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Texas Women’s Foundation (formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation) announced that it invested a record $4,644,115 during fiscal year 2018 in programs and projects designed to transform Texas for women and girls. A catalyst for positive change across the state, the organization raises funds for statewide research, advocacy and programming to unlock economic security and leadership opportunities for women, girls and their families.

The record investments conclude an exceptional year for the organization, which included a number of significant milestones. The Foundation established two signature leadership initiatives to help strengthen the pipeline of female leaders at every level of business and the community. In addition, the organization completed its $50 million “Unlocking Leadership Campaign” and used the occasion to launch its transformation into Texas Women’s Foundation.

“As an organization committed to advancing economic security and leadership opportunities for women, girls and families, we are proud of our accomplishments in 2018,” said Texas Women’s Foundation President and CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson. “We saw progress across every measure of change – from investing in our mission at unsurpassed levels during a single year, to changing our name and launching innovative solutions that empower women and families to make a better world.”

Moving Women and Girls From Surviving To Thriving

The organization’s evolution to Texas Women’s Foundation better represents its 33-year heritage as the trusted leader in promoting equity and its stature as one of the largest women’s foundations in the world. With more than $35 million in assets, the Foundation raises funds from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources help to advance economic and leadership opportunities for women, girls and families.

“We have a bold mandate to Transform Texas for Women and Girls, and plan during 2019 to continue moving across the state in our spheres of expertise – building on our reputation as a credible, objective knowledge resource and collaborating with our partners, donors and friends to drive positive social change for the benefit of all Texans,” said Dawson Thompson.

The transformation was the intended outcome of Texas Women’s Foundation’s $50 million Unlocking Leadership fundraising campaign, which successfully concluded in 2018. The funds and the Foundation’s statewide mandate will enable even greater investment in Texas women and girls. “We are grateful for our many donors who so generously invest in the power of women and girls to build stronger, more equitable communities across Texas,” said Dawson Thompson. “When Texas women, girls and families thrive and when our leadership fully reflects our population, our state’s economy and our futures are stronger.”

As part of its evolution, during 2019 and beyond Texas Women’s Foundation aims to extend the reach of its Economic Security Initiative – an annual investment of $2 million – that identifies, supports and advocates for proven strategies and new, innovative ideas that help improve the economic stability of women, girls and families. The organization also has committed $1 million in annual investment for its Leadership Initiative, which is focused on increasing the number of Texas women in leadership positions, and creating and funding new opportunities for women and girls to lead statewide.

Already in 2018, Texas Women’s Foundation demonstrated substantial progress with its Leadership Initiative, establishing two new programs designed to increase the number of women in leadership positions. The Foundation created the Women's Leadership Institute, a year-long leadership development program for women business executives who have the potential to advance to more senior career positions. The Foundation also launched the Young Women’s Initiative-Dallas (YWI-Dallas), a seven-year cross-sector collaboration designed to empower and affirm young women of color ages 16-24, particularly those in the most under-resourced neighborhoods, to lead in their lives and in their communities

According to CEO Dawson Thompson, with the generous support of donors, the Foundation plans to invest an additional $5 million to benefit Texas women and girls during fiscal year 2019. She concluded by saying, “When you give to Texas Women’s Foundation, you are directly contributing to the economic stability and future of Texas. We urge you to 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.”

To learn more about Texas Women’s Foundation and its grant recipients, and to make a gift to support Texas women and girls, visit https://www.txwf.org/get-involved/#ways-to-give.

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 Texas. One of the world’s largest women’s funds, it 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 in the state. 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 or donate now.

 

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Sallie Krawcheck, featured speaker

Texas Women’s Foundation (formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation) has announced the recipients of its 2019 Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards, which recognize leaders who have positively impacted the lives of women and girls. Award recipients will be honored at the Leadership Forum & Awards Dinner, presented by AT&T, on May 2, 2019, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a sponsor reception, followed by a general reception at 6:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. there will be dinner and the presentation of the Maura Award to five outstanding women leaders and Young Leader Award to two remarkable women under the age of 40. The co-chairs are Retta Miller of Jackson Walker LLP and Thear Suzuki of EY.

The event’s keynote speaker is Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a mission-driven investment platform investing in women-led companies that are building stronger economies. She is also chair of Ellevate Network, and was named by Fast Company as one of “100 Most Creative People.” She is the author of Own It: The Power of Women at Work, a book empowering women to be successful leaders in their careers. Her appearance is sponsored in part by the Catherine M. Coughlin Endowment for Women’s Leadership at Texas Women’s Foundation.

“We are humbled to pay tribute to these incredible women who are contributing their passion, skill and time to blaze trails for women and girls to follow,” said Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer. “We are also very pleased to welcome Sallie Krawcheck as our keynote speaker. She has made it her mission to help women unleash our financial power, so that we can build savings and wealth in order to invest in women to make powerful change in our communities and world.”

Maura Women Helping Women Award:

For 40 years, the Maura Women Helping Women Award has been presented to courageous individuals who have catalyzed change for women and girls. The 2019 Maura recipients will join the esteemed company of more than 200 previous honorees. The 2019 recipients:

Dee Dee Bates is a successful financial executive who became one of the first female partners at New York Life (Dallas General Office). She has provided career opportunities for many women by leading New York Life’s Women’s Market Unit (Dallas), an initiative focused on hiring and promoting women into leadership positions. She passionately promotes and advocates for women’s empowerment, economic literacy, diversity and inclusion. She founded and helped charter several women’s organizations such as Women’s E-initiative and Women’s Top of the Table – focused on empowering women in business and advancing women’s leadership. As president of the Collin County Black Chamber, she is collaborating with local branches to begin a new women’s program within that chamber. She and husband, Kerry, are proud and faithful parents of their three children, Ikeyia, Kiara and Keislyn.

Sally Dunning is an outstanding leader who has led the way in advancing equity and opportunities for women and girls in our community. She has worked tirelessly for equal access to quality healthcare, education, the arts and adoption to create forever families. As chair of Greenhill School Board of Trustees, she helped to expand student diversity and instituted scholarship programs to advance gender equality. She co-chaired Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas with a goal of $12.5 million, which was exceeded in order to ensure accessible healthcare for all women covered by the affiliate. She served on the board of Annie’s List as a strategic plan was created to help elect more women to local, as well as state offices. Also, she has served on numerous other boards and community initiatives. As an interior designer, she established The Design Studio and worked for many individuals, clients and companies for more than 50 years.

Ana I. Hernandez is senior vice president and senior loan officer at PlainsCapital Bank. As a first-generation college graduate born in Mexico, she believes in paying it forward by helping others. In her field, she provides financial solutions to businesses on gaining access to capital to help them achieve their business goals. She is a strong advocate for education and the importance of empowering women with financial literacy. She is an active mentor to young women attending Dallas-area middle and high schools and young Latina professional women. She volunteers her time equipping women who are victims of financial and physical abuse with the knowledge they need to be economically secure, both in English and in Spanish, at organizations such as The Family Place and Genesis Women’s Shelter. In addition, she serves on several committees and boards, and on weekends, she volunteers feeding the homeless or packaging meals that feed children in disadvantaged countries with Feed My Starving Children, a Christian nonprofit organization.

Ashlee Kleinert is an entrepreneur in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She and her husband, Chris, co-founded The Kleinert Foundation in 2017 to understand and address social issues with a focus on sex trafficking and vulnerable populations in our community. In 2011, she founded Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe´, a gourmet grilled cheese food truck with passion and purpose. The belief that an act of kindness is never wasted fuels the “Random Snacks of Kindness” program, feeding unsuspecting groups at various shelters, schools and businesses. In 2009, she co-founded Executives in Action (EIA), generating more than $5 million of human resource capital for North Texas not-for-profit organizations. EIA merged with Catchafire.org in 2016, expanding the platform to a national level. She has been honored to engage in partnership and service with Texas Women’s Foundation, New Friends New Life, Shelter Ministries of Dallas, St. Philip’s School, SMU Dedman College, SMU Maguire Center for Ethics and Rebecca Bender Initiative. Her faith and family are her greatest treasures.

Nicole Small is chief executive officer of LH Holdings, Inc. and president of Lyda Hill Philanthropies. From her deep and long-standing involvement at The Hockaday School to her work at Lyda Hill Philanthropies, she has a passion for advancing women and girls. Most recently, she spearheaded Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ If/Then initiative, a platform aimed to elevate positive and successful female STEM professionals with a focus on funding their work and sharing their stories, developing and supporting programs for middle school girls to learn about STEM opportunities, and engaging media partners to help shift the perception of women in STEM. Prior to Lyda Hill Philanthropies, she was CEO of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science where she led the merger of three existing Dallas museums and the development of the $200 million new museum. While at the museum, she was a strong supporter of women in leadership roles, as well as advocate for programs focused on inspiring girls to pursue careers in science. She currently is a member of The Hockaday School Board of Trustees, Dallas Assembly, YPO, Charter 100 and International Women’s Forum. She serves on many boards and resides in Dallas with her husband, two daughters and a dog.

Young Leader Award:

The Young Leader Award recognizes breakthrough leadership exhibited by a trailblazer who is achieving success in a field, initiative or sector, and creating a path of opportunity for other women to follow. The honorees for 2019:

Dr. HaeSung Han is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified art therapist. She co-founded POETIC, an intensive aftercare program for exploited and trafficked girls exiting the juvenile justice system. POETIC directly targets the vulnerabilities that perpetuate the cycle of re-victimization for girls through a four-systems model that includes an on-site school, 24/7 access to a therapist and case manager, art therapy and paid internships. She saw firsthand the need for POETIC while serving as the first clinical director at the Letot Residential Treatment Center. She is a member of the board of the North Texas Art Therapy Association. She provides training nationally on the assessment and evidence-based treatment of youth who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. She also consults with agencies on developing and implementing trauma-informed systems of care, programming and culture.

Ana I. Rodriguez is a non-profit executive, inspirational speaker and organizational strategist who works to create leadership opportunities for diverse groups. She serves as the director of the SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative, the country’s only business-school-based national center of excellence focused on expanding the diverse corporate leadership pipeline and accelerating top Latino talent into executive positions. She works with Fortune 500 companies to recruit, retain and develop top talent, providing access to a growing multi-cultural talent pipeline that creates key advantages for their global organizations. She also leads an initiative to increase diversity at SMU by hosting high school students from underrepresented and marginalized communities to tour and learn about continued education and opportunities at SMU throughout the year. She is a proud Dallas native and graduate of SMU.

To learn more about this event, visit https://www.txwf.org/events/leadership-forum-awards-dinner/.

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 Texas. One of the world’s largest women’s funds, it 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 in the state. 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 or donate now.

 

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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.