Olga Campos Benz is a well-known Austinite. Now all of you can get to know her.
Community Relations Director
What are you passionate about right now?
Witnessing the success of my twin daughters (27) as they find their own strengths and passions; carving out time to be with like-minded friends; catching great live music, spending time with my husband who still lights my fire after 30 years of marriage; helping shed light on social causes and supporting nonprofits that care for the underserved members of our community – the even bigger tribe that I’m proud to be a member of.
What’s the most important thing you do every day?
Take time for myself to stretch, walk, move, dance, sing, laugh and live.
Who do you think is the best role model for Aging Boldly and why?
There are many women of color who are my personal role models: Dr. Nora Comstock, who is a trustee of Austin Community College (ACC), Gigi Edwards Bryant, my best friend and also an ACC Trustee, Teresa Lozano Long. None are afraid to share their age, all are beautiful, dignified, gracious, intelligent, caring and down-to-earth. I hope to be known for all those same qualities and to continue to be a role model for younger women, too.
What’s your personal motto for Aging Boldly?
Aging gracefully is a gift given to you by God that should be shared with loved ones.
What movie/book/TV show are you loving now?
Dietland (AMC), Sharp Objects (HBO), many books including my own, ‘It’s News to Me’
What countries are on your bucket list?
France. We’re heading there in September to celebrate our 30th anniversary with a small boat river cruise.
If you could live any where in the world where would it be?
Part time in Mexico – where I would uncover my family roots that run deep among beautiful, creative people.
How do you cope with the current craziness in our political world?
Surround myself with like-minded people in person and on social media; support those who want to right this crazy ship.
What will you be doing in 10 years?
At age 72, I hope to be doing much of the same thing I’m doing now: reading and writing at leisure; sipping good wine, eating delicious healthy food, marveling at sunsets with loved ones and friends at our lake house; exercising my right to freedom of speech; and looking back at the chaos of 2018 and sighing with relief and gratitude for the younger generation that brings about changes that result in immigration reform, sensible gun ownership, protection for women’s right to decide, improved access to health, jobs, education and safe housing for all, and a return to civility in politics.
What would you tell your younger self?
Be proud of your individuality, heritage and culture because soon enough you’ll get swept up in a huge tidal pool of humanity where your unique identity can be easily lost, if you’re not careful.
What did we forget to ask you?
What makes your friendship with other women so special?
Friends from high school are still a huge part of my life because of all we’ve experienced together (divorce, health problems, death of loved ones, struggles with relatives, financial troubles, even natural disasters) and are joys (births of children, marriages, remarriages, career successes, milestones reached). Our gatherings sustain us emotionally and bind us forever.