Fearless Leadership Institute

The Fearless Leadership Institute (FLI) is designed to advance Black Women and Latinas through academic excellence, professional development, and personal growth. Several campus programs are organized throughout the semester that focus on all aspects of personal and professional development. We hold weekly interest groups to address topics ranging from financial responsibility to networking to healthy relationships. Our mission is to cultivate empowered and innovative women as they prepare to graduate from The University of Texas at Austin and move into the next stage of their lives.  

 

 

The Annual Leadership Retreat

 

The leadership retreat is an intensive, three-day series of workshops and team building activities held off-campus that are a further expansion of on-campus FLI programming and workshops. The retreat covers topics such as overcoming past trauma, personal branding, motivation and tips for a successful career, guidance on balancing college life and preparation for the future, self-acceptance, advice on friendships and other intimate relationships, navigating life’s challenges, and more. Women are actively encouraged to address past hurts through creative drama and artistic activities, healing circles, team building exercises, and therapeutic practices. We also offer fun outdoor activities, such as volleyball games, swimming, kayaking and challenging high ropes courses.

 

 

What We Need Help With

 

The 2019 retreat will be the largest yet with more than 150 students in attendance, not only UT Austin, but from Huston-Tillotson University as well. The cost is $300 per student to attend which includes transportation to and from the retreat, lodging & bedding, six meals & snacks, intense workshops with guest speakers, high ropes courses & ziplining, a retreat t-shirt and more. The students are only required to pay a $50 registration fee. The remainder of the cost is covered through DDCE and largely through community fundraising. Please help us meet the cost of the largest retreat yet! Thank you!

 

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SURPRISE CHALLENGE
The group with the most gifts between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. central will win an extra $3,000!
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SURPRISE AGAIN!
The group with the most gifts between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. central will win an extra $3,000!
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University-Wide Leaderboard: Number of Gifts
Every gift and every donor makes a difference! The colleges, schools, units or organizations that received the most gifts during 40 for Forty get a bonus $1,000, $3,000 or $5,000.
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University-Wide Leaderboard: Money Raised
Thank you for your generosity! The colleges, schools, units or organizations that raised the most money during 40 for Forty get a bonus $1,000, $3,000 or $5,000.
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Kick-Off Challenge
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Hidden Bevo Contest
We’ve hidden 20 stuffed Bevos in common areas across the Forty Acres. When you find one, let everyone know by posting a picture with #UT40for40! Follow @UTAustin on Twitter for clues! Winners can designate a $500 gift to the UT Austin area of their choosing.
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Geographic Challenge
Keep an eye on the 40 for Forty heat map! The first donor from each U.S. state gets an additional $200 added to your donation.
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Class of 2019 Presidential Match
Gifts made by members of the class of 2019 will be matched dollar for dollar as part of the Senior Class Gift Presidential Match! Match amount is capped at $50,000 for all gifts through #UT40for40 and the Senior Class Gift
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Longhorn Selfie Challenge
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The Great 40 Hour Scavenger Hunt
Participating student groups have just 40 hours to complete as many scavenger hunt challenges as they can! Challenges will be posted to social media between 6 a.m. April 3 and 10 p.m. April 4. Groups will receive additional rules before the hunt kicks off. 1st Place: $5,000 2nd Place: $2,000 3rd Place: $1,000
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Lunch Break Match
Make your gift between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 3 — the first $10,000 in online gifts will be matched!
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Hook 'Em Parents Match
Parents, this match is for you! From 12-3 pm on April 4, the first $5,000 in unique online gifts (up to $250 each) made by parents of current UT students will be matched.
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Faculty/Staff Lunchtime Match
Take a long lunch! The first $10,000 in unique online gifts from 12-3 pm on April 4 made by UT Austin faculty and staff, up to $250 each, will be matched.
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Final Countdown Match
Get your gift in under the wire! The first $10,000 in unique online gifts (up to $250 each) made from 8-10 pm on April 4 during the countdown will be matched.
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Happy Hour Challenge
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All-Nighter Challenge
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Mid-Morning Stretch Challenge
Take a break and make a gift! The college, school, unit or organization that receives the greatest number of unique online gifts between 9 – 11 a.m. on April 4 wins an additional $3,000.
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Payroll Deduction Match
The first $10,000 in payroll deduction pledges made by UT Austin faculty and staff between March 13, 2019 and April 2, 2019 will be matched up to $10,000. Matches will count for payroll deduction gifts from the date of enrollment until August 31, 2019. There is no maximum individual donation amount for this opportunity.
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