Month: September 2011

Born to Excel: Whitney Solcher

By bloodline, upbringing and inclination, Whitney Solcher was born for business. President of San Antonio Capital Management, LLC, an investment firm founded in 2009, she’s the great-granddaughter of the late Walter McAllister, former San Antonio mayor and founder in 1914 of the San Antonio Savings Association (SASA), a savings-and-loan association of which her father, Gerry Solcher, was president. At 32, she’s president of San Antonio Capital Management, LLC, an investment firm she and four partners founded in 2009. Growing up, Solcher loved visiting her father’s office. “The whole atmosphere attracted me,” she remembers — “the leather sofas, the quiet.”...

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Women In Law: Women are flocking to careers in law

Most of us know personally or are familiar with female attorneys, judges, law school professors, law students, clerks and paralegals pursuing successful careers. Women at work in the field of law are certainly not uncommon today — though that’s not always been the case. Just 136 years ago, in 1875, the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied a woman named Lavinia Goodell admission to the state bar, stating that women were no more “tempered” by nature for a career in law than they were for “the physical conflicts of the battlefield,” and that “womanhood is molded for gentler and better things.”...

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Overcoming Obstacles: 3 women put a difficult past behind for success

The women you are about to meet in this article changed my life. I once considered myself a godly woman of faith, with a heart for the less fortunate, a strong will, honorable in my intentions and striving to do my part to make this world a better place. But I was wrong. I have not even begun to tap into my potential. The women within these pages are the definition of strong, godly, honorable, capable, and I don’t feel worthy to tell their stories. But I will do my best. These warrior women, as I have come to...

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In Full Swing: Fotoseptiembre opens the season with multiple exhibits

The biggest event in September is the Fotoseptiembre USA Festival founded 16 years ago by artists/producers Michael Mehl and Ann Kinzer. It’s a huge, city-wide showcase of photography, from documentary and narrative to all sorts of experimental explorations of the medium and even photo-based multimedia installations. Of special interest this year is a group of exhibits jointly sponsored by San Antonio’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Taipei Cultural Center featuring both traditional and contemporary Taiwanese artists. The venues taking part are the San Antonio Museum of Art, the City of San Antonio International Center and, most prominently, the...

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An Artful Life in Olmos Park

A drive through the winding roads of Olmos Park affords glimpses into the diverse architecture of the neighborhood — Tudor mansions, ranch houses, skeletons of old homes undergoing major renovations. Around a bend on one of the dappled streets lie two houses, one of Mediterranean design and the other fashioned along French New Orleans construction. These two architecturally disparate houses have a great deal in common — an accomplished family and an amazing art collection. The French New Orleans house is the residence of Patricia and Juan Ruiz-Healy and their daughters. The adjacent Mediterranean villa is Patricia’s studio. The...

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