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. In high school she focused on a business curriculum, joining such groups as Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). As part of her course requirement she worked in the school store however, her first paying job was with a Pittsburgh retailer as a “Talking Christmas Tree.”
Through her servant leadership roles in the real estate industry 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 Showroom 808, her social impact enterprise, and passion for helping the underserved.
Sheila remains active in her local community as a member of the Greater Austin Black Chamber and Jewelers of America. She is also a former member of The Links, Inc. Town Lake Chapter, National Council of Negro Women, National Black MBA Association, and the Four Point’s Task Force in District 6. 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, a life-long learner is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's in Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy. In June 2019, this gained knowledge centered around social business enterprise helped launch her next project Showroom 808; a collaborative marketplace for creative women entrepreneurs.