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.


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


Effective Connecting

Lean Management

Conducting Effective Meetings

The “Entrepreneurial Operating System”

Hiring and Firing

Gaining and Retaining Competitive Edges

Documenting Core Processes

Public Speaking 

Customer Management

Anatomy of Business

Vendor Selection

Matching Right People with the Right Seats

Business Formation

Personal Finance Framework

Small Business Accounting

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 $50,000 annualized with $10,000 included development during the program (and yes, you have to find your own housing).

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.

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.

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.

Emerald Lawns

Emerald Lawns was founded by Luke & Mary Hawthorne in 2006 to provide a personalized approach to lawn care in Central Texas. Our simple honest approach is to do everything we can to ensure that our customers have a healthy and beautiful lawn year-round. We have always understood that our customer's business is earned with each application, not just at the sale. Emerald Lawns is dedicated to meeting and exceeding our customer’s expectations with the highest quality products and services, produced by the finest landscape professionals.