Jenée Ovitt owns Once Over Coffee Bar with her husband Rob and they co-own Wild Gift Coffee, both here in Austin. She has been in specialty coffee since 2004, opening Izzy's Coffee Den with Rob with very little money and a lot of grit. They sold that shop in 2007 to move back to Austin, where they had met and had lived off and on since the 90's.
Mayor Steve Adler was sworn into office in January 2015 and has focused primarily on Austin’s growing affordability crisis and worsening traffic.
Mayor Adler has received recognition for his innovative ideas and leadership. In Jun. 2017, his fellow mayors elected Mayor Adler a Trustee of the United States Conference of Mayors after putting him on the Advisory Board the previous year. In August 2016, Mayor Adler was voted by mayors surveyed by POLITICO Magazine as the co-winner of the Rookie of the Year award. In September 2016, Living Cities included Mayor Adler on the list of 25 Disruptive Leaders (along with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, author Ta-Nehihi Coates, and actor Jesse Williams) to mark that organization’s 25th anniversary. Also that month, his office’s application for a crowdsourced minibond campaign to save Austin’s iconic music venues was picked as one of five winners of the Neighborly Bonds Challenge.
Reyna Vazquez is chef and founder of Veracruz All Natural. She grew up helping her mother in their family restaurant near the beautiful Veracruzana beach. Starting at a very young age, Reyna learned the ins and outs of the kitchen from her grandmother and mother, and she has loved cooking ever since.
Laurie Gallardo is the producer and voice of the Austin Music Minute, and host of an afternoon music show, Monday through Thursday 2pm-5pm, on KUTX 98.9 in Austin, Texas. Gallardo is curator and host of a project outside of the KUTX sphere, The Good Music Club, an independent live music event and online video music series featuring all Austin-based musical artists making their mark on the local scene and beyond. And Gallardo is also a voice actor, represented by The Atherton Group, and featured on various video games, anime series, commercials, narration for technical videos and locally-produced theatrical projects.
Widely recognized as a leader on women’s equality, Wendy Davis is best known for her historic 13 hour filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate to kill a legislative effort aimed at dramatically reducing women’s access to abortion care in her state. Her efforts were vindicated with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedtwhich overturned Texas’ anti-abortion law.
Art Markman is the Anabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at The University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. Art has written over 150 scholarly papers on topics including reasoning, decision making, and motivation. He has served as executive officer of the Cognitive Science Society and executive editor of the journal Cognitive Science.
"My passion lies in music performance. I started playing guitar in 1987 as a teenager in Seattle, and never turned back. I switched to bass sometime in the mid 90's and have played too many shows to count. That naturally led to recording, which led to live sound. I started booking because I was good at putting bills together with the bands I played in, which led to putting bills together when friend bands needed help. I'm not a fan of promoting shows, but it seemed to fall on the person that put the bill together."
It takes exactly 133 steps to make a HELM boot. Founder and CEO, Joshua Bingaman can walk you through each and every one of those steps with the skill of a craftsman and the passion of a fanatic. This dedication, coupled with Joshua’s entrepreneurial spirit make Austin, Texas-based HELM Boots a burgeoning American-made footwear brand that has seen business more than quadruple since launching in 2009.
Pedro Moreno is the founder and director of Epistrophy Arts, a grass-roots organization dedicated to presenting the finest in improvised and adventurous music from around the world in Austin. Since 1998, Epistrophy Arts has organized over 90 concerts with leading figures in improvised music and avant-garde jazz. He is also the librarian for Anthropology, Public Affairs, African and African Diaspora Studies and Global Studies at the University of Texas Libraries.
The Recipe + Playlist Series will feature musicians, artists, restauranteurs, baristas, and members of the community who make Austin unique and who share a passion for both coffee and music. Featured guests will discuss their favorite coffee drink as well as their most memorable experience associated with coffee and then pair it with a playlist that represents how they feel their drink or memory translates to music.