The Austin Technology Council (ATC), the voice of the technology industry in Central Texas, is pleased to announce that six visionary leaders have made the commitment to become founding partners of its philanthropic arm, the ATC Foundation (ATCF) and support efforts to inspire the future workforce. Partners include: Under Armour, The Susanne Bundy Bowen Giving Fund, SailPoint Technologies, AT&T, The Society of Information Managers, Austin Chapter and Intel.
The ATC Foundation was founded in response to a demand by ATC membership to connect Austin’s technology community to the very best STEM education programs in the region and to support the tech talent pipeline. The ATCF aims to “Convene and Catalyze” the tech and life sciences community by leveraging ATC’s expansive network of technology leaders to recruit highly skilled volunteers and improve industry connectivity.
Initial priorities include mobilizing industry partners to build up the volunteer base, deploying a region-wide volunteer matching system in coordination with other regional STEM organizations, collaborating with STEM education funders as part of the STEM Funders Collaborative spearheaded by KDK Harman Foundation, and recognizing STEM Champions in our community.
“The ATC Foundation appreciates our Founding Partners who have joined in support of a clear mission to engage technology and life science leaders in the important work of inspiring local students to pursue roles in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, ” said Susanne Bowen, Chair of the ATCF Board of Directors.
“Igniting interest in STEM at an early age is critical to growing the next generation of tech leaders in Austin and beyond,” said Robin Thurston, Chief Digital Officer at Under Armour. “We’re proud to serve as a Founding Partner of the ATC Foundation to inspire the future technical workforce.”
Founding Partners include:
1) Susanne Bundy Bowen Giving Fund
2) SailPoint Technologies
4) Society of Information Managers, Austin Chapter
5) Under Armour
About the Austin Technology Council Foundation
Founded in 2011 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the ATC Foundation ignites STEM achievements in Central Texas by pairing companies and technology professionals with students in the local educational community. The Austin Technology Council Foundation aims to inspire students to pursue education in STEM, to grow a technically skilled workforce for the future – and subsequently – the Central Texas tech economy. For more information on the ATC Foundation, visit www.AustinTechFoundation.org.