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The LEAD Summit is the first conference for young professionals in Central Texas.

The LEAD Summit (Learn | Explore | Act | Develop) is a one-day conference for young professionals hosted by the Austin Young Chamber. Combining learning and action, the Summit strengthens the pipeline of leaders in Central Texas through education, connection, and engagement.

This year’s topics have been carefully curated by members to address how leaders can build resilience, lean into innovation, and double down on community involvement.



2021 LEAD Summit Speakers


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Pamela Benson Owens

President & CEO, Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc.
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Robert Alvarez

CFO, BigCommerce
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Kendall and John Antonelli

Co-Founders/Owners, Antonelli's Cheese Shop
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Gloria Chan Packer

Principal Advisor, Recalibrate

Kimberlee Flores

Director of People Operations, Aunt Bertha
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Todd Gibbs

Owner, ToddPilates & Barre Fitness Studio

Daniel Hope

Ministry Formation Manager, Ascension Mission Formation Institute
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Vaishali Jadhav

Senior Leadership Development Facilitator, Procore Technologies

Conor Kenny

Director of Public Affairs, Civilitude

Sarah Martin

Coach & Facilitator, Home|Body Creative
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Stacy McCracken

Director, Baylor Executive MBA Program in Austin
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Lynda Rife

President, Rifeline
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Rep. James Talarico

District 52, Texas House of Representatives
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Jye Turk

Principal & Owner, Jye John Paul Consulting
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Ashley Wainscott

Founder & CEO, Simply Home
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Leslie Wingo

President & CEO, SandersWingo

KEYNOTE

9:00 AM

Whatever You Think It Is, That's Not It! A Real and Refreshed Look at Reimaging Our Way Forward

with Pamela Benson Owens

During this opening wake-up warm up, Pamela Benson Owens will lead us through an interactive session that will explore the following:

  • How to navigate and move forward both personally and professionally after felling and enduring the 2020 pivot
  • Exploring what resilience looks like when it becomes a sustained necessity
  • Gut checking our leadership landscape and thresholds for change
  • Building authentic connections during challenging times

Does it feel like we are throwing the kitchen sink at the morning keynote? We are. Come ready to listen, reflect, grow, and go!

Break + 1:1 Networking Time

PANEL BREAKOUT SESSIONS

10:15 AM

A New Kind of Balance

2020 brought “unprecedented times” into our lives but these times are becoming more and more… precedented. We reimagined all aspects of our lives from how we connect with friends and co-workers, to balancing our work and home lives, ultimately creating our new normal. In this panel of owners, managers and HR experts, come learn what workplace trends may stay awhile, ways to advocate for your needs, and how to discover a new work/life balance.

How to LEAD in the Workplace

In the last twelve months, leaders have had to face challenges that they have never seen before. They have had to lean on instinct, get creative, and rally their teams in a whole new way. In this popular session, we’ll dive into the experience of our panelists to discover emerging leadership trends, how to be a leader no matter your title, and ways to add value to the people “around” you along the way.

Policy for Our Future Presented by Civilitude

New year, new me… and a new legislative session. Between redistricting, workforce development, and education, it’s time to tune in to the 2021 State Legislative Session for policies that will help build the strong, resilient future we need. In this session you will hear from Central Texas delegates on hot topics at the 2021 TX lege, why this year’s session is different, and how you can and should weigh in for a government that works for all.

Break + 1:1 Networking Time

WELLNESS BREAKOUT SESSIONS

11:30 AM

Healthy Minds, Healthy Business

with Gloria Chan Packer

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, without being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Learning how to access mindfulness can provide the clarity needed to tackle challenging situations, spark innovation, and more. In this short session, you’ll gain insight into how you can tap into controlling your most important asset: YOU.

Workday Workout

with Todd Gibbs

Does your body or brain need a stretch break? The workday may keep you in front of your computer, but you can still stay active! Pilates is an easy way to reduce fatigue, increase blood flow, and boost focus. In this mid-morning session, you’ll get the chance to get up and get moving with some simple exercises you can continue to implement and build upon for that quick workday workout!

Meditation for Newbies (and everyone else!)

with Daniel Hope

“Take a deep breath.” A simple sentence that has been repeated to us when we need to relax. In this mini-session, you will dive deeper into why those four words are so powerful, practice tools to help you find peace amidst the chaos, and find focus and awareness around what matters most in your life.

Lunch + 1:1 Networking Time

FIRESIDE CHATS

12:30 PM

The Power of Cheese

with Kendall and John Antonelli

From an energy-management perspective, how we manage our mindset and shift our lenses can help us pivot ourselves and those we lead through the fear of change and uncertainty. In this fireside chat, we’ll get real as you hear firsthand from owners John and Kendall Antonelli of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop on how they were able to cope with change, lead by example, and build resiliency for themselves and their business.

A Window of Opportunity

with Robert Alvarez

Tech in Austin, and around the world, has seen unprecedented growth. There is a lot we can learn from the growth and innovation mindset of this sector as we look forward to what will be a new normal. In this fireside chat with BigCommerce’s Chief Financial Officer, Robert Alvarez, you’ll learn how this tech leader leaned into a new normal, learned along the way, and found opportunity in the face of challenges.

We the People

with Leslie Wingo

The era of social distancing limits us from being physically present with each other. But community is woven into the fabric of humanity. We have leaned into the new normal to support each other and our neighbors in new ways. In this fireside chat with CEO Leslie Wingo of Sanders\Wingo, you’ll learn what it takes to go all in on community, why it matters, and what you can do to take your community connections to the next level.

Break + 1:1 Networking Time

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

1:30 PM

Building Your Resiliency Reservoir

with Vaishali Jadhav

Dealing with setbacks is challenging. Dealing with one after another can be downright draining. How do effective leaders refill their cup to keep persevering through changes? How can you grow and build your own resiliency reservoir? Through this workshop, you will learn strategies for coping with obstacles – no matter what they look like, how to adopt a growth mindset, and make a plan to get back on track.

Designing Your Life Presented by Baylor Executive MBA Austin

with Stacy McCracken

Spark joy in your own life by hopping in the driver’s seat and becoming an architect of your own individual roadmap. In this high impact workshop, you will create three possible future paths – Odyssey Plans – for your life. Do this all in a fast-paced collaborative community helping one another design a unique journey toward a well-lived, joyful life.

Wisdom with Wings: Building Skills that Always Transfer

with Sarah Martin and Jye Turk

Why do transferable skills matter and how do I develop them? Titles come and go, but leaders keep what they learn along the way. In this interactive workshop you will discover the skills you already possess, identify what you want to learn, and create a personal, practical map for developing these capacities. By adding wings to your own wisdom your plan for what’s next will take flight.

Networking

3:15 PM

LEAD Unplugged Networking Mixer

End the day with some new connections! While we miss the joy face to face brings, you’ll love easily popping in and out of these virtual lounges to recap the day, share key takeaways, and get to know someone new.


Invest In Your Talent | Build Your Leaders | Strengthen Our Community

We welcome the opportunity to customize a sponsorship package based on your goals and budget.

All sponsors at the $2,500+ levels will receive pre-event marketing visibility as well as a customized engagement opportunity at the summit. All sponsors $1k+ receive recognition on website and onsite signage.



Thought-leader. Do-er. ChangeMaker.

The ChangeMaker of the Year is a person who has achieved extraordinary business success and strengthened a deep rooted passion for community. ChangeMakers pave the way for the future by driving innovation, changing the status quo, and bringing our community closer together.

Congratulations to the 2020 ChangeMaker of the Year, Malini Rajput!

Presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Austin Market President | Capital One

MaliniRajput

With over 18 years experience in the financial services industry, she leads the Banks overall commercial banking strategy and community
engagement in the Austin market.

A native Australian, she is passionate about giving back to the local Austin community she, her husband and two children now call
home. She serves on the boards of United Way (where she is chair-elect), Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Thinkery. She is also
a member of the Seton Fifty.

Malini was nominated as one of Austin’s Profiles in Power & Women of Influence by Austin Business Journal in 2013 and 2019. She was also named to the Business Journals 2019 list of national Finance Influencers.

Past ChangeMaker Award Recipients

Click on their name below to learn more.

  • Lewis Conway Jr. - 2019

    Founder | Equally Yoked Marketing

    LewisConwayJr

    Lewis Conway Jr., is a serial entrepreneur, with almost two decades of experience in the broadcast and music industry, real-life, in-the-trenches experience as a sought after speaker and lecturer, author of three books, mentor and criminal justice organizer, his strategic vision is radically different.

    Lewis has built a cachet of servant-leadership through several campaigns in municipal and state political theaters. On July 23, 2018, Conway filed to become the first formerly incarcerated person in Texas to have their name on an electoral ballot. On November 6, 2018, he garnered 11% of vote, ultimately losing his first bid for political office.

    Prior to his political, leadership and entrepreneurial efforts, Lewis Conway Jr. spent 2,095 days in Texas prisons and 4,012 days on parole for Voluntary Manslaughter.

  • Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch - 2019

    Owner | Lincoln-Goldfinch Law

    KateLincolnGoldfinch

    Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch is the owner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, with offices in Austin and Waco. She was the recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. Her project served the asylum-seeking families detained at the Hutto Detention Center. After her fellowship and during the federal hiatus from family detention, Kate opened a boutique immigration practice, where she offers family-based immigration and removal defense, including humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA.

    Kate serves as the pro bono liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association TX, OK, and NM chapter and serves on the boards of Casa Marianella and the Civil Rights and Immigration Section of the Austin Bar Association. She regularly mentors and trains attorneys in an effort to encourage pro bono work outside of the immigration bar, including hosting a monthly pro bono trip to the Karnes Family Detention Center. She was active in working to reunite separated families during the Zero Tolerance policy implemented by the Trump Administration during the summer of 2018 and she has appeared on news outlets such as the BBC, MSNBC, the New York Times, and National Public Radio as an immigration expert.

    Her most important accomplishment of all is her family: her daughters Nora and Winslow, and her husband Josh.

  • Karen Ranus - 2019

    Executive Director | NAMI Austin

    KarenRanus

    After 30 years as a volunteer-run organization, Karen Ranus became NAMI Austin’s first Executive Director in 2014. During Karen’s four-year tenure of dynamic leadership and commitment to program growth, NAMI Austin has increased the number of persons participating in its programs by more than 3000%, grown its staff from 2 to 7 and more than doubled its budget. Her passion for NAMI Austin’s mission and work stems from her own family’s mental health journey, having almost lost a daughter to suicide in 2011. Encountering families like her own through NAMI, she recognized the powerful role of no-cost education and support programming for families and individuals living with mental illness as well as the schools, places of worship, workplaces and communities where they live, work, play and learn.

    Her vision of changing the mental health conversation is reflected in the most recent and successful programming she developed which focuses on providing people with the information and simple tools they need to have positive and proactive conversations about mental health at home, school, work and in faith communities. In addition, her commitment to developing partnerships with law enforcement has ensured officers in Austin Police Department and Travis County Sheriff are receiving mental health training rooted in a deeper level of empathy, compassion and understanding for persons in mental health crisis.

    Karen holds invited positions on the Board of the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council, the Travis County Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, the University of Texas Center for Youth Mental Health Advisory Committee, the Austin State Hospital System Redesign Steering Committee and the Psychiatric Stakeholder’s Group. Most recently, she was appointed to serve as a co-chair of the Austin Police Department’s Mental Health Stakeholder’s Group. She has been featured as a guest columnist on mental health issues in the Austin American-Statesman, Austin MD Magazine and The Daily Texan and is a frequent speaker in the community on mental health topics. Because she firmly believes that storytelling is one of the most powerful ways our community can overcome the stigma and shame associated with mental illness, she often shares her own family’s journey and inspires others to do the same. Karen’s deepest commitment is to changing the mental health conversation and create the potential for people impacted by mental illness to feel empowered and confident in getting the help and support they need to live healthy and productive lives.

  • Katie Ford - 2018

    Katie Ford

     Executive Director | Truth Be Told

    Click here to learn more about Katie


  • Casey McPherson - 2018

  • Laura Maniccia - 2018

    Laura Maniccia

    Owner Pediatric Healthcare Connection

    Click here to learn more about Laura.

  • Chelsea Elliott - 2017

  • Sam Killermann - 2017

  • Laurie Loew - 2016

  • Mike Nellis - 2016

  • Gregario Casar - 2015

  • Heather McKissick - 2014

    Heather McKissick

    Vice President, Community Impact and Business Development | University Federal Credit Union

    Click here to learn more about Heather.

About

The LEAD Summit is the first conference for young professionals in Central Texas.

The LEAD Summit (Learn | Explore | Act | Develop) is a one-day conference for young professionals hosted by the Austin Young Chamber. Combining learning and action, the Summit strengthens the pipeline of leaders in Central Texas through education, connection, and engagement.

This year’s topics have been carefully curated by members to address how leaders can build resilience, lean into innovation, and double down on community involvement.


2021 Speakers

2021 LEAD Summit Speakers


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Pamela Benson Owens

President & CEO, Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc.
null

Robert Alvarez

CFO, BigCommerce
null

Kendall and John Antonelli

Co-Founders/Owners, Antonelli's Cheese Shop
null

Gloria Chan Packer

Principal Advisor, Recalibrate

Kimberlee Flores

Director of People Operations, Aunt Bertha
null

Todd Gibbs

Owner, ToddPilates & Barre Fitness Studio

Daniel Hope

Ministry Formation Manager, Ascension Mission Formation Institute
null

Vaishali Jadhav

Senior Leadership Development Facilitator, Procore Technologies

Conor Kenny

Director of Public Affairs, Civilitude

Sarah Martin

Coach & Facilitator, Home|Body Creative
null

Stacy McCracken

Director, Baylor Executive MBA Program in Austin
null

Lynda Rife

President, Rifeline
null

Rep. James Talarico

District 52, Texas House of Representatives
null

Jye Turk

Principal & Owner, Jye John Paul Consulting
null

Ashley Wainscott

Founder & CEO, Simply Home
null

Leslie Wingo

President & CEO, SandersWingo
2021 Agenda

KEYNOTE

9:00 AM

Whatever You Think It Is, That's Not It! A Real and Refreshed Look at Reimaging Our Way Forward

with Pamela Benson Owens

During this opening wake-up warm up, Pamela Benson Owens will lead us through an interactive session that will explore the following:

  • How to navigate and move forward both personally and professionally after felling and enduring the 2020 pivot
  • Exploring what resilience looks like when it becomes a sustained necessity
  • Gut checking our leadership landscape and thresholds for change
  • Building authentic connections during challenging times

Does it feel like we are throwing the kitchen sink at the morning keynote? We are. Come ready to listen, reflect, grow, and go!

Break + 1:1 Networking Time

PANEL BREAKOUT SESSIONS

10:15 AM

A New Kind of Balance

2020 brought “unprecedented times” into our lives but these times are becoming more and more… precedented. We reimagined all aspects of our lives from how we connect with friends and co-workers, to balancing our work and home lives, ultimately creating our new normal. In this panel of owners, managers and HR experts, come learn what workplace trends may stay awhile, ways to advocate for your needs, and how to discover a new work/life balance.

How to LEAD in the Workplace

In the last twelve months, leaders have had to face challenges that they have never seen before. They have had to lean on instinct, get creative, and rally their teams in a whole new way. In this popular session, we’ll dive into the experience of our panelists to discover emerging leadership trends, how to be a leader no matter your title, and ways to add value to the people “around” you along the way.

Policy for Our Future Presented by Civilitude

New year, new me… and a new legislative session. Between redistricting, workforce development, and education, it’s time to tune in to the 2021 State Legislative Session for policies that will help build the strong, resilient future we need. In this session you will hear from Central Texas delegates on hot topics at the 2021 TX lege, why this year’s session is different, and how you can and should weigh in for a government that works for all.

Break + 1:1 Networking Time

WELLNESS BREAKOUT SESSIONS

11:30 AM

Healthy Minds, Healthy Business

with Gloria Chan Packer

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, without being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Learning how to access mindfulness can provide the clarity needed to tackle challenging situations, spark innovation, and more. In this short session, you’ll gain insight into how you can tap into controlling your most important asset: YOU.

Workday Workout

with Todd Gibbs

Does your body or brain need a stretch break? The workday may keep you in front of your computer, but you can still stay active! Pilates is an easy way to reduce fatigue, increase blood flow, and boost focus. In this mid-morning session, you’ll get the chance to get up and get moving with some simple exercises you can continue to implement and build upon for that quick workday workout!

Meditation for Newbies (and everyone else!)

with Daniel Hope

“Take a deep breath.” A simple sentence that has been repeated to us when we need to relax. In this mini-session, you will dive deeper into why those four words are so powerful, practice tools to help you find peace amidst the chaos, and find focus and awareness around what matters most in your life.

Lunch + 1:1 Networking Time

FIRESIDE CHATS

12:30 PM

The Power of Cheese

with Kendall and John Antonelli

From an energy-management perspective, how we manage our mindset and shift our lenses can help us pivot ourselves and those we lead through the fear of change and uncertainty. In this fireside chat, we’ll get real as you hear firsthand from owners John and Kendall Antonelli of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop on how they were able to cope with change, lead by example, and build resiliency for themselves and their business.

A Window of Opportunity

with Robert Alvarez

Tech in Austin, and around the world, has seen unprecedented growth. There is a lot we can learn from the growth and innovation mindset of this sector as we look forward to what will be a new normal. In this fireside chat with BigCommerce’s Chief Financial Officer, Robert Alvarez, you’ll learn how this tech leader leaned into a new normal, learned along the way, and found opportunity in the face of challenges.

We the People

with Leslie Wingo

The era of social distancing limits us from being physically present with each other. But community is woven into the fabric of humanity. We have leaned into the new normal to support each other and our neighbors in new ways. In this fireside chat with CEO Leslie Wingo of Sanders\Wingo, you’ll learn what it takes to go all in on community, why it matters, and what you can do to take your community connections to the next level.

Break + 1:1 Networking Time

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

1:30 PM

Building Your Resiliency Reservoir

with Vaishali Jadhav

Dealing with setbacks is challenging. Dealing with one after another can be downright draining. How do effective leaders refill their cup to keep persevering through changes? How can you grow and build your own resiliency reservoir? Through this workshop, you will learn strategies for coping with obstacles – no matter what they look like, how to adopt a growth mindset, and make a plan to get back on track.

Designing Your Life Presented by Baylor Executive MBA Austin

with Stacy McCracken

Spark joy in your own life by hopping in the driver’s seat and becoming an architect of your own individual roadmap. In this high impact workshop, you will create three possible future paths – Odyssey Plans – for your life. Do this all in a fast-paced collaborative community helping one another design a unique journey toward a well-lived, joyful life.

Wisdom with Wings: Building Skills that Always Transfer

with Sarah Martin and Jye Turk

Why do transferable skills matter and how do I develop them? Titles come and go, but leaders keep what they learn along the way. In this interactive workshop you will discover the skills you already possess, identify what you want to learn, and create a personal, practical map for developing these capacities. By adding wings to your own wisdom your plan for what’s next will take flight.

Networking

3:15 PM

LEAD Unplugged Networking Mixer

End the day with some new connections! While we miss the joy face to face brings, you’ll love easily popping in and out of these virtual lounges to recap the day, share key takeaways, and get to know someone new.


Invest In Your Talent | Build Your Leaders | Strengthen Our Community

We welcome the opportunity to customize a sponsorship package based on your goals and budget.

All sponsors at the $2,500+ levels will receive pre-event marketing visibility as well as a customized engagement opportunity at the summit. All sponsors $1k+ receive recognition on website and onsite signage.


ChangeMaker Awards

Thought-leader. Do-er. ChangeMaker.

The ChangeMaker of the Year is a person who has achieved extraordinary business success and strengthened a deep rooted passion for community. ChangeMakers pave the way for the future by driving innovation, changing the status quo, and bringing our community closer together.

Congratulations to the 2020 ChangeMaker of the Year, Malini Rajput!

Presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Austin Market President | Capital One

MaliniRajput

With over 18 years experience in the financial services industry, she leads the Banks overall commercial banking strategy and community
engagement in the Austin market.

A native Australian, she is passionate about giving back to the local Austin community she, her husband and two children now call
home. She serves on the boards of United Way (where she is chair-elect), Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Thinkery. She is also
a member of the Seton Fifty.

Malini was nominated as one of Austin’s Profiles in Power & Women of Influence by Austin Business Journal in 2013 and 2019. She was also named to the Business Journals 2019 list of national Finance Influencers.

Past ChangeMaker Award Recipients

Click on their name below to learn more.

  • Lewis Conway Jr. - 2019

    Founder | Equally Yoked Marketing

    LewisConwayJr

    Lewis Conway Jr., is a serial entrepreneur, with almost two decades of experience in the broadcast and music industry, real-life, in-the-trenches experience as a sought after speaker and lecturer, author of three books, mentor and criminal justice organizer, his strategic vision is radically different.

    Lewis has built a cachet of servant-leadership through several campaigns in municipal and state political theaters. On July 23, 2018, Conway filed to become the first formerly incarcerated person in Texas to have their name on an electoral ballot. On November 6, 2018, he garnered 11% of vote, ultimately losing his first bid for political office.

    Prior to his political, leadership and entrepreneurial efforts, Lewis Conway Jr. spent 2,095 days in Texas prisons and 4,012 days on parole for Voluntary Manslaughter.

  • Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch - 2019

    Owner | Lincoln-Goldfinch Law

    KateLincolnGoldfinch

    Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch is the owner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, with offices in Austin and Waco. She was the recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. Her project served the asylum-seeking families detained at the Hutto Detention Center. After her fellowship and during the federal hiatus from family detention, Kate opened a boutique immigration practice, where she offers family-based immigration and removal defense, including humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA.

    Kate serves as the pro bono liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association TX, OK, and NM chapter and serves on the boards of Casa Marianella and the Civil Rights and Immigration Section of the Austin Bar Association. She regularly mentors and trains attorneys in an effort to encourage pro bono work outside of the immigration bar, including hosting a monthly pro bono trip to the Karnes Family Detention Center. She was active in working to reunite separated families during the Zero Tolerance policy implemented by the Trump Administration during the summer of 2018 and she has appeared on news outlets such as the BBC, MSNBC, the New York Times, and National Public Radio as an immigration expert.

    Her most important accomplishment of all is her family: her daughters Nora and Winslow, and her husband Josh.

  • Karen Ranus - 2019

    Executive Director | NAMI Austin

    KarenRanus

    After 30 years as a volunteer-run organization, Karen Ranus became NAMI Austin’s first Executive Director in 2014. During Karen’s four-year tenure of dynamic leadership and commitment to program growth, NAMI Austin has increased the number of persons participating in its programs by more than 3000%, grown its staff from 2 to 7 and more than doubled its budget. Her passion for NAMI Austin’s mission and work stems from her own family’s mental health journey, having almost lost a daughter to suicide in 2011. Encountering families like her own through NAMI, she recognized the powerful role of no-cost education and support programming for families and individuals living with mental illness as well as the schools, places of worship, workplaces and communities where they live, work, play and learn.

    Her vision of changing the mental health conversation is reflected in the most recent and successful programming she developed which focuses on providing people with the information and simple tools they need to have positive and proactive conversations about mental health at home, school, work and in faith communities. In addition, her commitment to developing partnerships with law enforcement has ensured officers in Austin Police Department and Travis County Sheriff are receiving mental health training rooted in a deeper level of empathy, compassion and understanding for persons in mental health crisis.

    Karen holds invited positions on the Board of the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council, the Travis County Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, the University of Texas Center for Youth Mental Health Advisory Committee, the Austin State Hospital System Redesign Steering Committee and the Psychiatric Stakeholder’s Group. Most recently, she was appointed to serve as a co-chair of the Austin Police Department’s Mental Health Stakeholder’s Group. She has been featured as a guest columnist on mental health issues in the Austin American-Statesman, Austin MD Magazine and The Daily Texan and is a frequent speaker in the community on mental health topics. Because she firmly believes that storytelling is one of the most powerful ways our community can overcome the stigma and shame associated with mental illness, she often shares her own family’s journey and inspires others to do the same. Karen’s deepest commitment is to changing the mental health conversation and create the potential for people impacted by mental illness to feel empowered and confident in getting the help and support they need to live healthy and productive lives.

  • Katie Ford - 2018

    Katie Ford

     Executive Director | Truth Be Told

    Click here to learn more about Katie


  • Casey McPherson - 2018

  • Laura Maniccia - 2018

    Laura Maniccia

    Owner Pediatric Healthcare Connection

    Click here to learn more about Laura.

  • Chelsea Elliott - 2017

  • Sam Killermann - 2017

  • Laurie Loew - 2016

  • Mike Nellis - 2016

  • Gregario Casar - 2015

  • Heather McKissick - 2014

    Heather McKissick

    Vice President, Community Impact and Business Development | University Federal Credit Union

    Click here to learn more about Heather.