It's okay to have questions.
We're here to answer them. ~Inquiries always welcome~
What are y'all about?
#bbatx is an online and offline space for women-identifying and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and community organizers. Through our event series, showcases, strategic collaborations and professional development programs, we provide a platform of visibility, outreach and financial opportunity to 1000+ emerging Texas-based artists, businesses and causes. Get to know us here.
What does your programming look like?
Our dynamic and engaging networking events, personal/professional development programs and showcases invite women-identifying and nonbinary artists, creatives and entrepreneurs to create coalitions, share their craft and explore new ideas. We currently produce:
bimonthly community meet-ups
an annual comedy, music and film festival
a biannual makers' market
artist in residency program
seasonal visual artist showcases
personal and professional development programs
community dialogue series
civic engagement events
a free community news distribution service
artist booking and program consulting
Through these productions and our community development services, we also invite the community to explore how gender equality might benefit their own lives. Since we've been in operation, we've hosted more than 15,000 guests, and have worked closely with other organizations and thought leaders to continue pushing for gender equality.
How did #bossbabesATX come to be?
#bossbabesATX was founded by Jane Hervey in Austin, Texas in May 2015. Jane and the nonprofit's original co-founding board members, Leslie Lozano and Ashlee Pryor, worked diligently from 2015 to 2017 to turn the grassroots initiative into a nonprofit institution. Thanks to their efforts, we now offer year-round programming and coalition-building services. We are still run by a volunteer board and committee and two part-timers. :)
What does "women and nonbinary" mean?
These terms are the most accurate terms we’ve found to talk about our community. We work with a lot of people, many whose identities exist outside the binary of "woman" and "man." We're here to promote gender equality first and foremost, and recognizing our spectrum of identities is important to us. It gives us permission to be ourselves, while providing room for us to explore, challenge and learn about the best ways to challenge gender inequality.
Who is #bossbabesATX for?
Although #bossbabesATX works to promote and amplify women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and organizers, our programming is for everyone. Our events are not gender-discriminant or profession-discriminant, and all are welcome to attend. We will not question if you are "babe" enough to attend. We will not question if you are "boss" enough to attend. You are welcome here.
How can I help?
Advocate for gender equality, first and foremost! Or you can come out to attend an event, make a donation, or volunteer (sign-up here). We appreciate your support more than anything. If you are curious about sponsorship or contributing to a program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big, fat checks are great, too. :P
How do I become a vendor at one of your events?
At our pop-up events, we host local vendors and makers. You can apply to be considered for those opportunities here. We also host craftHER Market, a biannual Austin-based market that accepts vendors from all over Texas. You can find out when vendor applications are open on the craftHER Market website. Have more questions? Click here for for our vendor FAQ.
How do #bbatx's Austin meet-ups work?
Our Austin meet-ups occur bi-monthly and serve as a moment to gather women-identifying and non binary folks from the creative, entrepreneurial and social justice communities in Austin. We feature local DJs, vendors and artists to present their work. Attendees also get the chance to submit an announcement for the onstage open mic portion of the meet-up. Whether you're new in town or an aspiring creative, our meets are open to everyone. Get the full skinny here.
I bought a ticket to an event and can no longer make it. Are tickets refundable?
Our tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be applied to other events within our programs. Thanks for the understanding!
I want to donate a space. Who do I talk to?
Email email@example.com. We're always looking for venues!
Can you promote my events/business on your platform?
Where does the money go?
#bossbabesATX is an entirely community-funded nonprofit. All of the website costs, administrative, management and event costs are covered by ticket sales, donations and sponsorships. We appreciate the support, as we are currently under-funded!
Do you have chapters?
Our national programs BABES FEST and craftHER Market will eventually travel on a regular basis. In the meantime, we're developing a curriculum for the rest of our programming to lend to other DIY organizers.
I've seen this Instagram called @bossbabe. Are you affiliated with them?
Nope! Not us. We're an entirely local movement, based in Austin, TX. Our national organization is actually called BABES FEST.
Do you accept blog contributors?
We do! We don't currently have a writing staff, and we don't issue assignments, BUT we are always accepting pitches. Let's get you published.
How do I join #bossbabesATX?
In our current form, we do not offer memberships. We only charge a ticket price for meets and some of our events. By attending events, you're considered part of the movement. Every ticket you purchase supports all of the hard work and effort that goes in to running this organization.