2018 Winners


Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

Ada Corral, co-founder of Jobe Corral Architects

Arts and Entertainment

David Messier, songwriter, musician and record producer and owner of Same Sky Productions Inc.

Civics, Government and Public Affairs

Virginia A. Cumberbatch, director of the Community Engagement Center within The University of Texas at Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Culinary Arts, Events and Hospitality

C.K. Chin, creator of Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow

Energy, Mobility and Transportation

Kelly Daniel, senior project manager at Kleinfelder

Financial and Insurance

Lindsey Leaverton, vice president at BB&T and a wealth adviser

Innovation and Startup

Stephanie Hansen, founder and CEO of Bravelets

Journalism, Marketing and Public Relations

Kristie Gonzales, general manager of KVUE-TV


Sujata Ajmera, partner at Strasburger & Price LLP

Medicine and Healthcare

David Shackelford, market director at Ascension Care Management and former project manager of the Dell Seton Medical Center

Nonprofit Service

Kandace Vallejo, founding director of Youth Rise Texas

Real Estate

Emily Chenevert, CEO of Austin Board of Realtors

Sports, Wellness and Fitness

Marc Tucci, co-founder of Austin Sports & Social Club


Tricia Katz, senior engineer, Outdoor Voices

Youth and Education

Ashley Alaniz-Moyer, executive director of the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium

Mentor of the Year (reserved for individuals over 40)

Toya Bell, deputy chief ethics officer, Texas Health & Human Services Commission


Architecture, Engineering, & Construction Arts & Entertainment Civics, Government, & Public Affairs
Ada Corral, Jobe Corral Architects Cassandra King Polidori, CassandraCollections Dana Harris, Austin Chamber
Adam Nyer, Skybeck Construction, LLC David Messier, Same Sky Productions, Inc. David Edmonson, Austin Tech Alliance
Matthew Hoglund, DPR Construction Livia Pope, AlldolledupATX Jo Cassandra Cuevas, AT&T Texas | External and Legislative Affairs
Megan Lasch, O-SDA Industries Taylor Ellison, CBS Austin Virginia Cumberbatch, The University of Texas at Austin
Patrice Rios, Troo Designs Kitchens Baths Interiors Terry Pierre-Mitchell, The Austin Socialite Yvette Ruiz, JPMorgan Chase
Culinary Arts, Events, & Hospitality Energy, Mobility, & Transportation Financial & Insurance Services
C.K. Chin, Swift’s Attic | Wu Chow Jennifer Duthie, City of Austin Transportation Department Donald Park, Vista Equity Partners
Cassie LaMere, Lexus of Austin & Lakeway Kelly Daniel, Kleinfelder Eric Hare, AFAM Capital
Fallon Gaskamp-Allison, Mcguire Moorman Hospitality Mica Crouse, Clean Energy Communications for Environmental Defense Fund Jeff Socha, Ark Financial
John Antonelli, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop Phillip Lay, Enterprise Fleet Management Kerri Swope, Care.com HomePay
Kendall Antonelli, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop Suzanne King, Water Ingenuity Lindsey Leaverton, Austin Market Wealth Advisor
Innovation & Start-up Journalism, Marketing, & Public Relations Legal
Adam Lyons, The Zebra BA Snyder, Veritas Group Adam Nagorski, Emergo | a UL company
Caroline Freedman, NurturMe Hema Mullur, CBS Austin News Courtney Dickey, Opcity, Inc.
R.C. Rondero de Mosier, Carbon Arrow Jamie Chandlee, Rank & Style Jared Lindauer, Lindauer Law Group PLLC
Stephanie Hansen, Bravelets Jessica Scanlon, Hot Dog Marketing Lauren Schoenbaum, Ruffner Schoenbaum PLLC
Whitney Wolfe Herd, Bumble Kristie Gonzales, KVUE Sujata Ajmera, Clark Hill Strasburger
Medicine & Healthcare Mentor of the Year Nonprofit Service
David Shackelford, Seton Healthcare Family Fayruz Benyousef, CFRE, Fayruz Benyousef Consulting LLC Derrick Lesnau, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
John Faught, Firehouse Animal Health Center Kali’ Rourke, Mentor Kandace Vallejo, Youth Rise Texas
Richard Bottner, Seton Healthcare Family Laura Sovine, Austin Recovery Mary Van Haneghan, The Arc of the Capital Area
Sarah Saxon, Saxon MD Facial Plastic Surgery Matt Swinney, Fashion X Meme Styles, Measure Austin
Vinit Varu MD, Texan Vein & Vascular, PLLC Toya Bell, Texas Health & Human Services System Raquel Valdez, BCL of Texas
Real Estate Sports, Wellness, & Fitness Technology
Blair Nelson, Brandywine Realty Trust Alex Earle, Austin Fit Magazine Joah Spearman, Localeur
Emily Chenevert, Austin Board of Realtors Carly Pollack, Nutritional Wisdom, LLC Michael Manning, Rocksauce Studios
Laura Brady, Concierge Auctions Chi Chi Randolph, Dance Austin Studio Sara Inés Calderón, musx
Lizzy Jarvis, Corridor Title Marc Tucci, Austin Sports & Social Club Shruti Anand,  Dassault Systemes
Wade Giles, Moreland Properties Robin Emmerich, Life Coach Tricia Katz, Outdoor Voices
Youth & Education
 Anneliese Tanner, Austin ISD
 Ashley Alaniz-Moyer, Hispanic Scholarship Consortium
 Jennifer Garcia, Del Valle ISD
 Lucas Janda, Leander ISD
 Sean Duffy, Capital Factory