Champions of Change Celebrates Trailblazers Committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Austin
January 15, 2020 - Austin, TX - DivInc, Austin’s premier nonprofit organization driving diversity, equity and inclusion in the startup ecosystem, today announced the event details and finalists for its 2nd annual Champions of Change Awards. DivInc hosts its signature fundraising event, Champions of Change, to celebrate individuals who are making Austin a truly inclusive community.
This year’s event will take place at City Hall in Austin, Texas on March 5, 2020 from 6:30-9:00pm, followed by an after-party at City Hall from 9:00-11:00pm.
Last year’s event held so much love – and power – in the room. We’re recreating that same feeling this year by bringing together a community of trailblazers in the Austin business community,” said Preston James, co-founder and CEO of DivInc, “As Austin grows quickly, a focus on diversity and inclusion is needed now more than ever. Champions of Change exists to honor the unsung heroes who are tirelessly and passionately promoting diversity, equity and inclusion day-in and day-out.
A selection committee, made up of local business leaders and influencers, have selected winners for seven categories. The finalists include:
Executive of the Year:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader of the Year:
Investor of the Year:
Student of the Year:
Nonprofit Leader of the Year:
Champion of the Year:
Rising Star of the Year:
People’s Choice Award:
This year, Champions of Change will also include a People’s Choice Award. Anyone can suggest a nominee who is trailblazing diversity and inclusion in the Austin community in important ways, large and small. - NOMINATIONS FOR THIS EVENT ARE CLOSED.
The 2020 Champions of Change Selection Committee consists of: Dana Callender, Rubén Cantú, Clarissa Fuselier, Lisa Graham, Josh Jones-Dillworth, Naji H. Kelley, Hugh Forrest, Lisa Graham, Mindy Gulati, Christine McCarey, Chas Moore, Janice Omadeke, Colette Pierce-Burnette, Eugene Sepulveda and Leslie Wingo.
Tickets to the event are $50 per person and available on Eventbrite here. Light bites and drinks will be provided. Proceeds from the event will go directly to support the mission of DivInc (501c3) – to bridge the gap between underrepresented entrepreneurs and the resources they need to build profitable, high-growth companies.
Champions of Change Community Partners include: Huston Tillotson University, BLNDED Media, The University of Texas at Austin Inclusive Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Notley Ventures and Capital Factory.