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Contents september

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62 fitness Workout routines from the experts. 64 wellness Ovarian cancer awareness.

102 personal best Building ties that defy geography.

104 last word The Great Stock Divide.

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opposite sex 92 Relationships Living with your guy’s favorite pastimes.

48 accessories Five necklaces that will make

94 memo from JB Gumption trumps fear.

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98 entrepreneurial life How a grant transformed three small businesses.

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From the Editor Celebrate! As we near our 10th-anniversary event with joyful hearts and a touch of pride, everyone in our office is focused on celebrating. Discussions have been had on every detail, from the color of the decorations to assembling the “perfect 10 panel,” to the food and the toasts. I have been driving everyone crazy singing songs from back in the day (Celebrate, by Kool & the Gang and The Happiest Girl in the USA, by Donna Morgan) that they have never heard— especially the younger staffers. Indeed, we here at AW Media are in the midst of a very happy celebration. However, as I planned this issue of Austin Woman, I considered the other notion of celebration, that of all of the celebrated women, businesses and organizations that have been featured in the past 120 issues. Synonyms for the word “celebrated” include renowned, noted, distinguished and admired. Each of these words applies to the cast of very creative, innovative and philanthropic women we have featured in Austin Woman from the first issue. Throughout the past 10 years, we have grown and changed to reflect the world around us, but we have remained true to our mission to provide relevant content for and about all Austin women. As I looked through the archives, I was overwhelmed by the stories of these celebrated women, their courage and their drive to make Austin the best city it can be. It was a huge responsibility and a challenge to put together this commemorative issue. I chose a reflective and representative group of women and topics from the past 10 years for this issue and would like to thank each and every woman and man who has appeared in the pages of Austin Woman, and the writers and staff who work tirelessly to bring our magazine to you each month. Ten years ago, just a short time after the shock of 9/11, was not the best time to launch a new business. Undaunted, Melinda Maine (Garvey) saw it as an opportunity and embarked on a path from which she has never looked back. Although you may think you know her and the story of the beginning of AW, we twisted her arm to allow us to feature her in our cover profile for this issue. We came away inspired by her dedication to the magazine, the women it features and serves, and the city she loves. Speaking of inspiration, we caught up with former cover women for this issue and picked their brains on subjects they enjoy and know best. Our perfect 10 panelists—Lisa Copeland, Terri Givens, Christy Pipkin and Shannon Sedwick, and moderator Judy Maggio—represent an interesting cross section of our former cover women and share their thoughts on turning 10. Foo Swasdee of Satay shares her favorite dishes. Carla McDonald shares her favorite Austin bars and cocktail. Sarah Bird shares her thoughts on what sets her Austin women friends apart. Terri Givens, Mardy Chen and Bev Kearney tell us how to keep fit like a cover woman. Margaret Jabour gives us the scoop on sparkling wine. Rochelle Rae gives us the latest makeup tips and we spotlight Shawn Colvin’s upcoming performance at One World Theatre. AW renews our association with Fox news anchor Keri Bellacosa as she models the latest fall fashions, and co-founder Samantha Stevens gets the Last Word. As you peruse this issue, I hope you will be pleasantly reminded of an article or a time when Austin Woman magazine touched your life. It is a joy and a privilege to serve as the editor of this publication, and we look forward to continuing to serve our readers, advertisers and philanthropic partners for years to come. On behalf of AW Media and in celebration of our 10-year anniversary, I extend our gratitude to everyone who has played a role—large or small—in our success. Please share your memories with us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Throughout the last 10 years, I have been able to meet the most amazing people from all walks of life and all parts of Austin. Our mission states that we are “for and about every Austin woman.” We take that mission seriously and hope that you, as readers, have seen that played out throughout the years. Representing the magazine, I have met some of my closest and dearest friends in the world and, most importantly, I met my husband when he became one of the very first advertisers in Austin Woman. For me, this is not a job—or even a career—but rather, a full-circle life and lifestyle that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Fortunately, I don’t have to trade it, in large part because of our readers, supporters, staff, family and friends who have stuck by us all these years. I owe my highest gratitude to our advertisers, many of whom (Land Rover, Twin Liquors and Austin Radiological Association) have been with us unfailingly each and every month of the last 10 years. Without their belief and support, we would not be here today. And if you don’t believe me, ask the publishers of the hundreds of publications that have closed their doors these last few years when advertising revenue dried up. Thank you, readers, for supporting those who have supported us and allow us to bring you the quality product you have come to expect each month. As a tribute, we have listed our September issue advertisers below. Thank you one and all for shaping my life and giving me the opportunity to experience a profoundly joyful and interesting journey. With much love and gratitude,

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Fashion’s Night Out Sept. 6, various Austin stores Fashion’s Night Out was started four years ago in New York City. Every heavy hitter in the fashion industry, from models to designers, gathered together for one night to celebrate fashion. Stores stayed open late, presenting collections and showcasing designers and celebrities, with a main purpose to boost sales during the height of the recession. Now the event has grown to include fashion capitals throughout the world. Last year in Austin, various stores participated in the grand occasion with drinks, deals and DJs. This year, join in on all the fun, sip on cocktails and shop. To find a participating location near you, visit fashionsnightout.com.

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ROck of ages Sept. 25 – 30, The Long Center Slide on your fingerless gloves, take out your hairspray and pull up your fishnets because The Long Center is taking you back in time, to the ’80s that is. The Rock of Ages Broadway tour is telling you don’t stop believing in the power of rock music; it has brought people together. Now watch as it encourages a small-town girl and a boy raised in South Detroit to fall in love. Hear their story told through head-thrashing, body-swaying and lighter-flicking ’80s rock music. For ticket information, visit thelongcenter.org.

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LEGO Kids Fest Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, Austin Convention Center As a child, you tried to create a masterpiece with your LEGOs. You stacked them on top of each other, linking them into a geometrical maze only to find that what you created was simply different variations of colorful blocks resembling nothing close to a masterpiece. At the LEGO Kids Fest, your entire family can learn how to create those masterpieces you worked years at trying to achieve. Watch as LEGO masters lock and sculpt those plastic bricks into creatures, people, automobiles and buildings. By the end of this weekendlong extravaganza of building seminars and stations, you will have enough time and knowledge to finally complete your masterpiece. For more information, visit legokidsfest.com.

Austin Museum Day Sept. 23, participating Austin museums Various historical places, such as museums and cultural centers, open their doors for free admission on Austin Museum Day. All venues are willing to ban together because their mission is to educate people on the greatness of art and learning. Explore a museum you have never visited because you were halted by the steep admission fee. Look at thrilling exhibits and learn about the inspiration behind some of the art as museums showcase artists and host technique classes, activities and performances. After Austin Museum Day, you may even walk away with a greater appreciation for the arts and see a value in paying. For a list of participating locations, visit austinmuseums.org.


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Serving Up an Ace Evening The Andy Roddick Foundation presents its seventh-annual gala and concert benefiting children’s charities. Not only is Andy Roddick known for his colossal tennis serve, but also for his huge heart and the fantastic gala that his foundation throws each year. At the end of this month, Roddick will raise awareness for nonprofit groups and programs that he is passionate about while hosting the popular social event. The Andy Roddick Foundation gala and concert promises delicious food, great live music and good company, all for an amazing cause. By attending the glam affair, which is now in its seventh year, guests help to support some wonderful children-focused organizations. One of the fun things about this event is there are a variety of different stages; guests can purchase tickets to individual parts of the evening or opt for the complete package. The gala begins at the W Hotel with a range of cocktails and dinner. Guests can take part in silent and live auctions, which have been a real hit in past years, with offers of fantastic leisure nights and

tennis- and sports-related packages. Nine-time Grammy Award-winner John Legend will then perform live and is sure to charm the senses with his incredible musical skills. Lucky ticket holders can finish up the evening at the VIP event featuring dancing, music and table service. Future Andy Roddick Foundation projects will also be showcased during this final stage of the gala. The Andy Roddick Foundation reflects the dedication of its namesake to serving his community. The former No. 1 tennis player created the organization to enhance the lives of children through a variety of avenues, on and off the court. As well as introducing the youth of his community to his favorite sport with the Andy Roddick Youth Tennis Program, the foundation also provides assistance to many other organizations with a focus on children. Through his foundation, Roddick’s dreams are being re-

alized, in part with the help of events like this month’s gala and concert. Last year, children’s charities, such as A Glimmer of Hope and Austin Children’s Shelter, benefited from the more than $1 million received from the gala. Overall, the foundation has raised $10 million to date, focusing on its long-term impact. It has a generation goal, reinforcing the axiom “serving children today, for tomorrow.” Auction revenue and ticket sales go toward helping some of the children’s charities the Andy Roddick Foundation supports. Prices for the concert range between $49 and $129. There are also a variety of options for the dinner and VIP party. The Andy Roddick Foundation gala and concert will take place Sept. 21 at the W Hotel and ACL Live at the Moody Theater. For more details, contact gala@ arfoundation.org or call 512.298.1960. Information is also available on the foundation page at andyroddick.com.

Austin Woman Sponsored Events Lights. Camera. Help. Film Festival Sept. 12 – 14, Texas Spirit Theater and Scottish Rite Theater The world’s first cause-driven film festival is back for a fourth year. On show are the best public service announcements, shorts and featurelength films, all of which put the spotlight on good things occurring in the world. Tickets permit entrance to films and Turk Pipkin’s keynote address. A sizeable portion of sales goes to the causes represented in the winning films. lightscamerahelp.com

Ballet Austin Fête and Fête*ish Sept. 21, 6 p.m., Fête; 8 p.m., Fête*ish, Driskill Hotel This year, it’s Victorian style as Ballet Austin celebrates the golden anniversary of The Nutcracker. The Fête, renowned as “Austin’s best black-tie event,” gets the ball rolling in an elegant fashion. Guests at the limited-ticket event can relish the Nutcracker-themed cocktails and an array of delectable cuisine and treats. The whimsical Fête*ish follows with great entertainment. balletaustin.org/fete

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Association for Women in Communications Get Smart Conference Sept. 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., UT Commons Learning Center, J.J. Pickle Research Campus At AWC’s sixth-annual Get Smart Conference, the goal is to help attendees to “build a better toolbox.” A selection of different speakers will share their expertise at this awardwinning professional-development conference. Each session explores different communication strategies, trends and technology. Esteemed PR professional Elizabeth Christian

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Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22): Libras don’t like extremes, so September could be challenging. Friends, acquaintances, clubs and organizations (your basic fan base) are extremely vocal as they clamor for your leadership. It’s tempting to give them what they want. On the other hand, you have work—lots of work—and all of it is extreme in its need for your presence and detective skills, even if you just lurk behind the scenes. Then, day-to-day plans are extremely brilliant but futuristic and visionary, hard for some at work to see as clearly as you do. Add these to the extreme changes in home and partnerships, and you have September. Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): Few things are as unnerving as a fidgety Scorpio. You hide intentions and motives like Cancers hide money. But so many great creative ideas and plans need to be put on hold for the time being, and that’s making you fidgety. You’re impatient to get started and change your work routine. Waiting has no appeal for you, but you’re forced to endure it during the last gasp of this cycle. Expect lots to happen after Oct. 5, when a major (and I mean major!) new cycle begins and lasts until December 2014. But I’ll keep that secret ’til next month.

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Must Hear Marcia Ball (March 2009), Antone’s, Sept. 14 This blues singersongwriter-pianist will grace Antone’s stage Friday, Sept. 14, with the newly released album, Roadside Attractions, under her belt. Each song on the album was written or co-written by Ball, a first in her 40-year career. Don’t miss a raucously joyous night featuring one of the greatest blues singers around. For tickets and more information, visit antones.net.

Must Taste Fall Creek Vineyards Tempranillo, 2010, Susan Auler (April 2005) FREE

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Autumn allure Fox 7 News Anchor Keri Bellacosa flourishes in feminine fall fashion. Photos by Annie Ray

Rieley dress, $124, Chameleon bracelet, $44, and Joia earrings, $34, available at Y&I Clothing Boutique, 1113 S. Congress Ave., 512.462.0775. Yahada top, $55, available at Fawn + Raven, 1605 W. 35th St., 512.371.8998. Jacket, stylist’s own. Frye boots, $348, available at Neiman Marcus, 3400 Palm Way, 512.719.1200.

Text by Molly McManus. Styling by Ashley Hargrove, dtkaustin.com. Styling assistance by KeAndreia Gerard. Hair by Deanne Maraffa. Makeup by Madison Williams, Keith Kristofer Salon and Spa, 512.233.1910, keithkristofer.com. Shot on location at Chateau Bellevue, Home of the Austin Woman’s Club, 512.472.1336, chateaubellevueaustin.org.

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Keri Bellacosa “This place is magical,” sighs Keri Bellacosa as she gets styled in the perfectly pink room of the historical Chateau Bellevue. “Really, truly, this is a step back in time.” We all nostalgically nod in agreement, although none of us were around in 1874 when the breathtakingly beautiful building was built. Bellacosa, a former Austin Woman cover woman, is an anchor for Fox 7, working at the station since 2007. Always smiling, always upbeat and never without her polished fashion sense, Bellacosa anchors Fox 7’s morning show, Good Day, with enthusiasm and poise. Growing up in San Antonio and attending the University of Texas at Austin, Bellacosa is a Texan through and through. With reporting

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done in the studio and out in the field, Bellacosa knows first hand that her clothing has to be adaptable to the heat and ever-changing Austin weather while still embodying her classic, feminine style. “Sometimes I’ll push the envelope a little bit with some big earrings or some tall shoes that are not practical for reporting,” Bellacosa laughs. That’s the fun of being on TV, right? When she’s not reporting, Bellacosa loves taking in the beauty of downtown Austin, going to movies at the Alamo Drafthouse or strolling down South Congress Avenue with her husband, Greg, perhaps walking off a hearty meal from one of her favorite restaurants in town, Enoteca.


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Vince shirt, $285, leather dress, $885, and Alice + Olivia faux fur vest, $368, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 9722 Great Hills Trail, 512.231.3700. Joia earrings, $34, available at Y&I Clothing Boutique, 1113 South Congress Ave., 512.462.0775. Alexis Bittar ring, $265, available at Nordstrom, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., 512.691.3500. [this page] Koch Koi necklace, $325, clutch, $75, Parker jacket, $150, and dress, $280, available at Fawn + Raven, 1605 W. 35th St., 512.371.8998. YSL heels, $850, available at Neiman Marcus, 3400 Palm Way, 512.719.1200. Bracelet, $25, available at J. Crew, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., 512.329.6447.

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About the chateau Often called the crown jewel of historic Austin mansions, Chateau Bellevue (home of the Austin Woman’s Club) is in the Bremond Block National Historic District in the heart of downtown Austin. Built in 1874, Chateau Bellevue is a romantic and distinguished mansion featuring French Romanesque arches, beautiful courtyard grounds, a spacious ballroom, ornate hand-carved woodwork and stunning stained-glass windows.

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Blazer, $32.80, available at Forever 21, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., 512.329.0115. Balmain for Giuseppe Zanotti boots, $480, available at Moss Designer Consignment, 705B S. Lamar Blvd., 512.916.9961. Silk top, $42, Chameleon necklace, $59, and ring, $29, available at Y&I Clothing Boutique, 1113 S. Congress Ave., 512.462.0775. [this page] Blazer, $49.95, available at H&M (opening fall 2012 at the Domain). Necklace, $9.80, lace top, $12.80, and clutch, $28.60, available at Forever 21, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., 512.329.0115. Skirt, $25.99, available at Zara, 3409 Esperanza Crossing, 512.491.0920. Bracelet, $28, available at Y&I Clothing Boutique, 1113 South Congress Ave., 512.462.0775.

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Rene Guest with feathers, $300, available at Fawn + Raven, 1605 W. 35th St., 512.371.8998.

Bold Statements

Chameleon, $59, available at Y&I Clothing Boutique, 1113 S. Congress Ave., 512.462.0775.

Five necklaces certain to make heads turn. Photos by Annie Ray

Giles and Brother Nara, $250, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 9722 Great Hills Trail, 512.231.3700.

Rose Quartz, $1,500, available at Benold’s, 2900 W. Anderson Lane, 512.452.6491.

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Kenneth Jay Lane, $242, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 9722 Great Hills Trail, 512.231.3700.


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Faces of Fall

Fresh Faces

We saw a similar fresh, natural face with rosy, flushed cheeks at the Michael Kors, Dior, Ralph Lauren and Valentino shows. We usually think of a naked-looking face for spring and summer, but this will be a popular look this fall. The artists applied monochromatic browns and nudes on the entire face, with a bright pop of color on the cheeks. According to a makeup artist at one of the shows, the look emulated one “after an hour in a hot tub or some good sex.” I will say it makes one look like they spent a day on the slopes or ice skating in the park.

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I absolutely love New York Fashion Week. The excitement fills the entire city and all eyes are on the runways to see what we will be wearing next season. Although it is the designers’ work being featured, it is not solely about the clothes; no runway look would be complete without the beauty that goes on backstage before the show. I’ve picked my favorite and most wearable makeup trends from New York Fashion Week 2012 and will give a few tips on how to incorporate them in to your real-life style.

How To Think about how you would normally apply your bronzer. Use a large, fluffy brush with soft bristles and apply to the tops of cheekbones, forehead, nose, chin and even to the crease of your eyelids. Finish the look by adding a pink pop to the apples of the cheeks. This is also a great technique to make your cheeks appear more youthful and plump. You can get this entire look in one easy-to-use refillable palette: the Rae Cosmetics Royal Flush Palette. It was introduced for the fall 2012 season, specifically to make getting this look quick and easy. It includes two bronzer shades, the bright pink blush and four golden-brown and nude eye shadows. (raecosmetics.com)

Dark Lips

The Gucci, Givenchy and Bottega Veneta shows made a beauty statement with super rich, dark lips; not the bright reds and corals of last season, but mulberry, blackberry or deep wine-stained lips with just a hint of chocolate to keep from appearing goth. Less is more with the rest of the makeup application. Matte or glossy, this look is all lips. Try Clinique’s sheer Almost Lipstick in black honey (clinique.com), or for a more opaque coverage, try Rae Cosmetics Lip Lust in vamp (raecosmetics.com). How To Dark shades can be difficult to wear due

to bleeding. Apply lip liner to your entire lip first and then apply lipstick. Lightly blot, then reapply lipstick to just the center of your lips. To further prevent bleeding, lightly apply powder to the outside edge of the lip line with a small brush.

Jason Wu

By Rochelle Rae

Michael Kors

Easy beauty trends for the season.

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Dimensional Eyes

Extremely bold, multi-colored eyes made a statement coming down the runway at the Anna Sui, Roberto Cavalli and Stella McCartney shows. Greens, blues and purples with hints of silver or gold, heavily layered all over the eye will definitely make a bold impression. Think of the brightly colored plumes of a peacock and you get the idea. McCartney even added almost neon mascara, and Cavalli must have used six shadow shades on each model. If you want to try a rainbow of colors on your lashes, Vincent Longo Vibrant Eye waterproof mascara comes in six eye-popping shades, including blue, verde and rosso. (vincentlongo.com) How To The key to taking this over-the-top runway inspiration and being able to wear it without looking like you’ve gone over the edge is blending and lots of it. You want a smooth transition between colors, very soft with no harsh edges. Blend, blend and blend some more. You can also make this a bit more wearable by mixing in browns or grays to soften the look.


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2012 Austin Fashion Week Austin designers strut their stuff. By Cheryl Bemis From Aug. 10 through 18, Austin Fashion Week celebrated its fourth season, and like many large events, it became more refined with age. In 2011, Matt Swinney, CEO of Launch 787 and owner of Austin Fashion Week, changed the event and added more fashion elements with more runway shows. Local and international designers showcased their newest collections on high-fashion runways, much like New York Fashion Week. The chatter throughout town about the shows was overwhelmingly positive. In 2012, 10 Austin designers participated in the runway shows and marketplace (vendor-style) events. Earlier in the week, in-store parties, shows and fun took place in several popular Austin shopping destinations. The kickoff party at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Shift Into Style, saw Austin designers flaunting their most fashionable frocks alongside European Formula 1 owners and first lady Anita Perry, who made a statement in her black-lace jacket from the Danes Collection. Austin’s Keeper’s Menswear featured its newest fall looks with tweeds, knits and a fantastic purple velvet jacket. Austin designer Ross Bennett of

NBC Fashion Star fame premiered his COTA (Circuit of the Americas) girls collection. The female good-will ambassadors will be dressed in international/Austin-style winter white and red-accented uniforms accessorized with Texas touches. The Austin Fashion Awards at the Austin Music Hall ended the busy week with the handing out of the popular Golden Boot awards to rising stars and trailblazers, and the naming of the popular Mash-Up Team photo winners. Austin’s most talented in the fashion business were recognized with heartfelt speeches accompanied with an occasional tear. The crowd also enjoyed seeing the latest fall 2012 collections from Austin designers Kendra Scott, Jessica Ciarla and Ross Bennett, and New York designer Margarita Saplala. Marketplace featured designers Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin, who were awarded a Golden Boot in the rising star category. Read more about their socially responsible brand, as well as

other winners, in our web extra. Austin Fashion Week has easily earned its own Golden Boot as the annual fashion event of the year.

Austin Designers Talk Fashion This is an exciting time to be in Austin. Again following the lead of the music community, Austin fashion is freewheeling, frank, funky, diverse and multicultural. Above all, it is a work in progress with a certain innocence that, to date, has freed Austin designers to push boundaries.

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Tess Dress: Tess Designs makes exclusive use of Texan companies for its pattern-making, grading and marking, and manufacturing, right down to the button loops and belts. We focus our prototyping and sampling in Austin with a local manufacturer. For our large-scale collections and orders, we work with a garment factory in Dallas. Keeping it local and keeping it real, it doesn’t get much more Austin than that. Isabella Rose (at age 12, the youngest designer to show at Austin Fashion Week): I don’t really think about age anymore. I think part of my message is that we should pursue our goals, no matter how old or young. I blog about my artistic process as it relates to my paintings, fashion and poetry. I’ve been very touched by how supportive the adults who follow my adventures have been. I’m very happy by the body of work I have accumulated over the years, and I’m very excited because I’m starting to have opportunities to show my work more.

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Sarah Eileen: The most popular bridal trend at the moment has been lace. Vintage-inspired gowns with modern twists, lace, portrait backs, ball gowns and cocktail-length gowns are also trending. My favorite trends would have to be lace and color. Austin’s bride tends to step out of the box a bit and express their unique personality through small details, sassy silhouettes or touches of color, which are always fun. On the Web: More fashion talk from Austin designers Raven + Lily, Jeannie Vianney, Savannah Red and Dawn Younger Smith. Also, more runway photos and the complete list of 2012 Golden Boot winners. More from Cheryl Bemis and Fashionably Austin at fashionablyaustin.com and @FashionablyATX on Twitter.


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chef’s choice

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Tastes from Satay Recipes from Dr. Foo Swasdee Compiled by Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, Photos by Rudy Arocha Opened in 1987, Satay is an Austin tradition serving healthy Thai and South Asian cuisine to celebrities and extremely loyal local patrons alike. Swasdee’s recipe for successful cuisine:

Larb Gai Woon Sen (Thai Spicy Minced Chicken Wraps) from Satay Restaurant, 3202 W. Anderson Lane, 512.467.6731. Satay Sauces can be found at Satay restaurant and Whole Foods.

b It must be authentic. b It must look, smell and taste good. b It must be healthy. b It must be consistent.

Larb Gai Woon Sen (Thai Spicy Minced Chicken Wraps) Serves 4-6 “This dish is my personal favorite,” Swasdee says. “I come from a background of a food scientist, and as a nutritionist, creating and serving healthy food is very important to me. I grow my own organic herbs and chilies, cut them from the backyard and bring them to the restaurant. This recipe has low calories and almost no fat, yet it is spicy and

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flavorful with the lemongrass sauce and the organic herbs, particularly the mint, basil and Thai chili. Wrap it in lettuce leaves with brown rice and you have a whole meal.”

2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce

Ingredients

Pinch of salt to taste

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

1 tablespoon canola oil

2 teaspoons coarsely ground roasted rice (or rice grits)

K tablespoon minced garlic (optional)

K cup thinly sliced red onion

1 cup ground chicken breast

15 mint leaves 1 tablespoon diced green onion

1 cup softened bean thread noodle (soak one small bundle in lukewarm water until soft. Cut to 3 inches long) 1/4 cup chicken broth or water 1 teaspoon ground, dried, roasted Thai chili pepper

1 tablespoon coarsely chopped cilantro

1 head iceberg lettuce, cleaned, dried, cut into palm-size triangles or squares for wrapping (keep chilled)


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Directions Heat oil in a saucepan at medium heat. Sauté the minced garlic until light golden brown. Turn heat to low. Add ground chicken and chicken broth (or water) and sauté meat while breaking the big lump of meat apart until the meat is cooked. Add bean thread noodle, mix together. Turn off heat. Add all ingredients except cilantro and lettuce to the cooked meat and toss them together. Arrange the lettuce on a serving platter. Scoop the mixture and place in the center of the platter. Top with cilantro and serve by scooping 1 to 2 tablespoons of Larb Gai Woon Sen onto the lettuce squares. Wrap and enjoy. Larb Gai is often served with sticky rice or steamed jasmine rice.

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Phu-Ket Wonder (Thai Hot and Spicy Green Beans with Chicken) Serves 4-6 “This dish is our No. 1 customer favorite,” Swasdee says. “I use organic green beans, stir-fry with my personal favorite sauce—garlic and chili and brown sugar—to give it sweetness. It is very versatile; you can make it with chicken, shrimp, with beef, with tofu or all vegetarian. It can be modified according to the customer’s taste. I create the base sauce and it can be adjusted according to heat level, but for consistency, we never change the base. The flavor of this dish has everything— sweet, spicy, salty, heat—everything in there comes together for the wow factor!” Ingredients 2 tablespoons canola oil K tablespoon minced garlic K tablespoon chopped Serrano pepper

1 teaspoon ground, dried, roasted Thai chili pepper (very hot) 2 teaspoons Thai chili oil with garlic

K cup sliced chicken breast (can be replaced with beef, pork, shrimp or tofu)

2 cups 2-inch-long organic green beans (snap beans preferred, if available) K cup chicken broth or water 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce 1 tablespoon Thai black soy sauce 1 tablespoon Thai palm sugar Pinch of salt to taste

K cup quarter-inch-thick sliced red bell pepper 15 Thai sweet basil leaves

Directions Heat oil in a wok or large saucepan at medium heat. Add minced garlic, all chili and chili oil and sauté for 10 seconds to bring out the heat and flavor. Add chicken and sauté for a few seconds. Turn heat to high. Add green beans and a little chicken broth (or water) to facilitate the cooking, and stir-fry until chicken is cooked and beans are cooked but crispy. Add all liquid ingredients, sugar and red bell pepper, and toss well in the wok or pan. Turn off heat. Add basil leaves. Toss again (adjust with a pinch of salt if needed). Transfer to a plate and serve hot with steamed Thai jasmine rice or brown rice.

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Cocktails, Ambience and Good Company nov 2010

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The best bars in town from former cover woman and bar expert Carla McDonald.

Best Drink The cucumber-lime martini from Manuel’s Great Hills. A contemporary and seductive setting, Manuel’s serves regionally inspired Mexican food and cocktails that enliven the senses. The cucumber-lime martini packs a punch with its hints of salty spice and sweetness, smooth tequila and the refreshing addition of cucumber. 10201 Jollyville Road, manuels.com, 512.345.1042.

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Living her life with passion and drive, Carla McDonald is an entrepreneurial powerhouse, a dedicated wife and mother, and a former bartender. McDonald is the CEO of Dynabrand, one of the largest independent PR firms in the state. Before conceptualizing her business, McDonald supported herself during her schooling at the State University of New York at Albany by bartending. “I worked at a busy club called Garbo’s,” she says. “It was the best job in the world. I would have been out anyway, so why not be out and getting paid for it?” Bars provide a foundation for great things: a new experience, catching up with old friends or business associates, relishing in a romantic evening with your special somebody and wonderful (if not foggy) memories of meeting new people. “[My husband] and I met at The Monkey Bar in New York on the night of one of the big nor’easters, proving that you actually can meet the man of your dreams in a bar!” exclaims McDonald. McDonald is a living example of the fulfillment you can achieve with the balance of working hard and playing hard. Take it from the ambience-driven bar expert and check out her top picks right here in Austin’s own backyard.

Favorite Bar to Take Out-ofTowners In the buzzing district of East Sixth Street, East Side Show Room features imaginative beverages, delicious local food and live music almost nightly. The cabaret-esque feel of the space provides for a relaxing and fun experience. “Classic cocktails in a setting that is vibrant, creative and quintessentially Austin,” describes McDonald. 1100 E. Sixth St., eastsideshowroom. com, 512.467.4280.

Best Bar for Business Located in the heart of downtown, Bar Congress is a spot McDonald loves taking business clients to for the “refined atmosphere and their great list of wines by the glass.” With Sommelier June Rodil concocting their wine menu, you can’t go wrong with the exclusive selections Rodil—Wine & Spirits magazine’s 2011 Best New Sommelier—offers. Try the Chateau Musar Hochar, as Bar Congress is one of the few places you can try this red wine. 200 Congress Ave., congressaustin.com/ bar-congress, 512.827.2760.

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Most Romantic Bar It doesn’t get much more romantic than the fantastically French Justine’s Brasserie. “Being there makes me feel like I’m in Paris, the most romantic city in the world,” McDonald says. The outdoor patio and garden provide a quaint escape from your daily routine, while the inside consumes you with its elegantly enchanting feel, allowing you to fully engage in your romantic evening. 4710 E. Fifth St., justines1937.com, 512.385.2900.

Best Patio With its massive patio, Perla’s is a great spot “for relaxed people-watching on South Congress,” McDonald says. After a long day of work, take a seat under the huge oak tree that shades the patio of Perla’s. Specializing in fresh seafood, Perla’s has an amazing oyster bar and open kitchen. While you’re there, try the innovative Cousteau Caipirinha with red bell peppers and cucumber, or cool off with this interesting treat: Perla’s Pineapple Mint Julep. 1400 S. Congress Ave., perlasaustin.com, 512.291.7300.


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Keeping Fit AW cover women share their secrets. By Chrissie Jarrell and Natalie Yerkovich

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Bev Kearney, head coach of the women’s track-and-field and cross-country teams at the University of Texas. Kearney is one of the most successful and decorated coaches in all of collegiate athletics and is entering her 20th season as head coach at UT.

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Each month, we read about the lives of the Austin Woman magazine cover women. We marvel at their professional and philanthropic achievements, and perhaps even wonder how they do it all. In honor of the 10th anniversary of Austin Woman, we have brought back three past cover women to give you a little insight in to how they incorporate fitness in to their lives. Behind the success stories for these women is a dedication to being active, nourishing their bodies and minds, and inspiring others to do the same.

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AW: In one sentence, how would you sum up your personal philosophy on fitness? Mardy Chen: Fitness is merely a by-product of the health-building process of yoga. AW: What is one thing you try to do each day to improve your health? MC: I practice hatha yoga, which is physical practice, including asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises). With hatha yoga, you scientifically create balance and health within the body, then maintain it. Yoga is a daily practice. Yoga is my medicine.

AW: Who inspires you to lead a healthy lifestyle? MC: Emmy Cleaves, Bikram’s most senior student and principal of Bikram’s Yoga College of India, has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 50 years. She is a leader and guiding light for the yoga community. Mardy Chen during a trip to Ethiopia with A Glimmer She inspires me of Hope Foundation. every day.   JANUARY 2012

AW: What does your weekly fitness routine look like? BK: My weekly routine consists of pool workouts three to four times a week for 20 to 30 minutes, weights two times a week for 15 minutes, stretching and core work for 10 minutes three to four times a week.

Mardy Chen, owner of PURE Bikram Yoga and founder of Pure Women (a professional group for women CEOs) and Pure Action, an organization whose mission is to bring the ancient benefits of hatha yoga to modern medicine, with a focus on research and community education.

I wake up every morning with the great desire to live joyfully. Alexandra Stoddard

AW: What is one thing you try to do each day to improve your health? BK: Smile. Smiling makes you feel good from the inside out, which provides you with the energy to eat right and to workout. 

AW: Do you follow any special diets or ways of eating? BK: The best tip I have and that I know that I can consistently live by is moderation. Eat in moderation, then you can eat more of what you like.

AW: What does your weekly fitness routine look like? MC: I practice Bikram’s Beginning Hatha Yoga Class three to four times per week and Bikram’s Advanced Series three times per week. Every day, I work my muscles, increase flexibility and flush toxins out of my system—a completely natural, full-body workout. More importantly, when I practice hatha yoga, changes in my outlook, my beliefs about life, occur, and I train myself to see the positive. I see the good things in life and forget about the bad.     AUSTIN WOMAN MAGAZINE

Austin Woman: In one sentence, how would you sum up your personal philosophy on fitness? Bev Kearney: You should be willing to do something each day no matter how minor, to show yourself how much you love yourself. If you can only spare 10 minutes a day for exercise, even that makes a difference in your total fitness. When you feel great, then you can do more. This creates consistency in your fitness.  

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Make it a night on the town AW: Do you follow any special diets or ways of eating? MC: No. I believe that yoga is not about eating one right way. I believe in having a healthy relationship with food, mind and body. I strive to eat intuitively, to make food choices that honor my health and taste buds while making me feel well. 

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Terri Givens, associate professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin and founder of Take Back the Trail, an organization that empowers women to lead healthy lives and encourages the development of healthy communities. AW: In one sentence, how would you sum up your personal philosophy on fitness? Terri Givens: Fitness is an integral part of my life. I consider myself a lifelong athlete. AW: What is one thing you try to do each day to improve your health? TG: I try to sneak in some extra walking by parking far away from where I’m going, or doing some stretching when I’m working at the computer. AW: What does your weekly fitness routine look like? TG: I run three to four days per week, around 25 miles per week, and I try to do some other types of cardio or weights on the off days, if I have time.  AW: What are your favorite fitness activities? TG: Running is at the top of the list, but I love to play Just Dance on the Wii with my boys, or go stand-up paddle boarding at the lake.  AW: Who inspires you to lead a healthy lifestyle? TG: Since I started running track in grade school, my older brothers were my inspiration. Now I would say it’s the athletes who have had to overcome major obstacles in life and give back to the community, like Lance Armstrong.  AW: Do you follow any special diets or ways of eating? TG: I was following a diet of lean meats, fruits and veggies for a while, and recently found out that I’m glutensensitive, so now I’m required to follow a low-carb diet. Chrissie Jarrell and  Natalie Yerkovich, the gals who created  myfitlist.com, do the grunt work for you. Well, the organizational grunt work, anyway. They work hard to connect people with the fitness groups, information and resources they need so they can grunt, sweat and tone to achieve their personal goals.

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Ovarian Cancer Raising your awareness of the silent symptoms. By Jill Case In December 1997, Gail MacNeil of Chatham, NJ, was diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer. She had complained of classic ovarian-cancer symptoms on three separate visits to her doctor. Each time, her symptoms were attributed to the onset of middle age. For 10 years, MacNeil fought her battle with ovarian cancer. In order to help other women and their families, she started Turn the Towns Teal, an awareness event that has gone nationwide. After her death, her family and a group of volunteers continue to carry out her campaign. Unfortunately, MacNeil’s experience is not uncommon because the symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague. Fortunately, organizations like Turn the Towns Teal, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute are working to create awareness among women and the medical community.

KEY STATISTICS According to the American Cancer Society, about 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and about 15,500 of them will die from the disease. In addition, ovarian cancer: ➤ ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system ➤ accounts for 3 percent of all cancers in women ➤ usually occurs in older women; about half of all women diagnosed are 60 years are older ➤ has a five-year survival rate of more than 90 percent if ovarian cancer is diagnosed and treated early (when the cancer is confined to the ovary). This last statistic points to the importance of women learning the symptoms and discussing them with their doctors.

LEARN THE SYMPTOMS The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition claims, “Because the symptoms of ovarian cancer have been described as vague or silent, only around 19 percent of ovarian cancer is found in the early stages.”

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Here are the potential symptoms of ovarian cancer: ➤ Bloating ➤ Pelvic or abdominal pain ➤ Trouble eating or feeling full quickly ➤ Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often Other symptoms may include fatigue, upset stomach or heartburn, back pain, pain during sex, constipation and menstrual changes. Here’s the most important thing to note: If symptoms persist for more than two weeks, see your physician. If broaching the subject makes you nervous or you just don’t think you would know what to say, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has a program that can help. The Break the Silence campaign was designed not only to increase awareness, but also to encourage and facilitate dialogue about the symptoms and risk factors between female patients and their doctors. The coalition has developed a conversation script and a physician letter to help women when they go to their appointments with their doctors. These tools are meant to help women have better discussions with their doctors and promote earlier diagnosis of the disease. To download this information, visit ovarian.org/assets/pdf/nocc.

KNOW THE RISK FACTORS Having one or more risk factors does not mean that you will get ovarian cancer. Conversely, women who appear to have no risk factors still get ovarian cancer. Despite this, knowing your risk factors can be beneficial as one more tool in helping you seek early diagnosis of the disease. The American Cancer Society says, “Researchers have discovered several specific factors that change a woman’s likelihood of developing epithelial ovarian cancer. These

risk factors don’t apply to other less common types of ovarian cancer like germ cell tumors and stromal tumors.” Here are the risk factors to know: ➤ Personal family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer ➤ Age; the risk gets higher with age, with most cancers developing after menopause ➤ Obesity; studies show women with a body mass index of at least 30 are at higher risk ➤ Reproductive history; women who have not had children are at higher risk ➤ Gynecologic surgery; women who have had tubal ligation or a hysterectomy are at lower risk ➤ Fertility drugs; taking these drugs for more than one year, especially if you do not become pregnant, appears to increase your risk Discuss these risk factors with your doctor because there are things you can do if you appear to be a patient at high risk for developing ovarian cancer. (These steps are thought to help with epithelial ovarian cancer only. Not much is currently known about reducing the risk of germ cell and stromal tumors of the ovaries). These steps include: ➤ genetic counseling and possibly testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 ➤ taking oral contraceptives The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition notes, “There is no consistently reliable screening test to detect ovarian cancer.” There are, however, certain tests that are available and should be made available to women who are at high risk. These include: ➤ pelvic exam. This is an important test for all women


Great Smiles Breed Success and particularly for high-risk women. High-risk women ages 18 and older should have a yearly vaginal exam. High-risk women 35 or older should have an annual rectovaginal exam (where the physician inserts fingers in the rectum and vagina simultaneously to feel for abnormal swelling and to detect tenderness) ➤ transvaginal sonography. High-risk women or women who have had an abnormal pelvic exam will benefit WEAR TEAL from this ultrasound, DAY which is performed with a small instruThe Austin chapter of ment inserted in the the National Ovarian vagina. Cancer Coalition is working to promote ➤ CA-125 test. This blood test deterawareness locally. One mines if the level of event they are promotCA-125, a protein ing is Wear Teal Day. produced by ovarian cancer cells, has When: Sept. 7 increased in the Where: At your job, on blood of a woman your errands, wherever at high risk for you go that day. ovarian cancer or What: Wear the color with an abnormal teal. T.E.A.L. stands for pelvic examination. Take Early Action and While CA-125 is an Live. important test, it unfortunately is not Show your support always accurate. for National Ovarian Some non-canCancer Coalition’s miscerous diseases of sion to raise awareness the ovaries also and spread education increase the CA-125 about the early signs of levels, and some ovarian cancer. ovarian cancers may not produce For more information enough CA-125 about this local organilevels to cause a zation, visit facebook. positive test. com/noccaustin or twitter.com/nocc_ austin. KNOW WHAT

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If you are experiencing symptoms or something suspicious turns up during your examination, you may undergo some of the following tests: ➤ imaging studies. CT scans, MRIs or ultrasound studies are used to determine if a mass is present. ➤ barium enema X-ray or colonoscopy. This test is used to see if the cancer has invaded the colon or rectum. There is support available for you and your family, so seek it out if you do have ovarian cancer. There are also many reliable sources of information. Ovarian cancer’s symptoms are vague and often silent, but you can be a proactive participant in the fight against it by recognizing and speaking up about symptoms whenever they appear.

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Austin Woman 2002–2012. A decade! And what a decade it has been for Austin Woman magazine. Join us as we review this journey and revisit the people and places that have been so much a part of making Austin Woman the go-to resource for women in the ATX area. Ten years ago, a young woman took a leap of faith, ignored the naysayers and followed her gut and her heart to embark on an entrepreneurial journey that would change her life and the lives of hundreds of women in the city she serves. That young woman, Melinda Maine Garvey, is featured in our cover profile. You may have seen her out and about and met her at charitable events, but we wanted you to know the story of the woman behind the vision and the creation of Austin Woman magazine. Austin Woman has always been for and about all Austin women, and with 120 issues under our belts, there was a lot of ground to cover. We look at some memorable cover women, stories and personalities from the past 10 years in our Looking Back section. Through the years, many members of the AW crew have been instrumental in the success of the magazine. For our celebratory photo, we assembled our cast of “players” and shot the photo on the stage of the venerable Paramount Theatre. We have assembled an all-star panel for our 10th-anniversary event. Along with moderator Judy Maggio, they share their words of wisdom and give a sneak peek of what is to come during their conversation at the upcoming luncheon. As you embark on this trip down memory lane with us, we would like thank you for your support during our first 10 years. Our goal is to serve you with enthusiasm and substance for another 10!

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“You can find mediocrity any place and any time, but not on my time.”

“Be drawn to people that are different from yourself and learn from them. We are all in this together. See the big picture.”

“Motherhood should be a celebration. If we don’t advocate on these mothers’ behalf and raise their profile as women who deserve to be helped, they will all die and leave behind them an entire generation of orphans.”

Ada Anderson’s words of wisdom. Cover story by Deborah Hamilton-Lynne

Romy Saitowitz, founder. The Positive Moms Foundation—Save a Mother, Help a Child, by Holly Anderson

“I learned early on what can happen when determination coexists with opportunity. Don’t give up.”

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“If we are going to become a civilized society, I think we have to learn how to keep the conversation going, which is what true diplomacy is: talking things out, working things out. I feel this stronger and stronger the older I get.”

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Liz Carpenter. Cover story by Laura Aliene Baker

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Hormones and Health, Menopause Part III, by Darline Turner-Lee

April 2004

“We’d have a much happier society if women didn’t feel so ashamed.” 33-year-old Austin mother of two. Busted for Love. Arrest over not selling but explaining “marital aids,” by Amy E. Lemen

Wander Where You Will: Tips for Women Traveling Alone, by Manda Gaffney

November 2005 Dr. Larry Faulkner, the University of Texas president, welcomes the Dalai Lama Compassion 101: Dalai Lama visits Austin, by Mary Anne Connolly

Text and compilation by Deborah Hamilton-Lynne; Nov. 2006 photo by Mary Bruton; Nov. 2005 and Oct. 2006 photos courtesy of UT; March 2007 photo by Kathy Bell Hargrave; Sept. 2006 photo by Thomas McConnell.

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“What’s fulfilling to me is to have influence on our community or our values in a way that I think is positive toward the future.” –Amy Miller

Holiday Getaway: London Luxe, by Cynthia English

July 2003 Susan Combs, Texas Agriculture Commissioner

“I am horrified that school administrators put a few dollars out of vending machines ahead of our kids’ health. These kids are captive in our school system, and for us to turn a blind eye to the fact that we’re pushing this food at them really makes me mad.” – Susan Combs March 2004 Rachel Muir, Girlstart

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“Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First, they mutilate you. Then they poison you. Then they burn you. I have been on better blind dates than that.” Molly Ivins. The Unsinkable Molly Ivins. Cover story, by Deborah Hamilton-Lynne

“When you confront something that’s scary or out of your reach, then you conquer it, you can basically do anything. That’s what we want our girls to walk away with.” –Rachel Muir

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From the realization of a dream to the manifestation of a successful business, Lauri and Carol Raymond embody all that is good and powerful about entrepreneurs, sisters and women. Sass Sisters: The Secrets to Success are in the Sauce, by Marnie McCown-Guard and Brooke Hadley

February 2007

Love in any language French: Je t’aime Spanish: Te quiero, Te amo German: Ich liebe dich Dutch: Ik houd van u Italian: Ti amo Hawaiian: Aloha Au la ‘Oe 14 Ways to Say “I love you,” by Elizabeth James

October 2006

“Governor Ann was a force of nature, a Texassized nature. I don’t think she knew how not to get things done. She was always in motion. She just made things happen and she made you make things happen. She didn’t let you give her excuses. We will all miss her.” Katherine Robb. Remembering Ann. Tribute by Deborah Hamilton-Lynne

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“She has always looked at life through its possibilities rather than its impossibilities.” –Daughter Luci Baines Johnson March 2006 Pebbles Wadsworth, Director, UT Performing Arts Center

“The arts bring people together and introduce us not only to what is unique, exotic or different in ourselves, but also to what we have in common, to the humanity we all share.” –Pebbles Wadsworth FREE

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“My advice is to be joyful. Exercise burns more calories that way. It doesn’t have to be an extended workout; just do something! The more active you are, the happier you are. People underestimate the power of joy.” – Bev Kearney UT Women’s Track + Field Coach

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“So I don’t fit in to a neat package, but my style is my style and I am always working on it.” Carolyn in Wonderland: The Fascinating Journey of ‘Miss Understood,’ by Deborah Hamilton-Lynne

Coming of Age: Ave Bonar’s latest photo exhibit, by Nancy Barton Miller

January 2011 Skinny Margarita 2 ounces Sauza Commemorative Tequila 1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice Salt-rimmed glass In a shaker tin, combine the tequila and juice from the fresh lime. Shake and pour into a rocks glass rimmed with salt and filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel. Recipe courtesy of El Arbor. Get the Skinny on the Cocktail Scene’s Latest Trend, by Nicole Carbon

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Her idea was simple: Bake bread and donate the profits. What started as a small campus group is now a nationwide phenomenon that’s generated more than $250 million in relief funds for the Sudan and other organizations. Eli Winkelman, founder of Challah For Hunger. Top 10 Young Women to Watch in Austin, by Joelle Pearson

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April 2012 The interior is lined in bamboo plywood; the sink cabinet is fashioned from the same bamboo plywood and topped with sheet metal. Red-painted sheet metal wraps from the bathroom onto the wall behind the sink, where it serves as a backsplash. Living Outside (and Inside) the Box: Bringing New Life to Shipping Containers, by Helen Thompson

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Sears and Williams make up the longest running original cast in American theater history. The Greater Tuna series has become the most successful stage trilogy of all time. Tuna’s Little Helpers. The Men Behind Aunt Pearl and Vera Carp, by Julie Tereshchuk

November 2010 photo by Ave Bonar; April 2012 photo by Chris Cooper; December 2010 photo by Annie Ray; May 2012 photo by Rudy Arocha.

November 2010 Writer Frances Nail penned her first book in her 70s. She has written three since.


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Sex is a fundamental desire in intimate relationships, but rushing in to sex too soon can undermine intimacy. As with most things in life, the more he has to work for what he wants, the more he will appreciate it once it’s his.

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[left to right] Photo by cody Hamilton Melinda Garvey, co-founder and publisher (Kurt Thomas gown, Jimmy Choo Nova pumps and Alexis Bittar earrings, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 9722 Great Hills Trail, 512.231.3700. Nadri bangles, available at Nordstrom, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., 512.691.3500); Beckom Garvey; Christopher Garvey, co-publisher; Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, executive editor (Eliza J dress, Ivanka Trump heels and Givenchy jewelry, available at Nordstrom); Mary Anne Connolly, executive editor, 2005-2011 (Aidan Mattox gown, Jimmy Choo heels and Alexis Bittar earrings, available at Saks Fifth Avenue); Samantha Stevens, co-founder (BCBG Max Azria gown and Glint Devyn heels, available at Nordstrom; and Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, available at Saks Fifth Avenue); Will Mokry, art director, 2002-2008; Julie Tereshchuk, contributing editor, 2002-present (David Meister dress, Kate Spade heels and Ippolita hoops, available at Neiman Marcus, 3400 Palm Way, 512.719.1200.) All men wearing Lauren by Ralph Lauren Cambridge tuxedos, available at Al’s Formal Wear, 2828 Guadalupe St., 512.472.1697.

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Shot on location at the Paramount Theatre. Styling by Erika Cerda. Hair by Taylor Ellen and April Downs, Avant Salon, avantsalon. com. Makeup by Lauren Lumsden, Rae Cosmetics, raecosmetics.com.

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Hair by Taylor Ellen and April Downs, Avant Salon, avantsalon.com. Makeup by Lauren Lumsden, Rae Cosmetics, raecosmetics.com. Les Copain dress and Gucci Jacquelyn pumps, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 9722 Great Hills Trail, 512.231.3700. Tote, Melinda’s own.

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Melinda Garvey, Publisher By Julie Tereshchuk Photo by Cody Hamilton

Ten years ago, it was a fun idea. But just an idea. The kind of spur-ofthe-moment idea that had its fair share of skeptics. Yet, one fast-charging decade later, Melinda Garvey has built that idea in to reality. Austin Woman launched in September 2002, and today heads a family of men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines and guides available however you want to read them. Phone? iPad? Print? Your choice. These days, everyone asks her, “How did you do it?” And Garvey is the first to point to unwavering and dedicated support from employees, business partners, clients, friends and family. Credit any success to the team and not her alone. Nevertheless, taking Austin Woman from idea to reality has tapped deep in to the passion and energy this Indianapolis native has in spades. ¶ Let’s rewind to 2001, when Garvey was in what can only be described as a funk. The high-flying, soul-feeding sales-and-marketing career she’d been building since leaving college had stalled. She’d switched cities, leaving Washington, D.C., for a job back home. She’d switched industries, leaving publishing for radio. Still, she couldn’t capture those earlier Camelot days. A visit with lifelong friend Samantha Stevens spurred a move to Austin. The new town was a great fit. The new job, not so much. ¶ Out of the blue, the solution to Garvey’s career blahs came “at a fateful girls’ happy hour,” Stevens recalls. That was the night when Robin Campbell showed up with a copy of Des Moines Woman magazine. ¶ “Someone should do this here. No one talks about the amazing women in Austin,” Campbell had declared. ¶ “The hair stood up on the back of my neck,” Garvey says. “The next day, I wrote the business plan.”

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The men in Her Life New Zealand native Christopher Garvey is co-publisher of both Austin Woman and ATX Man. Stowing his relentless Kiwi sense of fun—well, almost—Christopher Garvey talked recently about being married to his business partner. Or, as we prefer to say it, being the other man in her life.

knows the business she created as well as she does. She has always taken being a business owner very seriously. “It’s a huge responsibility,” Garvey says. “If things aren’t going well, I’m up at night. … Which is why I drive so hard, and why I drive my people so hard.” Along with busily building AW Media Inc., now a multi-publication and events company, during the last 10 years, Garvey has also built her own family. In 2003, the night before the magazine’s first anniversary party, she and New Zealander Christopher Garvey got engaged. They married in 2004, and Christopher Garvey now works full time in the business as co-publisher, heading up Austin Woman’s younger sibling, ATX Man, which launched in June 2011. In 2007, the couple’s son, Beckom, made his entrance in to the world, two days before Melinda Garvey’s 40th birthday. “Beck is our miracle baby,” she says, reflecting on the fertility challenges the couple faced. Eight months in to their marriage, the Garveys opted for fertility treatments. “The whole process is intense,” she recalls. “Time, money, but above all, emotionally. It was a very hard time.” For some couples, that type of emotionally charged challenge places their relationship under enormous stress. The Garveys had the opposite reaction. “We created so much emotional history. After two years of that, the bond is like cement,” Garvey says. Sociable by nature, Garvey has built a wide personal and professional network throughout town. With Christopher Garvey at her side, she is a regular on the charitable-events scene. Many of the fundraisers she attends are sponsored by Austin Woman. Being able to support nonprofits is important to her, and she wants to be the person who always gives the green light when asked to be a sponsor. Having

AW: Why did you two eventually decide to work together? CG: We met just before the first issue of Austin Woman came out. The restaurant I worked at was one of Melinda’s first advertisers, and I helped put on some of the magazine’s first events. Fast forward: The restaurant closed, I went in to real estate, but over the years, I was always involved with AW. Then around 2008, we began talking about expanding the company. I said, “Who is going to be more passionate about it than me?” AW: What have you learned about Melinda by working with her? CG: The first thing I learned was how hard she worked. I thought it would be a lot easier to be a magazine publisher!

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a magazine that gives her the opportunity to support nonprofits is “a gift and a joy,” she says. “I was brought up that you give back, you pay it forward,” Garvey says. “My parents are big volunteers; they’ve always donated time, money and resources.” Following her parents’ lead in volunteerism, Garvey not only freely provides the advertising and PR resources of Austin Woman to myriad local nonprofits, she also donates her own time. Typically, she’s attracted to new groups or campaigns that need a sharp injection of her creativity and organizational skills. She chaired the American Heart Association’s women’s awarenessraising campaign Go Red when it launched in Austin, staying with the group for three years. She’s also served on the board of Wonders & Worries for seven years, including a stint as president. Now she’s chairing the newly created Community Advisory Board. The mission of Wonders & Worries resonates strongly with Garvey. In early 2001, soon after the organization was created by Meredith Cooper and Melissa Hicks, the Lance Armstrong Foundation provided generous funding to conduct a pilot support group for children who have a parent with cancer. “That’s a hot button for me,” Garvey explains. “Melinda has boundless energy and joy, and commits herself to the passions she believes in,” says Executive Director Cooper. “She works tirelessly for the betterment of our community. Wonders & Worries would not be what it is today without her.” Owens is not only Garvey’s former college roommate and her sorority sister; these days, she is also a mentor, as Owens and Garvey have helped each other grow their businesses during the years. “Melinda connects, commits and contributes to

AW: And what about the challenges of working with your spouse? CG: The hardest thing is turning work off, partly because there is a lot to do and partly because we don’t actually see much of each other during the day. We always seem to be going in different directions, so it’s hard not to treat home as a place to catch up and destress. Melinda’s better at that than I am. She has to tell me to stop. After all, she is the boss. AW: Are there any benefits to being married and working together? CG: It’s great to have access to her business savvy. Even when I had my own business, I would always bounce things off her because she has such great ideas. Also, we have the same vision for the magazine,

so if one of us isn’t there, we know what the other person would be thinking. We do work very well together. AW: If you could rewind the clock, would you do it again? CG: Heck no! Seriously, yes, I would, in a second. In fact, I would do it sooner because I just didn’t realize how much fun it would be. It’s stressful but it’s fun too. AW: What’s the most important thing to know about Melinda? CG: Even though she loves her work, she’s happiest when she’s at home with her boys. AW: Boys? CG: Our son, Beck; our dog, Finnegan and me. In that order.

Left photo by Korey Howell.

That was February 2002. By July 2002, there was a dummy issue of Austin Woman with Campbell on the cover, the editorial and design teams were in place and advertisers were being signed. The first issue hit the streets in September 2002 with Amy Simmons of Amy’s Ice Creams gracing the cover. Garvey and Stevens were business partners until 2008, when Stevens sold her share to Garvey as they amicably ended their business relationship. Whatever the business or the economy threw at them while the pair worked together, they remained fast friends. Such rare steadfastness in today’s business world does not surprise business strategist Beth Owens, who has known Garvey since their days together at DePauw University. “Melinda’s drive is definitely something that dates back to college, but so is her desire to foster great friendships,” Owens says. “Things haven’t changed.” Looking back, Garvey also recognizes she’s always had the entrepreneurial spirit, even if no one used the “entrepreneur” label when she was in the corporate world. “I’ve always been in very client-centric businesses, working with customers, figuring out their needs, generating ideas,” Garvey says. “It was all about the face to face with the client.” Corporate bosses and customers loved her “hurry up, let’s make this happen” creative energy when faced with new projects. “I’m a builder,” she says simply. That’s the good news. The flipside of her builder’s DNA? “When I have to do the minutia, I go crazy,” she admits. “I know that can make me difficult to work with.” Indeed, she’s prone to the scourge of many a successful entrepreneur: finding it hard to accept that anyone else


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causes, people and projects that are important to her,” Owens says. Interestingly, By Melinda Garvey Garvey’s personal ❶ How much of your life are desire to conyou willing to sacrifice? You tribute dovetails can check out any time you with the rising like, but you can never leave. interest in social ❷ Do you like all aspects of entrepreneurship running a business? If you as a successful are a marketing major, are business model. you excited about learning QuickBooks and knowing Since launching how to read your financials? Austin Woman, Garvey has ❸ Are you comfortable proven her own making decisions? The buck stops with you, right or entrepreneurial wrong. More businesses fail chops while due to inaction rather than working hard to incorrect action. encourage others. ❹ How persuasive and wellShe’s won a slew spoken are you? You begin of awards, includselling from day one to ing Office Depot’s investors, bankers, friends, 2006 Businessfamily, employees and cuswoman of the tomers. Year. At Austin ❺ Do you have a business Woman’s fifthplan? If you do, write it anniversary party, down. It will give you great she awarded the comfort when you wake up in the middle of the night magazine’s first wondering what you’ve gotgrant to a startup ten yourself in to. woman-owned business. Then ❻ How do you give back to your community? It matters last fall, she was to your community and it is invited to fill a a good business strategy: nine-month term win-win. as entrepreneurin-residence at ❼ Do you have an exit strategy? If someone walks up to the University of you on the street tomorrow Texas at Austin’s and offers you $XX for your McCombs business, do you know if it is School of Busia good deal? ness Department of Management. The entrepreneur-in-residence is designed “so students can interact with and learn from entrepreneurs who have done great things,” explains Professor John Sibley Butler, who directs the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at McCombs. (Funded by a gift from the founder of Southwest Airlines, the Kelleher Center sponsors the entrepreneur-in-residence program.) Garvey’s responsibilities included meeting with students and lecturing in classes. “Melinda allowed students from all disciplines of the university to better understand the process of creating and managing an entrepreneurial firm,” he says. “She further enhanced our ability to create and

see the future through Sam Stevens and Melinda the development of enGarvey at the trepreneurial firms.” Austin Woman “Melinda brought launch party. unique insight, that of someone who created and continues to run a successful but relatively small business,” adds Professor James W. Fredrickson, who chairs the McCombs School’s Department of Management. “We want [students] to see they can create and build a successful business that provides personal financial security and satisfaction, and has a positive impact on the community. Successful small businesses can provide all of those things, and Melinda’s enthusiasm for the path she has chosen could help students appreciate that.” Garvey loved the collaborative brainstorming her residency brought. “The students were really interesting,” she says. “I wish I had more time to do that kind of consultative work, trying to identify needs and coming up with creative ideas for business challenges. I’ve always loved that.” Of course, all Melinda Garvey’s success comes as little surprise to Sue and Mike Maine. They’ve seen their daughter display strength of character and a drive to succeed throughout her life. Initiative has always been a byword for her, they explain, and one that continues to be important. “If she wanted something, she figured out a plan and then went for it,” Sue Maine says. The Maines have always been a close family, and that bond has only been strengthened with Garvey’s marriage and the addition of Beck, who is adored by his grandparents. The Garvey-Maines are as much friends as family, spending many weekends together at Horseshoe Bay, where the Maines are dreams hosts. “We barely lift a finger,” Garvey confesses. “My parents can’t do enough for us, and we love being there.” At those family gatherings, her brother’s name frequently comes up in conversation. Christopher Maine died of osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, in 1990 at age 26. He was her only sibling. Since his death, talking about her older brother has never been a taboo subject. “My parents led that right from the beginning,” Garvey explains. “He would have hated it any other way.” DePauw University is in the Maine family’s blood. It’s where Sue and Mike Maine met, and they sent

both their children there. Garvey has many fond memories of being on campus with her brother, who excelled academically, sang barber shop with gusto and was always the craziest guy on the dance floor. “He looked out for me, protected me and was my buddy,” Garvey says. Above all, he had “an incredible joie de vivre right until the end.” Not long before he died, the pair traveled to Europe. She had just finished her senior year in college and he had graduated from law school. Then he fell ill in France with an unexpected recurrence of the cancer that would kill him. Stuck in a Paris hotel room, it was Garvey’s turn to take care of her brother. “Melinda dealt face to face with the tragedy,” Mike Maine says. “We helped all we could, but it was Melinda who made the decisions on the spot. Her sense of responsibility and compassion for others really came through.” That sense of responsibility and compassion is as strong today. It is clearly reflected in Austin Woman’s mission statement, which hasn’t changed in 10 years. “It’s about celebrating, inspiring, engaging and informing the great women in Austin. We are for and about every Austin woman,” Garvey says. And now it’s time to celebrate a woman who is more accustomed to and much more comfortable with shining the spotlight than being in it. Here’s how Mike and Sue Maine, speaking both as friends and parents, sum up the woman who has impacted the lives of so many others. “Trust, initiative and a take-charge attitude. Then toss in a genuine sense of responsibility for her own actions and a compassion for others,” Mike Maine says. Indeed. A true Austin woman.

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Let us introduce you to the five panelists who will be taking the stage at the Austin Woman 10th-anniversary event. AW sat down with these women and spoke with them about the significance of 10 years' time.

Judy Maggio, Moderator Judy Maggio has been proud to call Austin home for the past 32 years, and has spent her entire career in what she calls the most wonderful city in the world. After graduating from Milby High School in Houston, she came to the University of Texas in 1978 to study journalism. She was hired as an entry-level reporter at KVUE-TV in November 1981, and was promoted to the nightly news anchor spot in 1986. In 2003, Maggio left KVUE to become an anchor and managing editor at KEYE TV. With 29 years of experience delivering the news in Austin, Maggio is one of the most familiar faces in Central Texas. She was voted Best News Anchor in Austin for eight years running by Austin Chronicle readers. Maggio has interviewed and profiled celebrities such as the late Lady Bird Johnson and Willie Nelson, as well as some of the nation’s most prestigious television journalists, including Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Katie Couric and Peter Jennings. Maggio is also a

community advocate, giving her time to many nonprofits in Austin, such as Blue Santa and Dell Children’s Medical Center. She enjoys reading to children, speaking at schools and emceeing charity fundraisers. Maggio is married to Thad Rosenfeld and has a daughter, Carly, and a stepdaughter, Stephanie. They also have two dogs, Duncan and Buster, and a cat named Winnie. Austin Woman: If you had known 10 years ago what you know now, what would you have done differently? Judy Maggio: I would have created a social-networking site called Facebook! On a more serious, personal note, she says her life has transformed tremendously during the past decade. Her house burned to the ground in 2006, and she had to say goodbye to her mother, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. She has also watched her daughter grow from a child to a confident young woman. Judy Maggio: I would have told myself not to worry so much about my only child’s future. Now that she is 20, I take great comfort in seeing what a happy, healthy and wise young adult she has become. Ten years ago, I never

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dreamed my life would be such an emotional roller coaster of tragedies and triumphs. The down times teach us we are much stronger than we ever dreamed possible and give us the courage and wisdom to treasure the good times. AW: If you could go back in time and give some advice to your 10-year-old self, what would you say? JM: Have no fear. The other kids may call you a blabbermouth, but your love of talking and writing will actually make you fairly successful someday. That love of communication and natural curiosity are the very qualities I rely on every day in my job. She also would tell herself that executing a perfect cartwheel is not an essential life skill.

JM: If I’d known what I know now, I would have simply said, “I may not be able to do a cartwheel, but someday, I’ll be voted Communicator of the Year!”


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In between earning her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University, and her doctoral degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles, Terri Givens worked in the fields of community service and nonprofit administration. As a scholar, she focuses on the global politics of immigration and European politics. She joined the University of Texas at Austin as a government professor in 2003. Since then, she has served as the director of the Center for European Studies, the France-UT Institute, the Robert S. Strauss Center’s European Union Center for Excellence and the Texas Language Roadmap, and as the co-director of the Longhorn Scholars Program. Community is at the heart of much of what Givens does. She has served on the board of directors for KLRU and the YWCA, as an advisor for the International Hospitality Council of Austin, as a volunteer and half-marathon coach for the Austin Fit running group and as a member of the Austin mayor’s

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Fitness Council. She is a lifelong athlete who believes fitness helps strengthen the foundation of families and communities, and founded Take Back the Trail to empower women and encourage the development of healthy communities. While being the proud mother of two very handsome boys in elementary school, Givens manages to find time to run a marathon or two every year. She and her husband, Mike Scott, also enjoy listening to jazz and attending dance performances and the symphony. AW: If you had known 10 years ago what you know now, what would you have done differently? Givens says she would have worked harder to learn more about her parents and their journeys. Terri Givens: Not that I didn’t ask them about it, but they were both reticent to talk about the times they lived in. My father passed away 11 years ago, and my mother passed away two years ago. My mother grew up in Jim Crow Louisiana, leaving for Los Angeles at the age of 16 with an eighth-grade education. My father was very intelligent but never went

As co-founder with husband Michael Shelton of the hysterical Austin phenomenon Esther’s Follies, Shannon Sedwick has entrepreneurial aspirations that go back to her days at the University of Texas in the late 1960s. There, she and Shelton started one of the first campus film series, consisting of rare, experimental and even nudie flicks. The racy satire of Esther’s Follies has been going strong since 1977, back when East Sixth Street was a run-down area populated largely by hookers and winos. Sedwick was also an original founder of The Tavern at 12th Street and Lamar Boulevard, Liberty Lunch and Patsy’s Cowgirl Café. Sedwick acts as both

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to college after graduating from high school. They were both part of the Great Migration that had such a huge impact on this country and the fortunes of many generations of blacks. She recently read The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson, which had a huge impact on her. TG: It makes me want to understand my parents’ journey even more now. AW: If you could go back in time and give some advice to your 10-year-old self, what would you say? TG: I would clearly tell myself to spend as much time as I could talking to my parents and trying to glean as much as I could from what they did and didn’t tell me about their lives. It’s humbling to know that they made huge sacrifices so I could be the person that I am today. I hope to pass on what I have been able to learn

producer and performer at Esther’s Follies, and is best known for pulling endless items out of her dress as Patsy Cline, although she is equally at home playing Hillary Clinton, Madonna and Ann Richards, and has performed in more than 8,000 shows. She won the 2009 B. Iden Payne Award recognizing outstanding contributions to Austin theater, and is active in downtown politics, serving as longtime president of the Old Pecan Street Association. AW: If you had known 10 years ago what you know now, what would you have done differently? Every decade, it becomes clearer to Sedwick that the best things in life happen when you open yourself to serendipity, fun experiences and the roads least taken. Shannon Sedwick: Finding out how other women tackle their problems and solve dilemmas opens my mind to new solutions in what I do, new ways to make people laugh and communicate. Even in such a creative job that I have,

to my boys so that they understand how much the world has changed since their grandparents were their age.

I get stuck in myriad details, doing the daily grind. Sedwick recently became involved in the Very Smart Gals Happy Hour parties and discovered how much she missed meeting women from all walks of life, job choices and lifestyles. SS: I want to expand that inclination, and wish I had started 10 years ago. AW: If you could go back in time and give some advice to your 10-year-old self, what would you say? SS: You will not always have knocked knees and be so skinny that the boys call you Toothpick Legs. Even though you feel like a recluse, always hanging out reading books, those books will open up your imagination to put yourself in to a thousand characters and situations. Love will find you when you least expect it. Watch your mother—she is the best example of good humor, work ethic and wisecracking wisdom in your life, and she is the best writer you will ever meet. Trust your instincts, and go with the rolling ocean of life because it gets so much more fun as you get older!


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Christy Pipkin In 2005, Christy Pipkin and her husband, Turk, founded The Nobelity Project, an education and action nonprofit that makes movies that make a difference. With films such as One Peace at a Time and Building Hope, the Pipkins collaborate with Nobel Prize winners and other inspiring leaders to bring about awareness of important world issues and move people to action. Pipkin works as executive director of The Nobelity Project, bringing its initiatives to fruition, directing educational outreach and maintaining oversight on development projects throughout the world. The native Austinite is a firm believer that local action has global impact, and that no action is too small to matter. She has two daughters, ages 21 and 17, and is a twotime cancer survivor. AW: If you had known 10 years ago what you know now, what would you

In 1985, Lisa Copeland started her automotive career literally by accident. She started on the sales floor of the No. 1 dealership in the nation, Jim Johnson Chevrolet in Dallas, and worked her way from newbie to top sales and management positions in high-profile dealerships throughout the nation. Along the way, she discovered there was a far better way to sell cars to women than the traditional model; she believed that women should enjoy shopping for cars the same way they loved shopping for fashion. In 2011, Copeland helped opened one of the first new Fiat dealerships in the

have done differently? Christy Pipkin: I would have bought Google stock! Seriously, she would have kept a journal through her health recovery, children growing up, and the founding of The Nobelity Project. CP: It would be interesting to revisit the immediate experiences of those tumultuous and historic times. AW: If you could go back in time and give some advice to your 10-year-old self, what would you say? CP: One of my favorite things in the world is a 10-year-old girl. That sense of growing independence and capacity is inspiring to be around. I think I’d tell myself to hold tight to that willingness to explore, to risk, to wonder, to work against the seductive and destructive nature of cynicism and to keep hope at heart. Taking action was always part of my family’s way to answer questions or address problems, a lesson I’ve had to relearn more than once. [I would say] pay attention; this could come in handy later.

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U.S. for the Nyle Maxwell family of dealerships. As general manager and chief sales strategist in charge of training, she is a leading expert on gender communication, millennial communication and how to sell to women, advising her students and employees on how to better understand their consumers. In 2011, Copeland also published her first book, Pink is Not a Strategy. She is passionate about community causes, co-founding Women Impacting the Nation, dedicated to raising money for children of fallen soldiers; and the Project 19 Foundation, which helps women advance to leadership roles in business and government. AW: If you had known 10 years ago what you know now, what would you have done differently? Lisa Copeland: I would have spent more time with family and friends that are no longer with me. When you are young, you don’t realize how

precious time really is. You tend to believe that everything lasts forever. She adds that she would not have spent as much time climbing the corporate ladder. LC: I might have done something more creative. Maybe something like be a fashion designer or travel more. You can’t take a job with you, but we can take sweet memories with us forever! AW: If you could go back in time and give some advice to your 10-year-old self, what would you say? LC: Stop trying to be 16; enjoy being a kid. You have your whole life to be an adult. She tells her own children that life passes by too quickly. LC: Stop and enjoy the little things. For the little things seem to bring us the most pleasure. Celebrate your success and the success of others, moments in time that are so precious and can never be re-created.


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Living With Your Guy’s Favorite Pastimes Avoid conflict through understanding. By Eric J. Leech Within your guy’s favorite pastimes, you may have found yourself struggling to find your place. You may be asking yourself, “Should I accept my fate as a spectator, join in or give him the ultimate ultimatum: It’s either me or them?” If any of these frustrations sound familiar, this article should help straighten out a few things for you. Sports Your guy is a social animal. In fact, men are more social when it comes to organizing and cooperating among large groups, according to some researchers. This is why we are so interested in sports. What a man can’t get done alone, he can accomplish within a team. If you think about sports, rarely is one guy good at every aspect of a game. There is usually one guy who excels at throwing, one who can catch, a guy who can run fast and one who just knocks a lot of guys down. This is also true for parts of corporate America. Evolutionarily speaking, women have not achieved success by combining their effort with other women, but rather create intimate connections with only a few special people in their lives (aka, family). This is why women may become frustrated when their men choose to hang out with the guys at a sports bar rather than spending time with them. What YOU CAN DO If sports are a big part of your guy’s life, think of it as his time rummaging through the sales bins at Victoria’s Secret. You may not understand it completely, but this is his equivalent to running down a wooly mammoth with a

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loincloth up his crack, along with a team of other men. Unless you happen to be a sports fan yourself, forcing yourself to hang out with these guys will not be of any benefit. This is just one of those areas where a man needs to be a man.

you may have started fighting fire with fire. It’s called being together alone, and it refers to every couple you’ve seen sitting together at the airport or movie theater, immersed in their own virtual world on their smart phones.

Video Games It has been shown that watching sports can actually decrease the size of your guy’s manhood. However, video games are one of the few pastimes in which he may lose sight of his winky completely. One study in the U.K. suggests men prefer video games to sex as much as 60 percent of the time. That rises steadily to 75 percent if the game is brand new. Wait, it gets better. (Or I should say worse?) When these guys were asked why they chose to kill aliens instead of make love with their honey, they exclaimed she was either “too hard to please,” or “not as much fun [as the game].”

To give them some credit, it is hard for men and women to combine interests when they prefer different games. Men prefer competitive games that reward their ego. Women usually prefer the element of social exchange (i.e., Farmville). As one 13-year-old female gamer was quoted after prematurely quitting a competitive video game out of boredom, “I pulled his heart out once. Why do I need to do it again?”

Before you go hauling off to the next room to slap the bleep out of him, let me explain what’s going on. Men are notorious for getting stuck in the same gear while on the highway of life. Men prefer dealing with one goal at a time. If he’s already been successful at wooing you, he may have switched gears to focus on his career, develop a better handicap at golf or conquer level 13 of Halo. Now that you’ve been demoted to pinch hitter,

Take Matters in to Your Own Hands Considering that video games and social networking are coming between relationships as a reason for cheating, having an affair or filing for divorce, I think a gentle ultimatum (limiting time spent with electronics) is appropriate in some cases. This is especially true if the gaming or networking is becoming an addiction. What’s a reasonable substitute? Get out and visit an amusement park or miniature golf course. This will give him the competition he craves while giving you some intimate time with your honey. Just don’t let his sulking bother you when you beat him. He’ll get over it!


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Gumption Trumps Fear A magazine with which women pave the way for men. By JB Hager, Photo by Rudy Arocha I’ve been in the media for 23 years now. Approximately a decade ago was when I saw it at a very rock bottom. Although the more recent recession compares itself to the Great Depression, for media, 10 years ago was a tough space. Sept. 11 was still fresh on everyone’s mind. Everyone knew the world had changed from that moment on. Many executives in my industry who had been mentors to me were consolidated, relocated or let go. The dot-com spending dollars had dried up. All outside consultants, contract employees and marketing dollars were gone— overnight. New hires were not an option. Everyone changed their attitude about pulling double or triple duty just to keep their jobs. Any company that was leveraged out financially closed their doors. There didn’t seem to be any new business. I had many friends that a year or two prior had gone off on their own and started their own companies. For many, it took years to land another gig after they found that no one had the option to use their services. For me, in radio, we’re primarily in the funny, feelgood business. Things weren’t funny for a long, long time post 9/11. We didn’t feel right going back in to senseless jokes when America was still picking up the pieces. There were months and months when we just weren’t sure what to do. We didn’t know what was appropriate and what was not. A decade ago was not the best of times, although some folks right here in Austin thought it was a fine time to start up a magazine targeting progressive and affluent Austin women. Wow, where did that tenacity and drive come from? I imagine that at every turn back in 2002, everyone was wondering why the heck anyone would start up a new magazine in times like these. My point is Austin Woman is celebrating 10 years. Given the timing of the launch, there are so many people that I don’t even know who deserve a pat on the back, a massage, Champagne or just a big thank you for pulling this off. I don’t know

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For me, in radio, we’re primarily in the funny, feel-good business. Things weren’t funny for a long, long time post 9/11. We didn’t feel right going back in to senseless jokes when America was still picking up the pieces. about you, but I’m quite impressed. As a longtime Austinite, I’ve watched this magazine grow and feature many of the impressive women who make this city what it is. I don’t know firsthand, but there had to be some lean years there at the beginning, and I commend them for everything they have accomplished. I also can’t help but thank them and the fine women of Austin for paving the way with content, revenue and relationships so that they could bring us ATX Man magazine. Women paving the way for men. I think we are go-

ing to see a lot more of that, especially in this city in which so much seems possible. Somehow, someway, someone out there stirred up enough gumption to start a magazine when most were in duck-and-cover mode. That, to me, is impressive. I’m proud that this magazine will let me share time with you each month. We’re all in fine company here, keeping it local, innovative, supportive and successful. Congratulations, Austin Woman magazine, on a fine 10 years. Happy anniversary and here’s to many more.


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What do the designations of brut, dry and extra dry mean? During riddling and secondary fermentation, all the sugar gets eaten up. If you were to have that wine, it

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Is a sparkling wine’s vintage important? With Champagne, the moneymaker is the house style, which is considered a non-vintage. Vintages change every year as the natural resources change, so winemakers usually blend multiple vintages because they want a consistent product. If it’s an amazing vintage, then the Champagne house can declare a vintage and bottle grapes from just that year. Non-vintages are drinkable all the time because they’re going to be consistent. You can hold back and age vintages to enjoy at special occasions. What is the best way to serve sparkling wine? Never open a warm bottle of sparkling wine because it can be dangerous. A bottle of Champagne has as much pressure as a car tire. The bottle needs to be chilled in an ice bath or a refrigerator, which will help to control the carbon dioxide. While opening, keep your thumb on the cork and always open it away from other people. After you’ve opened the bottle, what you want is to enjoy the bubbles. Flutes employ more of a smaller space, which keeps more of the bubbles in the glass. Serving sparkling wine in a regular wine glass means you’ll have more of an

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would be very tart and austere. After the removal of the yeast plug, the winemaker fills the bottle back up with wine and adds sugar. That sugar level depends upon the sweetness of the sparkling wine. A lot of consumers and professionals alike get confused on why extra dry is sweeter than brut, which can be explained by looking back through history. Originally, sparkling wine was much sweeter. Throughout time, people’s tastes got a little drier, so they made it a little less sweet and called it extra dry. As society continued to change and that sweetness was still too sweet, that’s where brut came through as being the driest. If there’s no sugar added, they call it brut natural. If you want a dry wine, get a brut. If you want a touch of sweetness, go with an extra dry.

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BLUEAVOCADO Founded by Amy George, Paige Davis and Melissa Nathan [2008 grant recipient] Paige Davis never expected to go in to the design and fashion field. However, as co-founder of BlueAvocado, she now dedicates her career to finding the perfect combination between sustainable production and stylish design. Davis, together with her sister, Melissa Nathan, and friend Amy George, specializes in producing reusable shopping systems, lunch bags and other accessories that “meet people wherever they are in their green journey.”

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Entrepreneurial life “We started as three women with different styles and sensibilities but all of us seeing this green trend and saying, ‘How are we going to change our behavior for ourselves and ultimately for the women surrounding us?’ ” Davis says. “We launched our first product at the Austin Woman breakfast when we received the grant. It was a shopping system with five pieces, and everything collapsed and fit together in a really fun and fashionable way.” Since that first launch in 2009, BlueAvocado has expanded in to the lunch category with insulated lunch bags and accompanying accessories, such as (re)zip bags that are designed to replace disposable plastic baggies. This July, the company also launched a partnership with fashion designer Lauren Conrad to branch in to eco-friendly travel and beauty accessories as well. All the products are made from a material called REPREVE, which is a fabric created from upcycled plastic bottles. Each product comes with an impact label that indicates the amount of waste avoided and the number of bottles upcycled. Davis hopes these labels will gently help to “educate our customers and get the conversation around sustainability started for them.” Although BlueAvocado is now a national brand, and it’s been three years since the company received the Austin Woman small-business grant, Davis still makes sure to highlight the award in marketing materials. “We had our business model ready and were actually in the development and production stage when the grant came through. It was the perfect catalyst and a critical first step to helping us launch our business. [The grant] provided validation and recognition for us to then go out to our angel investors,” she recalls. On top of the cash award and the additional funding it leveraged, Davis also credits the grant and award breakfast for giving BlueAvocado founders their first chance to tell the community about their idea. “To be in a room with 500 of Austin’s most powerful and amazing women, and to launch our product there just as we were getting started, I get chills just thinking about it again,” Davis says. “You couldn’t ask for a better way to get our initial message out there.” Possibly because the founders of BlueAvocado saw

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firsthand just how crucial it was to receive support from the business community, Davis and her business partners make it a point to give back. They meet with other emerging women entrepreneurs about new ideas, and serve on as many informational panels as possible. “We realize our responsibility to give back to our community, so we try to help cultivate our women and emerging entrepreneurs as much as possible,” Davis says. “Austin is a community that wants to see others succeed. By seeking out women to highlight, and by being role models ourselves of women who can find success as entrepreneurs, we can help inspire others to step forward in to the business community as well.” To learn more about BlueAvocado, visit blueavocado.com.

HEALINCOMFORT Founded by Cherie Mathews [2010 grant recipient] If someone sprains an elbow and receives surgery, the expectation is that they would go home with a sling to help their arm heal. It seems like common sense that this type of aid would also be provided for breast-cancer survivors recovering from a mastectomy, but for Cherie Mathews, her experience was quite different. “I am a 12-year breast-cancer survivor, and I had the personal experience of not having functional, comfortable post-operative clothing to wear,” Mathews says. “I was actually shocked to learn that it was up to me to make whatever I had in my closet ‘work.’ Brushing my teeth was difficult, never mind modifying clothing.” Realizing a need, Mathews quickly set her mind to designing specialty clothing to help breast-cancer patients heal in comfort and dignity, and healincomfort. com was born. Having failed home economics back in her school days, it’s perhaps ironic that she decided to

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savvy woman / [continued from previous page] design specialty clothing. But she quickly found that she had the skills she needed from her past career. “I’m a former IBMer and I used what I learned as far as reverse engineering to design, trademark and patent the healincomfort shirt to be able to solve one piece of the journey through cancer,” Mathews says. This reverse engineering seems to have done the trick, and her popular post-op shirts include features like Velcro-like buttons for convenient dressing, internal pockets to help conceal and store drains, soft wicking material to help manage moisture and even a flattering light-blue color that complements many skin tones and allows for wardrobe diversity. Having bootstrapped her business from the ground up, Mathews basically has a financially self-sufficient business. However, realizing that she needed to protect her innovative design, Mathews decided to patent it. The patenting process can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to more than $25,000. It was this goal that led her to apply for the small-business grant from Austin Woman. “It was a great day of celebration when I filed for my patent and said, ‘Thank you Austin Woman magazine for your grant. I have saved it for this very day,’ ” Mathews recalls. Along with her patent, the grant provided some great publicity that, according to Mathews, was “like instant rock-star recognition.” In fact, after healincomfort.com was announced as the winner at Austin Woman’s eighth-

Cherie Mathews, HealInComfort

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anniversary party, Mathews “couldn’t go anywhere without someone saying, ‘I was there when you won the Austin Woman grant. Congratulations, and let me know if there is anything I can do to help.’ ” She adds, “Austin Woman magazine gave me a voice that could be heard.” Lately, Mathews is not only gaining recognition in Austin, but nationally as well. E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic was recently seen on national television wearing a pink healincomfort post-op shirt after her mastectomy. While Mathews is pretty excited about this celebrity recognition, it seems that she’s even more excited about a partnership with the Breast Cancer Resource Center, which allows women throughout Austin to wear her shirts. Together, they raise money through events to provide healincomfort post-op shirts as gifts to Austin breastcancer patients as they recover from surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Ultimately, Mathews sees her shirts as “real gear for real patients who are in the battle.” Her mission is to help women everywhere fight that battle in the most comfortable and dignified ways possible. For more information, visit healincomfort.com.

LIFE’S NEXT STEP Founded by Linda Carter [2011 grant recipient] Although she is Austin Woman’s most recent grant recipient, Linda Carter is certainly not new to the entrepreneurial field. Formerly a manager of multi-million dollar office complexes, Carter is now following her true calling as founder and owner of Life’s Next Step. Started in 2008, Life’s Next Step specializes in helping older adults when they are downsizing and making transitional changes in to retirement communities. Her business was essentially the first of its kind in Austin, and Carter was a bit wary at the beginning. She credits the power of word-of-mouth marketing in getting her first client. A former Realtor friend knew that she was trying to get her business started and helped spread the word among her own clients on the verge of a move. After that, Carter took her marketing to a larger scale at a new retirement community still under construction at the time and met with the property managers and interested residents. After holding a few luncheons where she spoke about her business and the services she planned to offer, Life’s Next Step soon became established as a flourishing business on Austin’s entrepreneurial scene. The idea to apply for the Austin Woman grant struck Carter immediately when she saw the announcement. “I was on the Austin Woman email list, and I just

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happened to notice it,” she says. “I just saw it and it kind of spoke to me, and I felt like I need to do this. It seemed like a natural fit.” Being the planner she is, Carter already had an idea for what she would use the grant award for when she applied. Perhaps due to the important role that marketing played in her early days, Carter wanted to use the grant for helping to improve and increase traffic to her website, as well as create new branding, such as a logo and matching brochures and business cards. Currently, the logo is completed and the website and other graphic-design work are in the beginning stages. Not only has the award money been helpful, but Carter also notes the benefits she’s realized from her feature article in Austin Woman’s June 2012 issue. “From the feature, I have probably received around 10 or so inquiries from people interested in this career, and in particular, in maybe working for me,” she explains. “It has given me an opportunity to meet people with the right heart and attitude to do this work. That’s been an added benefit that I really didn’t even consider.” It turns out that forming meaningful and lasting relationships is one of the most fulfilling aspects of Carter’s work, not only with her employees, but also with her clients. “What I enjoy most about what I do are the relationships that I make with these seniors. It can be very sweet and very kind, and they rarely ever end,” she says. “We don’t just go in and move them; we become very close to our clients, and I’m still in contact with most of them, starting from that very first one that we helped. That’s a really special thing that I had hoped to get out if it, and it seems to have held true to this day.” For more information, visit lifesnextstep.com. On austinwomanmagazine.com, find a follow up with the 2009 grant recipient, Spruce.


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Note to My Best Austin Girlfriend Building ties that defy geography. By Sarah Bird You have three birds tattooed on your right shoulder: a painted bunting, a Senegalese kingfisher and a downy woodpecker. You wear tights under tattered cutoffs and your roommate at 21st Street Co-op cuts your hair with her cuticle scissors. You have lips sexy as a cartoon goldfish’s and a broad-shouldered boyfriend who plays a National guitar to kiss them.

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Texas town with your family name. Or the ranch. Or the oil wells. You have Bettie Page hair and a cat named Eddie, and no one knew you wrote screenplays for an American directing legend until they read about it in Hollywood Reporter. You came to Austin to become something wonderful. You are angular as a paper airplane and row every day through the mist.

You are round as a pincushion and nibble halvah as you watch the ghosts on the lake scatter and meditate on how best to serve God. You are leaving Austin. You came to Austin and it became something wonderful. We will add a fourth bird. We will tattoo your initials below it: M.M. You will be a golden-cheeked warbler.

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You came to Austin to become something wonderful. You have two big-headed babies with Hershey’sSyrup eyes and Christmas-morning smiles. You feed me Central Market okra chips and chocolate-chili tea while we talk about bad boyfriends and good husbands. You danced down the aisle at your wedding. You were supposed to wear tape to keep all that bounced in place. But you didn’t. You’re six foot two in your Louboutins and take an Igloo of Brewhouse Brown Ale to Old Settler’s Reunion, where you air fiddle along with Ruby Jane. You were a child who lay with eyes open on the limestone creek bed, a reed in your mouth, breathing in the wobbly blues and greens of Austin. You sing in the outdoor shower at Barton Springs, water pelting the line from your dissertation, a necklace of ink tattooed across your collarbones. You saved our springs but insist that we were the wave, you, merely the surfer who rode it. You tell me, “You never know. You just never know.” The best you ever had was a nerdy Jewish accountant. You dress your rescue dogs in pastel T-shirts and tutus, and prove that writers may never win, but we can always have the last word. You are Buddhist now with a Buddhist name that means she-who-transcended-her-racist-misogynisticmeth-addicted-evil-ass-ignorant-East-Texas-family. You wear a vintage lace slip from the Gucci Goodwill as an evening gown and never mention the South


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“You can have that. Huh. We didn’t even have to count that stock; it’ll never amount to much.” Words of wisdom about my brand new Austin Woman magazine endeavor from my soon-to-be ex-husband in June 2002. Assets were being divided as my surprise divorce unfolded. Wow. This from a veteran software-startup sales VP. Could he be right? Our first issue hadn’t even been published yet. The stock market had just minicrashed again. Ad reps had been so leery that Melinda and I were going at it alone. But every woman we told about our spectacular magazine to be couldn’t wait to read it. Each knew someone whose story would make a perfect and fascinating article. Which one of us was wrong? Oh, that would be him! Do you remember that great scene in Pretty Woman in which Julia Roberts’ character goes back to the store that shunned her, her arms full of pricey shopping bags, and says, “You people work on commission, right? Big mistake. Big. Huge.”? The next day, after the Great Stock Divide, I relayed the “it’ll never amount to much” comment to my business partner, the fiery Melinda Maine (soon to be Garvey). Sadly, much of what she said isn’t printable in our fine publication. Suffice to say, we speedily agreed a gauntlet had been thrown down. The

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Wall Street Journal had a front-page article the very next week recounting how another woman-owned business had thrived after the owners were told, “That will never amount to much.” Melinda and I took it as a sign and redoubled all sales efforts. Looking back at the past 10 years, the most arresting impression I have of our entrepreneurial adventure is the true grit and gumption of Melinda Maine Garvey as she helmed our growing organization. Continually reinventing the magazine to keep it relevant, driving the sales force to expand and challenging the editorial team, Melinda truly earned the place of high esteem she enjoys in Austin today. I warmly congratulate Melinda, Deb, Mary Anne and the many, many talented and caring magazine staff and contributors on this huge milestone. Big success! Huge! 

–Samantha Stevens

Co-founder, Austin Woman magazine November’s Last Word topic will be “Making a house a home.” To be considered, email a 500-word submission by Oct. 1 to thelastword@awmediainc.com.

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