Discovery Day is one of Impact Austin’s Signature Events. This winter educational event is full of engaging presentations and panel discussions that inform members and guests about pressing community needs in Central Texas as well as exciting new trends in philanthropy.
"Thriving Together Through Change"
January 21 | February 4 | February 18
12:00 - 1:30 PM CT
Welcome to Discovery Days 2022! Three robust conversations will explore changes affecting Central Texas. Speakers will cover shifting demographics and how housing, health, and education are impacted. We’ll consider how trust-based philanthropy could help meet Central Texas’ needs and identify funding priorities across the four counties that Impact Austin serves.
See below for links to a recap from each session
and the full video recording.
Central Texas demographics are changing rapidly. These shifts are more than just numbers – real lives and communities are affected every day. What are the human stories of critical and urgent needs we all need to hear? Learn more about this session and speakers here!
Moderator: Council Member Vanessa Fuentes, Austin City Council - District 2
- Christina Rosales, Board Member, Austin Tenants Council
- Dr. Annette Tielle, Superintendent, Del Valle ISD
Session sponsored by: Baird Private Wealth Management
Impact Austin’s community partnerships are expanding and thriving. As we increasingly embrace trust-based practices into grantmaking, we also endeavor to learn from our grantees and strategic advisors to advance equity together. Learn more about this session and speakers here!
Moderator: Lorene Phillips, Strategic Advisory Council Co-Chair, Impact Austin
- Shaady Salehi, Director, Trust-Based Philanthropy Project
- Tyeshia Wilson, Director of Engagement, Philanthropy Together
Suggested reading material:
A panel of Central Texas funders will discuss funding priorities in the four counties that Impact Austin serves – Bastrop, Hays, Travis, and Williamson. How might we learn from our peers in philanthropy and collaborate to support our region? Learn more about this session and speakers here!
Overview of Central Texas Issues: Courtney Bailey, Director of Issues & Engagement, Leadership Austin
Moderator: Ami Kane, MPA, CRFE, Chief Development Officer, Girls Empowerment Network
- Abena Asante, MHA, Senior Program Officer, St. David's Foundation
- Felicia Peña, Public Affairs Manager, H-E-B Central Texas Region
- Suzy Pukys, VP of Strategic Philanthropy, Georgetown Health Foundation
Thank you to our wonderful Discovery Days Sponsors!
We invite you to support these community-minded organizations and individuals. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please view the 2022 Discovery Days Sponsorship Brochure.
CURIOSITY, GENEROSITY, GROWTH
Past Discovery Day presentations from area experts included: innovation and trends in Central Texas education and health; the job skills gap; domestic violence as it affects families; protecting immigrant families in Central Texas; the lifecycle of giving; impacting equity; and using data to drive grantmaking.
Discovery Days 2021 took our signature event to a whole new level delivering 9 sessions over 6 weeks and across 3 tracks (DEIB, Discovering Central Texas Issues, and Philanthropy Education) – plus Impact Austin topics! Full session recaps and recordings from 2021 can be found on our blog post: Inspirational Takeaways from Discovery Days 2021