President's Austin Innovation Board

President's Austin Innovation Board Members at board meeting in President's Office

The mission of the President’s Austin Innovation Board (PAIB) is to strengthen connections between The University of Texas at Austin and the Austin business community. The board consists of 13 prominent Austin-based current or former CEOs representing a cross-section of Austin’s economy: software, internet, Fortune 500, financial institutions, consumer and bio-medical.

The PAIB works closely with UT’s president and university leaders to build stronger connections between the record-setting Austin knowledge economy (the “demand” driver) and the university.

The board focuses on efforts that complement UT’s education, research and health care mission. UT’s commitment to unlocking student potential through experiential learning and strong college-to-career programming and services are top priorities, as well as increasing collaboration between UT’s research enterprise and local industry.

Innovation Board Member Kendra Scott Launches Institute

The University of Texas at Austin and Kendra Scott have established the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) Institute, which begins offering a variety of courses, workshops, a summit event and pitch competition in 2020. The objective of the Institute is to empower women to lead in whatever area of business or profession they pursue. The September 24 launch event at UT Austin’s Bass Concert Hall attracted over 1,000 students.

Kendra Scott and guests stand on stage after the announcement of the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) Institute
Students site in audience listening to the announcement of the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) Institute

President’s Austin Innovation Board Partners for UT Speaker Series

In collaboration with the UT College to Career Office, members of PAIB and their networks connect with students through special events that offer ample time for lively conversation.

The topic of the April 2019 events was “Why You Should Consider Mid-Size Companies for Your Career Path.”

College to Career Speaker networks with students
Students talking together at College to Career event