“I invite you to be uncomfortable with me today.”

How can taboo inspire greatness? As Jane Claire Hervey notes, from Yayoi Kusama (Infinity Wall artist) to Miki Agrawal (entrepreneur behind “Thinx”) to Kiran Gandhi (former drummer for MIA), standing face to face against what is considered “normal” has always been the foundation for disruption, consistently and without fail.

Sometimes Taboo has consequences: Pushback. Criticism. The reality of self evaluation. But in the end, embracing and ultimately confronting taboo is what will push you forward, and helps you understand — if not abolish — self-constructed boundaries.

About the speaker

Originally from the Rio Grande Valley (956 por vida), Jane Claire Hervey moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas. After earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism and pursuing a career in freelance writing, Hervey began searching for resources and a space to ask professional questions. She hosted her first #bossbabesATX meet in 2015, hoping to foster community and connection between self-identified women in Austin, Texas. She now runs the nonprofit and its festival, BABES FEST, while managing operations and marketing at In-House International.

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