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Alumni Spotlight: Mike Kinney

In this week's Alumni Spotlight, we're catching up with alumnus Mike Kinney.

What are you doing now?

I am a Sales Leadership Consultant. In addition, I have a viral TED Talk and Bestselling book, which both provide opportunities for me to speak at events several times per year.

How did APS prepare you for this role?

I was fortunate enough to have many opportunities at AHS to hone my leadership abilities. It all started there.

What is your advice for current Packers?

Never let anyone say you can't achieve something. Put in the work, fail as many times as it takes and find out who you are. Prove the world wrong, then act like you've been there before.

Who at APS inspired you?

Mr. Dwayne Hagen, Mr. Bruce Loeschen, & Mrs. Sheri Stageberg

What was your favorite meal in the cafeteria?


Cheese Bread Dunkers

Are you an alumnus of Austin Public Schools?  If so, we'd love to hear from you!

We're excited to hear about your accomplishments and are eager to share your successes and advice with our current students, families, and the Austin community. Please take a few minutes to complete the quick questionnaire at regarding your current position and your career trajectory.

Thanks, and we look forward to hearing all your wonderful stories!