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AustinWorkNet aligns business priorities with leadership development goals to drive high-performance throughout the organization.
AustinWorkNet is comprised of a network of experts in the field of strategic human capital performance.


Our reputation is built on trusted partnerships with our clients. We act as dedicated strategic advisors to the company while providing executive coaching to the leadership team and organization. 


  • We bring in the best and brightest executive coaches to transform your leaders and ensure their effectiveness.

  • We are affiliated with the top leadership trainers in the profession.

  • We have a rich network of professional mentors and facilitators. 

  • We help organizations through startup, growth cycles, conflict and change.








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When companies think of strategic human resources and leadership development in Austin, they think of David Hughen. Currently CEO of AustinWorkNet and, formerly, Cofounder of Austin HR, acquired by Asure Software in 2018 - David has built his 30+ year career on helping organizations succeed by coaching their leaders and addressing their human resource needs. 


David's focus is on optimizing employee commitment, performance and productivity by aligning them to the organization’s strategic business goals.


David holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco as well as advanced academic credentials from Columbia University's prestigious executive coaching program. He holds a Professional Certification Coach (PCC) certification through the International Coaching Federation. He has a number of certifications - including MBTI Step II, Leadership Circle Coaching Program, LCP Culture Survey, Facilitative Leadership and more. He's a featured coauthor of "The Culture Book" (2018 release) and is often approached by the media for his perspectives on workplace topics that are in the news. In addition, Hughen is former chairman and current member of Communities in Schools’ Leadership Circle (Advisory Council) and former board member of Workforce Solutions.

About David


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We bring unique expertise to complex 


– Kristin McClure,

VP of HR, Parsley Energy

“I am so grateful for your wisdom and guidance during critical stages of our business.”

– Greg Sansom, CFO, Origen Biomedical

“David – thanks for running our executive team strategic planning offsite. That’s the most productive session we’ve ever had, thanks to your facilitation.”

– Gayle Wiley,

VP HR, Lifesize

“David is one of the best HR leaders and consultants that I know…he is well connected in Austin. Many of the smaller and mid - size technology companies in Austin, including Lifesize, leverage David’s wealth of HR expertise.” 



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