YLC Program Info

On Sunday, September 18th, former NFL and UT football player Cory Redding launched the YLC 2017-2018 program year with an inspiring presentation based on his experience as a two-time collegiate All-American, the Indianapolis Colts 2012 Man of the Year, the 2013 Ed Block Courage Award winner, and community philanthropist behind the Cory and Priscilla Redding Family Scholarship for the UT College of Education. Over 50 high school students attended the event at Abel’s on the Lake, receiving YLC t-shirts and having the opportunity to win the $25 Amazon gift card door prize.

Our next event will take place on October 22nd as Cecilia Abbott, First Lady of Texas, shares her experiences from a life devoted to educational advocacy. Recently, as the cornerstone of her focus on service, she launched the “Texanthropy” initiative to promote voluntarism throughout Texas.






2017-2018 Schedule of Programs and Dates

All the YLC meetings will be held on Sunday at Abel’s on the Lake (in the event space upstairs) from 4:30-5:30 pm.

  • September 17 – 1st Speaker Series, Cory Redding-Former UT & NFL football player
  • October 22 – 2nd Speaker Series, Cecilia Abbott-1st Lady of Texas
  • January 28 – 3rd Speaker Series, Beau Armstrong-Chairman, President, and CEO of Stratus Properties; Ed Clements-Radio Personality, Austin’s Morning News talk show host, television actor with appearances in Friday Night Lights
  • February 25 – 4th Speaker Series, Andrew Heller, renowned performer and independent recording artist
  • April 13th – Awards reception at the Long Center ($500 college book scholarship awarded)

Past Speakers


Amy Simmons, Amy’s Ice Cream Founder

Ricky Williams, 1998 Heisman Trophy Winner and 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Will Bridges, Musician and Co-Owner of Lambert’s BBQ, Antones-Austin’s Home of Blues, Arlyn Studios and Deep Eddy Cabaret

Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin

Sara Hickman, Singer/Songwriter, Vocalist and Musician

Mitch Morse, NFL Offensive Line (Center) Player for The Kansas City Football Chiefs, among the top 10 Rookies of the Year



Casey McPherson, Lead Singer of  Alpha Rev,  an Indie-Rock Band
“Leadership through Music and the Arts”

State Senator Judith Zaffirini
“Leadership through Government and Service”

Cotter Cunningham, CEO of Retail Me Not
“Leadership through Entrepreneurship”

Major General Tony Cucolo, UT Vice-Chancellor of Leadership and Veterans Affairs
“Leadership through Excellence”

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