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 Anzaldua
Favorite band: Princess Nokia // SZA
Her Austin gem: Papa Joe's
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 email@example.com. 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