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Texas Women's Foundation Shonn Brown, Ros Dawson Thompson, Caren Lock

Dallas Women’s Foundation made history at its luncheon on November 7, announcing three major milestones:  the most successful luncheon in its 33-year history, raising $1.5 million; the highly anticipated culmination of its $50 million fundraising campaign; and the resulting transformation of the organization into Texas Women’s Foundation.

 

The transformation into Texas Women’s Foundation honors the organization’s more than three decades as the trusted leader in advocating for and advancing social and economic change for women and girls in Texas, and better reflects its position as one of the largest women’s foundations in the world.  With more than $35 million in assets, the Foundation raises approximately $8 million a year from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources are used to underwrite its groundbreaking statewide research on issues affecting women and girls, providing decision-makers and lawmakers critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Funds also sustain the Foundation’s $5 million in annual grants, mission-focused gendered asset investments, and support for innovative programs and solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive.

 

“As Texas Women’s Foundation, our goal is to Transform Texas for Women and Girls by advancing economic security for women, girls and families across the state, and by ensuring opportunities for them to lead in every sector – from the classroom, to the first job, the board room and the halls of government,” said Roslyn Dawson Thompson, president & CEO. “This matters to every Texan – women and men alike – because our economy and our futures are stronger when Texas women, girls and families thrive, and when our leadership fully reflects our population,. We are focused on driving productive, nonpolitical and affirming change – advancing opportunities for Texas women and girls to prosper for the benefit of all.”

 

Dawson Thompson concluded by saying: “We believe in the power of community and are asking for everyone’s help and support. Join the movement – sign up today to become a part of our army of advocates, our champions of Economic Security and our legion for Leadership. We have a bold mandate and an exciting and positive future. Together, we will Transform Texas for Women and Girls!”

News Unveiled During Record-Breaking 33rd Annual Luncheon

 

These historic announcements were made in front of a sold-out, maximum-capacity audience of 1,570 influential business, community and philanthropic leaders during the organization’s signature fundraising event – the 33rd Annual Luncheon, presented by Toyota. Co-chaired by community leaders and philanthropists Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller, with Honorary Co-chairs Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ambassador Ron Kirk, the event featured an interview with Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay moderated by noted journalist Michele Norris. The luncheon was the most successful in the Foundation’s 33-year history, raising $1.5 million and netting more than $1.1 million.

 

“We are awed by the spirit and generosity of the sponsors and donors who made this historic event possible and by the many selfless people who stepped up to donate record amounts during the Annual Luncheon. This outpouring of support underscores the importance of the Foundation’s work providing innovative research, programming and solutions to help Texas women and girls thrive,” said Lael Brodsky, 33rd Annual Luncheon Co-chair.

 

Tricia Miller, 33rd Annual Luncheon Co-chair, also added, “This was truly a sharing of time, talent and treasure to make the Luncheon so memorable. We are grateful to Ava DuVernay, Michele Norris and the many women and men who joined us to help mark the beginning of the Foundation’s next chapter as Texas Women’s Foundation.”

 

The Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 33rd Annual Luncheon sponsors are:

 

Sponsor Levels $100,000 - $50,000

Presenting Sponsor: Toyota

 

Spotlight Sponsor: Nancy C. Rogers

 

Platinum Sponsors: IF/THEN, an initiative of the Lyda Hill Foundation supporting women and girls in STEM; Sammye and Mike A. Myers; U. S. Trust

 

Speaker Sponsor:  Target and with ongoing support from Suzanne Ahn, M.D. Speaker Endowment Fund

 

Sponsor Levels $25,000 - $10,000

Crystal Sponsors: American Airlines, Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller; Capital One; Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt; The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated; Jones Day; Southwest Airlines; and Texas Instruments

 

Diamond Sponsors: Barings Multifamily Capital; Julie Bleicher, Diana Dutton, Gail Griswold and Patricia Villareal; Ernst & Young; Freeman Audio Visual, Kimberly Clark Corporation; NexBank

 

Emerald Sponsors:  AT&T, Inc.; AXXESS; Ellenore Knight Baker/Carter Financial Management; Debbie Barnes, Becky Bruder, Faye Lidji, Candace Krause and Shelle Sills; Mickie Bragalone, Lynn Hunt Gray and Pam Patsley; Jill Cochran, Joyce Goss and Selwyn Rayzor; Claire Dewar, Julie Hawes and Muffin Lemak; Fossil Group; Frito-Lay, Inc.; Haynes and Boone, LLP; The Horchow Family; Toni and Dan Hunt; Lisa Kraus, Leslie MacLean and Janie Strauss McGarr; Reverend Katherine G. Lyle; Patsy Woods Martin; Paula and Ron Parker; Sprinkles Cupcakes; Betty Suellentrop; Texas Health Resources; Shawna D. Wilson; Women's Foodservice Forum

Media Sponsors: Dallas Business Journal; DCEO; iHeart Radio; My Sweet Charity

 

Transformation Fueled by $50 million “Unlocking Leadership Campaign.”

 

The November 7 luncheon also marked the successful conclusion of the organization’s $50 million “Unlocking Leadership Campaign.”  Launched in April 2013, the Campaign was co-chaired by a who’s who of business and community leaders, including Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Paula and Ron Parker, and Trea and Richard Yip. Based on the lead $5 million gift from the Harold Simmons Foundation and subsequent donations from nearly 5,300 individuals, corporations and foundations, and the record-breaking results of the 33rd Annual Luncheon, the Campaign reached its $50 million goal.  

 

According to Ashlee Kleinert, campaign co-chair, “The extraordinary generosity of the entire North Texas region – from major grants to small individual gifts – makes this campaign truly reflective of our entire community and its commitment to the Foundation’s values and impact. We are thrilled to have achieved the Campaign’s $50 million goal –something unprecedented among women’s foundations anywhere – and to have this success be the springboard to launch our future as Texas Women’s Foundation.”

 

Texas Women’s Foundation, formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation, is investing to Transform Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities throughout the state. As one of the world’s largest women’s funds, Texas Women’s Foundation is a trusted leader in advocating for and advancing economic security for Texas women, girls and families, and ensuring women and girls are enabled and supported in taking leadership roles in every sector. With more than $35 million in assets, Texas Women’s Foundation raises approximately $8 million a year to underwrite groundbreaking statewide research on issues affecting women and girls – providing decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Funds also sustain the Foundation’s $5 million in annual grants, mission-focused gendered asset investments, and support for innovative programs and solutions to help Texas women and girls thrive. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

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Village Giving Circle at Dallas Women's Foundation The Village Giving Circle Founding Members

The Village Giving Circle at Dallas Women’s Foundation, which started this spring, has presented its first grants to organizations and initiatives that positively impact the African-American community in North Texas. At a reception at Hotel ZaZa on November 4, the group gave grants to nine nonprofits totaling $122,000.

The grants included the following:

  • The Family Place: $25,000
  • Big Thought: $20,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas: $20,000
  • Paul Quinn College: $20,000
  • City Square: $10,000
  • The Compelling Why: $10,000
  • Accion, Inc.: $7,000
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre: $5,000
  • New Friends New Life: $5,000

A. Shonn Brown and Lisa Montgomery serve as co-chairs of The Village Giving Circle.  Additional founding officers include Cheryl Alston, Christa Brown-Sanford, Annika Cail, Frances Cudjoe-Waters, Vera Ingram and Diane Reeves. Brown is chair-elect of Dallas Women’s Foundation’s board of directors, and Montgomery, Alston and Reeves are board members. A complete list of founding members of The Village is on the website.

Brown said, “I am just blown away by the generosity of everyone. In less than a year, our group has raised $122,000, researched the organizations, and is now giving these grants to strengthen the work they’re doing for the African-American community.”

The mission of The Village Giving Circle is to honor, sustain and expand the legacy of African-American women’s philanthropy by funding organizations and initiatives that positively impact the African-American community in North Texas. Members focus their collective resources on local community organizations that are led by African Americans and/or serve the needs of the African-American community throughout North Texas. In addition to providing financial support to selected organizations, The Village membership seeks to elevate awareness of issues, initiatives and efforts that affect or support African-Americans living and working in North Texas.

Shawn Wills, Dallas Women’s Foundation senior vice president – development, said, “Giving circles are growing in popularity as a means for individuals with shared interests or cultures to combine their resources in order to make a larger impact on issues and organizations impacting their interests or cultures. We applaud the efforts of The Village Giving Circle and the amazing success and momentum they’ve achieved in their first year.” 

Montgomery added, “In addition to raising funds for organizations, we also hold social and networking events, as well as offer educational opportunities focused on philanthropy and social issues. We invite those interested in The Village Giving Circle to contact us.”

Dallas Women’s Foundation hosts three giving circles: The Village Giving Circle, HERitage Giving Fund and Orchid Giving Circle.

For more information about The Village Giving Circle, please visit https://www.dallaswomensfdn.org/2016/get-involved/village-giving-circle or email villagegivingcircle@gmail.com.

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $42.2 million since inception and over $4.6 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

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Dallas Women’s Foundation Peter and Lisa Kraus (hosts), Tricia Miller (event co-chair), Lael Brodsky (event co-chair), Caren K. Lock (Dallas Women’s Foundation board chairwoman), Roslyn Dawson Thompson (Dallas Women’s Foundation president and CEO)

On October 3, Dallas Women’s Foundation’s patron party, graciously hosted by Lisa and Peter Kraus at their home, was a celebration of sponsors who have contributed to the 33rd Annual Luncheon. The luncheon, presented by Toyota, is set for November 7 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, and will feature Academy Award nominated director and producer Ava DuVernay in a dialogue with noted journalist Michele Norris.

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Foundation president and CEO, welcomed the crowd. “We are so grateful to each of you and the organizations you represent, for your generous support. This luncheon promises to be one of our most successful ever. And that is due entirely to the marvelous leadership of co-chairs Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller, with honorary co-chairs Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ambassador Ron Kirk.”

Dawson Thompson turned the microphone over to the co-chairs to thank the hosts and sponsors by name. Lael Brodsky said, “We are thrilled to have several ‘firsts’ – this is the first year for Toyota to be our presenting sponsor, the first time for Nancy C. Rogers to be our Spotlight Sponsor, the first year for Target to serve as our Speaker Sponsor and the first year for Sammye and Mike Myers to be Platinum Sponsors! And we are delighted to have Lyda Hill and U.S. Trust again generously serving as Platinum Sponsors.”

Tricia Miller thanked the Crystal, Emerald, Gold, Silver and media sponsors, and concluded by saying, “We could not have such a successful Luncheon and raise so much money to support the outstanding work of Dallas Women’s Foundation without the generosity of our sponsors.  A very special thanks to our hosts tonight – Lisa and Peter Kraus. And a very special announcement: We are so excited to tell you that the luncheon is completely SOLD OUT!” 

The sponsors of Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 33rd Annual Luncheon are:

Presenting Sponsor: Toyota

Spotlight Sponsor: Nancy C. Rogers

Platinum Sponsors: Lyda Hill, Sammye and Mike A. Myers, U. S. Trust

Speaker Sponsor:  Target and with ongoing support from Suzanne Ahn, M.D. Speaker Endowment Fund

Crystal Sponsors: Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller, Capital One, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated, Jones Day, Southwest Airlines and Texas Instruments

Diamond Sponsors: Barings Multifamily Capital; Julie Bleicher, Diana Dutton, Gail Griswold and Patricia Villareal; Ernst & Young, Kimberly Clark Corporation, NexBank

Emerald Sponsors:  AT&T, Inc., AXXESS, Ellenore Knight Baker/Carter Financial Management; Mickie Bragalone, Lynn Hunt Gray and Pam Patsley; Becky Bruder, Debbie Barnes, Faye Lidji and Candace Krause; Jill Cochran, Joyce Goss and Selwyn Rayzor; Claire Dewar, Julie Hawes and Muffin Lemak; Fossil Group; Frito-Lay, Inc.; Haynes and Boone, LLP; The Horchow Family; Daniel and Toni Hunt; Lisa Kraus, Leslie MacLean and Janie Strauss McGarr; Reverend Katherine G. Lyle; Patsy Woods Martin; Paula and Ron Parker; Sprinkles Cupcakes; Betty Suellentrop; Texas Health Resources; Shawna D. Wilson; Women's Foodservice Forum

Media Sponsors: Dallas Business Journal, DCEO, iHeart Radio, My Sweet Charity

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $42.2 million since inception and $5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

 

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Hali Lee Executive Director, Faces of Giving, Inc.

WHAT: Communities Foundation of Texas and Dallas Women's Foundation will host a free discussion entitled Diversity in Philanthropy: Understanding, Engaging and Networking the High Net Worth Donor of Color, in partnership with The Vaid Group and Faces of Giving.

 

Hear from Urvashi Vaid, Tuhina De O'Connor and Hali Lee as they present their groundbreaking research on engaging and networking high net worth donors of color. The study includes a landscape analysis that examines the giving patterns and priorities of high net worth people of color. It finds that, while these donors are generous and philanthropically engaged, they are often invisible to mainstream philanthropy and largely not even known to each other. The research team will also share findings from interviews with dozens of high net worth donors of color and leaders of existing donor networks, as well as present lessons learned from previous attempts to organize donors of color.

 

The research team will present their observations and recommendations, including the potential development of a network of high net worth donors of color interested in funding racial and social justice. This potential network could coalesce the community of high net worth people of color, elevating the reach and impact of their experiences, resources and talents at a critically important time.

 

WHO:  Hali Lee, Executive Director, Faces of Giving, Inc.

Tuhina De O’Connor, Co-Founder, Faces of Giving, LLC

Urvashi Vaid, Founder, Managing Director, The Vaid Group

Moderator: Monica Egert Smith, Chief Relationship Officer, Communities Foundation of Texas

Introductions: Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President & CEO, Dallas Women’s Foundation

 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

4:00 p.m. Registration

4:30-6:00 p.m. Panel and Q&A

6:00-7:00 p.m. Cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres

 

WHERE: Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX 75225

 

COST:  Free, but registration is required, and space is limited. https://www.dallaswomensfdn.org/facesofgiving

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A. Shonn Brown

Dallas Women’s Foundation has announced eight new board members, who will serve three-year terms from 2018-2021, and has also named A. Shonn Brown as its chair elect. Brown, a partner with Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, has been a member of the Foundation board since 2015, co-chaired the Annual Luncheon in 2017 and helped found The Village Giving Circle at Dallas Women’s Foundation.  She will succeed current board chair Caren K. Lock July 1, 2019.

New members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors are: Chrysta Castañeda, shareholder and founder, The Castañeda Firm; Effie Dennison, senior vice president, director of community development and corporate social responsibility, Texas Capital Bank; Stacey Doré, senior vice president and general counsel, Hunt Utility Services, LLC and InfraREIT, Inc.; Samantha Dwinell, vice president of human resources, Texas Instruments; Laura Maxwell, senior vice president of supply chain optimization, Frito-Lay; Sara Madsen Miller, principal and chief operating officer, 1820 Productions; Charmaine Tang, executive director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Rachel Vinson, president, Barings Multifamily Capital LLC. For a complete board list, visit https://www.dallaswomensfdn.org/2016/why-us/board.

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Foundation president and CEO, said, “We are so fortunate to have 47 extraordinary leaders on our Board of Directors, and we’re proud that our board is one of the most diverse and inclusive in the entire region, with 43 percent being women of color or LGBTQ.  We are delighted to welcome our eight newest members, who bring expertise, passion for the mission and broad networks of influence to support our work. Our leadership lineup of officers is also an absolute dream team, with Caren Lock as chair, Shonn Brown as chair elect, Beverly Goulet as secretary and Mary Hatcher as treasurer. We are grateful to all of our board and executive committee members for their dedication to Dallas Women’s Foundation.”

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $37.6 million since inception and over $4.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

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Ava DuVernay

Dallas Women’s Foundation has announced a date change for its 33rd Annual Luncheon, presented by Toyota. Originally scheduled on October 30th, the event will now take place on November 7th at the same location, Hilton Anatole Hotel. A sponsor reception begins at 10:15 a.m., and the luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The featured speaker is Ava DuVernay, writer, producer and director, whose work includes the award-winning Selma and 13th. She was the first African American female director to helm a $100 million budget feature film and children’s classic, A Wrinkle in Time. DuVernay will be interviewed by Michele Norris, former National Public Radio host and director of TheRaceCard project.

Community leaders Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller are co-chairs of the luncheon. Honorary co-chairs are Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk.

 

The Annual Luncheon is the Foundation’s principal fundraiser in support of its work to advance women’s economic security, leadership, childcare access and healthcare in North Texas and to drive positive social and economic change for women and girls through research, advocacy and grant-making. Founded in 1985, Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world and has granted more than $37.6 million since its inception.

 

Dallas Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon sponsorships start at $5,000. Those interested should contact Ashley Lindsay at 214.525.5311, alindsay@dallaswomensfoundation.org  or visit www.dallaswomensfdn.org/luncheon.

 

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $37.6 million since inception and over $4.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

 

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Dallas Women's Foundation Bonnie Clinton, Toyota Motor North America's general manager, indirect procurement; Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Dallas Women's Foundation, president and CEO; Caren K. Lock, Dallas Women's Foundation board chairwoman

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) will serve as presenting sponsor for the 33rd Dallas Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 30 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. A sponsor reception will be held at 10:30 a.m.

 

Community volunteer leaders Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller will serve as co-chairs for the luncheon, which aims to raise $1.5 million to serve the needs of women and girls in North Texas. Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk will serve as honorary chairs.

 

Further, two of the most influential women in media will engage in a candid, insightful on-stage conversation, as Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay and NPR host Michele Norris discuss the pressing issues facing women today.

 

DuVernay rose to prominence as the director of Selma and A Wrinkle in Time. Norris was the first African-American woman to host NPR’s All Things Considered.

 

Toyota Motor North America has signed on as the luncheon’s presenting sponsor, citing shared values with the Dallas Women’s Foundation. The automaker has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and recently celebrated the first anniversary of its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas.

 

“The Foundation is the trusted leader in advancing equity and opportunity for all women and girls,” said Bonnie Clinton TMNA’s general manager, indirect procurement. “That mission closely aligns with Toyota’s vision for diversity and inclusion. We’re thrilled to work with the Foundation to help empower women, girls and the whole North Texas community.”

 

“We are delighted to have Toyota as our presenting sponsor,” said Roslyn Dawson Thompson, the foundation’s president and chief executive officer. “The leadership line-up for this luncheon is extraordinary – from the significant example Toyota is setting as a corporate leader, to the dedication of our awesome co-chairs, Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller, and honorary chairs, Matrice and Ron Kirk, to the powerful success stories of Ava DuVernay and Michele Norris. I’m confident this leadership line-up is going to help us achieve and even exceed our goal.”

 

The annual luncheon’s Honorary Chairs – Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk – are among the most respected and admired individuals in the community. A 30-year public servant and legal professional, Ambassador Kirk is senior of counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices, and has leadership roles on a number of corporate boards and charitable organizations. From 2009 to 2013, Ambassador Kirk served as U.S. Trade Representative under President Barack Obama, and from 1995 to 2001, he was Mayor of Dallas. Matrice Ellis-Kirk is managing director at RSR Partners, a senior member of the firm’s board of directors’ practice, and head of the Dallas office. She is an active leader in the business and civic communities, and serves on a number of boards, including the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, North Texas Tollway Authority and The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Dallas Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon table sponsorships begin at $3,500, and individual tickets begin at $350. Those interested should contact Ashley Lindsay at 214.525.5311, alindsay@dallaswomensfoundation.org or visit www.dallaswomensfdn.org/luncheon.

 

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $37.6 million since inception and over $4.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

 

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HERitage Giving Fund Dr. Halima Leak Francis, Zenetta Drew, Akilah Wallace, Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew, Greer L. Christian

Earlier this month, Heritage Giving Fund at Dallas Women's Foundation hosted an intriguing panel discussion featuring remarks from Representative Helen Giddings, Zenetta Drew of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Greer L. Christian of Wells Fargo, as well as moderator Dr. Halima Leak Francis. The topic was "Giving Back: Our Legacy of Leadership in Philanthropy," which focused on the historical contributions black women have made to North Texas philanthropy.

HERitage Giving Fund is one of the giving circles at the Dallas Women's Foundation - others include The Village Giving Circle and the Orchid Giving Circle. The Founding Officers of HERitage Giving Fund are Akilah S. Wallace, Chair; Halima Leak Francis, Co-Chair; and Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew, Grants Committee Chair.

Wallace said, “These powerful women shared how important it is for us to continue the work of HERitage: combine our gifts and give to organizations that use innovative approaches to serve African-American women and girls, so that they can achieve success. We invite others who share our passion to join us so that we can support our community.”

Founded August 2017 during Black Philanthropy Month, HERitage Giving Fund at Dallas Women’s Foundation encourages philanthropy in the African-American/Black community by contributing in a strategic and meaningful way and by bringing a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations serving African-American women and girls throughout the North Texas area. The circle provides an opportunity to learn about issues and organizations that affect and impact the African-American/Black community. Additionally, HERitage Giving Fund provides members and donors with opportunities for philanthropy empowerment and member socials.

Shawn Wills, Dallas Women’s Foundation senior vice president of development, said, “Dallas Women’s Foundation is proud to support HERitage Giving Fund. Giving circles, such as HERitage Giving Fund, are a way for women of similar cultures to collectively raise funds and to distribute them to organizations that are making our community better.”

For more information about HERitage Giving Fund, visit https://www.dallaswomensfdn.org/heritagegivingfund  or email HeritageGivingFund@gmail.com.

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $37.6 million since inception and over $4.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.


 

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Dallas Women's Foundation Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Ellenore Baker, Betty Suellentrop, Betty Regard and Ashlee Kleinert

Dallas Women’s Foundation announced updates for its Unlocking Leadership Campaign on May 30 at its Leadership Key Club dinner hosted by Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, who serve as campaign co-chairs along with Paula and Ron Parker and Trea and Richard Yip. The Leadership Key Club is a donor level recognizing those who have contributed $100,000 or more.

Campaign Co-Chair Ashlee Kleinert said that the campaign was launched in 2013 to raise $50 million to invest in women’s economic security and advancing leadership for women and girls in the region. She said, “Women make up an extremely disproportionate share of households living in poverty. In Dallas County, 34 percent of all households are headed by women. However, 54 percent of households living in poverty are woman-headed. Also, 52% of all professional jobs are held by women, but only 14.6% of executive positions are held by women. Evidence shows that investing in women is the most effective way to lift communities, companies and even countries.”

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Dallas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, thanked the Kleinerts for their gracious hospitality, and said, “The success of this campaign reflects the leadership of our phenomenal co-chairs, campaign cabinet members and every single person in this room! Your inspiring generosity has enabled tremendous growth in our key programs and initiatives that have impacted literally tens of thousands women and girls in North Texas. We are deeply grateful for your role in reaching this campaign milestone, and with your help, we’ll reach our goal!”  

Dawson Thompson gave updates on the Foundation’s key initiatives in economic security and leadership. In addition, she announced that the October 30th luncheon will feature Ava DuVernay, writer, producer, director and distributor of independent films. DuVernay, who directed A Wrinkle in Time and Selma, 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. Co-chairs are Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller, and honorary co-chairs are Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk.

Funds from the Unlocking Leadership Campaign are earmarked for the Foundation’s primary focus areas – women’s economic security and women’s leadership.  The Economic Security Initiative aims to strengthen the economic security of 16,000 women and girls by 2021, and to date, has helped strengthen the economic security of more than 30,000 women and their families in the North Texas area. The campaign’s Leadership Initiative aims to provide 60,000 women and girls with leadership training and opportunities by 2021, and thus far has helped to train and support more than 41,000 women and girls as leaders.

In addition to the Unlocking Leadership Campaign co-chairs Ashlee and Christopher Kleinert, Paula and Ron Parker, and Trea and Richard Yip, the Campaign Cabinet members are Lael Brodsky, Ellenore Knight Baker, Kalita Beck Blessing, Julie S. England, Hilda C. Galvan, Caren K. Lock, Janie Strauss McGarr, Maribess Lehmann Miller, Retta A. Miller and Janice V. Sharry.

For those interested in donating to the campaign, contact Shawn Wills, Dallas Women’s Foundation senior vice president of development, at swills@dallaswomensfoundation.org or 214.525.5318.

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $37.6 million since inception and over $4.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

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BestSelf 2018 Kennedy B., Tiffany Dufu, Alicia Menendez, Rachel Simmons, Francesca G.

On May 5 at Southern Methodist University, Dallas Women’s Foundation hosted more than 300 middle school and high school girls at the annual #BestSelf leadership event. A program of Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Initiative, #BestSelf helped build future leaders by empowering young girls to be their best selves through programs that teach them (and adults) about themselves, how to build stronger relationships, healthy approaches to conflict, and how to use their voices as they pursue gender equality in school, in life and in society. Throughout the event, girls took leadership roles in making announcements and leading the panel discussions. The Foundation’s Leadership Initiative is committed to advancing and increasing the number of women and girls in leadership.

 

During the panel discussion, the participants heard from three keynote speakers who answered questions from the two student moderators about friendships, gossip, failure and embracing one’s gifts and talents to be their best self.

 

Rachel Simmons, author of Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives, and the New York Times best-sellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl, gave this advice: “Everyone has a purpose, and you have to figure it out, and then the crazy goes down.”

 

Tiffany Dufu, named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women and co-founder and CEO of THE CRU, gave this advice: “All the things I used to get teased for when I was young are now all my super powers.”

 

Alicia Menendez, journalist, multimedia storyteller and named “Broadcast Journalism’s New Gladiator” by Elle, a “Content Queen” by Marie Claire, and “Ms. Millennial” by The Washington Post, gave this advice about failure after she received her first B+ in college: “If you don’t know how to approach something, you have to ask.” She ended up graduating with honors.

 

Throughout the day, there were dance/jam sessions where girls danced, people bingo to encourage girls to meet new friends, social media photo opportunities and door prizes.

 

Menendez’ breakout session, Likeability, took a critical look at what people gain by striving to be well-liked, what that can cost them, and what they might gain when they learn to care less.

 

Dufu’s breakout session, What I Wish I Had’ve Known When I Was Thirteen, talked about embracing what makes each girl special and surrounding herself with people who can help her to be her best version.

 

In Simmons’ breakout session, Enough As She Is, she translated the toxic messages about achievement that girls have internalized, and taught parents and educators the tools to help girls practice self-compassion, redefine success, pursue purpose, and—most importantly—let them know they are enough as they are.

 

The participants commented that the most valuable lessons they learned were “try not to care what others think about you and be yourself,” and “it’s okay to fail as you learn from your mistakes.”

 

After the sessions, the participants received a tour of SMU.

 

A special thank you to the sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Nancy Ann Hunt

Supporter: JCPenney

Gift in Kind Donors: Axxess, Kendra Scott, VisitDallas, Wells Fargo.

 

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $37.6 million since inception and over $4.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.