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👊 AUTMHQ keeps leading change!


Hola and Hello,

Our President and CEO, Michael Ward Jr., was interviewed this week for Authority Magazine on Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective C-Suite Executive by Doug Noll. Michael gives several valuable insights into how he leads the AUTMHQ organization through vision, communication, faith, and relationship building. You can read the full interview here, and get inspired.

And speaking of the Austin Urban Technology Movement team, we are proud to announce the addition of three new members to our staff: Hannah McKeating is our new Director of Workforce Innovation, Sylvia Lewis is our new Director of Workforce Development Programs, and Grace Xiong is our new Marketing Coordinator. Our organization is rapidly expanding, which will only allow us to have a larger and more meaningful impact on our communities. Every day, more and more people contact us in search of a way to improve their lives, and thanks to our staff, volunteers, partners, and funders, we are able to help.

Furthermore, AUTMHQ is a proud recipient of The City of Austin's Grant for Technology Opportunities Program (GTOP), which was awarded to ten local non-profit organizations that found innovative ways to serve the community through technology. Thanks to this funding, we will be able to provide scholarships for unlimited certifications to our amazing AUTMites. Read more below.👇 Check out these inspiring stories from our AUTMites to learn why our work, with your support and donation, means so much to so many people. I am certain that our organization helps to the development of a sustainable society, and in Michael's words, "Since 2016, we've trained more than 1,000 individuals, placed more than 70 people in the tech industry, and exposed more than 17,000 people to technology opportunities." This is fantastic news for the communities we serve!

Paty Sesma, #itechtoo Vice president of Marketing and Communications at AUTMHQ


AUTMHQ among the The 10 non-profit organizations receiving a GTOP Core award!

The City of Austin awarded funding to 10 local non-profit organizations through its Grant for Technology Opportunities Program (GTOP) Core pathway. This year’s Core grants, ranging from $17,449 to $33,000, promote digital skills and inclusion. Four GTOP recipients are new Core pathway grantees*. Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTMHQ) President and CEO Michael Ward Jr. said, “AUTMHQ is honored to have the support of the City of Austin’s GTOP program. This financial contribution will provide scholarships to cover unlimited certifications to folks enrolled in our program, as well as laptops, dedicated support and job placement assistance for a year. All of this support will help our AUTMites land jobs paying more than $50,000 a year.”

The recipients and the grants amounts are:


The Inclusion Plus Institute partners with Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTMHQ) to Empower Black and Hispanic Communities Austin, Texas – The Inclusion Plus Institute is proud to announce its partnership with Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTMHQ). We are committed to creating opportunities and empowering the Black and Hispanic communities. This partnership is a significant achievement for both organizations, as it aligns with our shared values of diversity, inclusion, and implementing equity measures to achieve equal outcomes for all. Together, we will focus on building relationships and bridges connecting and elevating Black and Hispanic aspirations, success, and knowledge. Through this collaboration, we will provide valuable assistance to underserved communities, such as free access to training, mentorship, and resources to help families, individuals, and businesses owned by people of color in growing and thriving. “When the tide rises, all the ships rise,” said Venus Piñeyro, CEO of The Inclusion Plus Institute. "This partnership is a significant step towards creating a more equitable and inclusive society." "We are extremely pleased to be partnering with the team at the Inclusion Plus Institute to foster opportunities for both the Black and Hispanic communities in Texas. We believe Venus is an excellent community leader who would certainly support Austin Urban Technology Movement in furthering its mission of bridging the existing divide between communities that are underrepresented and the technology industry. We can't wait to see the outcome," said Paty Sesma, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at AUTMHQ.


💵 Our last session is this Saturday! "Your Financial Journey" is taking place this weekend. We are going to look at and evaluate credit. We'll go through different ways to build credit, credit score ranges, and how credit scores are calculated. By the end of the course, you will have a solid understanding of how credit works and how to build and use credit successfully. Join us on Saturday, May 13, 2023 12:00 PM (In person)!

📈 Are you ready to take your tech business to the next level?

Join us at Black Women Talk Tech’s Roadmap to Billions 2023, the premier tech conference for founders, investors, professionals, and enthusiasts, taking place in Brooklyn, New York from May 18th to May 20th, 2023. Over three days, attendees will hear from top-tier speakers such as Arlan Hamilton, Bonin Bough, and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins who will provide a roadmap to build and scale their tech business, as well as practical workshops and tools to help them succeed. The 7th annual conference kicks off with a welcome mixer and roller skating party, providing an opportunity to meet and connect with fellow founders. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, gain valuable insights, and take your tech business to the next level. Register now for Roadmap to Billions 2023! Use our code AUTMHQ to save 30%!


📶 The State of Texas needs your feedback! Texas Digital Opportunity Plan: Public Survey

The State of Texas is designing solutions to ensure that all residents have access to high quality and affordable internet service, devices, skills training, and digital support. This 10-minute Digital Equity survey will gather information about your current experiences using the internet and should be completed by one individual per household. Your comments are vital to understanding barriers to internet access, affordability, and adoption, to help close the digital divide. The survey is available in four languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. You can select the language of your choice from the top-right corner of this page. You can also choose to listen to each question (and its answer options, where applicable) in your chosen language by clicking on the audio button next to each question.


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