Dallas Women’s Foundation has announced a blockbuster speaker for its October 30th luncheon: Ava DuVernay, writer, producer, director and distributor of independent films. The first African American female director to helm a $100 million budget feature film, DuVernay is breaking down barriers through films, such as her award-winning Selma and 13th, that address race, social justice, gender and age. Her recently released film, A Wrinkle in Time, grossed more than $116 million in its first month of release. DuVernay will be joined onstage by Michele Norris – noted American radio journalist, former National Public Radio host and director of TheRaceCard project – who will moderate a dialog.
The Foundation’s 33rd Annual Luncheon on October 30 takes place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, with a VIP reception at 10:30 a.m. and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community leaders Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller are co-chairs of the luncheon. Honorary co-chairs are Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk. Ambassador Kirk was the first African American mayor of the City of Dallas, and both serve on many boards and charitable organizations.
Those interested in luncheon sponsorships or tables, which start at $5,000, should call 214.525.5311 or visit www.dallaswomensfdn.org/luncheon.