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By Kathy Blackwell | April 17, 2017 | People
The latest from Austin Way's Editor-in-Chief, Kathy Blackwell.
With The Son author Phillip Meyer at a dinner at the LBJ Library.
I know I’m not supposed to have a favorite issue—that would be like picking a favorite child—but the Late Spring issue is always the most inspiring to put together. For three years, we’ve dedicated this particular issue to Austin’s women of power, from easily recognizable names to leaders who work their particular brand of magic behind the scenes. Narrowing our list down to just eight women can be challenging, though, so this year, I made the job a tad easier by selecting women who are leading the way in arts and entertainment.
Meet five of these inspiring creative players in our “Renaissance Women” package. We also learned how to relax in style with perpetually busy lifestyle guru Camille Styles, a well-known Austinite who is the creative director of her eponymous and widely popular website. Another Austin woman everyone should know is film editor Sandra Adair, Oscar-nominated for Boyhood, who recently hit a career milestone when she debuted her first documentary, on local collage artist Lance Letscher, to rave reviews at March’s South by Southwest.
With Texas Medal of Arts honoree Kris Kristofferson at the VIP Preview party at the Contemporary Austin.
Rounding out the eight women of power is, of course, cover star Brooklyn Decker. The Austin-based actress, philanthropist, home designer, and mom has become the city’s leading lady in so many ways. But her talents don’t stop there—she recently co-created a website and app that helps you virtually organize your closet, which is pure genius. She’s doing all of this while renovating her home and appearing on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, which stars two other powerful women: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
With Maya Perez and Tracy LaQuey Parker at the Austin Film Society’s cocktail reception for the 2017 Texas Film Award recipients.
One of the best parts of my job (besides out-of-office activities like enjoying a cocktail with Decker at South Congress Hotel, that is) is asking people about their favorite Austin places and service miracle workers, from restaurants and stores to salons and dry cleaners. In this vein, we recently launched “Secret Source,” in which we ask six notable Austinites to reveal their most treasured places in the city.
With Endeavor Real Estate Group’s Taylor Shepherd at the Blanton Museum of Art Gala.
In keeping with this issue’s theme, we asked six wildly talented and inspiring women to let us in on their favorites. (Not to worry: The men will get their turn in the Late Fall issue.) You’ll find them throughout “The Source,” and, if you’re like me, you will immediately start adding to your Austin bucket list. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a Peruvian restaurant to try for lunch and a new park to discover with my dog.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAY GODWIN (MEYER); CHRIS CASELLI (PEREZ); BEN PORTER (SHEPHERD); KAYLA WILLIAMS (KRISTOFFERSON)