Native Austinite and a Journalism graduate from UT-Austin with a passion for storytelling and story capture, Kathryn left her job working in product management in NYC to move back to Austin in early 2013 to pursue her dream of gathering family and community stories. In addition to being the CEO & Founder of Storyhouse, Kathryn is also the founder of Grito App, is on the advisory board for PelotonU, and volunteers for Meals on Wheels and Girls on the Run.
Naji H. Kelley
Naji H Kelley is the Founder of BLNDED Media, a media platform focused on changing the narrative of people of color. He’s also the Creative Director of WorldWideKellz, a creative digital content studio and serves in the United States Navy Reserves as well as volunteers for Team Rubicon and CODE2040.
While his attempted source of happiness stems from following the ebbs and flows of his Dallas sports teams, Adam Rosenfield specializes in creating content for small and medium businesses, lifestyle brands, and entrepreneurial organizations, working to share their stories with the public. Formerly a recruiter working with startups and remote medical clinics to $500 million construction companies, Adam enjoys connecting others for projects and opportunities around Austin, and his passion for urban growth and sustainability drew him to Urban Co-Lab. In his spare time, he volunteers as a mentor for refugees and teaches life skills at a religious organization in Central Austin.
Amanda is an Austin, Texas native and Amherst College graduate who believes in using business for social good. She has experience in the nonprofit, public policy, and political arenas, focusing on women and girls and marginalized US communities, and innovative private sector philanthropy. Her skills include sales and account management, project and product management, community outreach, digital marketing, and public speaking.
Alexis Custard is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where she received her Bachelors in journalism and a minor in political science. Alexis then attended the University of Kentucky and received her Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling. Alexis is currently working on publishing two books she authored. Alexis is passionate about writing, outreach, community development, leadership, and counseling.
Lindsay is a mission-driven changemaker with over eleven years of experience in the nonprofit sector focusing on education, social services, and community development. A former AmeriCorps Volunteer for Hands On Atlanta, Lindsay spent a year of service in an elementary school mentoring and tutoring students to help close the achievement gap among academically at-risk students. She is passionate about volunteerism, social entrepreneurship, and inspired by the rising increase in social enterprises as a means to tackling social problems. She loves building relationships with marginalized communities and working with creative, mission-driven, companies and organizations that prioritize diversity, social good, and long-term community impact. Lindsay is a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Austin, a volunteer for MultiCultural Refugee Coalition, and looks forward to receiving her certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from Austin Community College’s Center for Nonprofit Studies in May of 2017. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys running, bike riding, hiking, and exploring all the amazing food trucks, coffee shops, festivals, parks and hiking trails in Austin.
Amar A. Gupta is a Texan photographer, skateboarder, journalist, and entrepreneur. His initial interest in the visual arts came from documenting the adventures he would embark on with his friends. Whether it be skating the streets of his hometown in Beaumont, Texas, breaking into abandoned buildings, or road-tripping across the country—Amar would carry his camera, capturing moments that would soon become the only reminders of the things they did on such nights. Amar is now running his own clothing line, EVRYNG Apparel, as an extension of his ongoing photo series Misled Youth.
After many fulfilling years teaching in Austin, Dallas, and the South Bronx, Michelle is excited to start a new chapter of her career focusing on her passion for startups, edtech, social media, and marketing. She is currently Social Media Manager and Blogger for TeacherSherpa, an Austin-based edtech startup that provides teachers with a simple platform to find, edit, create, and share classroom materials. Michelle also enjoys experiencing and promoting local restaurants, food trucks, and businesses through the two Instagram accounts she manages, @SweetSweetAustin and @BestFoodAustin.
Magdalena Mora is a designer, illustrator and multimedia storyteller living in Austin, TX. Originally from Chicago, she received a degree in English Literature and Studio Art from Macalester College. By day she is the Marketing Manager and Designer for Storyhouse, a business that captures and preserves family stories. When not writing blog posts or designing marketing content, she illustrates and designs books for several small presses. She's currently working on launching a forthcoming children's book series, Legends & Folk.
Molly hails from Texas. Her work experience includes film production, nonprofits, and tech-startups. In 2015, she joined forces with her mother to form a two-woman coaching and consulting company and is poised to graduate with her Professional Coaching Certification in December of 2016 from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. In work, Molly gets excited about empowering emergent leaders, authenticity, and career transition. In play, she gets excited about volunteering with the OUTsider Media Fest and learning new languages.
Kay Williams is the CEO and Program Director of The Wantabes, a traveling GIRLS platform that provides Interactive Workshops, Interactive Mastermind Meetups, Interactive Career Shadowing, and Interactive Mentorship on the go for girls age 12-18. Kay is a small town girl with big city dreams. She completed her undergraduate education at Texas State University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science majoring in Fashion Merchandising, and a minor is Business Administration. Although fashion was her major and that was what she was "good" at, Kay volunteered over 1500 hours at the Boys and Girls club in San Marcos, Texas while attending Texas State University because working with girls was her true passion. Kay pursues her passion by working with the wonderful girls of The Wantabes and enhancing her education; Kay is currently getting her Masters in Clinical Psychology. THEWANTABES was created as passion project for Kay and became something so much more. She says, "My mission is to establish a culture of creativity and integrity within the mindset of our GIRLS. We must utilize technology and media to educate them and lead them in the right direction, in spite of the powerful external influences that they encounter daily. THEWANTABES is the bridge between a girl and her dreams." While on this mission Kay spends the little free time she has studying for her Masters in Clinical Psychology, eating great food, or blasting the latest Beyonce, Taylor Swift, or Demi Lovato album.
Kiera Saivonne Williams
Kiera Saivonne Williams is a graduate of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin Texas, where she studied communications with a cognate in sociology. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, she has coined her own nonprofit, DeepTonik Community Hub. Ms. Williams is a master of many trades: poetry, photography, public speaking, music, and the performing arts. She has a passion for philosophy and social theory, youth leadership, and community development.