I still remember the nervous excitement I felt as I pulled in to the parking lot of Blach Construction for my first day of Leadership San Jose. It was much akin to starting at a new school and having to make all new friends. Luckily, I didn’t have to eat the catered TOGO’s alone in a bathroom stall. In fact, I was privileged to meet and spend the next 8 hours with 35 other amazing cohort members with such different temperaments, talents, and convictions. I left that day with both a genuine appreciation of my fellow cohort members and deeper understanding of myself.