“Mentors help you refine your leadership skills, and teach you hidden chapters of career playbooks many don’t have access to” says Janice Omadeke, the impressive founder of The Mentor Method

The Forrest Files: November 17, 2020

Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, an enterprise platform helping companies keep and develop their diverse talent using the proven power of mentorship. Using a double-blind algorithm, The Mentor Method is closing the opportunity equity gap in the workplace.


“We are building a community where creative people can learn and thrive,” says Doreen Lorenzo of her mission as Assistant Dean at the new UT School of Design and Creative Technologies

The Forrest Files: October 29, 2020

Doreen Lorenzo is a successful leader of global creative firms and has advised Fortune 100 companies on design and innovation issues for decades. …


Texas Competes Managing Director Jessica Shortall says we could see a bipartisan nondiscrimination bill next year if the state legislature flips to blue in the November election

The Forrest Files: October 27, 2020

Jessica Shortall is an advocate, author, and speaker, focusing on the economic and human case for people being able to bring their whole selves to work and their communities.

She runs Texas Competes, a coalition of more than 1,450 Texas employers making the economic case for Texas to be welcoming…


According to co-founder Danielle Barnes (center with microphone): “The beauty of Austin Design Week is not just what happens during the week but the conversation and connections that continue afterward.”

The Forrest Files: October 23, 2020

Danielle Barnes is the CEO of Women Talk Design, where she works with hundreds of speakers and event organizers to get a more diverse group of speakers on stage and to inspire more women and nonbinary folks to raise their hands to speak.

She also co-founded and co-organizes Austin Design…


“Don’t wait until Election Day to vote,” advises Congressman Lloyd Doggett, “but continue to encourage those you know who have not yet voted to vote some way, somewhere right up until 7 p.m. on November 3.”

The Forrest Files: October 20, 2020

U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett represents communities from San Antonio to Austin. He serves as Chairman of the Heath Subcommittee on the House Ways & Means Committee, the oldest committee of the US Congress. …


Sharron Rush of Knowbility says that the current scope of DEI thinking is much too limited: “Most diversity and inclusion initiatives have not extended the concept to include people with disabilities.”

The Forrest Files: October 13, 2020

Sharron Rush is the award-winning co-founder and Executive Director of the Austin-based nonprofit advocacy, consulting, and training company Knowbility.

Since 1998, Sharron has been a leader in raising awareness and skills around the issue of access to technology for people with disabilities. …


The Editorial Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s ETC Press, Brad King has written and edited several books covering a variety of topics including “Dear America: Reflections on Race.”

The Forrest Files: October 8, 2020

Since 2017, Brad King has worked as the Editorial Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s ETC Press, an open access publishing press that specializes in trade and peer-reviewed books, academic journals, conference proceedings, and editorial content for the general public.

He earned his Masters in Journalism from the University of California…


The founder of the Austin-based startup Tankee, Gerald Youngblood helps to create a safer user experience for gaming-related videos for his son J and millions of other younger viewers.

The Forrest Files: October 6, 2020

Gerald Youngblood is the Founder of Tankee, Inc., an award-winning media company dedicated to the future of family-friendly digital entertainment.

He is also the Head of Brand, Consumer & Creative Services for NSF International, an organization dedicated to protecting and improving global health since 1944. …


“Austin is Silicon Valley’s cooler, younger sibling that is on the rise” says Sputnik ATX Managing Partner and CEO Dr. Oksana Malysheva. “I predict investors will lend more of their attention to startups launching here.”

The Forrest Files: October 1, 2020

Dr. Oksana Malysheva is an Austin-based investor, entrepreneur and business executive. She is the Managing Partner and CEO of Sputnik ATX, an accelerator that funds and mentors early-stage startup companies. She is also the Managing Partner and President of Linden Venture Fund.

She was born and raised in Ukraine and…


Phyllis Snodgrass of Austin Habitat for Humanity says this non-profit was “founded on the vision of a world where we share one humanity, and that’s a world that we believe in and fight for every day.”

The Forrest Files: September 29, 2020

Phyllis Snodgrass has been a leader in community engagement for almost two decades. During her 17 year Chamber of Commerce Career, she served as President/CEO of three local chambers before going on to become the VP of Chamber Relations for the Texas Association of Business.

Snodgrass then spent four years…

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