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🌤 The Sky is the Limit

Updated: Jun 24, 2022

Learn about the work done by AUTMHQ behind each AUTMite.


I'd like to share a personal story with you today. A few weeks ago, I ran into an old friend. We haven't spoken in a long time. She asked what I was up to these days, and I told her everything I could think of – from my family's most recent news to my current job working FOR the Black and Hispanic communities. "I feel like my time has a special significance now because I use every minute to help others," I recall saying. She agreed and said something to me that I'll never forget: "Now that I think back on how dedicated you were to learning new skills, I understand what people mean when they say 'the sky is the limit.' It's basically learning to use tools that will allow you to build the tallest tower possible in order to reach the sky and then bring others along for the ride." My friend was correct; in order to bring others along for the ride, we must first learn and adopt an ideology. That was a heartfelt conversation, and it inspired me to describe the work of the Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTMHQ) team. Michael Ward Jr., President and CEO, and Clifford Dukes, COO, have made our mission a daily goal. The AUTMHQ team is consistently communicating the challenges within the community that we as an organization are committed to resolving, and we take the necessary steps to fix the situation. Our team is steadily becoming a well-oiled machine that works faster and faster every day. We collaborate with all of our stakeholders, including funders, employers, volunteers, institutions, and government agencies, to create a system that will help AUTMites get a job in technology with a competitive salary and enable them to become self-sufficient. This is exactly what AUTMHQ does on a daily basis. If you're an AUTMite, you can feel great about having a whole system behind you giving you the resources you need to build the tallest tower possible to reach the sky, and as your professional career grows, you'll be doing the same for others because you're already making an impact.

Congrats, Kiara! Paty Sesma, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at AUTMHQ


Have you saved your seat for this exciting Google workshop?

Join us on Thursday, April 28th at 4 p.m. CDT

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to position your career story in a compelling way, improve your online presence, and build a solid network. Plus, you’ll learn how to answer the common interview question “tell me about yourself” to make a strong first impression in your interviews.

About Grow with Google

Grow with Google is a program in which Google collaborates with libraries, schools, and other organizations to offer digital literacy workshops and one-on-one coaching. ___________________________________ Grow with Google is an AUTMHQ partner.

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#Itechtoo is raising awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace

Did you know that improving gender and ethnic diversity in the tech industry could result in significant economic growth? This is an important opportunity for employers to consider as it may take years to implement structural and procedural changes in the workplace, so the time to start is now!

As candidates, let's start including this hashtag in your resume in order to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry. #pleaseshare


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Join us on Tuesday, April 12 at AECOM as we focus on building foundations in the workplace that enrich our community and develop diverse talent. Kimmy Feldbauer, Senior Transportation Planner with AECOM, will lead this important discussion with Karen Box, President & CEO of the Southwest Minority Development Council, and Kaven Swan, Director of Aviation & Transportation at HOK.

HotTopic Business Roundtable Series: 4:30 p.m. Program begins 5:30 p.m. Networking Reception


The S|three Coalition provides mentorship, professional/personal development, mock interviewing, and job placement for qualified candidates.

This STEM Coalition was founded with the support of our inaugural partners, AUTMHQ, Project Syncere, UrbanEd & Social Finance. SThree, is a global company that operates a group of seven specialist recruitment brands focusing on STEM industries (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through our client relationships & internal resources, we will provide free professional & personal development opportunities. This will range from everything to networking mixers, to resume reviews, career discovery chats, and more. It is also our goal to connect qualified candidates with subject-matter recruiters to assist in job placement. Please fill out this form to help us better understand the community we serve. Together, they will be working with women, African Americans and Latinos, low-income families, first-generation college graduates, and workers who risk losing their jobs due to a lack of training. ___________________________________ Check out the Coalition's launching event here.


Entrepreneur helping Women to get high-paying Tech Jobs

A female entrepreneur is helping Indian women get high-paying tech jobs after a career break after identifying a gap.

Through her company SheWork, entrepreneur Pooja Bangad is helping Indian women to get high-paying tech jobs after a career break.

After graduating from Pune University with a degree in computer science, Pooja worked for the tech firm Cognizant in 2015. She explained: “I was always good at academics. Algorithms were fun to me and piqued my interest.” During this time, she saw a gap in the representation of women in mid and senior-level tech jobs. ___________________________________ Follow @autmhq on Twitter to learn more about #diversityintech!


Tech apprenticeships are on the rise in the US

The Biden administration recently launched an initiative to expand the Registered Apprenticeship Program with the Apprenticeship Building America grant program. The grant will make $113 million in funding available to approved programs and is aimed at diversifying and modernizing the U.S.'s apprenticeship programs — something many tech companies stand to benefit from amidst a persistent labor shortage.

Apprenticeships are traditionally associated with more manual trades, but there is rising interest in getting workers into tech roles through apprenticeships, rather than having to obtain certificates or a college degree. ___________________________________ The AUTMHQ apprenticeship programs can be found here.


Black to Reality: An Inside Look at the People Pushing Meta into the Future

Meta is driven by Black creativity, which is why we want to put the future of the metaverse in your hands. Join us for a transparent conversation about the impact and experience of Black employees within the company and a chance to explore your role in it. We’ll hear directly from members of the Reality Labs team at Meta about their unique journeys to where they are today and their collective vision for where we as a company can go.

We'll Learn:

👉 The impact these Metamates have made in their work 👉 These individuals' career journeys 👉 And how they all made their way into Meta

___________________________________ Check out more Tech Events by AUTMHQ here.


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