Women@Austin is on a mission to advance women entrepreneurs striving to grow their companies.

 
 
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Knowledge

Supporting women entrepreneurs through programming and educational resources.

 
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Connection

Providing the opportunity to join a community of entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, and subject - matter experts.

 
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Capital

Accelerating business growth through access to human and financial capital.

 
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Mindset

Inspiring women to embrace a growth mindset with all personal and professional endeavors.

 

Our Programs

 
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Bringing women entrepreneurs together to learn from successful entrepreneurs, investors and topic experts.

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Intimate dinners to address the lack of connections women entrepreneurs have with investors.


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Focused sessions for women entrepreneurs to engage with experts and investors in their field.

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Learn the nuts and bolts of fundraising in an intimate, judgement-free space as well as advice that you can't google or learn from any book.

 

Our Story

Women@Austin was founded in 2014 by serial entrepreneur Jan Ryan after several of Austin’s most experienced women entrepreneurs and executives came together to proactively support women founders. Their goal was to make Austin the most accessible and empowering place for women-led companies in the country.


In 2018, Women@Austin joined Notley’s social impact ecosystem. Notley is a social impact investment company catalyzing organizations, businesses and ideas to grow and expand. With the help of Notley’s team and full-time resources, Women@Austin can scale by providing women entrepreneurs access to knowledge, collaboration, and capital so they may fulfill their greatest professional aspirations.


Our Team

 
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Jess Gaffney is the CEO & Executive Director of Women@Austin, where she steers the organization's mission to advance women entrepreneurs. As an advocate for all women, Jess brings her passion for inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial success to her role. She is an entrepreneur herself, having co-founded Pro Mama, a community and resource for mothers to help them find flexible work. She has over 15 years of experience in development and marketing in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

 

Meet Our Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council is a network of accomplished entrepreneurs, executives and community leaders passionate about and committed to advancing women entrepreneurs. By providing guidance, expertise and connections this council strives to remove barriers to essential resources and opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

Kendall Antonelli
President, Antonelli's Cheese, LLC

Kendra Scott
Designer, CEO & Philanthropist, Kendra Scott

Kerry Rupp
General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

Kim Hanks
CEO/ Co-Founder, Whim Hospitality

Laura Kilcrease
Founder, Triton Ventures

Laura Sandefer
Co-Founder, Head of School, Acton Academy

Lawton Cummings
Executive Director, Jackson Walker LLP, Austin100

Linda Ginac
CEO, TALENT GUARD

Lisa Graham
Owner and Founder, Notley

Lynn Atchison
Former CFO, Spredfast

Marissa Tarleton
CEO, RetailMeNot

Melissa Swerdfeger
Owner, Methodize

Mellie Price
Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, SoftMatch

Monica Landers
CEO, StoryFit

Nick Swerdfeger
Head of Operations, The Guild

Pam O’Neal
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Absolute Software

Patti Rogers
Founder & CEO, Rallyhood, Inc

Patti Soch
CFO, Datical

Phiderika Foust
Kitchun, Co-Founder

Rajiv Bala
Bala Investments, Managing Director

Renee Rouleau
CEO and Founder, Renee Rouleau Skin Care

Sara Brand
Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

Shubhi Rao
Dosh, CFO

Stephanie Lucie
General Counsel, Austin Ventures

Tala Matchett
Structure Tone, Vice President Business Development

Tara Miko Ballentine
Founder, FNCH

Virginia Miracle
Chief Customer Officer, Khoros

Yvonne Tocquigny
Partner, Yvonne Tocquigny Branding Group

Zeynep Young
Venture Partner, Next Coast Ventures

Ally Davidson
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Camp Gladiator

Amanda Nevins
CEO, FATHOM

Amber Allen
CEO, Double A Labs

Amy Porter
Executive Chairman, AffiniPay

Andrea Cunha
Partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Anna Robinson
Founder & CEO, CERESA

April Downing
COO, Civitas Learning

Beth Goff McMillan
CEO, Principal, SKG Inc.

Bill Wood
Founder, Bill Wood Ventures

Blanca Lesmes
BB Imaging & Healthcare Consulting, Co-Founder & Principal

Caroline Goodner
CEO, OrganiCare

Cindy Goldsberry
Relationships & Revenue Officer, Higher State Technology

Crista Bailey
CEO, Hideaway Report

Cristina Silingardi
Austin Managing Director, vcfo

Dan Graham
Notley, Founder

Danielle Pruitt
CEO and President, Yoga City, Studio Image, Inc./Chalk Ink® Markers/Yoga City Apparel

Denise Villa
CEO, The Center for Generational Kinetics

Diana Holford
Managing Director, JLL

Diane Land
Owner, DT Land Group, Inc

Ed Hattrup
Bald Ginger, Founder

Ellen Wood
CEO, vcfo, Inc.

Gail Page
Venture Partner, Turret Capital Management

Heather Brunner
CEO & Chairwoman, WP Engine

Holly Tachovsky
CEO, BuildFax

Jan Ryan
Entrepreneur, Founder & President, Women@Austin

Jennifer Parker-Snider
CFO, SpyCloud

Jessica Honegger
Founder and CEO, Noonday Collection

Julia Cheek
CEO & Founder, EveryWell

Kelly Carroll
Literati, Co-Founder

Karen Bantuveris
Founder and CEO, SignUp.com


Thank you to the founding Steering Committee

This unique group of proven leaders has built Women@Austin to what it is today. They have worked over the last five years to set the direction for the organization and to help drive growth for women entrepreneurs. We are truly grateful for their service.

Laura Kilcrease
Founder, Triton Ventures

Lisa Graham
Owner & Founder, Notley

Lynn Atchison
Former CFO, Spredfast

Monica Landers
CEO, StoryFit

Pam O’Neal
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Absolute Software

Patti Rogers
Founder & CEO, Rallyhood, Inc

Patti Soch
CFO, Datical

Sara Brand
Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

Virginia Miracle
Chief Customer Officer, Khoros

Yvonne Tocquigny
Partner, Yvonne Tocquigny Branding Group

Zeynep Young
Venture Partner, Next Coast Ventures

Jan Ryan
Entrepreneur, Founder & President, Women@Austin

Amanda Nevins
CEO, FATHOM

April Downing
COO, Civitas Learning

Cindy Goldsberry
Relationships & Revenue Officer, Higher State Technology

Crista Bailey
CEO, Hideaway Report

Diana M. Holford
Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

Gail Page
Venture Partner, Turret Capital Management

Heather Brunner
CEO & Chairwoman, WP Engine

Jennifer Parker
CFO, SpyCloud

Karen Bantuveris
Founder and CEO, SignUp.com

Kerry Rupp
General Partner, True Wealth Ventures