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.  As an intersectional feminist, 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 Anzaldua Favorite band: Princess Nokia // SZA Her Austin gem: Hay Elotes Where 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 thebabes@bossbabes.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

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.  As an intersectional feminist, 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 Anzaldua
Favorite band: Princess Nokia // SZA
Her Austin gem: Hay Elotes
Where 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 thebabes@bossbabes.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

 
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" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Feminist Icon: Rihanna Favorite band/artist: Local Natives, Gallant, and Sango Austin gems: Cafe No Se and any Austin Public Library Instagram: @williethewayfarer Where 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 thebabes@bossbabes.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

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" by
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Feminist Icon: Rihanna
Favorite band/artist: Local Natives, Gallant, and Sango
Austin gems: Cafe No Se and any Austin Public Library
Instagram: @williethewayfarer
Where 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 thebabes@bossbabes.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

 
TAYLOR PREWITT, content editor Taylor Prewitt is a writer living and working in Austin, Texas. Originally from Navasota, Texas, Taylor moved to Austin to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at the University of Texas. She has since worked writing and reporting stories for a number of publications, including Texas Monthly, Tribeza, and VICE. Taylor is a deep believer in the power of stories to prove our worth to the world and to prove the worth of others. Inspired by the creative, collaborative community of #bossbabesATX, Taylor joined the team in the fall of 2016. She now operates the organization’s blog, with the goal of giving voice to, and telling the stories of, women in Austin and beyond. Favorite book: As I Lay Dying Feminist Icon: Chris Kraus, Jill Soloway Fave Band: The White Stripes Austin Gem: Tyson's Tacos Where to find her: Writing and investigating important topics surrounding intersectional feminism, personal and professional development and the arts, while gathering insight from the #bossbabesATX community. You can get in touch with Taylor about appearing on or writing for the #bossbabesATX blog by emailing taylor@bossbabes.org. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @tayloraprewitt. PHOTO BY DAHLIA DANDASHI

TAYLOR PREWITT, content editor

Taylor Prewitt is a writer living and working in Austin, Texas. Originally from Navasota, Texas, Taylor moved to Austin to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at the University of Texas. She has since worked writing and reporting stories for a number of publications, including Texas Monthly, Tribeza, and VICE. Taylor is a deep believer in the power of stories to prove our worth to the world and to prove the worth of others. Inspired by the creative, collaborative community of #bossbabesATX, Taylor joined the team in the fall of 2016. She now operates the organization’s blog, with the goal of giving voice to, and telling the stories of, women in Austin and beyond.

Favorite book: As I Lay Dying
Feminist Icon: Chris Kraus, Jill Soloway
Fave Band: The White Stripes
Austin Gem: Tyson's Tacos
Where to find her: Writing and investigating important topics surrounding intersectional feminism, personal and professional development and the arts, while gathering insight from the #bossbabesATX community. You can get in touch with Taylor about appearing on or writing for the #bossbabesATX blog by emailing taylor@bossbabes.org. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @tayloraprewitt.

PHOTO BY DAHLIA DANDASHI

 

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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 Diaz Favorite band: Anderson.Paak, Ingrid, Stevie Wonder Feminist icon: Gloria E. Anzaldua / Maya Angelou Austin 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 thebabes@bossbabes.org. You can catch Leslie on Instagram and Twitter.  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 Diaz
Favorite band: Anderson.Paak, Ingrid, Stevie Wonder
Feminist icon: Gloria E. Anzaldua / Maya Angelou
Austin 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 thebabes@bossbabes.org. You can catch Leslie on Instagram and Twitter. 

PHOTO BY DAHLIA DANDASHI

 
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 Stoddard Feminist 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

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 BookI Like You by Sandol Stoddard
Feminist 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

JUNE CHEE, production committee June is #bossbabesATX's resident hypegirl, child, and lover of all things aesthetically significant. Originally from the Chinatown in Houston, she moved to Austin in 2015 to start school at the University of Texas. She is constantly on the grind, juggling her position at #bossbabesATX with her job as a Conservation/Preservation assistant at the Harry Ransom Center (plus a little tutoring side gig). She currently double majors at UT in Art History and International Relations, and is set to graduate before she can legally drink. She loves being Chinese-American, going to artistic spaces, or learning how to condition the male gaze through sex work. In her free time, she's usually drying flowers and collecting inspiration for how she's gonna kill the aesthetic game tomorrow. Favorite book: her notebook Feminist Icon: Cardi B Fave Band: Kari Faux, Frank Ocean Austin Gem: ATM Gallery or the bibimbap at Arirang Where to find her: Wearing red, dancing poorly, but enthusiastically, at #bossbabesATX meets, and telling women that they're beautiful and what they're wearing is A FREAKIN' LOOK. You can see a picture of her picking her nose on Instagram @baozibitch. PHOTO BY @sorryiruinedyourholiday

JUNE CHEE, production committee

June is #bossbabesATX's resident hypegirl, child, and lover of all things aesthetically significant. Originally from the Chinatown in Houston, she moved to Austin in 2015 to start school at the University of Texas. She is constantly on the grind, juggling her position at #bossbabesATX with her job as a Conservation/Preservation assistant at the Harry Ransom Center (plus a little tutoring side gig). She currently double majors at UT in Art History and International Relations, and is set to graduate before she can legally drink. She loves being Chinese-American, going to artistic spaces, or learning how to condition the male gaze through sex work. In her free time, she's usually drying flowers and collecting inspiration for how she's gonna kill the aesthetic game tomorrow.

Favorite book: her notebook
Feminist Icon: Cardi B
Fave Band: Kari Faux, Frank Ocean
Austin Gem: ATM Gallery or the bibimbap at Arirang
Where to find her: Wearing red, dancing poorly, but enthusiastically, at #bossbabesATX meets, and telling women that they're beautiful and what they're wearing is A FREAKIN' LOOK. You can see a picture of her picking her nose on Instagram @baozibitch.

PHOTO BY @sorryiruinedyourholiday

RENA LI, #bossbabesATX and BABES FEST branding and design Rena Li re-designed the #bossbabesATX and BABES FEST brands in 2017. You can find her on Instagram. PHOTO BY DAHLIA DANDASHI

RENA LI, #bossbabesATX and BABES FEST branding and design

Rena Li re-designed the #bossbabesATX and BABES FEST brands in 2017. You can find her on Instagram.

PHOTO BY DAHLIA DANDASHI