An Intimate Discussion with Celebrated Austin Women
2:00 PM14:00

An Intimate Discussion with Celebrated Austin Women

Join us on Saturday, September 14th from 2-4pm at The Riveter as I, Riley Blanks, host a special panel discussion surrounding my glowing and growing business, Woke Beauty; geared towards empowering women to recognize their own inherent beauty through an uplifting photographic experience.

For this event, per usual, I’ll be bringing together women who are in the business of cultivating 'beauty'. Throughout rich, reflective conversation, panelists will be acknowledging and fostering self appreciation, holistic remedies, personal growth and what it’s like to cultivate one’s very own BRIZNESS (brand + business).

Come one, come all, for a one of a kind evening packed with inspiration and hope.


When: Saturday, September 14, 2-4pm

Where: The Riveter (1145 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703)




Kara Pendl is the designer and artist behind Karacotta Ceramics, based in Austin, TX. Originally a Wisconsin native, Kara grew up exploring in the woods, adventuring in nature, and creating with organic materials - these experiences heavily influence the unique aesthetic and processes in the body of her work. At Karacotta Ceramics, she works to bridge the gap between ‘aspirational’ and ‘possible’. She believes that a beautiful space cultivates creativity and a richer life experience, and that everyone deserves to live and work in a space they truly adore. Building on that concept, she also provides community and coaching to women-owned businesses, bringing their vision of entrepreneurship and independent wealth-building, from dream to reality.

[Image by Woke Beauty!]




Heather is a Chinese American family photojournalist, editorial and commercial photographer and a full spectrum doula based out of Austin, TX. Heather speaks frankly and transparently about her experiences as a multi racial CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) and how this has inspired and informed her work as a witness and emotional support person to individuals and families in all transitions in life. Heathers work serves to make all people from all walks of life feel seen and heard without judgement and to show that at the end of the day, we are all more alike than different.




Sharon Mays is the Founder & CEO of Baby Greens, Austin’s first drive thru salad restaurant. Sharon launched Baby Greens in 2004, after a brief stint as a vegetarian helped her realize that there were no fast food options for people looking for a quick, healthy meal. Sharon grew up in Austin, so she knew that her hometown was the perfect place to launch a fast food revolution. Under her leadership, Baby Greens has won many awards and honors for its delicious food, including repeatedly being voted “Best Salad & Dressing” in Austin.

In addition to Baby Greens, Sharon owns Embark Coaching + Consulting – a consulting agency that specializes in helping entrepreneurs and soon-to-be entrepreneurs navigate the waters of small business ownership. She is also a licensed realtor and works exclusively with small business owners. Sharon graduated from Texas A&M University, where she studied public relations, marketing, and business management.

Sharon spends much of her free time volunteering with local nonprofits and organizations that work to serve the Austin community. She was appointed to the Austin Travis County Food Policy Board by Mayor Steve Adler. Sharon currently sits on the board of the North Austin YMCA. She has also been on the board of the Metro Austin YMCA and the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.


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Portrait Gathering Session - 08/18
8:00 AM08:00

Portrait Gathering Session - 08/18

Come one. Come all!

Whether you're a bit camera shy, need some portraits (but just a few!), looking to meet some new, incredible women or just plain wanna soak up some sun rays and have a good time...this is a wonderful opportunity to experience a portrait session whilst being surrounded by like-minded women supporting and encouraging you.

Click on that pretty image to save your spot. <3

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An Intimate Discussion with Celebrated Austin Women
3:00 PM15:00

An Intimate Discussion with Celebrated Austin Women

In honor of International Women’s Day, we brought together four incredible women who have showcased power and beauty through their very own self-grown businesses.
The discussion focused on entrepreneurship and developing one's very own 'BRIZNESS' (brand + business), going deep on hacks and tricks surrounding topics such as time management, financial literacy, self assurance and dream chasing.

Our lovely panelists:

Riley Blanks (Hostess): Photographer + Founder of Woke Beauty
Miranda Bennett: Designer + Founder of Miranda Bennett Studio
Erinn Leigh: Yogi + Co-Owner of Sukha Yoga Austin
April Kayganich: Hair colorist + Curl Whisperer
Sophie Kwok: Podcast Host of Love Intently + App Designer

Thank you to artisans: Beauty Counter, Alana Cooklin, Nina Berenato and Jowa Shop

…and sponsors: Topo Chico USA, GT's Kombucha, JuiceLand and Tito's Handmade Vodka

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An Intimate Discussion with Celebrated Austin Women
5:00 PM17:00

An Intimate Discussion with Celebrated Austin Women

For this event, Riley brought together women who are in the business of cultivating 'beauty'. Throughout the conversation, panelists went into detail about topics such as: fostering self appreciation, holistic remedies, racial equity and personal growth.

It was a one of a kind evening packed with inspiration and authenticity. Every member of the panel had something unique to offer:

Thank you to sponsors: Juiceland, Tito’s Vodka, Topo Chico, Cava and Urban Outfitters

I am a planner, like a crippling planner. But the thing is, you can’t plan spontaneity. It doesn’t work like that. And so, in the last few years I’ve realized that I have to be super intentional about creating rest for myself. And that takes form in multiple ways. Learning that ‘no’ is not a reflection of you or a reflection of an individual, cause or organization. It took a long time for me to accept that me saying ‘no’ may mean that I don’t think I’m equipped right now to contribute to the level that you deserve and that I deserve. Maybe saying ‘no’ means ‘not right now’ or ‘I know someone who’s a better fit’. When I say ‘no’ to you I’m going to follow up with three names who can serve in this capacity or when I say ‘no’ to you it’s because I know my limitations. And that has been such a liberating act; to learn how to say ‘no’. I’m gonna learn it in five different languages. Mix it up, you know? Like ‘no’, ‘no’, ‘no’.
— Virginia Cumberbatch
I think it all came to a point after I gave birth to my son, Odie. I gained a lot of confidence in becoming a mother; yet, postpartum is real…so there was a lot of emotion around confronting deep parts of myself regarding my own childhood. And so, with that collision between postpartum and becoming a mother I realized how much we need self care and how it’s lacking in this world. My motto is, ‘Self care will save the world.’ That was the inspiration behind bringing together elements that would support something so close to my heart; by making things with herbs from the earth that helped ground me when I was having a hard time…and then offering them back to the world. Part of my process involves being intentional when I’m making my products - I make sure that I’m in a good head space, that I’m feeling good, because I know that my touch transcends onwards. That’s my contribution right now. And I’ve loved watching it grow.
— Cassie Courtney
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