants each year. 

Yes. The program is very competitive.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for the 2021 cohort starting August 9, 2021.

Interested in future cohorts?

Do you know someone who would be a good fit for our program? Send them our way and earn a $500 referral fee if we hire them.


Family of Businesses

We are a group of family and friends that run service businesses in Central Texas. Over the years, our companies have become highly respected businesses in the community. We are long-term, strategic thinkers that strive to serve our employees, build excellent businesses, and have a good time in the process.


Professional Janitorial Services is the largest privately-owned commercial janitorial company in Texas offering the highest quality janitorial services. Ever since PJS was founded by Don Dyer in 1986, our commitment has been to deliver a level of service that exceeds our client's expectations.

Top Choice Lawn Care

Top Choice Lawn Care is a customer service business that happens to do lawn care. We are owned and operated by Austinites committed to making our city beautiful and embracing our common appreciation for the great outdoors.

Clean Scapes

Clean Scapes

Clean Scapes constructs and maintains exceptional landscapes and relationships with integrity and excellence. We strive to conduct our business with sustainable, earth-wise practices. We value our people as our most important asset, and we know their hard work is the foundation for our success. In everything we do, we hope to exceed the expectations of our clients and leave their properties more beautiful than we found them.

Exterior Cleaning Solutions

Exterior Cleaning Solutions provides window cleaning, pressure washing, and other exterior maintenance services to low and high-rise commercial buildings across Central Texas. We deliver high-quality work with clear communication. We provide jobs that offer dignity and a living wage to our employees. As the world becomes increasingly automated, our work remains focused on people. It still requires a human touch for both our employees and our customers alike to be successful. It’s why we love what we do and why we are so grateful for the opportunity to do it.

Meet our 2020 Leadership Academy Cohort