One on One

Arts, philanthropic and social leaders gather for a tete-a-tete with CultureMap CEO Alyce Alston

Arts, philanthropic and social leaders gather for a tete-a-tete with CultureMap CEO Alyce Alston

11 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Tricia Dewhurst, Shannon Janek, Alyce Alston and Caitlin Ryan
Tricia Dewhurst, from left, Shannon Janek, Alyce Alston and Caitlin Ryan at the Four Seasons Hotel. Photo by © Jon Shapley
10 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Andrea McWilliams, Anne Elizabeth and Cookie Ruiz
Andrea McWilliams, from left, Anne Elizabeth and Cookie Ruiz at the Four Seasons Hotel. Photo by © Jon Shapley
19 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Marsha Jones, Jennifer Ransom Rice and Yuniedth Steen
Marsha Jones, from left, Jennifer Ransom Rice and Yuniedth Steen at the Four Seasons Hotel. Photo by © Jon Shapley
7 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Sally Dowell, Molly Sherman and Cathy Brock
Sally Dowell, from left, Molly Sherman and Cathy Brock at the Four Seasons Hotel. Photo by © Jon Shapley
20 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Sabrina Brown and Yuniedth Steen
Sabrina Brown, left, and Yuniedth Steen at the Four Seasons Hotel. Photo by © Jon Shapley
2 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Rebecca Hardeman and Kim Chambers
Rebecca Hardeman, left, and Kim Chambers Photo by © Jon Shapley
6 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Phyllis Cole and Jody Rushton
Phyllis Cole, left, and Jody Rushton at the Four Seasons Hotel. Photo by © Jon Shapley
9 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Carolyn Hodge, Jody Rushton and Kim Chambers
Carolyn Hodge, from left, Jody Rushton and Kim Chambers at the Four Seasons Hotel. Photo by © Jon Shapley
8 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Ava Late, Laura Gottesman and Sally Brown
Ava Late, from left, Laura Gottesman and Sally Brown at the Four Seasons Hotel. Photo by © Jon Shapley
21 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Cathy Brock, Amy Barbee and Shannon Janek
Cathy Brock, from left, Amy Barbee and Shannon Janek at the Four Seasons Hotel. Photo by © Jon Shapley
11 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Tricia Dewhurst, Shannon Janek, Alyce Alston and Caitlin Ryan
10 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Andrea McWilliams, Anne Elizabeth and Cookie Ruiz
19 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Marsha Jones, Jennifer Ransom Rice and Yuniedth Steen
7 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Sally Dowell, Molly Sherman and Cathy Brock
20 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Sabrina Brown and Yuniedth Steen
2 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Rebecca Hardeman and Kim Chambers
6 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Phyllis Cole and Jody Rushton
9 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Carolyn Hodge, Jody Rushton and Kim Chambers
8 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Ava Late, Laura Gottesman and Sally Brown
21 Alyce Alston party April 2013 Cathy Brock, Amy Barbee and Shannon Janek

Politics, philanthropy and CultureMap were topics on the table at the Four Seasons Hotel when Tricia Dewhurst, wife of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, rounded up an influential group of women for a meet-and-greet with CultureMap CEO Alyce Alston

Much of the discussion centered on increasing the profile of non-profits in the Austin community with Blanton Museum of Art development director Molly Sherman, Texas Cultural Trust executive director Amy Barbee and Ballet Austin executive director Cookie Ruiz taking the lead. Alston emphasized CultureMap's role in helping these groups widen their net of supporters.

Shannon Janek, wife of Kyle Janek who is Texas Health and Human Services executive commissioner, joined Sally Brown, wife of University of Texas football coach Mack Brown, and Carolyn Hodge, head of the Texas Federation of Republic Women, in adding broader viewpoints to the conversation.

Among the lobbyists, attorneys and community leaders in the mix were Yuniedth Midence SteenSally Dowell, Jennifer Ransom Rice, Rebecca Hardeman, Laura Gottesman, Sabrina Brown, Jan Ott, Jody Rushton, Cathy Brock, CultureMap Austin editor in chief Caitlin Ryan and CultureMap Dallas GM Phyllis Cole.