Join us as we celebrate our members and mission in our annual kick-off recognizing our accomplishments and looking ahead to more good work to come. In 2022, we'll cheer in the new year with an evening event filled with music and a celebration of our members and the Austin-area business community at large. We'll welcome our 2022 Board Chair Fred Heldenfels and honor the 2021 Austinite of the Year. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

Austinite of the Year

“Colette has transformed Huston-Tillotson," Nikki Graham, the 2021 chairwoman of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, said. "In every room I've been with her, she has encouraged courageous leadership. She's collaborative and wants people to work together, but she's not afraid to push the status quo and make people see things differently. She has played a key role in this important time in our city's history and her background in business and a unique set of skills help her relate to elected officials, businesspeople, and academics alike. She's a unifier and the Austin community should be unified in its recognition that this honor is more than deserved.”

  • Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

    serves as the president and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University, making strides to create change in equity and education. She serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Greater Austin Area Black Chamber, Colleges and Universities, Austin Community Foundation, DISCO, Texas Methodist Foundation, Frontier Bank, Greater Austin Urban League, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Advisory Council, Urban Roots Advisory Council, and Waterloo Greenway Board.

    Learn more about Burnette's journey and everlasting impact on our community, covered exclusively by the Austin American-Statesman.

Safety Protocols

The Austin Chamber is committed to protecting the safety of our members, our guests, our staff, and their families, and we will be utilizing an online screening process to ensure our events are as safe as possible.

We will ask attendees to either verify vaccine status or provide proof of negative COVID-19 test. Those who verify that they’ve been vaccinated will not be required to provide proof of a negative test.

Prior to attending any Chamber event, please install the ReturnSafe app using the instructions below. This will enable you to verify your vaccination or negative test status prior to the event. We will also ask you to verify your health status the day of the event to get your green check ✅ and be cleared to enter the event.

Download the app for Android or iPhone and enter our workspace:

  • Android users: Install the ReturnSafe app from the Google Play Store
  • iPhone users: Install the ReturnSafe app from the Apple App Store
  • Open the app, click “Find My ReturnSafe Space” and enter the following Workspace code: austinchamber

Login using your name, email address, and mobile phone number.

If you are unable to install the ReturnSafe app, you may use the desktop/kiosk version. We will have kiosks at the event to allow you to verify your health status as well.

To avoid long wait times, please complete the ReturnSafe protocols prior to arriving at the event.


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Austin EnergyRifeline
Austin Habitat for HumanitySOAL Technologies
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Concordia UniversityTwin Liquors
Goodwill Central TexasUFCU
Huston-Tillotson University

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