Inspiring Women in Austin

Inspiring women in Austin

With SXSW coming up in March, here at GirlCrew HQ, we wanted to take a look at some of the inspiring women in Austin, Texas.

We wanted to celebrate women from all walks of life. Those who worked hard and pursue their dreams. By the end of this post, hopefully the inspiring women in Austin will have inspired you to go after your dreams too.

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Nelly Garcia, Co-Founder of Rocheli Patisserie

They specialize in novelty cakes, wedding cakes, and international pastries. At 15, Nelly and her family immigrated to the United States in search of better opportunities. In 2015, she received the honor to be chosen as one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” in the category of food and wine. In 2017, Rocheli Patisserie received Austin Woman Magazine 2017 Business Way Award for Rising Stars.

Susan Combs, Founder of HERdacity

HERdacity is a nonprofit women’s leadership organization which connects, promotes, and empowers women to seize opportunities for fulfillment and impact. HERdacity hosts conferences, workshops, online discussions and webinars showcasing powerful female leadership and foster discussion on issues relevant to all women. Combs’ vision was “to dare women to be the women they want to be and achieve the dreams of their own lives.”

Valerie Ward & Amelia Raley, Sweet Ritual Ice Cream

Sweet Ritual first opened its doors on December 15, 2011.  Amelia Raley and Valerie Ward started the company to provide delicious dairy-free ice cream to as many people as possible.  Six years later, Sweet Ritual has expanded to include 16 scooped flavors of ice cream, as well as vanilla soft serve. Valerie and Amelia remain the only two owners and are jointly in charge of all areas of the company’s operation.

Laura Bosworth-Bucher, Co-Founder of TeVido Biodevices

Laura Bosworth is CEO & co-founder of TeVido BioDevices, an early stage biotech company using 3D bioprinting of a woman’s own living cells – to build custom grafts for breast cancer reconstruction. They also work with  people with vitiligo, using their own tissues to improve their lives.  From successfully crowd-funding to help their work, to being listed by CNBC and Singularity University among the Top 5 Health and Medicine startups. 

Jean Anne Booth, CEO & Founder of UnaliWear

A serial entrepreneur, Jean Anne started UnaliWear after selling previous startups to Texas Instruments and Apple. UnaliWear and the Kanega watch connects to a cellular network, resembles a standard wrist watch, and learns the wearer’s speech and lifestyle to detect distress or medical problems.

Quita Culpepper, News Anchor for

Quita Culpepper is one of Austin’s most celebrated and trusted TV journalists, and another one of our inspiring women in Austin. She first landed on the Austin Chronicle “Best of Austin” list in 1999, when she was named “Best TV Reporter.” She’s been on the list nine times since then and in 2015, Austin Way Magazine named her one of its “8 Influential Austin Women.” With more than 15 years of experience, Quita has met everyone from the President of the United States to the man who works behind the counter at her favorite restaurant.

Khotan Shahbazi-Harmon,E3 Alliance & host of KOOP Radio’s program Idea Lounge

Khotan Shahbazi-Harmon is a multiple award-winning journalist, community development specialist, and entrepreneurship accelerator. Khotan also hosts the award-winning Idea Lounge. In 2010, she won a prestigious Gracie Award for her interview with Nobel Peace Prize winner and Iranian women’s rights activist Dr. Shirin Ebadi.

Akshara Anand, Founder of Women in Computer Science Club

Akshara founded the Women in Computer Science Club in August 2015 when she was just a sophomore in highschool. She is the captain of her school’s Science Olympiad team and also founded the STEM Innovation program at Burnet Middle School, to teach 20 young girls computer science through robotics and Scratch.

Mikaila Ulmer, Founder of Me and the Bees

Mikaila may only be 11, but she has already started her own business, made lemonade for President Obama and has spoken at many different conferences including SXSW and Dell World 2015. Miakila is a bee ambassador and leads workshops on how to save them. ‘Buy a Bottle…Save a Bee.’

Alta Alexander, owner of Altatudes

Based in the historic part of town in East Austin, Alta wanted to open her very own boutique and showcase new, up-and-coming clothing designers, while also empowering women to embrace their inner beauty. She also wants to give back to the community by hosting events that help young underprivileged girls in the area.

Ángela-Jo Touza-Medina, Executive Director of YWCA

Ángela has a background in human rights and international law, and has worked for decades with marginalized populations in both Europe and the U.S. Every year, the YWCA serves 2,500 people, offering affordable mental-health services and trauma-resolution therapy for individuals, children and families, as well as other community programming.

These are just some of the inspiring women in Austin. Who would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments below! Read about inspiring women in other cities here. Download the GirlCrew app to meet inspiring women in Austin.

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