Meet Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew, Founder & CEO at Hawkins Bucklew Jewelry Designs and Showroom 808

Meet Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew, Founder & CEO at Hawkins Bucklew Jewelry Designs and Showroom 808


Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew is an entrepreneur whose journey has been woven together with a common thread: the empowerment of women. She is a proponent of equality and women’s rights, something she has held close to her heart throughout her career.

Sheila was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned a B. S. Degree in Business Administration from Duquesne University. Sheila began her professional career in retail buying and store management. She lived in Washington, D.C. before moving to Austin, TX.

Through her servant leadership roles in the Austin community, she began to want to do more, she wanted to impact her global community by empowering women. In 2014 during Austin Fashion Week she launched Hawkins Bucklew™ Handcrafted Jewelry Designs as the face of her mission and the financial arm of the Hawkins Bucklew™ Foundation.

These two Hawkins Bucklew ventures tied perfectly together the common threads of Sheila’s creativity, business expertise, and passion for helping the under served.

In 2017 Sheila was selected by the U.S. Department of State for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange Award. A flagship program of former President Obama, the Reciprocal Exchange program supports American professionals in their travel to Sub-Saharan Africa to engage in collaborative projects that demonstrates a substantial impact on the community and country of an African Fellow. Sheila partnered with Hauwa Liman, a Nigerian Fashion Designer to host their inaugural “Creative Entrepreneurship Bootcamp” in Lagos, Nigeria. This project focused on entrepreneurial programs for women who were creative entrepreneurs.

Sheila remains active in her local community as a member of the Greater Austin Black Chamber, the Four Point’s Task Force in District 6, and Jewelers of America. She is also a former member of The Links, Inc. Town Lake Chapter, National Black MBA Association, National Council of Negro Women, and National Association of Real Estate Brokers (RE-ALTIST). Sheila enjoys volunteering in the community dedicating her time to such organizations as the Capital City Black Film Festival, Austin Area Jazz Festival, and SXSW. Sheila has been featured in articles of the following periodicals: The Austin Chronicle Newspaper, Community Impact Newspaper, Austin Women’s Magazine, Tribeza Magazine, Eclectic Shades Magazine, and British Vogue.

Her most recent awards include the 2018 Profiles of Prominence Award given by the Austin Metroplex Chapter of the National Women of Achievement, Inc., the AFTV5 African Champion Award for 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year, and in September of 2018 Sheila was honored with the African Community Service Award given by the African community in the Washington, D.C. area. Sheila’s personal manta “I Am Because You Are” is what keeps her engaged in the community. Knowing what she has accomplished could not have been possible without the efforts of those who had come before her. Her current mission is to inspire mankind by empowering women through jewelry design. She hopes by sharing her personal story she can positively impact the lives of others.

Sheila, a life-long learner is a 2019 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in their Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy. This gained knowledge centered around social business enterprises has helped launch Showroom 808; a collaborative marketplace for creative women entrepreneurs.

TAMACC to Host Statewide Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon


The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) will honor 13 outstanding Latina business and community leaders from across Texas at the fifth annual Women of Distinction Awards luncheon Friday, May 13, 2016 at the AustinClub, 110 East 9th Street, Austin, Texas from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce was founded in 1975 by a small group of Hispanic businesspersons interested in increasing business opportunities for themselves and other similar business owners.

“I know I speak for all our Chamber and business members in congratulating this year’s Women of Distinction award recipients,” said TAMACC Chairman of the Board Sam Guzman. “Year after year we are proud and honored to recognize and celebrate the outstanding successes and contributions that Hispanic women make to our communities, state, and indeed our nation.”

The 2016 Women of Distinction are:

Aliana Apodaca, President, Positive Directions Co., El Paso

Rosemary H. Banda, Community Volunteer, Austin

Barbara Ann Canales, Secretary, Port of Corpus Christi Authority Commission, Corpus Christi

Judith A. Canales, State Executive Director, United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, College Station

Dr. Catalina E. Garcia, M.D., President, Dallas Anesthesiology Group, Dallas

Virginia “Viky” Garcia, Community Volunteer, Laredo

Dr. Eva Garza-Nyer, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Texas College Advisor, Austin

Genoveva G. Gomez, Vice President of Engineering and Construction, San Antonio Water System, San Antonio

Alida Y. Helgerman, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Border Federal Credit Union, Del Rio

Helen Soto Knaggs, Office Manager, Texas Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., Austin

Cristina Rivera, Chief Executive Officer, Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen

Alice Rodriguez, Councilwoman, City of Waco, Waco

Major General Angela “Angie” Salinas, United States Marine Corps (Retired), Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, San Antonio

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