JANE HERVEY, founder and executive director, creative producer
Jane Hervey is a creative producer, activist, entrepreneur, writer and performance artist. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley (956 por vida), Hervey moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas. After earning her Bachelor's of Science in Journalism and pursuing a career in freelance writing, Hervey began searching for resources and a space to ask professional questions. She hosted her first #bossbabesATX meet in 2015, hoping to foster community and connection between self-identified women in Austin, Texas. She now runs the nonprofit and its festival, BABES FEST, while managing her own production studio, Group Work, and maintaining a column on creative entrepreneurship and lifestyle design at Forbes. Her personal and professional life are dedicated to improving community infrastructure, retooling systems of collaboration and changing cultural economies to create equal opportunity for women and girls.
Favorite book: "I Am Charlotte Simmons"Feminist icon: Gloria AnzalduaFavorite band: Princess Nokia // SZAHer Austin gem: Papa Joe'sWhere to find her: Developing a sustainable internal and external organizational infrastructure, driving the organization's creative and programmatic vision, partnerships and ethos, and designing #bossbabesATX for the future. You can get in touch with Jane about partnerships, programming, development and bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Jane on her website. Or keep up with her on Instagram.
About her plant: I am spathiphyllum. All stamen and rich colors, this curiously attractive plant species survives by little sunlight and water. If chewed and/or swallowed, the spathiphyllum mildly poisons its predators, causing uncomfortable (but not lethal) nausea, rashes and swelling of the face and tongue. I can resonate with that; I, too, am not here to silence those who disagree with me, and in turn am not much for being silenced. My scientific method accommodates for both beauty and conflict, solution and disagreement, pride and remorse, sarcasm and seriousness, sadness and humor. (#iamanerd) PHOTO BY DAHLIA DANDASHI
LESLIE LOZANO, co-founding board member, creative producer
Leslie Lozano is a freelance stylist, social media and marketing coordinator and performer. Originally from Rio Hondo, Texas (a tiny town in the Rio Grande Valley), Lozano moved to Austin in the summer of 2014 to pursue styling, after becoming very restless during her college years. Leslie is one of the co-founding members at #bossbabesATX and currently serves on the Board of Directors in a creative programming role. A proud feminist and social rights activist, Lozano loves a good hip-hop show, re-watching I Love Lucy episodes, Horchata and performing as a comedian and dance artist.
Favorite book: "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" — Junot DiazFavorite band: Anderson.Paak, Ingrid, Stevie WonderFeminist icon: Gloria E. Anzaldua / Maya AngelouAustin gem: This small dock by the Congress bridge (perfect view for sunsets) and the Toasted Coconut and Cubano Coffee ice cream from Sweet Ritual!!Where to find her: Producing and planning #bossbabesATX's Meet Her Hands program, BABES FEST and our URL artist residency, contributing valuable insight and decision-making to the growth of #bossbabesATX. You can get in touch with Leslie about hosting a workshop, becoming one of our BABES FEST artists (music/film/art/comedy) and other showcase opportunities at email@example.com. You can catch Leslie on Instagram and Twitter. PHOTO BY DAHLIA DANDASHI
MAUREEN NICOL, projects and operations lead
Maureen is #bossbabesATX's Project and Operations Lead. She assists #bbatx with running as smoothly as possibly by managing the team, social media accounts, general inquiries and community news. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, Maureen has lived all over. Maureen moved to Austin for school and is pursuing her PhD in Early Childhood Education at UT Austin. She also runs an annual pop-up art camp for children, Camp Story. In her free time, Maureen likes to go hiking, listen to new music, read, play with her dog and travel. As an educator, traveler, foodie, art lover and feminist, Maureen loves to meet people and explore new places!Favorite Books: "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb and "Americanah" byChimamanda Ngozi AdichieFeminist Icon: RihannaFavorite band/artist: Local Natives, Gallant, and SangoAustin gems: Cafe No Se and any Austin Public LibraryInstagram: @williethewayfarerWhere to find her: Planning the hell out of our productions, coordinating organization-wide impact efforts and meeting with the community to build a better #bossbabesATX. You can get in touch with Maureen about vending, community news and general inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About her plant: I am realizing I do not have a green thumb anymore. Maybe it is because I am too busy and always on the go, but my plants are not flourishing like they used to. If there is anything I can keep alive, it's eucalyptus. I always get a bundle when I go to Trader Joe's. (I love plants in my house and colorful flowers.) I love how eucalyptus is beautiful and wild-looking. It lasts forever and it does not require much. It's strong, a little androgynous and loyal. It's probably one of my favorite plants. PHOTO BY DAHLIA DANDASHI
Amanda Doenges is a feminist advocate, writer, and non-profit consultant. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas and having been a singer most of her life, she was enthralled by the music scene and how it seemed to bring the city to life. In 2011, upon graduating from Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, she moved to Austin to begin her career as a reproductive health advocate. In 2013, she left Austin to advocate for women and girls in Nicaragua as a Peace Corps Volunteer, then in New York empowering women entrepreneurs throughout Latin America. Before moving back in 2017, she had heard of BossBabes as an organization dedicated to social justice and the creation of space for women entrepreneurs. She was immediately interested. So much so that when the team mentioned expanding their financial scope to include grants, she jumped at the chance to lend a helping hand. When Amanda is not teaching her dog new tricks, she can be found learning a new recipe for her cast iron while blasting and belting power ballads, Nicki Minaj, and Texas Country. Favorite Book: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Feminist Icon: Nicki Minaj Favorite Band: Chris Stapleton Austin Gem: Red Bud Isle Where to find her: running around Austin’s beautiful parks with her dog, cooking, soaking up the sun along the greenbelt, eating, swimming at Deep Eddy, cooking.
ILLYANA BOCANEGRA, media committee
Illyana Bocanegra is a video maker living and working in Austin, Texas. She’s a hands-on creative collaborator, whose interests range from video production and editing to graphic design and reading up on all things strategy and more. Bocanegra grew up in McAllen, Texas, a city near the border of Mexico. Growing up Bocanegra took music lessons from her Father, a biology teacher and blues/rock musician. Later on she would study classical and jazz guitar in college from a peer in the music department. At the age of 18, Bocanegra moved from McAllen to study at UTSA only to transfer to ACC and then later to St. Edward’s University. There she mentored with Scott Christopherson, a documentary filmmaker who produced and directed Peace Officer. With the help and encouragement of Christopherson, she traveled to Scotland on a study abroad trip to create a short documentary about the Scottish Referendum. There she was interviewed on BBC World News about her class’s involvement and the interviews she conduced with many political and social influencers. When Bocanegra is not at a local event supporting her community, she’s in full on creator mode making her podcast The Sad Soup, and writing for a web series about young latinx adults living their parent’s american dream with poet Julian Copado. Favorite Book: I Like You by Sandol StoddardFeminist Icon: Mallory Ortberg Favorite Band: St. Vincent (sainty)Her Austin Gem: Taco Mex Where to find her: Behind the camera or the computer, capturing, editing and refiningvideo and audio content on #bossbabesATX's productions. You can catch up with Illyana at Illyana.co or on Twitter and Instagram: @hillbillyana.
PHOTO BY DAHLIA DANDASHI