Produced by #bossbabesATX, SHE TALKS is an ongoing discussion-based personal and professional development series, tackling topics from finances to intersectional feminism.
Exploring the intersections of creativity, identity and parenthood, this SHE TALKS will feature a panel discussion on the transformative journey of having children, strategies for self-care and waving one big goodbye to guilt. Held in BBATX’s new HQ on Dec. 1 from 1 to 3 PM, this talk will be a place for parents (and their supporters) to share notes and talk candidly about their experiences, inspirations and survival tactics (it’s real out here!). Kids are welcome, too, of course.
Tickets are $5 and available online and at the door (scroll for tickets).
— meet the speakers —
Jasmine Robinson, moderator
Jasmine is a speaker, community organizer and mentor to college mothers. Originally from Houston TX, Jasmine Robinson moved to Austin Texas with her husband and 2 daughters. 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 while at her alma mater. She recently established her non-profit, the Collegiate Mom Coalition (a beneficiary of #bossbabesATX’s upcoming State of the Uterus in January 2019) and is proud to continue serving women by her involvement on the Boss Babes ATX programming committee for 2018.
Barbara Verneus, panelist
Barbara Verneus is a counselor, social justice advocate and postpartum doula with Tiny & Brave Holistic Services. She has volunteered overseas in Senegal, West Africa for the African Birth Collective and also in Brooklyn, NY at Dyekora Sumda Midwifery Services as a midwife assistant to midwives. She has also been employed as a Live-Advisor at Pathways PA to teenage mothers. Barbara desires to serve families in the urban community; and overseas, such as Haiti in the near future.
Chondra Washington, panelist
Chondra is on #bossbabesATX's Programming 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.
Heather Gallagher, panelist
Heather Gallagher is an award-winning and published family photojournalist, editorial and lifestyle commercial photographer based in Austin, TX. With over fifteen years of documenting individuals, families and businesses all over the world, she captures your family or brand authentically and professionally.
Dr. Lee Ann Kahlor, panelist
Dr. Kahlor's primary research interest is in health and environmental risk communication with an emphasis on information seeking and processing. A secondary interest is in cultural and racial norms related to health behaviors and message processing. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research. She has won awards from the International Communication Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for her research on science communication and television viewing. In 2015 she won the Moody College's highest honor for undergraduate teaching and in 2017 she won the University of Texas System Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. She is also the Stan Richards School's minority liaison, working extensively with students from underrepresented backgrounds, and she leads the Stan Richards School's Diversity and Inclusion Student Council. Prior to academia, Kahlor worked in journalism, as a freelance writer, and as communication officer for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program office.
— grab a ticket —
Tickets for this session are $5 and contribute toward #bossbabesATX’s continued programming.
— meet the producers —
About #bossbabesATX: We're a little nonprofit in Texas that amplifies and connects women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and organizers Our event series, showcases, strategic collaborations and professional development programs provide a platform of visibility, outreach and financial opportunity to 1000+ emerging women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and organizers per year. On top of that goodness, the public-at-large is invited to participate and learn more about how gender inequality affects their daily lives. More than 10,000+ community members annually attend our showcases, markets and dialogues—and in the last three years, our programs generated an additional $1million for the Austin economy. There is power in our shared experiences. We were named "Best Bossy Babes" of 2015 by The Austin Chronicle, were selected by The White House to attend the United State of Women Summit in June 2016 and inducted into the City of Austin's Hall of Fame in 2017. Learn more at bossbabes.org/bossbabesatx.