October 10

Annie and Scott: Trailblazing Authentic Leaders | WT #72


Our annual fund-raising event, BRING OUT THE GREATNESS! 2023 approaches fast. Each year, the Authentic Leadership Foundation recognizes an individual (or in this case, a couple) with the Authentic Leader Award.

Annie and Scott Powell

Annie and Scott Powell

This year, we are thrilled to honor Annie and Scott Powell as this year's Authentic Leader Award Recipients. Founders of Camp Wojtyla in 2006, this dynamic duo has combined faith and adventure in an unparalleled way. Nestled in 1,200 acres of Colorado's scenic wilderness, Camp Wojtyla serves as a spiritual haven and adventure ground for young people, embodying the spirited outreach that Saint Pope John Paul II was famous for.

Annie, an expert in Adventure Education, leads the camp with over a decade of experience in outdoor youth programs. Scott, not to be outdone, directs Spiritual Formation at the camp, armed with advanced degrees from the Augustine Institute and Liverpool Hope University, and a passion for teaching scripture.

But it's not just their professional lives that make Scott and Annie stand out. They've faced personal challenges that have shaped their approach to leadership and family. From life-altering health journeys to building their family through adoption, they have explored and experienced some of the most difficult and beautiful aspects of life —finding meaning and purpose within it all. They are parents to three children, some with special needs, and embrace the joy and "messiness" of life with open hearts.

"Scott and Annie are two very independent and unique individuals that shared a common vision to help youth and others achieve the greatness that is intended for each person they come across," comments Pierre Koshakji, Chairman of the Board at ALF. "I have watched them over the years continue to push themselves and each other to also grow with virtue and without compromise to the principles of dignity and common good. In short, they love and do not count the cost."

Scott and Annie Powell are not just authentic leaders; they are trailblazers in integrating faith, family, and the great outdoors. The 2023 BRING OUT THE GREATNESS! event is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, November 30, 2023 at VenueForty|50 in the Dallas region. We hope you will join us!

Images courtesy of Camp Wojtyla.

About the author 

Darren Smith

Darren Smith is Co-Founder of the Authentic Leadership Institute. He is a native Texan and a graduate of Dallas Jesuit and Texas A&M University. Over the past 25 years, Darren has visited 35 countries and led 100 strategy programs. He and his wife have five children.


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