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Gay Gaddis

Gay Gaddis

Founder Author of Cowgirl Power

In 1989, Gay cashed in a $16,000 IRA to create a new breed of agency, T3 (The Think Tank), that grew into the largest independent female-owned agency in the U.S., under her leadership for more than 30 years.

Today, Gay is focusing her always-on energy to empower entrepreneurs and the next generation of business leaders to take big leaps in their careers and lives. She is an active speaker on women’s leadership, company culture, and entrepreneurship. Her book, Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business & Life, shares insights and examples on how to develop personal power and lead fearlessly.

Gay is the former first female Chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council and is former Chairman of The Committee of 200 (C200), a top women’s business organization that advances women’s leadership in business, and is on the Board of Directors of the Texas Cultural Trust. She was also an immediate past board member for Monotype Imaging Holdings, Inc.

 Gay is deeply involved with The University of Texas. She is on the board and Executive Committee member of Texas Exes, the official alumni association of the University of Texas, is part of the Dean’s Advisory Council to The University of Texas McCombs School of Business and is an advisor for both the College of Fine Arts and the Moody College of Communication.

Gay and her husband, Lee, own the historic Double Heart Ranch in the Texas Hill Country, home of Gay’s private art studio and gallery, Fossil Ridge. Gay’s bold and vibrant paintings have been shown in several prestigious galleries around the country including New York City and Santa Fe, earning her a distinction by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the “Top Ten Artists to Collect Now.”

A regular contributor to Forbes, Gay has received numerous awards and honors including the University of Texas McCombs School of Business 2020 Hall of Fame, the Liz Carpenter Lifetime Achievement Award, Fast Company’s Top 25 Women Business Builders, Inc. Magazine’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Year and C200’s Luminary Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Educating future leaders, Gay founded and recently launched Women Who Mean Business, a women’s development program that she co-teaches at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.