2019 award honorees at the 19NTC

Every year at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, NTEN honors smart, generous, and inspiring community members by celebrating their achievements through three awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Shireen Mitchell


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The Lifetime Achievement award honors an individual who is instrumental in shaping the field of nonprofit technology, and has dedicated their career to advocating for our sector and paved the way for all of us. This is the 11th year we’ve given out the Lifetime Achievement award.

Shireen has made an incredible impact to this community and our country, often in ways that media and institutions refuse to recognize, creating a world online and offline where everyone, especially women and girls of color, can lead.

NTEN Award: Emilio Arocho

Emilio ArochoThe NTEN Award recognizes a community member who is truly living the NTEN values. They are always ready to share resources or a recommendation, they contribute to the community with articles, and regularly invest their time and energy to support our sector.

Emilio is a volunteer organizer for one of NTEN’s online groups. He recently earned his Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate from NTEN while regularly engaging and supporting others in the program, served on the 19NTC session advisory committee, and so much more.

Rob Stuart Memorial Award: We R Native


We R Native logoThe Rob Stuart Memorial Award honors the spirit of someone who was pivotal in creating the NTEN community. Rob Stuart was a builder of communities, ideas, and movements. Central to his work was the idea that technology can accelerate the pace of change, making it possible for movements to grow overnight and for change to be created in new and surprising ways. Each year, we celebrate Rob by honoring an organization and community using technology to disrupt the status quo. Rob’s legacy continues to thrive as the NTEN community pushes technology to be more inclusive, to support more diverse goals, and to truly be a tool for change.

We R Native is an organization that recognizes technology is a tool for connection, support, and change—making critical impact that can change the course of the lives of their community.

Amy Sample Ward
Driven by a belief that the nonprofit technology community can be a movement-based force for positive change, Amy is NTEN’s CEO and former membership director. Her prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations has also fueled her aspirations to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate community engagement and educational opportunities for all organizations. Amy inspires the NTEN team and partners around the world to believe in community-generated change. She believes technology can help nonprofits reach their missions more effectively, efficiently, and inclusively, and she’s interested in everything from digital equity to social innovation.