The Forum


Each spring, student leaders from across Texas and the nation gather with leaders in politics, business and philanthropy to discuss the leadership philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth. The Texas Student Leadership Forum believes the future prosperity of Texas depends on a multigenerational dialogue about the faith and values that guide a leader's actions. The Forum is not religious. We seek participants of all faiths to join the dialogue and create a diverse experience.


Students with proven leadership qualities and a desire to impact their world are nominated by universities to attend. Student body presidents, fraternity and sorority officers, college athletes, and other student leaders from thirty-five Texas Universities collect in Austin for this gathering.


Leadership Influence



The most influential leader of all time stands well ahead of the crowd: Jesus of Nazereth. Jesus transcends nations, cultures and even religions. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians respect, venerate or worship Jesus 2000 years after his death. Yet, he never wrote a book; he never built a monument; he never fought a great military battle.  He did none of the things that normally acquire greatness.


The Texas Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values focuses on four tenets of this influential man’s leadership: self knowledge, community, forgiveness & reconciliation, and compassion.  We believe that we can change the world by following this great leader’s example.


The Four Tenants


Self Knowledge

Jesus knew who he was. He accepted who he was and he wasn’t scared to ask himself the hard questions. It was through his self-awareness that he understood his purpose.


We all have relationships—friends, acquaintances, and family—but Jesus built community. He focused on twelve other guys and they “did life together.” They encouraged one another, loved one another, prayed with one another, and pointed out each other’s blind spots.

Forgiveness & Reconciliation

One of the last sayings Jesus gave to his followers was, “Be one with one another.” He understood that unity was essential to the upward march of humanity. And when divisions separate us from the humanity of our fellow man, we must reconcile and forgive. Reconciliation is just as controversial today as it was during the time of Jesus.


Jesus rocked the religious and secular world when he said, “Be compassionate as your Father in Heaven is compassionate.” It was through the lens of compassion that he saw those around him. There is no judgment within the womb of compassion, and it motivated Jesus to serve others. Compassion always starts with the way you view yourself.