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Membership Spotlight

Becky Austen

Becky Austen is a bit of a “Renaissance Woman.”  She combines many talents to become an outstandingly effective Impact Austin member. 

We asked how she discovered Impact Austin.

“I attended an in-home coffee with Rebecca Powers in Dec. 2009, and was so inspired by the message and collective enthusiasm that I signed up on the spot.  I was active with several non-profits, and saw the difference my giving could make through Impact Austin,” Becky said in our recent interview.

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Beck Austen

Becky Austen is a bit of a “Renaissance Woman.”  She combines many talents to become an outstandingly effective Impact Austin member. 

We asked how she discovered Impact Austin.

“I attended an in-home coffee with Rebecca Powers in Dec. 2009, and was so inspired by the message and collective enthusiasm that I signed up on the spot.  I was active with several non-profits, and saw the difference my giving could make through Impact Austin,” Becky said in our recent interview.

She jumped in wholeheartedly, serving as a FAC member in 2010 & 2011, then as FAC co-chair with the fabulous Cynthia Hoff in 2012 & 2013.  She led FAC member orientations and Grants training through the 2014 grant cycle, and served as FAC advisor.  [*]

She recently got involved with the new Grants Innovation committee, and is working with the also-fabulous Susan Blount on FAC coordination.  Becky said, “I am also serving as an advisor with Girls Giving Grants (G3), having witnessed first-hand through my daughters how we are cultivating philanthropy and community engagement among teenage girls. “

“The things I treasure most about my Impact Austin experience are the relationships I've developed with a remarkable and diverse group of women, the knowledge I've gained about the Austin community and grant making, and the personal impact I've made through large-scale collective giving.  My favorite thing is being deeply involved in the grants process through the FAC's.”


In her “day job,” Becky is a lifetime IBMer, responsible for global sales training and certification.  She has held executive and leadership roles across a wide range of disciplines including software development, architecture, strategy, business development and marketing.  She’s involved in corporate citizenship and mentorship as an executive sponsor of the IBM Austin women's network, volunteered in various company-sponsored programs (e.g., e-Week, EXITE camp), and went to Chengdu, China in 2011 as a member of IBM's Executive Service Corps.

We asked about her other charitable activities. 

“I'm presently the board president at Girlstart, board member at Texas Advocacy Project, advisory board member with Austin Women in Technology (AWT), and member of the Leadership Austin Essentials class of 2015,” said Becky.  Past board service includes Girls Rock Austin, Austin Gifted and AWT.  She participated in Leadership Texas class of 2010, and was recognized by the YWCA as Woman of the Year for Women's Economic Empowerment in 2011.    

Becky Austen - For FunIn her personal life, Becky is wife to Stacy, and mom to daughters Emma (a freshman at Barnard College in NYC) and Leah (a freshman at Westlake HS).

And for fun?

Becky plays bass guitar (electric and upright) in an all-female blues band and with Girl Guitar, and she has graced the stage at Antone's and other Austin music venues.

Community Partner Spotlight

GENaustin

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In 2013, we granted $101,000 to GENaustin, an organization that supports and guides girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood. GENaustin used the Impact Austin funds for The 180 program, which provides court-ordered services for girls involved or at high risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, via an established curriculum and workshops. The program goals are to reduce or prevent court involvement, increase bonding and pro-social behaviors, and improve in-school functioning.

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GENaustin

GENaustin’s mission is to support and guide girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood. They offer innovative, confidence building programs, utilizing best practices for working with ALL girls. They also provide education and awareness about the state of girls to teachers and parents.

In June 2013, we granted GENaustin $101,000 for the 180 Program, which provides court-ordered services for girls involved or at high risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, via an established curriculum and workshops. The program goals are to reduce or prevent court involvement, increase bonding and pro-social behaviors, and improve in-school functioning. The Impact Austin grant helped expand the 180 Program in Travis County and introduce the program in Williamson, Bastrop and Hays counties, to serve 400 girls in 2013-14 and 500 girls in 2014-15. The expanded program also provides additional support and follow-up for girls who complete the program.