How They Lead
Episode 4: Relationship Building and Networking with Michael Ward
Our hosts Shelby and Kent are joined by Michael Ward, President and CEO of Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTM). Michael came to Austin working in the for profit space, but eventually made the switch to the nonprofit sector. Shelby and Kent will discuss with Michael how he translated his experience in sales and technology into his leadership role at AUTM.
Austin Urban Technology Movement, a nonprofit whose mission is to bridge the gap between the Black and Hispanic communities and the technology industry through job placement, career development, and networking opportunities. Michael emphasizes collaboration and embracing failure when addressing disparities in the technology ecosystem.
The Competency Model skill explored in this episode is Relationship Building and Networking, and Michael explains how AUTM focuses on community outreach with a focus on the Austin technology ecosystem.
Every episode of How They Lead will feature a local Austin-area nonprofit executive discussing how they got to where they are today, surprising lessons they’ve learned along the way, and what skills they’re looking for in young nonprofit leaders. Each episode will align with skills from YNPN Austin’s Competency Model and how they have honed that skill through their work.
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