Michael Ward Jr. is a social entrepreneur focused on increasing the upward mobility and social capital of underserved communities, specifically people of color. Michael currently lives in Austin, TX and is the president of the Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTM). AUTM is a nonprofit that bridges the gap between the technology industry and the Black, Brown, and Latinx communities through job placement, career development, and networking opportunities. Michael is also the co-host of Culture Crawl ATX, a podcast that invites random guests to engage in conversations about controversial topics.
Originally from Miami, FL, Michael earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, Michael spent some time studying in France and worked for the International Communications Volunteers (ICV) in Geneva, Switzerland.
After graduating from UNC, Michael started his career at Oracle selling both front-end and back-end enterprise software for cloud and on-premise technology. During his time at Oracle, Michael also led Oracle's Black employee resource group, African-American Business Leaders for Excellence (ABLE), across the United States, Canada, and Brazil.
After Oracle, Michael transitioned to ADP as a PEO district manager where he learned the impact human capital management (HCM) has on a company's sustainability, culture, and bottom line. Michael also spent some time in the Austin startup community, working as the vice president of operations at Primal 7, a fitness and physical rehab company.
In his free time, Michael enjoys traveling with his wife, eating good food made with love, and anything basketball related.