Introducing the Notley Fellowship
While growing BuildASign.com, I had the great fortune to work with amazing, brilliant, motivated young professionals. In Austin, there are many incredible young leaders emerging in promising careers across a broad spectrum of industries. One of the challenges they face is how to expand their engagement, experience, and growth beyond the walls of their offices. Connecting with other young community leaders, joining boards, jumping in on projects, and creating valuable mentor/mentee relationships isn't easy, especially when you are heads-down in a quickly-growing, fast-paced organization.
Notley's mission is to help tackle our world’s toughest problems by bringing the best minds, strategies, and entrepreneurial spirits to the table; we constantly see the opportunity to foster the type of leaders that our community needs. The Notley Fellowship borrows from the models of multiple amazing organizations like the Aspen Institute, Leadership Austin, Entrepreneurs Organization, and UT’s Board Fellows to create something I know will be really special.
The Notley Fellowship is the newest Notley initiative, designed for young professionals who are hungry to elevate their impact in the community.
With applications opening today, the Fellowship aims to catch emerging leaders early in their career and provide direction, guidance, and acceleration in areas of growth in which they are passionate. We are looking for Fellows who desperately want to do good while doing great, and we want to do everything we can to make their passions come to life. The Notley Fellowship focuses on innovative solutions, entrepreneurial approaches, and hands-on project support through the growth and cultivation of our community's next generation of visionaries.
This is a unique opportunity for promising young professionals to step into a program that facilitates co-ownership over entrepreneurial projects that tackle Austin’s toughest challenges. An amazing lineup of speakers will be visiting with the Notley Fellows each month, answering questions, and helping connect them to resources that will enable them to build an unparalleled network in Austin’s business, nonprofit, and government sectors. We carefully select our speakers in concert with our Fellows to make sure we are creating inspiring, educational and engaging experiences.
Wendy Davis: Wendy Davis is the founding director of Deeds Not Words, a non-profit that seeks to empower and activate the voices of young women.
Mayor Steve Adler: Since 2015, Mayor Steve Adler has served as Austin's 52nd mayor after 35 years practicing civil law.
Meredith Walker: Meredith Walker is the Executive Director and cofounder of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, an organization dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves.
Gerardo Interiano: Gerardo Interiano serves as Google's Head of External Affairs for the Southwest U.S. and is actively engaged in the nonprofit community.
Mellie Price: Mellie Price is the Executive Director of Commercialization at the Dell Medical School and the co-founder and Managing Director of Capital Factory.
To learn more about how The Notley Fellowship will empower young professionals to become community leaders, visit our program website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay connected! Applications open today, Tuesday, April 10th.
Notley is a catalyst for social innovation that unlocks new opportunities with today’s impact organizations and changing communities. Notley’s mission is to fund and support businesses, nonprofits, and programs making positive change and social impact in the world, which they do by creating an ecosystem where social good organizations can thrive. Notley was founded in 2015 by Dan Graham, founder of BuildASign.com, and his wife, Lisa as a way to leverage their own business and investing success. Notley partners with seed and early stage social impact companies and nonprofits ready to scale. For more information, please visit www.notleyventures.com.
About Dan Graham
Dan Graham is the founder of Notley Ventures and Executive Chairman of BuildASign.com, which he founded in 2005. Dan is a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year ® 2013 Central Texas award. He is also a recipient of the Austin Business Journal's 2012 Best CEO Award, and was named 2012 Austinite of the Year and the Business and Entrepreneurship category winner by Austin Under 40, recognizing his success as a business owner as well as his commitment to philanthropic work.
As a native Austinite, Dan personally gives back to the Austin community by serving as a mentor to many aspiring young entrepreneurs working with Capital Factory and SKU. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.