Emerging Leaders Member Spotlight: Austin Wilson

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Meet Emerging Leaders member and Government and Community Relations Coordinator at the University of Central Florida (UCF): Austin Wilson! Austin was recently named an honoree of UCF’s class of 2023 30 under 30 and continues to support the university and the Central Florida community. Continue reading to learn more about Austin.  

Q: When did you join Emerging Leaders?   

A: I joined Emerging Leaders last year during what the board has dubbed “year zero.” It was very rewarding to be a part of the initial journey of the group as we assembled an incredible advisory board and got our name more out in the Central Florida Community.   

Q: What inspires you as a leader?   

A: The thing that inspires me most to be a leader is the potential that can be unleashed when we set out to do the right thing.   

Q: What’s your favorite part of being in Emerging Leaders?  

A: My favorite part of being in Emerging Leaders is being able to learn and work with other young professionals and “emerging leaders” from all walks of life. Whether it be an advisory board meeting or an event, consistently being surrounded by driven individuals motivates me to be better and do better for the community.   

Q: What’s been your favorite Emerging Leaders event/experience and why?   

A: My all-time favorite Emerging Leaders, but also Heart of Florida United Way Event is the “Par-Tee Fore A Cause” that raised money and awareness for the ALICE population in Central Florida. It was impactful being able to learn more about the experiences of the ALICE population and how we as a community can connect and grow to ensure we all live united.   

Q: What’s your favorite way to unwind?   

A: I enjoy playing golf, binge watching the latest and greatest streaming show, but most of all being a Fun-Cle to my niece Parker Paige & spending time with my family.   

Q: What’s the greatest advice you’ve ever received?   

A: It might be nice to be important, but at the end of the day it’s more important to be nice.   

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