Stop. You are smart. You are strong. You are independent. This is the sentiment you're greeted with when you click over to Boss Babes' website. It's this motto of sorts that carries the organization. Boss Babes is all about female empowerment in the world of business. The organization hosts meet ups, talks & events centered around this topic -- all of which sell out in a flash! -- to help spread smart advice, practical tips, collaboration opportunities & everything in between to the ladies of Austin.
In fact, Boss Babes just hosted a group of Feliz founders and vendors for a panel discussion on creative entrepreneurship! Feliz founder & Canoe owner Natalie Davis, Hey Murphy owner Sarah Murphy, Creative Consultant & past Feliz collaborator Leigh Patterson, Feliz Co-Director, Olive owner & Catchtilly co-owner Laura Uhlir & Feliz Co-Director & ceramicist Jenny Mulder all got together to field some whip-sharp questions from Jean Claire & the Boss Babes gang. Watch on!
Name: Jane Claire Hervey
Business: #bossbabesATX, Gear From Last Night, Texts From Last Night
Location: Austin, Texas
Astrological sign: Gemini
What you had for breakfast: Chicken Verde Omelet
Give us the skinny on #bossbabesATX! What’s the organization all about?
#bossbabesATX is a series of meets and retreats to connect and empower self-identifying women in Austin's creative industry. We're a local organization dedicated to providing a safe space for women to network and learn from each other, all while promoting inclusivity for all types of women in the workforce. Aside from our meets and retreats, we host pop-ups, free workshops, run an events page for the community (thebabegang.com) and regularly feature and promote women-owned businesses and female artists and makers on our platform.
We love the idea of pooling resources, collaborating & promoting one another — how did this all come together? What sparked it?
After curating interviews with women creators in Austin, I decided to found #bossbabesATX. Many of them had the same comments about women working together in this city, and most of them were negative—either they didn't work with women at all or they were nervous/threatened to start.
I have a wonderful relationship with my team, Ashlee and Leslie, and this collective friendship informed the basis for #bossbabesATX. We wanted to reproduce the support, camaraderie and community we share on a larger scale (one that touched on professional, as well as emotional, help). We didn't think it would take off and honestly felt the organization would remain small and more of a collective, but thankfully we already had ideas and processes in place after our first meet in May. Nothing has gone as planned, and #bossbabesATX is now much larger than we expected, but that's definitely been the beauty of it.
Can you think of a moment when #bossbabesATX would have helped younger you?
Oh, so many times. Our recent #sizecelebration series would have helped me understand the diversities of human beauty. I struggled with insecurities growing up, many of which manifested in poor decisions for my health and my relationships, and I wish I could have understood that many of the pressures I felt were simply constructions of culture, not absolutes.
Also, I had a hard time finding like-minded people when I moved to Austin, especially people who understood my background coming from the Rio Grande Valley. Although many people in our community use #bossbabesATX for professional reasons, I would have used our events simply to find friends.
What does the future hold for #bossbabesATX — any exciting projects in the pipeline?
We're always working on our meets and retreats, so we're planning our event calendar for next year. I can't really say anything yet, because we have yet to confirm, but I'm personally excited for a few of the partnerships we have coming next year. So many wonderful women to collaborate with!
Anything you’re particularly jazzed to explore at Feliz this year?
Simply in love with Miranda Bennett Studios and Canoe. Can't wait to see their set-ups.