2017 Finalists


Architecture & Design

Patrice Rios, Designer and Co-Founder of Troo Designs KBI

Tala Matchett, Director of Business Development of Hoar Construction

Chelsea Kloss, Owner & Principal Designer of Chelsea Kloss Interiors

Jessica Love, Allied ASID, Principal Interior Designer of Urbane Design

Daniel Goodman Carl, Regional Director of BSA LifeStructures


Arts, Media, and Entertainment

SaulPaul, Musician with a Message of ReRoute Music Group

Jesse Parker Stowell, Principal of Parker|Phoenix Public Relations

Martha Lynn Kale, Owner of Mirror Mirror Salon

Danielle Benson, Owner of Master Stylist & Educator

Jamie Chandlee, CEO of Rank & Style


Civics, Government, & Public Affairs  

Gerardo Castillo, Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff of Capital Metro

Rudolph K. Metayer, Litigator of Chamberlain♦McHaney

Julie Smith, Leadership Programs Manager of Leadership Austin

Vincent Harding, Chair of Travis County Democratic Party

Natasha Harper-Madison, Founder, East Austin Advocates & Co-founder of CivShop ATX


Culinary Arts, Events, and Hospitality

Mason H. Ayer, Chief Executive Officer of Kerbey Lane Cafe

C.K. Chin, Partner of Swift’s Attic | Wu Chow | Guild

June Rodil, Beverage Director of McGuire-Moorman Hospitality

Mariam Parker, Executive Director of Austin Food & Wine Alliance

Anthony Sobotik, Co-founder of Lick Honest Ice Creams


Engineering, Energy, Mobility, & Systems Sciences        

Kathleen Baireuther, Manager of Mobility Transformation, Rocky Mountain Institute

Becky Diffen, Attorney of McGuireWoods

Jennifer C. Duthie, Research Engineer of The University of Texas at Austin

Dirk Kestner, Director of Sustainable Design of Walter P Moore

Virginia E. Palacios, Senior Research Analyst of Environmental Defense Fund


Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, and Start-up 

Stephanie Hansen, Founder & CEO of Bravelets, LLC

Matt Stanley, Founder, President and CEO of Sundance Memory Care

John Arrow, Founder & Chairman of Mutual Mobile

Tyler Drake, Director of ACC Bioscience Incubator

Jag Bath, CEO & President of Favor


Financial and Insurance Services

Donald Park, Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff of Vista Equity Partners

Romy Fischer Parzick, Director of Implementation & Client Experience of Netspend

Rich Coffey, Founder of Coffey Advisory Group, LLC

Lindsey K. Leaverton, Vice President of BB&T Wealth Private Advisor

Josh Galatzan, Managing Director & Founder of Meridian Wealth Advisors


Journalism, Marketing, Communications, & Public Relations     

Maria Orozova, Founder + President of The MOD Studio

Taylor King Ellison, Lifestyle Host of CBS Austin

Josh Jones-Dilworth, CEO of JDI

Kimberly Storin, VP Marketing of IBM

Jenna Oltersdorf, Principal of Snackbox



Milam F Newby, Managing Partner of Austin, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Sujata Ajmera, Partner of Strasburger & Price, LLP

Kevin Terrazas, Shareholder of Cleveland Terrazas PLLC

Adam Nagorski, General Counsel and Vice President of Global Legal Affairs, at Emergo

Christine Henry Andresen, Managing Attorney of CHA Law Group


Medicine, Healthcare & Life Sciences

Dr. Tenesha Wards, Infinity Wellness Center

Jennifer Dawson, Vice-President of Quality & Regulatory Affairs

Trina Dorrah MD, Baylor Scott & White Health | Round Rock

Lauren Chauret, Partner & Director of Operations of PTV Healthcare Capital

David Shackelford, Project Manager of Seton Healthcare Family


Nonprofit Service

Matt Glazer, Executive Director of Austin Young Chamber of Commerce

Ami Kane, Development Director of Girls Empowerment Network

Mary Van Haneghan, Executive Director of The Arc of the Capital Area

Laura Elmore Sovine, Executive Director of Austin Recovery

Amy E. Mills, Chief Executive Officer of Emancipet


Real Estate

Laura Brady, Founder & President of Concierge Auctions

Adam Nyer, President of Skybeck Construction

Mark Strub,  überAgent + Owner of Strüb Residential

Lydia Clay, Momark Development

Tim Mooney, Founder of Lead Commercial


Sports, Wellness & Fitness

Marc Tucci, Founder & CEO of Austin Sports and Social Club

Rashanna Moss, Owner of Pure Barre Austin

Aaron Ross, Professional BMX Rider + Co-Owner of Burro Cheese Kitchen

Autumn Elias, Owner of Vita Wellness Massage

Blake Holman, Owner of CrossFit City Limits



Jeffrey Palermo, CEO of Clear Measure, Inc.

Suzanne King, Integrated Water Management Strategic Consultant of Global Water Works

Trevor Kale, Chief Engagement Officer of Springbox

Nina Golder, Director Sales Operations of Emerson

Tricia Katz, Senior Web Engineer of Mutual Mobile


Youth & Education

Matt Pope, Senior Program Director of E3 Alliance

Sean Duffy, Founder of EdTech Austin

Ashley Alaniz-Moyer, Executive Director of Hispanic Scholarship Consortium

Larkin Tackett, Executive Director of IDEA Public Schools | Austin

John Armbrust, Founder and Executive Director of Austin Achieve


Mentor of the Year

Alexis Adauto Ferguson, Independent Consultant of Rodan + Fields

Ann Jerome, Executive Director of American Heart Association

Kali Rourke, Mentor and Board Member of Seedling Foundation

Jesse Bush Butler, Former Chair of the HBAA Charitable Foundation

John F. Mapes, Senior Associate of Gensler