Austin hasn’t always been a diverse community.
But there was a good feeling from the crowd at the Austin Mosaic Awards Thursday night.
“It’s a long time coming to see this kind of a crowd,” said Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas NAACP and winner of the Legacy Award.
Bledsoe spoke on how far Austin has come since the 1928 city council ordinance, while other speakers and winners spoke on how far there is yet to go.
The Austin Mosaic Awards recognized companies continuing to move the needle forward on diversity and inclusion in the city. The honorees encompassed large companies and startups, as well as individuals early in their work on diversity and those with a long history of championing inclusion.
Winners were chosen from 20 finalists and were awarded based on the size of the company.
Judges chose the finalists based on the work the companies do, their culture and business practices. Judges also considered the company’s internal and external support of diversity and inclusion, and the impact of their actions within the space.
The event was held at the WeWork on Congress Avenue, where there was standing room only. The downtown location of the coworking space was filled with attendees eating, networking and taking photos.
“I demanded that this be at a WeWork,” said Matt Glazer, community director with WeWork. “One of the reasons I wanted this here…it’s about an ecosystem. We’ve gotta think bigger and better and bolder than we ever have in Austin. This town has got to aspire to be the best version of ourselves and tonight we’re one step closer to that.”
While steps forward by the nominees of Austin Mosaic Awards are in the right direction, speakers and winners said there is still work left to do.
“We need to come together to ensure we can maintain this,” Bledsoe said when accepting his award.
See the full list of winners below:
Large Company: Indeed
Medium Company: Galvanize
Small Company: Chi’lantro BBQ
Nonprofit: The New Philanthropists
Relive some the Austin Mosaic Awards presentation championing the best in of diversity and inclusion in Austin.