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About Subiendo

Discover how Subiendo was originated and dive more into the program.


Subiendo was created in 2010 at the University of Texas at Austin to prepare tomorrow's leaders to address the needs of the next generation in key areas of policy. Over the years, Subiendo has welcomed almost 700 rising high school seniors to undergo leadership training by not only hearing from speakers who share their leadership stories, but by also participating in communication workshops, learning networking skills, utilizing project based learning, and developing mentor relationships with student, community, and business leaders.

Subiendo strongly encourages students with the opportunity to be first in their families to attend college, or students who have overcome adversity, to apply to the Academy. Today, 97% of the students who participated in Subiendo went onto college to pursue a higher education.

The success of Subiendo would not be possible without the private and corporate donors, like Southwest Airlines, who fund this program and make travel possible; the Subiendo Advisory Council who give their time to program development; the speakers who share their motivational stories with the students; the hundreds of volunteers and team leaders who mentor these students over the years; and the University of Texas at Austin and McCombs School of Business who support this vision of believing in the potential of these students to aspire to lead.


  • Carol Alvarado, Representative District 145, Texas State House of Representatives
  • Bill Bradley, Former U.S. Senator
  • David Booth, Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer, Dimensional Fund Advisors
  • George P. Bush, Partner, Pennybacker Capital
  • Joaquin Castro, Representative, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Julian Castro, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Francisco Cigarroa, Former Chancellor, University of Texas System
  • Henry Cisneros, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Naomi Gonzalez, Representative District 76, Texas State House of Representatives
  • Gregory Fenves, President, University of Texas at Austin
  • Rosa Flores, CNN Correspondent
  • Eva Guzman, Supreme Court Justice, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Jose Hernandez, NASA Astronaut
  • Ruben Hinojosa, Former Representative, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Kenny Jastrow, Former Chairman & CEO, Temple-Inland
  • Ron Kirk, Former Mayor of Dallas & U.S. Trade Representative
  • Diana Maldonado, Former Representative District 52, Texas State House of Representatives
  • Trey Martinez Fischer, Texas State Representative
  • Sara Martinez Tucker, UT System Regent, Former Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
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  • Caylin Moore, Former TCU Football Player, Rhodes Scholar
  • Hector Morales, Former U.S. Ambassador, US Organization of American States
  • Javier Palomarez, CEO, United State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Raymund Paredes, Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Sonia Perez, President, AT&T Louisiana
  • Rick Perry, Former Governor of Texas
  • William Powers, Jr., Former President, University of Texas at Austin
  • Eduardo Repetto, Director, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Dimensional Fund Advisors
  • Eddie Rodriguez, Representative District 51, Texas State House of Representatives
  • Marc A. Rodriguez, Chairman, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Laura Sanchez, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Evan Smith, CEO & Editor in Chief, Texas Tribune
  • Kirk Watson, Texas State Senator
  • Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Judge, Texas Court of Appeals for the 3rd District of Texas