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Concordia announces inaugural

Emerging Leader Award and After Dark Party during the EIL Gala Aug. 23

Article written by on May. 28, 2013

Concordia University Texas is pleased to present its new Emerging Leaders award during its seventh annual Excellence in Leadership Gala on Aug. 23, 2013, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. Each year, the Excellence in Leadership Gala recognizes an outstanding Christian leader. This year, two emerging Christian leaders—Lemuel and Terri Williams—will also be recognized with the inaugural Emerging Leaders award. Lew N. Little, Jr., chief executive officer and co-founder of Harden Healthcare, LLC, will serve as this year’s overall Excellence in Leadership honoree.

Lemuel Williams is the channel development manager for Gemalto, a digital security company, and the current chair of the City of Austin Technology and Telecommunications Commission. He is also a former board member of the Boys and Girls Club, a former steering committee member for Leadership Austin and a past Austin Under 40 winner for Technology and Science. Additionally, he volunteers at Hyde Park Baptist Church as a Bible study teacher.

Terri Williams is the vice president of advocacy and government relations for the southwest affiliate of the American Heart Association, which includes Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming. She is also a member of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board and Giving City’s Advisory Board. Terri is involved with various philanthropic efforts and has served on the board of directors for Leadership Austin and the Junior League of Austin. Additionally, she served as the chair of Leadership Austin’s “Best Party Ever” in 2010, as well as American Red Cross’ Luminaria in 2013.

The Austin Business Journal named Terri one of Austin’s Most Influential Women in 2012, and she is fellow of the Frank McBee, Jr. Civic Entrepreneurship Program—a rigorous Central Texas program for civic leadership development. Terri volunteers as a lector at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

In 2012, Lemuel and Terri launched the Williams Family Emerge scholarship for minority young professionals who are interested in participating in Leadership Austin. They are also founding members of Concordia University’s Emerging Leaders Board. The Emerging Leaders Board works to provide the students of Concordia University Texas the resources and tools to develop as Christian leaders and to be successful in tomorrow’s world through mentoring and career development initiatives.

“Both Lemuel and Terri have provided insight and leadership for Concordia through their participation on and shaping of the Emerging Leaders Board,” Dr. Donald Christian, Dean of Concordia’s College of Business, said.  “In addition they have served as mentors for our students, helping them to better understand what it means to be a Christian leader in our community.

“We are honored to have been chosen as recipients of the inaugural Emerging Leaders Award,” Terri said. “Our mission has always been to lead and serve our community and to inspire others to do the same.”

This year, in addition to the traditional sit-down dinner, program and dancing at the Four Seasons Hotel, the Excellence in Leadership Gala will also feature an “After Dark” party immediately following the program. Guests are invited to attend the exclusive “after party” in the lounge, which will feature live entertainment, a raffle, photo booth, drinks and dancing.

Additionally, Concordia University Texas is introducing a lower ticket rate for members of young professional organizations in Austin this year. A limited number of tickets are available to young professionals for $150 per ticket for the Gala and After Dark party, or $50 for the After Dark party only. Individual tickets traditionally start at $300. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

The Excellence in Leadership Gala will be held on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. The After Dark party will take place from 9 – 11:30 p.m. Money raised at the gala will go toward Concordia University Texas’ scholarship fund.

For more information about the Concordia University Texas Excellence in Leadership Gala, or to purchase tickets, visit or contact Melissa Miller at 512.313.4104 or


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