Starkey Chief Philanthropy Officer Tani Austin Named a 2023 'Women in Business Award' Honoree

Well-known for her philanthropic efforts, Tani Austin has traveled across the globe to help people in need.

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN – Starkey Chief Philanthropy Officer, Tani Austin, has been named a 2023 Women in Business award honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. This award honors industry-leading executives, entrepreneurs, and business owners for their professional successes and contributions to the Twin Cities community.

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Starkey Chief Philanthropic Officer Tani Austin.

“I want to express my sincere congratulations to Tani on this well-deserved recognition,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “Tani has a deep-rooted passion for helping those in need, and for her, that starts with giving everyone access to hearing healthcare. She works tirelessly to create a culture of caring and kindness at Starkey, which has always been at the core of everything we do.”

Well-known for her philanthropic efforts, Tani Austin has traveled across the globe to help people in need. As a result, she was named Female Philanthropist of the Year and honored at the First Ladies Summit at the UN General Assembly. Tani Austin’s commitment to philanthropy goes beyond hearing. By supporting a multitude of both local and global charitable causes, her inspiring vision and selfless dedication have helped change countless lives.

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From right: Tani Austin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Starkey Founder Bill Austin, and actor and UNESCO Envoy Forest Whitaker, all of whom participated in a panel discussion about compassion, giving, and leadership at Starkey Headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn, in June 2017.

With the 2021 launch of Starkey’s corporate social responsibility program, Starkey Cares, Tani Austin continues her commitment to helping communities in need receive invaluable hearing health resources. Since its inception, Starkey Cares has signed on more than 2000 partner providers, and has provided more than 670 free hearing aids, delivering the gift of better hearing. Additionally, through a partnership with Special Olympics International, Starkey Cares is assisting thousands of athletes with disabilities around the world receive hearing health resources they may not have access to otherwise. 

“I am so honored to have been recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for my contributions to our global community,” said Tani Austin. “At Starkey, we believe hearing connects us to our humanity. By providing the gift of better hearing, we can make a difference in people’s lives around the world and provide the hearing health resources they need to connect to those who love and support them.” 

To learn more about Starkey, please visit the Starkey website.

About Starkey 

Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Owned by Bill Austin since 1967, Starkey is known for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Led today by President and CEO Brandon Sawalich, Starkey has more than 5,000 employees, operates 29 facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. Learn more at