Eugene Sepulveda is the founder of Culturati. He advises ceos, board members and investors on corporate culture and employee engagement as CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation and a director of Capital Factory. For more than 25 years, Eugene has practiced, experimented, failed and succeeded in building successful cultures in businesses, nonprofits, local and national: political, social and human rights organizations. He believes a mission-driven purpose, clear values and communication by stories are critical for sustained success.
A senior advisor to Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Eugene helped lead the Mayor's 2014 campaign and landslide election. As the President and CEO of NPR-affiliate, Marfa Public Radio, he lead their expansion into the Permian Basin markets, increasing their listener and donor base tenfold; and served as co-chair of President Obama's LGBT Leadership Council during a period of unprecedented LGBT monetary and electoral support. Eugene also brings 30 years experience from banking, high tech startups, and higher education. He previously taught social entrepreneurship and global business at the University of Texas' McCombs School of Business, served as CFO for an Austin-based semiconductor startup, and was Austin's first technology banker.
Eugene's rewards and recognitions include being recognized as the Best Austin Booster (Austin Chronicle), Best Professor (Alpha Kappa Psi), as a nominee for Outstanding Elective Professor (UT MBA), the Human Rights Campaign’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the HRC Bettie Naylor Visibility Award, 2014 honoree by the Mex Net Alliance, an Austin Under Forty award winner, the Austin Business Journal Heavy Hitter in Finance, and honored by the Austin City Council by the declaration of a Eugene Sepulveda Day in 1994 and Eugene Sepulveda and Steven Tomlinson Day in February 2015. Eugene is married to Dr. Steven Robert Tomlinson. They have 6 nieces and nephews, 11 godchildren and an abundance of friends who they consider their family.