Gay Gaddis

Last modified on: 01-07-2024 18:11:57

(Governor's Commission for Women)

Entered Office: 01-05-2024 Term Ends: 12-31-2025

General Information

Home Town: Austin

Personal Information

Gay Gaddis of Austin is an author, artist, and CEO of Gay Gaddis, LLC. She is also an active speaker on women's leadership, company culture, and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of T3, an innovative digital agency that grew into the largest woman-owned independent advertising agency in the nation. Gaddis empowers the next generation of business leaders through leadership training, her book, Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business & Life, and work as president and chair of the board of directors of Texas Exes, board of directors of the Texas Cultural Trust, and member of McCombs School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and advisor for the College of Fine Arts and the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas. Gaddis is also the former first female chair of the Texas Business Leadership Council, was formerly appointed to the board of directors of the Lower Colorado River Authority, and former chair of the committee of 200 (C200). She is a contributor to Forbes and recently founded “Women Who Mean Business,” a women’s development program that she teaches at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas. She has been awarded with the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Texas, 2020 McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame Award, the "Liz Carpenter Lifetime Achievement Award," Fast Company's "Top 25 Women Business Builders," Inc. Magazine's "Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Year," C200's Luminary Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and was recognized by Texas Monthly as one of “10 Artists to Collect Now.” Gaddis received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.