South Texan-turned-Dallasite Joyce Goss is leading by example. As the executive director of The Goss-Michael Foundation, the Pleasanton native understands the world of philanthropy and art. She’s chaired a zillion galas and is known for her chic style. Here, her longtime pal, Lance Avery Morgan gets up-close and personal with this busy wife, mother, and patron to learn about a few of her favorite things.

Portrait photography by Maxine Heifman

 

The best career advice I’ve received is…Treat everyone with respect.

 

How I made my first dollar…I grew up on a farm in South Texas. One of my first summer jobs included hoeing weeds and moving irrigation pipe. I got a great tan as a bonus.

 

Last thing I binge/marathon watched…Was Schitt’s Creek. It’s beyond hilarious.

 

Book that left a lasting impression on me…To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

 

First album I bought…With Love, Bobby by Bobby Sherman.

 

My favorite scent I wear is…Frédéric Malle’s Portrait of a Lady.

 

What everyone should try in her lifetime is…Volunteering. It’s one of the best ways to make an impact on the world.

 

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know is…Baton twirling. I was a majorette in high school, and I still have my baton. Every once in awhile, when I am feeling bored or a bit nostalgic, I will bring out my baton and twirl. It’s quite a sight.

 

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dry hands is…YSL’s Touche Éclat highlighter.

 

A celebrity I would prank phone call and what I would ask them is…I would call George Clooney and ask, May I speak with Amal?.

 

My style icon is…Katharine Hepburn. Her style was bold and powerful. She could be glamorous in both high fashion and pantsuits.

 

When it comes to one must-have clothing, one that item I always have to have is…A blazer. Throwing on a blazer makes me feel chic and pulled together. It boosts my confidence when I walk out the door.

 

My perfect day would end by…Having an amazing dinner with my family, followed by a cocktail, and watching the sunset while listening to some fabulous music.