Meet This Year’s Philanthropitch Judges Including Kendra Scott, Clayton Christopher, and Gay Gaddis

Join Us as Our Community’s Most Creative and Inspired Thinkers Help Amplify the ‘Good’ Growth Trajectory of Austin Nonprofits

On May 8th, six diverse visionaries from the worlds of technology, healthcare, fashion, and consumer goods will lend their business expertise to the social sector. This year’s judges epitomize the socially responsible spirit, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial drive that Philanthropitch cultivates.

Philanthropitch 2018 judges include:


Kendra Scott

Designer, CEO & Philanthropist of Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott is an American fashion and accessories designer and philanthropist, who has won several awards for her business, designs, and commitment to philanthropy. She is the chairman, CEO, and lead designer of Kendra Scott, LLC. In 2017 she was named Ernst & Young's National Entrepreneur of the Year.

Clayton Christopher

Co-Founder & Managing Partner of CAVU Venture Partners

Clayton Christopher is passionate about entrepreneurship and loves helping small food and beverage companies scale while growing a culture of consumer innovation. In 2006 he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year for Central Texas, and is a recipient of Austin Under 40 Austinite of the Year Award.

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Gay Gaddis

Founder & CEO of T3, Author of Cowgirl Power

Gay Gaddis is actively involved in T3, the award-winning agency she founded in 1989, and as as writer on women’s leadership, company culture and entrepreneurship. She is the first female Chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council and former Chairman of The Committee of 200 (C200), a top women’s business organization.

Jag Bath

CEO & President of Favor

Jag Bath has a 15-year track record of scaling startups from early stage to successful, mature companies. His companies include Favor, RetailMeNot, Gilt Groupe and Jag is passionate about building products that consumers love and companies that talented employees love to be part of.

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Mellie Price

Executive Director of Commercialization at the Dell Medical School and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Capital Factory

Mellie Price is an experienced investor, executive, fund manager and eight-time entrepreneur. Ms. Price is an active member of the Texas entrepreneurship community and a winner of the prestigious Austin Business Journal’s 2015 Profiles in Power Award as well as the 2014 Tech Titan Award.

Leon Chen

Co-Founder of Tiff’s Treats

Leon Chen is an Austin-based entrepreneur who founded Tiff’s Treats, acclaimed cookie delivery service, with his now wife Tiffany Taylor while they were college sophomores at The University of Texas. With a commitment to giving back, Tiff’s Treats regularly donates thousands of dollars a year to nonprofits.

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Founded in 2013 in Austin, Texas, Philanthropitch has awarded more than half a million dollars to empower nonprofits to expand their impact.

Instead of attending the traditional fundraising gala, Philanthropitch creates an interactive environment for audience members to participate while giving back. Audience members are invited to 'vote with their dollars’ for their favorite nonprofit finalists of the night, who will receive a portion of the night's ticket proceeds as part of the Audience Choice Awards.

Early-bird ticket pricing ends on April 16, 2018. Regular-priced general admission tickets are $40 and VIP tickets are $60 in advance, available now through May 7. Ticket rates increase to the onsite walk-up rate ($45 general admission and $65 VIP) on Tuesday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m. CT.