It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome you into the Rising Stars Leadership Program! The journey upon which you are embarking will provide you with additional self-awareness, influence, networks, and skills that will enhance your leadership capacity. We also believe the learning process is reciprocal and as an emerging leader your cohort and our team look forward to learning from you. The members, faculty, and staff of the NextUp are excited to welcome you!

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates as we meet milestones throughout the program. If you have questions, the participant FAQ can be downloaded here. If you have additional questions after reviewing the FAQ, please email us


Key Dates & Milestones



Coach assignments have been made. Your coach and groups are available for your review by clicking here.

Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox (and check spam or junk folders!) for an email from your coach. They will be reaching out to you to schedule your 1:1 meeting.

To prepare you for your 1:1 meeting with your coach, please review the 360 overview video before your meeting. This will take approximately 1 hour to complete. Complete the handout linked below during the overview video.

Know Before You Go

Before arriving

Ensure your LinkedIn profile is polished and ready to make a strong impression at our Day One networking event. Click here for a checklist to make sure your LinkedIn profile is in top shape.

What to bring

Printed or electronic copy of you Fascination Advantage Results. If bringing electronic version, be sure to download it to your device – signal can be spotty in the ballroom.

Printed or electronic copy of your 360 results (optional) for your reference if desired.

You will be given a workbook when you arrive that has room for you to take notes, but feel free to bring a notebook for additional notetaking.

What to Pack

The overall dress code for Rising Stars is business casual. On our first evening we have a networking reception that includes cocktails and dinner. Ultimately, please dress in whatever will make you most comfortable and ready to learn!

We suggest comfortable business casual and walking shoes. Please bring layers to accommodate changes in weather and/or temperature within the hotel.

Travel Details

The airport nearest the Omni Barton Creek is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport [AUS].

The Hotel’s address is:

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
8212 Barton Club Drive
Austin, TX 78735

The Omni Barton Creek check-in time is 4:00 PM. While the hotel will make every effort to have rooms available on arrival this cannot be guaranteed. The Omni Bell Stand will be happy to hold your luggage in the event your room is not ready on arrival.


  • Dinner to be provided on June 12.
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks provided on June 13.
  • Breakfast and snacks provided on June 14.
  • All other meals will be the responsibility of the participant.

Dietary restrictions were recorded when you registered for the program. All food items will be clearly marked with allergy information. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please see a Rising Stars Staff member.

Rising Stars Registration

Follow way-finding signs to the Rising Stars registration desk between 12:00 pm – 1:55 pm to check in for the Rising Stars Program. You will receive your program workbook and will be asked to complete four questions before the program begins. The program promptly kicks off at 2:00 pm.

Download a PDF copy of the agenda here.


Additional Notes

Day 1 (June 12)

  • Program registration is open from 12:00 – 1:55 pm
  • The program promptly kicks off at 2:00 pm.
  • You will receive your workbook upon registration
  • Your LinkedIn profile should be updated and ready for the evening networking event

Day 2 (June 13)

  • Bring your Rising Stars workbook with you
  • Bring your Bingo Card to continue networking
  • Bring your Fascination Advantage Results

Day 3 (June 14)

Complete this optional activity to prepare for the Day 3 keynote.

Step 1: Read this list of 100 Leadership Qualities. Highlight all the characteristics you recognize in yourself.

Step 2: Focusing on your strengths and innate leadership style, select 3 qualities you’d most like to own and be known for 12 months from today. It might help to group similar qualities (such as “Sees the big picture” and “Sets the vision and direction”) into one category.

Step 3: Write down your three leadership strengths and bring them to our Day 3 session.

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