Women-Driven Organizations

This #WomenWednesday we are featuring some organizations for women that our team is passionate about. Women are strong, passionate change-makers, and the orgs we have highlighted reflect the strides women are making to see the change they believe in. The organizations our team members have chosen cover a variety of causes from entrepreneurship and business leadership to advocacy groups supporting survivors of sexual violence.


Paige Velasquez Budde — Beam

 Beam supports women in the most critical moments of their business leadership journey. They provide mentorship, community education and opportunities for funding.


Rusty Shelton — Heroes for Children

 Non-profit founded by two Moms of children who battled cancer, Larissa Linton (Taylor’s mom) and Jenny Lawson (Allie’s mom), that focuses on serving other families in the middle of cancer treatment 


Patti Conrad — Special Olympics

 This world wide organization gives a safe place for people with intellectual disabilities to discover new strengths through the power of sports.


Wes Fang — Dress for Success

 Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization that provides professional attire for low-income women, to help support their job-search and interview process. As my old HS debate coach would say, “When you look good, you feel good.”


Nichole Williamson — Hello Alice

 Hello Alice is a great organization that is uplifting and amplifying female entrepreneurs. It’s a wonderful platform that connects women together to support one another personally and their business goals. 


Shelby Janner — The Loveland Foundation

Provides financial support to Black women and girls seeking therapy and mental health support


Melanie Cloth — End Rape on Campus

An amazing advocacy group working to support survivors of sexual violence and make campuses safer for all students


Sara Pence — WPO

Women Presidents’ Organization is an incredible network of female leaders who are paving the way for future generations to come.


Fabiana Melendez — The Light Leaks

 The Light Leaks (LLC) is a community hub that supports, empowers and educates female and gender non-conforming (GNC) filmmakers, aiming to foster intersectionality in the film and television industries.


Katherine Bingham — Girls Who Code

 A nonprofit whose mission is to close the gender gap in tech. In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 24%. 


Nathalie Patajo — A Long Walk Home

 This non-profit empowers young artists and activists to end violence against all girls and women. A Long Walk Home promotes creativity while also bringing awareness to gender violence and racism.


Anushree Bhat — The Women’s Network at UT

This is a great organization at UT Austin because it helps connect women to their peers and female leaders in the industries they might be interested in. Opportunities include listening to notable guest speakers and networking with other women who have the same interests.


Macey Pieterse — Boss Babes ATX

Boss Babes ATX is a nonprofit that amplifies women and nonbinary creatives, leaders and founders. They hold conferences, festivals and workshops to cultivate opportunities and connections across media and tech, nonprofits, entrepreneurship and the arts. 


Avery Huffman — SAFE Alliance

 SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both of which serve survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.


Karly Weiner — Sharsheret

 Sharsheret is a Jewish breast cancer organization that seeks to improve the lives of Jewish women and families who have an increased genetic risk of developing this cancer. This is extremely important to me as a young Jewish woman who has known many to be affected by this disease and I help to raise money every year for the cause. 


Caleb Hall — Melinda Gates Foundation

Melinda Gates, married to Bill Gates of Microsoft. Taking the massive fortune of Microsoft and issuing grants for health and education  initiatives across the globe. Melinda has led the charge of donating more than $27 billion to charitable causes.

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