Notley Fellows Spotlight Series: Glynn Kaplan

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Glynn was born in Houston and graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Business. She moved to Austin to work at Mass Relevance (acquired by Spredfast) and immediately fell in love with young startups because of the ability to "wear many hats" and have a large impact on the business. Glynn has spent her career focused on scaling and building Customer Success teams. She was previously at YouEarnedIt and recently had the opportunity to fulfill her dream of traveling around Asia with her sister. Glynn is now the Senior Customer Success Manager at Shopgate, a mobile commerce startup.

Glynn enjoys volunteering for the Anti-Defamation League and Urban Roots. She also enjoys doing yoga, going to farmer's markets, and dog kisses like any respectable Austinite. Glynn is a member of the inaugural class of Notley Fellows.


What specific issues are close to your heart and why?

Intolerance is something that has frustrated me for as long as I can remember. I recognize this issue is quite broad and encompassing, but it hits home for me because I'm Jewish. I hear of growing antisemitism in our community and across the globe. Unfortunately it's getting worse.

Sadly, this situation is not only unique to Jews. A a member of a group that's faced and continues to face discrimination, it's even more crucial that I fight for the injustice of all groups facing hate.

Healthy living and affordable access to nutritious food is important to me because if you put good in, you get good out. Healthy living has turned into a luxury when it shouldn't be. I recognize I have the privilege and means to decide what types of products I want to consume, but many people don't have a choice. It saddens and frustrates me that socio-economic factors contribute to whether or not someone can afford to eat healthy. It's hard to imagine that even in Austin - a city where healthy living is in its DNA - suffers from food desserts.

What organizations or cause areas are you currently involved with?

Given the issues that are close to my heart, it only makes sense that I'm involved with and closely aligned with the values and missions of two great organizations: the Anti-Defamation League and Urban Roots ATX.

1. I love the mission of the Anti-Defamation League not only because of its goal to protect the Jewish people, but perhaps more importantly, "to secure justice and fair treatment TO ALL." I am proud to support an organization that doesn't always say the most popular thing but always stands up for those that don't have a voice.

I love that a big component of what they do is focused on youth education to prevent bias and discrimination. This past January, I was a facilitator with ADL during its "No Place for Hate" Youth Summit. The event encourages students to confront their own biases and empathize with people from very different backgrounds. The hope is that students better recognize and stand up to prejudice and hate when they see it.

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2. As someone that's also passionate about access to healthy living, I am inspired by the work of Urban Roots ATX. Through its farm internship program, UR develops community youth leaders through food and farming. UR also serves the community by donating a third of its organic produce to food banks and provides hands-on opportunities to learn how to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

I've enjoyed volunteering on the farm with the youth leaders and learning how the internship has provided them with skills and confidence for the future. It's also given me a greater appreciation of where food comes from and how difficult farming can be.

 
 
 

If you could wake up tomorrow and one world or community problem would be solved, which problem would it be and why?

How amazing would it be to wake up in a world where intolerance was abolished?! The unwillingness to accept views or beliefs that differ than your own has led to an enormous amount of hate, violence, and is unfortunately the root cause of many of our problems and divisiveness. I realize it sounds like a cliché, but I truly believe it: if we can begin to understand that our differences is what makes us interesting and that at our core, all of us are the same, we will live in a much happier place where we can wake up and not dread reading the news.

In what ways can Austin's corporate sector be better equipped to support local nonprofits?

Austin is home to many amazing innovative and groundbreaking companies that also care deeply for the community. I've been lucky enough to work at some of those companies and volunteer with my coworkers. There's no doubt that serving meals at a homeless shelter or building a playground for an underprivileged school is good work. However, I think with the type of talent and the diversity of companies we have in Austin, we're in a unique position to move the needle even more.

Companies should partner with local nonprofits - almost like a buddy system - to coach them on tangible skills that will exponentially improve their business. Through something like an office hours concept, nonprofits could learn or brush up on important skills that have the most impact. Maybe it's learning how to update their website without paying a developer. Or perhaps it's improving a marketing deck and polishing a pitch. If there's any city to set the model, it's Austin!

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Glynn & her team won an Emmy for their work incorporating social media in television.
 

Get Involved with Urban Roots

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Urban Roots is a farm-based youth leadership community in Austin that uses food and farming to empower and engage youth in the community with hard work, healthy living, and civic engagement. Since Urban Roots began in 2008, 288 young leaders have graduated from the Farm Internship Program, 288,601 pounds of produce has been harvested, and 235,000 servings have been donated to 12 different hunger relief organizations.

Want to get involved? You can volunteer on the farm! Contact volunteer@urbanrootsatx.org if you have any questions and check out the volunteer days to learn more.

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Buy fresh veggies for a great cause! Urban Roots grows approximately 45,000 lbs of food every year, donating 40% to charity and selling the rest to the Austin community. Check out the Urban Roots booth at the Farmer's Market so you can eat UR veggies and support an amazing program!

Notley Fellows Spotlight Series: Seth List

Notley Fellows Spotlight Series: Seth List

Seth List is an Austin-transplant, relocating from the California Bay Area originally in 1998. Since getting back to Austin in 2008, Seth has worked for a variety of companies in Austin's thriving start-up scene, including Bazaarvoice, Umbel, and Student Loan Genius. Seth currently runs Market Development and Strategic Sourcing for YouEarnedIt, who recently joined the Vista Equity portfolio.

For the past 10 years, Seth has been heavily involved with the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, leveraging his sales skills and network to raise more than $20k for the Ride's beneficiaries. As a member of the HCRA production team, he's jumped in to help with recruiting, corporate teams and fundraising, and sponsorships.

SKU Showcase Recap Featuring Albert Swantner of Sway Water

SKU is Austin’s consumer product accelerator, designed to mentor and grow brands through a 14-week educational program in order to promote faster growth. Last week, SKU held their 6th Showcase Graduation Pitch Event that celebrated the 7 companies graduating from SKU’s 6th Track.

The first company representative to present their unique brand story was Albert Swantner, ‘18-20 Notley Fellow and founder of Sway Water. Sway Water is crafted will real fruit and created without preservatives or artificial sweeteners. Despite how crowded the flavored water space has become, no competitor uses organic ingredients, which has helped set Sway Water apart. Albert explained that Sway Water was born out of a desire to find an all-organic flavored water for his children while also doing good. Partnering with 1% for the Planet, Sway Water gives is helping take care of the environment while also giving Austinites a 'feel good' way to stay refreshed during hot Texas summers. 


Learn more about Albert and the rest of the Fellows here.

A Night With Stacey Chang: Why New Modes of Care Require New Delivery Systems

A Night With Stacey Chang: Why New Modes of Care Require New Delivery Systems

Last week the Notley Fellows team had the pleasure of meeting with Stacey Chang, the Executive Director of the Design Institute for Health. Chang has a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT and Stanford. He began his career at IDEO, a design innovation firm, as the Managing Director of the Healthcare Practice.

Recap: Dinner with Mayor Adler

May 30th, 2018 at the Center for Social Innovation

What happens when a group of Austin’s most promising young leaders are empowered to change our city for the better?  That is the focus of the Notley Fellowship, who last month sat down with Mayor Steve Adler for an intimate dinner and discussion led by Notley founder, Dan Graham, about what is next on the social innovation horizon for Austin. Made up of up-and-coming social innovators, the Notley Fellowship is designed to prepare and engage young professionals in solving our city’s most pressing issues.

To kickoff the evening, all 22 of the Notley Fellows toured The Center for Innovation, the new integrated campus for socially innovative nonprofits and purpose-for-profit enterprises operated by Notley.

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Shortly after, Dan Graham sat down with Mayor Adler to discuss his experiences as an innovator of Austin scaling impact in the community. He went on to share his perspective and personal evolution, going from a lawyer to a municipal official.

“Before becoming Mayor,” said Mayor Adler, “I was never in an elected office. I was always thinking about being nimble and efficient, failing and trying again. The entrepreneurial community prioritizes efficiency and speed, but not government. Government prioritizes the democratic process, transparency and engagement. This work has helped me value engagement and transparency in a creative and entrepreneurial community.”

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Dan Graham and the Notley Fellows asked Mayor Adler about innovating services and providing transportation to underserved communities in our city. Mayor Adler emphasized the importance of transparency when engaging in social issues like improving infrastructure and access to healthcare and educational services.

 

“In Austin, the social issues are almost always about access. How can we provide more access in places where it’s currently limited or lacking?”

After an engaging discussion about how Austin can continually evolve,  Mayor Adler put down the microphone and mingled with the Fellows while cocktails were prepared  with Liber & Co speciality cocktail syrups and Waterloo Sparkling Water.

Special thanks to Liber & Co and Pha-aek by SXSE Foods for making the evening extra special. Stay tuned to learn about the Notley Fellows program.

 
 

Partnering with Springdale General, The Center for Social Innovation is being built to tackle long-term commercial affordability and serve as a permanent home for Austin's social innovation ecosystem. Together nonprofits, social enterprises, city innovation leaders, capital providers, incubators, accelerators, universities, and advocacy groups will gather and collaborate in the space to foster new ideas and create inventive solutions to our biggest challenges. Schedule a tour or learn more about the CSI. 

We're also excited to announce the launch of Relay Coworking, 10,000+ square feet of space at the Center for Social Innovation dedicated to helping you scale your impact. Learn how to win a free year of membership!

Learn more about Austin's 52nd Mayor, Steve Adler, and his bid for reelection. 

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Notley Fellows Spotlight Series: Amanda Horvath

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Amanda Horvath runs a boutique video production house that operates in the space between video creation and marketing. 

Having lived through the video marketing evolution from website content to the emergence of social media, her trained eye is consistently aware of the future of video and how businesses should harness its power. Rather than focusing on pure visual aesthetics, Horvath and her team leverage marketing techniques to ensure their videos inspire results.

She’s worked with entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss and Ryan Holiday, as well as other locally known household names. Amanda is a member of the inaugural class of Notley Fellows.


What specific issues are close to your heart and why?

I’m interested in inspiring women to create careers that are driven by passion, while still pursuing motherhood. We live in a world where our society tells us to be equal to men, but I don’t believe that is how it is meant to be. We have different paths and due to this, our careers must be approached differently. The conversation is lacking and so I want to inspire dialogue and create solutions through discussion where our paths intersect.

What organizations or cause areas are you currently involved with?

In the past, I have worked a lot with Acton Academy which is a local private school where children teach themselves. The model is spreading across the country and changing the way of education.

If you could wake up tomorrow and one world or community problem would be solved, which problem would it be and why?

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If I could wake up tomorrow and one world problem would be solved, it would be sex trafficking and/or sexual abuse. There’s nothing scarier than being vulnerable and used. Even if rescued, these individuals are entering their new life with trauma and PTSD that is debilitating. This ultimately leaves them disconnected from who they are meant to be and the love they are meant to feel. No one should be robbed of those things.

In what ways can Austin's corporate sector be better equipped to support local nonprofits?

Austin’s corporate sector can be better equipped to support local nonprofits by using their business knowledge to create events or experiences where tickets will cover costs and donate funds to local nonprofits.


After years of helping other businesses build their brand using video, Amanda has launched her own YouTube channel! Geared towards entrepreneurs looking to grow their brand using video without breaking the bank or spending extra time, her channel provides step by step processes that she uses with her own clients to leverage the power of video. 

Check out Amanda's portfolio at at amandahorvath.com.

 

 

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Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

As Austin continues to grow, the community will need its next generation to be prepared - prepared to lead, to make positive social impact, and to add value in the private sector.

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Enter the Notley Fellowship, a two-year program that empowers young business and technology professionals to engage with the community and contribute to Austin’s social innovation ecosystem. Throughout the Fellowship, Fellows will gain knowledge surrounding social innovation, philanthropy, and issues affecting the Austin area. Fellows will network with Austin’s current leaders, and work directly with curated nonprofits to make real and lasting impact.

This Fellowship enables high-potential individuals to expand and apply their professional skills to deliver incredible impact, while getting a manual learning experience and developing their own career growth. With benefits ranging from powerful mentorship, hands-on experiences at Notley’s dynamic range of events, educational programs and workshops, as well as valuable introductions to business and impact leaders across Austin, this program will shape the next generation of impactful leaders and social innovators.

The Fellows will work alongside  Austin’s nonprofits, social enterprises, city innovation leaders, capital providers, incubators, accelerators, universities, and advocacy groups as they collaborate, foster new ideas, and create solutions to our biggest challenges.

To learn more about how The Notley Fellowship will empower young professionals to become community leaders, read more about the program. Applications open on Tuesday, April 10th. In the meantime, sign up for the newsletter and follow the Notley Fellows on social media to stay connected!

Rachel Jamail is the Board Chairwoman of the 2018 Inaugural Notley Fellowship. Rachel is is a passionate leader in both the business and non-profit sectors of Austin. She is the Site Lead at Facebook and previously served as the Director of Global Brand Marketing at Spredfast. She serves on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League, Texas Enactus, and the University of Texas Psychology Department. She is also a member of UT's 1883 Council. Rachel earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a Master's from Harvard.

 

Notley serves as a hub for social innovation companies so that they can connect, share services, and find the resources to grow. The diversity of our portfolio allows companies to access a broad array of experts who can provide strategic advice tailored to their specific needs. In conjunction, Notley also has its own social impact initiatives -- such as Philanthropitch and Startup Games -- that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for social impact organizations and fostered community involvement in social innovation around the country.