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.
Chondra is on #bossbabesATX's Committee. Originally from San Antonio, Texas (Keep San Antonio Lame), she moved to San Marcos to attend Texas State University and graduated with a degree in Environmental Geography and a love for all things related to earth processes (weather, erosion, landforms). Chondra currently works at SXSW Conference and Festival as their Community Events Planner and is building the SXSW LGBTQIA+ representation during the conference. She also sits on the Advisory Board for a queer, inclusive badass tech conference, Lesbians Who Tech. Chondra likes to encourage people to wear their hair curly and embrace body hair. Favorite book: The God of Small Things, Arundati Roy Feminist Icon: Lena Waithe Fave Band: Currently listening to SZA. Always listening to Amy Winehouse. Austin Gem: Relax Day Spa Where to find her: Either steady hustlin or on the sofa binging on Dateline
Cristina Fisher is the Events & Content Manager for Urban Outfitters' Space 24 Twenty and a freelance film & digital photographer. Originally from San Diego, CA, she left her Southern California roots for Austin in 2006, quickly developing a love for music, art and local community while pursuing a degree in PR. Cristina craves movement and social connection and is always looking for new creative adventures and opportunities. Outside of the work flow, she loves vintage/antique digging, making playlists for any and every possible scenario, taking photos and exploring foreign places in Austin and beyond. Favorite book: Forever favorite: "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest" by Ken Kesey / New to recommend: "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi Feminist icon: Frida Kahlo Favorite band: Jessica Lea Mayfield, La Femme and Kendrick Lamar Her Austin gem: The crispy buffalo cauliflower from the Alamo Drafthouse, live jazz at the Elephant Room and Laguna Gloria for feeling like you're not in Austin Where to find her: Hustling events at Space 24 Twenty, camping out in local coffee shops, or behind the camera somewhere. You can follow her along on Instagram at @crissyfish.
Cristina's passion for storytelling and equity has driven her to a career in public service, opera, film, and theatre in Austin, TX. Originally from "la frontera”, Laredo, TX, she found herself pursuing a degree in opera and communications at Texas State University. She moved to Austin to join AmeriCorps as a bilingual early literacy tutor in low-income schools to help close the opportunity gap. Since then she’s been passionate about helping leveling the playing field through early education and has been actively engaged as an AmeriCorps recruiter encouraging others to give back to their community. Cristina has also been seen singing with the Austin Opera Chorus, One Ounce Opera, and on stage in festivals, film, and commercials. Cristina joined the programming committee in 2018 to combine her passion for the arts and social justice through community organizing. Favorite book: Notes from the Underground Feminist Icon: Michelle Obama, Sandra Cisneros Favorite band: Sigur Ros, Shakira, Pink Martini Her Austin gem: Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria, Arturo’s Underground Cafe Where to find her: Learning lines, creating content, studying music, or at home behind a computer getting shit done next to her dog Panchito while eating mango with Tajin.
Deeksha Srinath is a Computer Scientist passionate about making software more accessible and user-centric. Her interests range from pondering the fake divide between the sciences and arts to rowing before sunrise so she can see the sun come up over the Austin skyline. She's pretty passionate about finding spicy food and loves phone conversations on long walks. She's enjoying finally living in a city again and wholeheartedly embracing breakfast tacos. Favorite book: The God Of Small Things Feminist Icon: Sara Ahmed Favorite Band: Glass Animals Her Austin gem: The East Riverside entrance to the boardwalk.
Illyana Bocanegra is a videomaker, teacher, and community organizer. Bocanegra moved to Austin from McAllen, Texas to study at St. Edward’s University. In 2013 she and her best friend Breezy Granzow created TEMPER (r.i.p.), a film and art production company for creative and commercial projects. They hosted an art show centered around Beyoncé and her influence in popular media. Eleven artists premiered work from hand blown glass art, original paintings, photography, sculpture, and a three-part monologue performance.
In college, she was mentored by Scott Christopherson, a professor and documentary filmmaker and served as his research assistant on two film projects: Peace Office, which won the 2014 SXSW grand jury and audience award, as well as Scotland Docs, a compilation of educational videos about the 2014 Scottish Referendum. In Scotland, she was interviewed on BBC World News about her class’s involvement and the interviews she conducted with many political and social influencers.
Currently, Bocanegra is on the media committee for #BossbabesATX, co-runs a DIY film collective with Jenni Kaye called RealFriends, teaches a high school A/V Club through the non-profit E4 Youth, and freelances as a video editor, producer, and director.
Favorite book: Bluets by Maggie Nelson
Feminist icon: Roxane Gay
Favorite band: Sainty (St. Vincent)
Her Austin gem: Flitch Coffee
Where to find her: Behind the camera or the computer, capturing, editing and refining video and audio content on #bossbabesATX's productions. You can catch up with Illyana at Illyana.co and Instagram: @hillbillyana.
Isabella Toledo is a lover of all things yoga, feminism and digital-tech. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela she moved to Austin in 2013 to study at the University of Texas, graduating in 3 & 1/2 years with a BS in Public Relations and Minor in Business Foundations. Inspired by the persistence and hard work of her immigrant parents, Isabella dedicates her hustler mentality to her mom and dad. Aside from collaborating with the biggest community of babes, Isabella spends her free time furthering her yoga practice through Teacher Training, refining her skills in the tech space, and drinking a slightly chilled glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, curled up with a good book. Her daily intention is to make every interaction valuable, and hopes to leverage her opportunities to create new ones for marginalized groups in the Austin community. Favorite book: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero Feminist Icon: Sophia Bush, Michelle Obama Fave Band: Halsey Austin Gem: Infinite Monkey Theorem Where to find her: sweating in a 90 degree yoga studio, chasing puppies shamelessly down the street, and turning small talk into nurtured relationships with strangers. Instagram: @isabellatol_
JASMINE ROBINSON, programming committee member
Jasmine Robinson is a speaker, community organizer and mentor to college mothers. Originally from Houston TX, Jasmine Robinson moved to Austin Texas after getting married to her college sweetheart, Tracey Robinson. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Architecture and received her Masters of Science in Community Development at Prairie View A&M University. During her tenure at PVAMU, she produced and directed the only pageant in the world specifically dedicated to college mothers called, the “Ms. Collegiate Mom Scholarship” where she was awarded $6,000 in scholarships from the Student Government Association to give to the 6 women won titles in her pageant. She also served on the Vice President’s Council, mentored high school students through the Panther Peer Mentorship Program, was a Thurgood Marshall Washington DC Travel Scholarship recipient and served as the Vice President of Programs for Students in Free Enterprise. She is proud to continue serving women by her involvement on the Boss Babes ATX programming committee for 2018.
Favorite book: “The Secret” By Rhonda ByrneFeminist icon: Beyoncé
Favorite band: SZAHer Austin gem: Zilker Park
Where to find her: Volunteering as a Life Skills Facilitator with the Jeremiah Progra, hanging with Boss Babes at events, speaking on panels or just telling her story to whoever wants/needs to hear it to uplift their spirits. You can find her on Instagrams @collegiatemoms or via email email@example.com.
Native to the El Paso and Ciudad Juarez border community, Jennifer moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas. After earning her Bachelor's on International Relations & Global Studies, Jennifer began searching for opportunities to help refugee and migrant populations in the Austin area. She’s now Advocacy Coordinator at Circle of Health International (COHI), a local Austin-based international NGO that provides quality maternal, reproductive and newborn health care in crisis settings. Favorite Books: "La Despedida/ the Farewell Party" by Milan Kundera Feminist Icon: Issa Rae Favorite band/artist: Jhene Aiko, El Búho, Kali Uchis, Residente, Cafe Tacvba + more Austin gems: Irie Bean Coffee Bar and T-Locs Sonora Hot-Dogs Instagram: @jeniifercam Where to find her: Having a #selfcare moment with a chai +book at Coffee shops in S. Austin. Enjoying an armodelo @La perla Bar + other bars in E 6th. You can get in touch with Jennifer about opportunities of volunteering with COHI and to simply hang out.
Kelsey Kilcrease is a visual artist living and working out of Austin, TX. Originally from El Paso, she moved to Austin after receiving her BFA from the University of North Texas in Denton. Since moving to Austin, she has eaten all of the tacos and met a variety of fantastically strange, inspiring human beings. She has worn a variety of hats, including (but not limited to) life drawing model for AVAA, painting instructor, pop up gallery curator, props artisan for Zach Theatre, and freelance artist/illustrator. In her artwork, Kelsey paints subjects that celebrate her Hispanic culture sprinkled with Southwestern aesthetics. The majority of her portraits are based on the women in her family and other powerful matriarchs in popular culture. Her colorful artwork and whimsical imagery is a peek into her playful personality and outlook on life. Favorite book: Role Models by John Waters Feminist Icon: Maya Angelou Fave Band: Tied between City and Colour and Lord Huron Austin Gem: Epoch Coffee Where to find her: You can find her binge watching RuPaul's Drag Race, longingly staring at corgis, and working on graphic design and illustration projects for BossBabesATX.
Kelsey Lawrence, Programming Committee
Kelsey Lawrence is a Marketing Director and Photographer. Originally from Austin, Kelsey moved to New York City when she was 22 to get her Master’s degree at NYU, and ended up spending five years working in Book Publishing at companies like Macmillan and Penguin Random House. After moving back to Austin, Kelsey began volunteering at Boss Babes events and completely fell in love with the vibe and the work that these women were doing in Austin and beyond. In her spare time, Kelsey does event photography, travels around the world, and reads any LGBTQI books she can get her hands on.
Favorite book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseFeminist icon: Glennon Doyle Melton, Issa RaeFavorite band: JR JRHer Austin gem: LaLa’sWhere to find her: Spending an inconsiderate amount of time in photo booths in bars. Follow her on Instagram at @kelseymlaw.
Kristina Gonzalez works as the Projects Manager at Party at the Moontower Event Rentals. After living and working in Madrid, Spain, she came to visit a friend in Austin. Instantly enamored by Austin's creative community, she decided to move to Austin on a hunch. She worked as a teacher and translator, software sales, and freelanced before landing her current gig. Outside of events, she promotes culture + women of color with @thatbitchwho, organizes retreats for women in Guatemala, writes on intentional living on kristinaperdida.com, and does freelance photography. She's in search of more opportunities to belly laugh, building women-owned businesses, and buying tickets across the universe. Favorite Book: All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr Feminist Icon: Selena, Gina Rodriguez Favorite Band: Current favorites: NAO, Jorja Smith + SZA Her Austin Gem: Butterfly Bar at The Vortex Where to find her: You can find her eating all the potatoes @nonstoptots, practicing yoga, creating connections + collaborations over coffee, or on the move with her dog, Monkey. Follow her on Instagram @kristinaperdida and feel free to ask her to grab a coffee (or eat some tots).
Mireydi is an Austinite writer, producer, and director. She works throughout the United States & Mexico exploring stories of loss, love & redemption. Currently, she’s completing her short film, “Amor Duro” (Tough Love) & East. Her films have been recognized by film festivals worldwide, such as the: SXSW Film Festival, Cannes Court Métrage, and Guanajuato International Film Festival, among others.
Favorite book: Paula By Isabel AllendeFeminist Icon: Paquita La Del BarrioFave Band: BANKS // J BalvinAustin Gem: Bull Creek Park & Mi Tradicion BakeryWhere to find her: Producing video content around town! Visually capturing & storytelling #bossbabesATX community. In her spare time she spins records with the Austin chapter of Chulita Vinyl Club Collective. To connect or talk chisme with Mireydi visit her website & instagram !
Nata Abbott, Programming Committee Nata Abbott is a service design strategist by day and a volunteer design for social innovation geek in her spare time. Nata moved to Austin from Milwaukee in April of 2017 to join a tech start-up. She led design strategy, operations and community relations for a number of community initiatives while in Milwaukee, including Greater Together Milwaukee/AIGA initiative, education public-private collaborative Milwaukee Succeeds, chaired 2012-2014 United Way campaign for GE Healthcare and led GE Volunteers council between 2008 – 2014. Favorite book: “Die Mystifikationen der Sophie Silber” by Barbara Frischmuth Feminist icon: Hillary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem Favorite band: The Blues Brothers Her Austin gem: Salt Lick Where to find her: Volunteering for social justice and women’s rights causes. Developing resources and networks for professional women and bringing design for social innovation practice to the nonprofit and community collaborative efforts. You can follow her on medium.com/@nataabbott
Originally from Detroit, MI, Nina moved to Austin four years ago from New Jersey after realizing she had a strong dislike for snow. Nina previously recieved her degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She has been in the field of working with underserved youth and families for in her free time, and started her own program named The R.O.S.E. Project (Recoginizing Our Strength and Excellence) while also working at The National Domestic Violence Hotline as an advocate. Nina likes to go to movies, learn from others constantly, listen to music, and travel as much as possible. Favorite Books: "Ruby" by Cynthia Bond Feminist Icon: Nina Simone and soon-to-be Cardi B Favorite band/artist: Donald Glover and Jhene Aiko Austin gems: Cherrywood Coffeehouse Instagram: @rose_evolved Where to find her: At the library planning and writing activities and possible solutions to emotional and social challenges with youth. Also find her out in Austin enjoying the sun and working on being present at all times.
Sarah Kettles is a researcher, triathlete, cat-lover, backcountry enthusiast, and activist for women in the workplace. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sarah moved to Mansfield, TX in 1996 and then to Austin to study at The University of Texas at Austin in 2009. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Sarah moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in user experience research, working for Facebook and Airbnb to help develop processes for bringing user's voices into product development and make it easier for individuals with vision and mobility disabilities to access their apps. Sarah also founded Women @ Airbnb in 2016, an employee resource group for women employed with the company, and found a true passion in providing career support through professional development and giving back to underserved women in the community. She moved back to Austin, TX to be closer to her partner and family in 2017 and now works as a researcher for The Zebra, a local Austin car insurance comparison platform. She spends much of her time training for triathlon and working with local non-profits she cares about, like Texas 4000 for Cancer and #bbatx. She focuses on research, providing input and feedback from the women #bbatx serves and Texas 4000 alums to their respective staff and boards to ultimately help build programming that serves those communities better. Favorite book: Wonder Feminist icon: Sheryl Sandberg / Malala Yousafzai Favorite band: Chvrches Her Austin gem: East Side Succulents Where to find her: Wearing jumpsuits, trying new restaurants, or outside camping at obscure, little known parks in Central Texas. During the week you can usually find her slamming some miles on the track, or out on the road on her bike. If you're an early bird, you can catch her trying not to panic while open-water swimming in Barton Springs on Sunday mornings. In the late summer, she loves to escape the Texas heat and head to the Sierras to spend some time in the backcountry breathing that fresh mountain air and hitting reset for a week or so.
Xochi Solis is an Austin, TX based artist and visual arts leader sharing her studio time between Texas and Mexico. In the studio she works with multilayered collaged paintings constructed of hand-dyed paper, paint, vinyl, plastics, and images from found books and magazines. Solis considers the repeated act of layering in her work to be a meditation on color, texture, and shape. She feels that her practice brings her a greater awareness of the visual intricacies found in her immediate natural and cultural environments. As an accomplished artist and leader in her community with over 15 years of experience, Solis is enthusiastic about continuing to transform her practice as a cultural producer into a vehicle for active citizenship and civic responsibility. In addition to her studio practice, she manages and spins records with Austin chapter of Chulita Vinyl Club. The Chulitas are an all vinyl DJ collective made up of women identifying folk committed to the belief that EL DISCO ES CULTURA, with a dedication to the active preservation and promotion of that culture. Favorite book: Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture by Jace Clayton aka DJ /rupture Feminist icon: Grace Lee Boggs, Gloria E. Anzaldúa, and Grace Jones Favorite band: Never have just one. Currently, Los Mirlos, Os Incríveis, and Elia y Elizabeth Her Austin gem: Austin Country Flea Market, better known as "La Pulga" on Highway 290. Where to find her: Holed up in her studio covered in paint, surrounded by plantitas and bits of paper. When she’s cleaned up, she is vehemently advocating for feminism as an active and evolving practice with an emphasis on intersectionality and inclusiveness, all the while burning up the dancefloor with deep tracks. You can catch Xochi on Instagram or through her website. instagram.com/xochisolis xochisolis.com