NLC Austin Recruitment Mixer
8:00 AM08:00

NLC Austin Recruitment Mixer

Mix and mingle with New Leaders Council (NLC) alumni, board members, and prospective fellows as you learn about the six-month NLC Institute Fellowship, the application process, and benefits of being a fellow. This is a breakfast Q&A for people who are curious about NLC.

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6:00 PM18:00

Progressive Champion Awards


Join us at Capital Factory for our annual Progressive Champion Awards event, honoring the best parts of Austin!

Tickets are $50 general admission, or $25 for students and nonprofit employees, and include snacks & two drink tickets. 🥂 Entertainment includes DJ Mahealani and MC Saul Paul.


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Rising Star Award: Ash Hall

Ash Hall is a Democratic Precinct Chair and Content Manager with the Texas Civil Rights Project. A native Houstonian, they became involved in social justice advocacy in Texas a decade ago, after discovering their own queer identities and finding community with others facing oppression. They went on to graduate with a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. Ash’s previous work includes Representative Celia Israel’s campaign, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Equality Texas, and Representative Victoria Neave’s legislative team. Ash is committed to reaching justice for all marginalized communities and changing cultural norms in favor of compassion and equity.

Innovation Award: MEASURE

MEASURE's mission is to use data and education to empower communities to eliminate social disparities. Measure Austin is a partnership between community activists, concerned citizens, police officers, developer, data geeks and the rest of the City of Austin that seek to strengthen confidence in Austin’s institutions through reliable measurement and recommendations.

Community Impact Award: Dyana Limon-Mercado

Dyana Limon-Mercado is the Deputy Executive Director for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes and Travis County Democratic Chair. She is a seasoned nonprofit executive, proven grassroots organizer, working mom & wife, and native Austinite. Her previous experience includes advocacy work with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, and the Texas Medical Association. Dyana has also organized with Annie's List, and has served on various community boards that focus on women's rights and healthcare, including the Capital Area Democratic Women, YWCA Greater Austin, and Central Health Community Champions. 

Community Impact Award: Mama Sana Vibrant Woman

Envisioning a just and loving world where all parents receive attentive, quality, loving care, Mama Sana Vibrant Woman (MSVW)’s mission is to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes for communities of color in Central Texas by providing education and support. MSVW provides free, culturally appropriate, quality prenatal and postnatal care for Black and Latina women with the goals of improving birth and breastfeeding outcomes as well as a birth companion (doula) program. These programs provide care to the most vulnerable in our community while training the next generation of midwives and birth workers of color in Texas.


Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!

#Persist Sponsor


Grassroots Coalition Builders

In-Kind Sponsors

2019 Austin Progressive Champion Awards Honorary Host

Rebecca Webber

Progressive Champion Awards Co-Chairs

Boning Gao

Shu Hsu

Gold Progressive Leadership Sponsor

Ana Rodriguez DeFrates

Roll & Juli Fellows

Silver Progressive Leadership Sponsor

Reginald Benns

Carol Dochen

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi

Montserrat Garibay

Kevin Hight

Carol Hunt

Julie Nitsch

Michael Schafer

We still have sponsorships available! Help support the next generation of progressive leaders.

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2:00 PM14:00

Leading Mindfully: A Self Care Workshop

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Are you a human doing good? Maybe a social worker, parent, community organizer, teacher, volunteer or doctor? Whatever your "good," I want to thank you for being on the front lines caring for others. You deserve a f*cking break.

Join Ashley Cheng, E-RYT 500, co-founder of Rouser and the Austin School of Yoga, for a 90 minute workshop that will arm you with the tools to infuse practical self care into your daily life.

Let’s make some space for yourself to:

🧘🏿‍♀️Reconnect: A 45 minute all-levels yoga practice to actively release tension and get grounded in your body.

✊🏾Refocus: A self process and journaling exercise designed to refine and strengthen your intent as an activist, caregiver or leader.

💆🏻‍♀️Revitalize: A full-body, mysofacial self massage sequence on Roll Model Method Therapy Balls, followed by a restorative “yoga nidra” guided meditation (think yogic nap time).

Special thanx to Castle Hill Fitness for donating the space!

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