Celebrating change, illuminating changemakers in our community.

February 4, 2023

JW Marriott Austin

2022 Changemaker Award Winners

rising changemaker

Awarded to a community leader under 35 with integral work across for and nonprofit spaces.

Janice Omadeke

Janice Omadeke is founder of The Mentor Method, a mentorship software providing tools that increase opportunity, improve culture, and welcome diverse ideas to companies across the nation.

Racial Justice Champion

Awarded to an Austin leader committed to racial equity and addressing systemic racism.

Chas Moore

Chas Moore is founder of Austin Justice Coalition, an organization building community power for people of color living in Austin, Texas.

Affordability Champion

Awarded to an active advocate for equitable, affordable housing in Austin.

Walter Moreau

Walter Moreau is Executive Director of Austin Foundation Communities, a nonprofit providing affordable, attractive homes and free on-site support services for thousands of Austinites.

Community Champion

Awarded to community builder prioritizing care, support, and resources for marginalized people.

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette is President & CEO of Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institute of higher learning and the city’s only historically black college and university.

Innovative Startup

Awarded to an Austin-based startup that centers around impact and provides solutions to industry and community problems.


ClosedLoop.ai provides affordable healthcare software that uses data science to improve outcomes and reduce costs.

Innovative Nonprofit

Awarded to an organization with a unique business model used to provide programming and services to under-resourced Austinites.


DivInc provides resources and funding to BIPOC founders in a mission to generate socioeconomic equity through entrepreneurship.

Innovative For Profit

Awarded to an impact-leaning company with a mission to drive major industry change.


ICON is re-imagining the approach to homebuilding and construction to make affordable, dignified housing available to everyone throughout the world.

Philanthropic Champion

Awarded to persons or an organization whose giving and generosity fuels many initiatives across the city and promotes emerging impact.

Philip and Donna Berber

Co-founders of A Glimmer of Hope, Philip and Donna Berber have invested $110 million and completed more than 10,000 projects impacting the lives of more than 5 million people in rural Ethiopia.

Join Us in 2023

2023 Keynote Speaker:
Amanda Nguyen

Amanda Nguyen is the founder of Rise, a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and a 2022 TIME Woman of the Year. Her civil rights activism and social entrepreneurship brings people together to create change.

Shake Hands

Unite with hundreds of community leaders and forward thinkers who are actively brightening the Austin impact landscape.

Lean In

Hear the latest from awardees and speakers dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Austinites.

Raise a Glass

Toast to the changemakers and celebrate another year of collective, impactful work!

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