Executive Director for Innovation+, Rebecca Powers, will present the commencement address to the Concordia University Texas fall graduating class of 2012 at Riverbend Centre on Saturday, December 1 at 2pm.
Powers is well known in the Austin community for her philanthropic passion and empowering people to help others. As executive director for Innovation+, she is heading up a new kind of philanthropic organization that matches human and financial capital with social innovation to change the world. The organization will partner with Central Texas nonprofits for a 3-5 year cycle, helping them to build capacity in their community. Investors for the organization work as coaches for their nonprofit partners, refining growth plans and assisting them in securing additional funds for long-term success. Innovation+ plans to announce their first nonprofit partner in April 2013.
Previously, Powers founded Impact Austin, a charitable granting organization whose concept was simple and inspirational- bringing women and their financial resources together to make a profound impact in Austin. Members contribute annual donations of $1,000, which are pooled to give multiple $100,000 grants to local nonprofits meeting community needs. Impact Austin has raised more than $3 million on behalf of those in need in Central Texas.
Rebecca currently serves on the Concordia University Texas Foundation Board.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Richmond in Virginia with a bachelor of science in business administration and served on their alumni board until this past June. Following graduation, she immediately went to work as a sales rep with IBM for 14 years before retiring to raise her two young children. She and her husband, Phil, currently live in Austin, TX. She has two grown children, Brad and Claire.
Commencement services are free and open to the public. Seats do fill quickly so early arrival is recommended. Doors may be closed at the start of each service to avoid disrupting the service.