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Madison Butler

Chief People OfficerGRAV

Austin, TX

Member Since April 2022


Human Resources
Corporate Development
Corporate Strategy


Madison Butler is a native New Englander who has brought her east coast energy to Texas. She is a Black, queer woman, and she is also a survivor. She is the owner/founder of Blue Haired Unicorn, a consulting agency. Her work is focused around designing spaces and creating scalable strategies to achieve psychological safety. She is an outspoken advocate for mental health, removing the stigma around trauma and advocates for being “human at work’. She is passionate about facilitating hard conversations through storytelling, data and tough empathy. Madison has been featured in major news outlets such as New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Business Insider, and Der Spiegel. She has been recognized by Linkedin as a top Black voice to follow. She was also recognized as Austin’s rising star by DivInc in 2021. She is looked upon as an expert in her field and is passionate about using her platform to have the hard conversations. Madison is committed to deconstructing the status quo and rebuilding corporate America, one organization at a time. Her mission is to ensure that no one ever feels like spaces were not made for them because we all deserve to live out loud. She is a start-up enthusiast and is passionate about building inclusive teams from the ground up with early-stage companies. Madison is committed to helping change the narrative around what it looks like to be “human at work”, and hopes to reshape the way we look at ourselves at work and in life.

Published content

Radical Vulnerability: A Lesson in Goodbyes


Teams perform better when they feel safe to be human, and that means as a leader, you must be willing to humanize yourself, first to yourself and then to your teams.

Independent Creators: How to Scale Your Business While Maintaining Your Autonomy

expert panel

Staying autonomous as your business scales up requires a strong understanding of yourself and your mission — and trust in your team to carry out that mission. If you're an independent creator, you may be considering scaling your business. While scaling is a great way to increase your presence and profit, it also often requires bringing other people into the mix — a significant adjustment when you're accustomed to working independently. Fortunately, it is possible to grow your brand without losing sight of your original creative vision. To help, the members of Rolling Stone Culture Council share 11 tips to help you scale your business while still maintaining your autonomy.

The Power of Health Equity and How to Attain It


Is healthcare really a benefit if your population avoids using it?

Code-Switching: We Are Never Getting Back Together


Showing up wholly as yourself is not without risk.

10 Ways to Get Out of 'Hustle Culture' and Find Better Balance

expert panel

'Grinding' can only get you so far if you don't also make time for yourself. Productivity, “hustle culture,” “rise and grind” — all popular topics when it comes to entrepreneurship, making money and leading a “successful” life. While touted as all positive and necessary things if you want to progress in your career, when taken too far, these positives can become toxic and actually hurt your ability to find real success.  But how can ambitious professionals and business owners move away from this mentality when entrepreneurs are expected to “grind”? Below, 10 Rolling Stone Culture Council business leaders offer their tips and insights for professionals interested in leaving toxic productivity and “hustle culture” behind.

A Paralleled System: Ending the Cycle of Abuse


We deserve to take our power back, and we deserve to have organizations that value our safety. 

Company details


Company bio

A beloved brand from Austin, TX. GRAV wants to better understand and stand beside more of you, the community of smokers and advocates nationwide who support our way of life. We are deeply invested in the well-being of our colleagues, our customers, and the city we love.



Area of focus

Precision instruments for consuming cannabis

Company size

11 - 50