As a mom, we forget how amazing our bodies are. They carry life, feed our children, get us where we need to go, etc. We are wondrous creatures who deserve to be celebrated. In this photo shoot, the goal was to celebrate the beauty in the flaws that we may perceive about ourselves and lean into one another for support.
The hardest work we will ever do is the work that we have to do on ourselves and that starts from within.
She Talks: Me, Myself & Parenthood
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.
Celebration of Womanhood Garden Party
As we close out the end of May, Collegiate Mom Coaliton would like you to join us for an intimate lunch to celebrate womanhood.This event is free of charge but, with a suggested donation of $10 per person to cover food and to put towards the CMC scholarship fund. Although we will have wine this event is also BYOB so you are welcome to bring whatever wine or cocktail you prefer. We are still firming up food but, will send out a notice once confirmed. If you have any special dietary needs please feel free to contact me at least 3 days prior to the event so that we can ensure you are taken care of.
We know that networking can be scary and its tough sometimes to find individuals with the same passions in large spaces so we have decided to host an invite only (you are welcome to bring a plus one and your kiddos of course) gathering where we can all get to know more about what each of us is doing in the ATX community and how we can be of service to one another's missions. This event is not just about CMC, this is about all of you and your businesses. Each one of you were selected to attend because you align with the CMC mission and are a leader in the ATX community who exemplifies womanhood. Our goal is that you leave this event knowing that you have local women who are here to support you.
Feel free to pull out your sun dress and garden party hat! We will be in the back yard on a deck so dress comfortably.
Mix & Mingle (cocktail hour)
Lunch is Served
Ice breakers & Introductions
Poetry/Spoken word performance
About our host: Alex not only graciously opened her home to us but, she is the owner of Milk Moon and a small batch maker located in ATX where each piece is handmade by her in her studio space. She loves working wtih the healing in every one of the stones and her hope is that each wearer feels the gentle and loving vibration of their unique piece. Each piece helping them feel comfortable and powerful in their own skin.