Claire England is an advocate for entrepreneurs, having channeled her expertise and passion into programs providing real impact on startups in Austin and internationally. She works with SXSW Interactive and the Tech Ranch accelerator program; previously, she was Executive Director of the RISE conference – Relationship & Information Series for Entrepreneurs. At SXSW, Claire created a major new program for international startups. At Tech Ranch, she produced the largest sponsorship and event in organization history, partnering with startup leaders from Seoul, Korea.
Claire also volunteers her time as Startup America's Austin Chair and as a Founding Advisory Board member of the World Economic Forum's new Austin Global Shapers Hub. In 2013, she received the Profiles in Power – Women of Influence Finalist Award from the Austin Business Journal.
Under Claire's leadership, RISE became a Forbes "Must-Attend 2013 Conference for Entrepreneurs," more than doubling its impact through new relationships with partners like Dell and American Airlines. As the steward for RISE, she demonstrated her talents for successfully partnering with both national brands and local community organizations and building strong connections with business and startup leaders.
Claire's background also encompasses public relations, digital marketing, event management, and fundraising. She spent 10+ years in nonprofit management at organizations such as Foundation Communities, Caritas of Austin, and Houston Grand Opera. Prior to joining RISE, Claire worked in the private sector as a digital media strategist and served as Senior Accounts Director for KBJOnline, a boutique social media startup. She is a cum laude graduate of Texas State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication – Public Relations.
Dedicated to accelerating social impact in her community, Claire currently serves on the advisory board for Austin's Global Shapers Hub, a program of the World Economic Forum, and on the steering committee of IMPACT Texas, a statewide summit on impact investing. A native Austinite, she spends her free time racing in sprint triathlons, traveling, reading, and listening to live music.
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