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Allyson Felix

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) has raced to reveal its keynote speaker for the 37th Annual Luncheon: Allyson Felix, who reigns as the most decorated American Track & Field Athlete of all time after winning her bronze and gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Themed “Transforming Communities,” this year’s event will take place on October 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

A world record holder, Felix holds 13 global titles, 20 championship medals and 11 Olympic medals. Off the track, she is a fierce advocate for maternity rights for all women and founder and president of Saysh, which designs and manufactures athletic-inspired footwear made for and by women. (See below for full bio*).

In addition, the organization secured The Dallas Mavericks as the presenting sponsor of the luncheon along with its President and CEO, Cynt Marshall, as the moderator. Marshall also serves as a TXWF board member.

TXWF board members and business leaders, Laura Nieto and Rachel Vinson, are luncheon co-chairs. Nieto is director of community outreach for Southwest Airlines. Vinson is president of Debt & Structured Finance in the U.S. for CBRE.

Miki Woodard, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, said, “We’re excited about this all-star team, Allyson and Cynt, who will elevate the conversation of transforming communities with systems that support everyone, while they share sports and personal stories. We’re also thankful to the team of Laura and Rachel, co-chairs for our largest fundraiser, who are transforming their workplace communities. So run, don’t walk, to reserve your place at our event!”

With Marshall, Felix will participate in a moderated conversation discussing her work transforming communities across the world, fighting inequities by leading initiatives advocating for maternal policies, and providing access to education and helping the next generation of mothers and athletes. Felix may be retiring from competitive athletics, but she is amplifying her voice for women’s rights and launching her new brand for women, led by women, which attendees will hear more about at the luncheon.

About Texas Women’s Foundation’s Annual Luncheon: The Annual Luncheon is the Foundation’s principal fundraiser in support of its work to advance women’s economic security, leadership, education, health and safety in Texas through research, advocacy, programs and grantmaking. Sponsorship For those interested in supporting the event through sponsorship, contact Joy Busch at luncheon@txwf.org. Visit https://www.txwfluncheon.org/ for more details.

About Texas Women’s Foundation: Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $57 million in women and girls, including $43 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now


 

Allyson Felix Bio*

Allyson Felix reigns as the most decorated American Track & Field Olympian of all time after winning her bronze and gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics—her fifth and final Olympic games. Felix closes this chapter of her life with a mind-blowing, twenty-seven global medals at the Olympics and World Championships and titles as both a World Record Holder and a Master’s World Record Holder. This year marks her last season, in which she has dedicated to fellow women athletes, especially mothers.

Felix continued to make history in Tokyo, by sporting racing spikes created by her company – lifestyle brand, Saysh – becoming the first athlete to race in their own spike. Launched post Games in June 2021, Saysh not only aims to create an encouraging and supportive community for women, but it also designs and manufactures athletic-inspired footwear made for and by women, unlike most brands, whose shoes are created based off of men’s feet and footwear. Running in her own spikes on the largest stage in the world, Felix exemplified that she is about more than just medals – she was running for change, equity and acceptance for women and girls everywhere.  In keeping with its mission to empower and serve women, Saysh sought out women-led, women-funded partners for the brand’s recent Series A fundraising round, which brought in $8 million and was led by the Gap Inc.-owned Athleta brand.

Off the track, Felix is a fierce advocate for maternity rights for all women. In 2019, she wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times that called out Nike, her former sponsor, for not providing guaranteed protections for pregnant athletes and new moms. (Felix gave birth to her daughter Camryn in 2018.) The public reaction to the piece put pregnancy discrimination in athletics in the spotlight, and the practice was heavily criticized. More female athletes came to Felix’s side, offering up their stories. During the 2020 Olympics, Felix alongside her new sponsor Athleta, created the Power of She Fund: Child Care Grant – a fund to assist mom-athletes with childcare while competing at the games. 

Felix has always been passionate about children and serves as a member of the Right To Play board hoping to raise awareness for underserved children in developing regions. 

Felix currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. 

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Connie Babikian

Texas Women’s Foundation has elected three new board of directors who will serve three-year terms from 2022-2025:

  • Connie Kleinert Babikian – The Pillow Bar, Owner and President
  • Jana Etheridge – Capital One, Senior Vice President Chief of Staff & Customer Office, Financial Services
  • Cris Zertuche Wong – Goldman Sachs, Managing Director

They join a board of 41 members led by Hilda Galvan, TXWF chair, who continues her two-year term through June 30, 2023.

The executive committee includes the following:

  • Hilda C. Galvan – Chair/Jones Day, Partner-in-Charge
  • Carrie Freeman Parsons – Chair Elect/Freeman, Chair of the Board
  • Bonnie Clinton – Toyota North America, VP and CPO Indirect Procurement Shared Services
  • Sara Garcia Duran – Sidley, Partner
  • Debra Hunter Johnson – Reciprocity Consulting Group, Founder
  • Cynt Marshall – The Dallas Mavericks, President and CEO
  • Neena Newberry – Newberry Solutions, President
  • Laura Nieto – Southwest Airlines, Director Community Engagement
  • Melissa Orth – The Legacy Senior Communities, President and CEO
  • Holly Reed – Ryan, LLC, Principal & Practice Leader, U.S. Advocacy
  • Gowri Sharma – Redfort LLC Partners Real Estate Investment and Development Company, Principal; Dallas Museum of Art, President
  • Rachel Vinson – CBRE, Global Chief Operating Officer for Capital Markets
  • Miki Woodard – Texas Women’s Foundation, President and CEO

For a complete board list, visit here.

Miki Woodard, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, said, “Under the thoughtful leadership of Hilda Galvan, our Executive Committee and our Board, we have an amazing group that helps us advance our mission of investing in women and girls to drive positive change. These new board members will add their experience and passion to help us even further, and we appreciate their service.”

In addition, three TXWF staff have been promoted:

  • Dena L. Jackson, Ph.D. – from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Strategy Officer
  • Ashley Lindsay – from Associate Vice President of Development to Chief of Staff
  • Dawn Hooper – from Vice President of Finance to Chief Financial Officer

About Texas Women’s Foundation:  Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $57 million in women and girls, including $43 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

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Best Self

WHAT: Texas Women’s Foundation’s (TXWF) #BestSelf brings girls, ages 11-15, and their educators and allies, together for a day of empowerment, teaching leadership skills, healthy conflict resolution and more, so these girls can embrace and become their “best selves.” This year’s event focuses on self-awareness, self-confidence, self-care and self-wellness, with workshops led by nationally known speaker-educators.

These workshops build self-confidence and empower girls to challenge stereotypes, use their voice, pursue their dreams, mentor one another and help generate positive change for equity in their schools, communities and society. #BestSelf, a program established from Texas Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Initiative, helps to build future leaders by empowering girls to be their best selves through programs that teach them about themselves, their friendships and healthy approaches to conflict.

A special thanks to the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Amazon

Underwriting Sponsor: Nancy Ann Hunt

Investor Sponsors: Capital One, Fossil Group, PwC

Advocate Sponsor: Southwest Airlines

WHO: North Texas schools and organizations serving young girls, small and large groups and individuals.

Keynote speakers (see end for bios)*

  • Tori Dixon, Licensed Professional Counselor, Graceful Journey Counseling
  • Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC), Award-winning, multicultural, multidisciplinary nonprofit arts institution
  • Stefanie Tovar, Bhakti yoga instructor based in Dallas
  • Tisha Crear, Chef and founder of Recipe Oak Cliff

WHERE: Paul Quinn College, 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd, Dallas, TX 75241

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2022

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

  • Students Arrive, Registration and Activities

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

  • Welcome Remarks

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

  • Workshop 1: Self-Awareness (Tori Dixon)
  • Workshop 2: Self-Confidence (Bishop Arts Theatre/Fran Jeffery Anderson)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Workshop 1: Self-Awareness (Tori Dixon)
  • Workshop 2: Self-Confidence (Bishop Arts Theatre/Fran Jeffery Anderson)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

  • Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

  • Workshop 3: Self-Care (Stefanie Tovar)
  • Workshop 4: Self-Wellness (Tisha Crear)

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

  • Workshop 3: Self-Care (Stefanie Tovar)
  • Workshop 4: Self-Wellness (Tisha Crear)

Best Self Speakers:*

Tori Dixon, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor specializing in providing compassionate and graceful guidance for those navigating various aspects of life. She founded Graceful Journey Counseling, a safe environment where meaningful work through past hurts is facilitated through an engaging, down-to-earth and collaborative counseling style. Dixon’s education includes a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Walden University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies with a minor in African & African American studies from The University of Oklahoma.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC) is an award-winning, multicultural, multidisciplinary nonprofit arts institution. They are the recipients of the Dallas Business Journal inaugural 2021 Leaders In Diversity Award. Founded in 1993, their mission is to cultivate a diverse and vibrant arts community committed to social impact, while creating opportunities for local and emerging artists to develop new, contemporary and lasting works that celebrate the diversity and resiliency of their community. BATC offers a full season of theater performances, jazz concerts, a speaker series and year-round arts education programs. They are a cultural oasis for the next generation of acclaimed writers, directors, performers and arts administrators. Governed by 11 board members, BATC impacts more than 30,000 artists, arts enthusiasts, adult learners and youth each year via virtual and in-person seasonal performances and arts education programs. 

Healing Artist Stefanie Tovar (she/her/ella) is a leading facilitator of yoga, meditation and healing sounds to help lovingly disrupt systems internally and externally. She has presented at SXSW, Sedona Yoga Festival, the No More Martyrs Summit and more. She is the CEO and founder of wellness accessibility nonprofit Yena that was awarded 2019’s Best Underdog Nonprofit by the Dallas Observer and has undergone radical change in 2022 in service to Wellbeing for All. Tovar is also a musical recording artist whose album "Shine a Light" charted the billboards in New Age Music the week it was released. A published playwright, she was commissioned to write for Dallas's first 48 hour festival presented by Harlem 9 and Shades of Brown celebrating Black and Brown goddesses alongside Black and Brown creatives from across the nation. Tisha Crear is the owner of Recipe Oak Cliff, a delicious food security project of the Susu Cultural Business Incubator opened in 2017. RecipeOC serves fresh plant-based food and juice with alkaline, live/raw vegan food and cultural dishes. Crear is dedicated to preserving and creating space for healthy communities to thrive. She has worked for over 30 years in cultural arts and community development as an independent business owner and cultural arts administrator with the City of Dallas. A graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, she has a BFA in theatre and African Studies from New York University and a master’s in management from the University of Texas at Dallas.

FOR INFORMATION ON ATTENDING: For information on how to add your school to the invite list, contact Kristyn Senters at ksenters@txwf.org.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: To find out how you can support this program, contact Ashley Lindsay at alindsay@txwf.org or call 214.525.5311.

About Texas Women’s Foundation:

Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $57 million in women and girls, including $43 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

 


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H100 Latina Giving Circle at TXWF Cris Zertuche Wong, co-chair H100 Latina Giving Circle; Delia Jasso, co-chair H100 Latina Giving Circle; Bridget Moreno Lopez, co-chair H100 Latina Giving Circle; Silvana Rosero, H100 President

The Hispanic 100 (H100) Latina Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation awarded a record $150,000 in grants to 29 North Texas area nonprofits serving the needs of Latina women and girls in low- and moderate-income communities.

The H100 Latina Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation was established in 2019 by the Hispanic 100 Network to further engage Latinas in philanthropy, and to expand resources for local organizations whose mission is to empower, educate and support Latinas across North Texas.

Silvana Rosero, H100 President said, “The grants recipients’ tenacity and hard work will have long lasting impact. Their success stories continue to inspire not just H100 members, but the Hispanic community at large. They have shown resilience, creativity and compassion for their fellow women. Hispanic 100 members and leadership remain committed in the support addressing social issues and making a difference.”

Cris Zertuche Wong, H100 Latina Giving Circle Co-Chair, added, “We are grateful to our donors whose generosity made it possible to award these grants that will be used to provide programs and services to Latinas and families during such a trying time. Today, 41% of the population in Dallas-Fort Worth is Hispanic, and the needs have grown.* These nonprofit organizations are on the frontlines of helping the most vulnerable, and we want to support their efforts to make life better for them.”

Grants were given to the following:

  • Avance-Dallas – Parent-Child Education Program and Leadership Academy
  • Bryan’s House – Family Support Services program
  • Buckner Children and Family Services, Inc. – Educational and parenting programs
  • Cara Mía Theatre – Salaries for Latinas in LUCHADORA! premiere
  • Catch Up & Read – Teacher training and tutoring
  • The Compelling Why – Seminars and leadership programs for students
  • The Concilio – Parents Advocating for Student Excellence program
  • Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center – Translation and interpretation costs
  • Family Compass – Growing As Parents Program in Collin County
  • The Family Place – ESL teacher salary and Spanish therapy toys and resources
  • First3Years – Free access to Spanish trainings on infant topics
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter – Clinical counseling and advocacy programs
  • Healing Hands Ministries Inc. – Primary and preventative healthcare
  • Hope Clinic of McKinney – Operational support for healthcare in Collin County
  • ImmSchools – Expansion of monthly communications with immigrant families
  • Jolt Initiative – Leadership development programming for young Latinas
  • Jubilee Park Community Center – Economic self-sufficiency programs
  • LiftFund – DFW Women’s Business Center program
  • Literacy Achieves – Bilingual staff costs for English Literacy and Life Skills program
  • Metrocrest Services – Support for Hispanic female-led households
  • Mommies in Need -- Support for Annie's Place at Parkland Hospital
  • Our Friend’s Place – Program and staff salary costs
  • Rosa es Rojo – Virtual Wellness Community Center salary and costs
  • SafeHaven of Tarrant County – Salaries for two bilingual case managers
  • SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. –SER STEM funds for girls to learn and compete in robotics
  • Viola’s House Inc. – Maternity outreach program for new and expectant teen moms
  • Wesley-Rankin Community Center – Girls of Hope and Girls of Honor courses
  • Wilkinson Center –Integrated El Civics that trains ESL students for industry jobs
  • Young Women’s Preparatory Network – Support of Respect Starts Here program

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and CEO, said, “We applaud the H100 Latina Giving Circle for setting a high fundraising goal and achieving it in order to support these outstanding nonprofits that are meeting the needs of Latinas in North Texas.”

Donating to the H100 Latina Giving Circle is open to anyone who has a desire to join a legacy of philanthropy that creates positive change by investing in the lives of Latinas. To learn more about joining the H100 Latina Giving Circle, visit https://www.txwf.org/h100latinagivingcircle/ or email H100latinagc@txwf.org.

About Texas Women’s Foundation: Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $10 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $67 million in women and girls, including $53 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now 

About Hispanic 100: Founded in 1996, the Hispanic 100 Network is an organization of trailblazing Latina leaders in North Texas whose contributions have shaped, influenced and transformed how Latinas are viewed in business, education, arts, health, public service and community leadership. The Hispanic 100 is a highly diverse network of Latinas with a 25-year history whose value proposition as a collective group is the strength of their experiences, their reach and their capacity to influence change. For more information, visit www.dfwhispanic100.org. Visit us on LinkedIn at DFW Hispanic 100, on Facebook at DFW Hispanic 100 or follow us on Twitter@DFWH100.

*https://statisticalatlas.com/place/Texas/Dallas/Race-and-Ethnicity

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H100 Latina Giving Circle at TXWF H100 Leadership 2021: Cris Zertuche Wong, Delia Jasso, Bridget Lopez and Silvana Rosero

The Hispanic 100 (H100) Latina Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation awarded a record $150,000 in grants to 29 North Texas area nonprofits serving the needs of Latina women and girls in low- and moderate-income communities.

The H100 Latina Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation was established in 2019 by the Hispanic 100 Network to further engage Latinas in philanthropy, and to expand resources for local organizations whose mission is to empower, educate and support Latinas across North Texas.

Silvana Rosero, H100 President said, “The grants recipients’ tenacity and hard work will have long lasting impact. Their success stories continue to inspire not just H100 members, but the Hispanic community at large. They have shown resilience, creativity and compassion for their fellow women. Hispanic 100 members and leadership remain committed in the support addressing social issues and making a difference.”

Cris Zertuche Wong, H100 Latina Giving Circle Co-Chair, added, “We are grateful to our donors whose generosity made it possible to award these grants that will be used to provide programs and services to Latinas and families during such a trying time. Today, 41% of the population in Dallas-Fort Worth is Hispanic, and the needs have grown.* These nonprofit organizations are on the frontlines of helping the most vulnerable, and we want to support their efforts to make life better for them.”

Grants were given to the following:

  • Avance-Dallas – Parent-Child Education Program and Leadership Academy
  • Bryan’s House – Family Support Services program
  • Buckner Children and Family Services, Inc. – Educational and parenting programs
  • Cara Mía Theatre – Salaries for Latinas in LUCHADORA! premiere
  • Catch Up & Read – Teacher training and tutoring
  • The Compelling Why – Seminars and leadership programs for students
  • The Concilio – Parents Advocating for Student Excellence program
  • Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center – Translation and interpretation costs
  • Family Compass – Growing As Parents Program in Collin County
  • The Family Place – ESL teacher salary and Spanish therapy toys and resources
  • First3Years – Free access to Spanish trainings on infant topics
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter – Clinical counseling and advocacy programs
  • Healing Hands Ministries Inc. – Primary and preventative healthcare
  • Hope Clinic of McKinney – Operational support for healthcare in Collin County
  • ImmSchools – Expansion of monthly communications with immigrant families
  • Jolt Initiative – Leadership development programming for young Latinas
  • Jubilee Park Community Center – Economic self-sufficiency programs
  • LiftFund – DFW Women’s Business Center program
  • Literacy Achieves – Bilingual staff costs for English Literacy and Life Skills program
  • Metrocrest Services – Support for Hispanic female-led households
  • Mommies in Need -- Support for Annie's Place at Parkland Hospital
  • Our Friend’s Place – Program and staff salary costs
  • Rosa es Rojo – Virtual Wellness Community Center salary and costs
  • SafeHaven of Tarrant County – Salaries for two bilingual case managers
  • SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. –SER STEM funds for girls to learn and compete in robotics
  • Viola’s House Inc. – Maternity outreach program for new and expectant teen moms
  • Wesley-Rankin Community Center – Girls of Hope and Girls of Honor courses
  • Wilkinson Center –Integrated El Civics that trains ESL students for industry jobs
  • Young Women’s Preparatory Network – Support of Respect Starts Here program

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and CEO, said, “We applaud the H100 Latina Giving Circle for setting a high fundraising goal and achieving it in order to support these outstanding nonprofits that are meeting the needs of Latinas in North Texas.”

Donating to the H100 Latina Giving Circle is open to anyone who has a desire to join a legacy of philanthropy that creates positive change by investing in the lives of Latinas. To learn more about joining the H100 Latina Giving Circle, visit https://www.txwf.org/h100latinagivingcircle/ or email H100latinagc@txwf.org.

About Texas Women’s Foundation: Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $10 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $67 million in women and girls, including $53 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now 

About Hispanic 100: Founded in 1996, the Hispanic 100 Network is an organization of trailblazing Latina leaders in North Texas whose contributions have shaped, influenced and transformed how Latinas are viewed in business, education, arts, health, public service and community leadership. The Hispanic 100 is a highly diverse network of Latinas with a 25-year history whose value proposition as a collective group is the strength of their experiences, their reach and their capacity to influence change. For more information, visit www.dfwhispanic100.org. Visit us on LinkedIn at DFW Hispanic 100, on Facebook at DFW Hispanic 100 or follow us on Twitter@DFWH100.

 

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*https://statisticalatlas.com/place/Texas/Dallas/Race-and-Ethnicity

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TXWF Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration

Texas Women’s Foundation seeks nominations for its Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards, which recognize leaders who have positively impacted the lives of women and girls. Nominations are due on November 1 via the website: https://txwfleadership.org/

The recipients will be honored at the Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration, presented by AT&T, on April 26, 2022, at the Omni Dallas Hotel (555 S. Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202). Co-chairs are Bonnie Clinton, vice president and chief procurement officer, Indirect Procurement, Toyota North America, and Ana Hernandez, senior vice president and senior commercial loan officer, PlainsCapital Bank.

Maura Women Helping Women Award:

For 43 years, the Maura Women Helping Women Award has been presented to more than 200 courageous individuals who have catalyzed change for women and girls.

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.

To learn more about this event and nominate someone, visit https://txwfleadership.org/. For those interested in sponsorship, contact Ashley Lindsay at alindsay@txwf.org or 214.525.5311.  

About Texas Women’s Foundation:

Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $57 million in women and girls, including $43 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

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Girls Embracing Mothers
Texas Women’s Foundation continues to lead in advancing social and economic change for women and girls in Texas during a tumultuous year. During the organization's fiscal year (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021), the Foundation invested $12.9 in advancing its mission through research, advocacy, innovative programs and solutions and grantmaking.
  • Texas Women’s Foundation awarded a total of 416 grants totaling $10.8 million to organizations serving women and girls. (See charts below for distribution of granting by geography, issue area and total granted.)
  • $2.1 million was invested in programs that advance its mission and commitment to building stronger, more equitable communities where women and girls are full participants.

Texas Women’s Foundation also stepped up to the needs of the community in response to COVID-19 and the 2021 winter storm, much of it through the organization’s Resilience Fund, initially established in response to the pandemic. Of the $10.8 million, TXWF granted $3.1 million from April 2020–June 30, 2021 in response to a range of community emergencies, while maintaining a continued focus on the intersection of gender and race and the disproportionate impact on women of color.

According to Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, “We made significant investments through grants that supported the immediate needs of women, girls and their families to address the impact of COVID-19, as well as those that would have a longer-term impact on their lives and the community.”

Resilience Grants Supported Innovation

Access to healthcare is a challenge to women and girls from historically under-resourced communities, and COVID-19 produced additional barriers that TXWF sought to alleviate through the Resilience Fund. One example is a grant supporting an innovative approach for patients of Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic. The clinic’s lead obstetrician, along with UT Southwestern Medical Center and FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics), developed a replicable COVID-safe practice model and template of care that has already gained attention in the industry. The model uses both telehealth and onsite visits with obstetrical staff. The patient response has been positive and no-show rates have decreased.

Resilience Fund: Taking a Mid- to Long-term View

Another Resilience Fund grant increased economic security for women and their families by providing access to a financial institution and access to loans that were not available to them through traditional banking services. A grant to Dallas Area Interfaith Sponsoring Committee supported an alternative banking solution for those without government identification, in partnership with Resource One Credit Union.

COVID-19 increased food insecurity, and a TXWF Resilience Fund grant addressed the immediate need for food for elderly women by expanding a nonprofit’s capacity to reach them when their volunteer force was isolated for their health and safety. The grant supported implementation of a paperless meal delivery system that saved both money and staff time, allowing Meals on Wheels Collin County to serve more clients long-term and even save lives. The system immediately facilitated the day-to-day delivery of meals and decreased the response time for situations identified as safety and/or medical emergencies, especially for homebound and elderly women.

Resilience Grants Supported Nonprofits Working in Historically Marginalized Communities

Texas Women’s Foundation acknowledges the deep commitments that its grantee partners have to the communities they serve. Dawson Thompson added, “We trust that organizations with established community presence and cultural competence are best able to immediately recognize and respond to community needs, especially in times of crisis. Resilience Fund grantees, such as Muslim Community Center for Human Services, Southern Dallas Link and SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc., all share a history of responding to the needs of the unique communities they serve.”

Muslim Community Center for Human Services in Tarrant County teaches employability skills to aid entry of refugee/immigrant/low-income women, primarily survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, into the workforce. Southern Dallas Link enables single-female headed households of South Dallas to maintain employment and resources by providing safe, dependable transportation. SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. provided necessities for the Early Head Start families in Grand Prairie and Senior Community Service Employment Program participants in Fort Worth, and supported emergency needs during and after winter storm Uri.

Resilience Grants Supported Organizations Led by Women of Color

A fundamental aspect of TXWF’s work is to support women’s leadership in all sectors. During this past year and a half, organizations led by women of color were at the forefront of addressing the unique needs of their communities, and particularly women of color who were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Among the organizations led by women of color receiving TXWF Resilience Grants are:

  • A TXWF Resilience Grant supported the LiftFund Dallas/Fort Worth Women’s Business Center to serve small businesses owned by women of color and fill the gap for women of color entrepreneurs who have been unable to obtain assistance through mainstream resources. 
  • Girls Embracing Mothers Inc. works with incarcerated women and their daughters. A new grant supported the transition to a mail-based program to maintain the connection between incarcerated mothers and their daughters, as well as pay stipends to the guardians to cover the cost of meals and collect calls to the girls’ mothers. Many guardians were financially stressed due to loss of jobs or reduced availability for work due to their guardianship.
  • At Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center, TXWF supported the Financial Wellness Village, which includes the Increments of Success Coaching Program along with case management and therapeutic wellness classes to help women deal with the trauma and loss of income due to COVID-19.

To learn more about the grants, visit txwf.org/grants.

About Texas Women’s Foundation:

Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $10 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $67 million in women and girls, including $53 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

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Hilda Galvan

Texas Women’s Foundation has elected Hilda Galvan as chair, serving a two-year term from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2023. Galvan, partner-in-charge at Jones Day Dallas, joined the Foundation board in 2016, and has co-chaired both the Economic Leadership Council and the Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration. The Foundation also announced the election of five new board members who will serve three-year terms from 2021-2024.

The Foundation’s new Board of Directors:

  • Veree Hawkins Brown – ISC Group, Inc., Financial Advisor
  • Julie Ramirez – Bank of America Private Bank, Vice President and Client Business Manager
  • Sarah Saldaña – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Director (retired)
  • Shannon Zmud Teicher – Jackson Walker, Partner
  • Shannon Thompson – Texas Instruments Inc., Vice President and Assistant General Counsel

The executive committee includes the following:

  • Hilda Galvan – Chair; Jones Day, Partner-in-Charge
  • Shonn Brown – Immediate Past Chair; Kimberly-Clark, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
  • Roslyn Dawson Thompson – Texas Women’s Foundation, President & CEO
  • Bonner Allen – Programs Committee Chair; Community Volunteer
  • Effie Dennison – Member at Large; Texas Capital Bank Executive Vice President Director, Community Development & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Cynt Marshall – Member at Large; The Dallas Mavericks, President and CEO
  • Neena Newberry – Member at Large; Newberry Executive Solutions, President
  • Laura Nieto – Secretary; Southwest Airlines, Director Community Engagement
  • Melissa Orth – Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair; The Legacy Senior Communities, President and CEO
  • Carrie Freeman Parsons – Member at Large; Freeman, Chair
  • Elizabeth Carlock Phillips – Governance Committee Chair; Phillips Foundation, Executive Director
  • Holly Reed – Advocacy Committee Chair; Ryan LLC, Principal & Practice Leader, U.S. Advocacy
  • Rachel Vinson – Investment Advisory Committee Chair; CBRE, Senior Vice President

For a complete board list, visit https://www.txwf.org/about-us/#board-directors.

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, said, “We’re thankful for the leadership of Hilda, our Executive Committee and our Board – an extraordinary group of strong, powerful women who bring so much talent, expertise and passion to advance our mission.” Over the past decade, Dawson Thompson has been credited with increasing the diversity of the board from 22 percent to 52 percent women of color and LGBTQ.

Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $10 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $67 million in women and girls, including $53 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

 

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Dominic Benhura, Linda Todd, Mary Brinegar, Dr. Fr Photo credit: Dallas Arboretum/Tim White

On June 23, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden held a special dinner to honor international acclaimed Zimbabwean stone sculptor, Dominic Benhura. He was in Dallas as part of its Summer of Sculpture exhibit, ZimSculpt.

Known as one of the leading Zimbabwean stone sculptors, Benhura has been sculpting since he was a young boy, learning the skill from his cousin, master sculptor Tapfuman Gutsa. Benhura sold his first piece when he was 12 years old. When he became a father, Benhura began sculpting mothers and children interacting, and these are some of his more popular pieces. He said, “These pieces don’t have faces, so they can be from any culture.”

ZimSculpt features the talent of several contemporary Zimbabwean artists with more than 100 hand-selected, exquisite sculptures artfully displayed throughout the garden. These contemporary pieces, created by the Shona people of Zimbabwe, are carved from various types of serpentine and semi-precious stone, often weighing tons, and can be as large as seven feet tall. ZimSculpt runs through August 8.

ZimSculpt is supported in part by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, The Dallas Mavericks and Texas Telecom Credit Union.

Tickets must be pre-purchased online or by calling 214-515-6615. Wearing a face covering is required for all guests 5 years of age while visiting the Dallas Arboretum, unless medically unable to do so.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12 and free for Arboretum members and children under two. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $10. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum. For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visitwww.dallasarboretum.org.

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GEMS Camp Credit: The GEMS Camp

Thanks to a generous gift from Lyda Hill Philanthropies, Texas Women’s Foundation awarded $638,844 to 29 Dallas/Fort Worth nonprofit organizations* to increase usage of the IF/THEN® Collection. The IF/THEN® Collection is the world’s largest free resource of authentic and relatable photos, videos and biographies celebrating diverse, contemporary women in STEM careers and roles. All nonprofits and schools can use the IF/THEN® Collection for free for non-commercial purposes to highlight and elevate these STEM role models in order to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers.

 

In November 2020, organizations applied for the grants through the IF/THEN® Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation and received these awards in early 2021. Then, these nonprofits used the grants to creatively use the IF/THEN® Collection assets to increase the visual representation of women in STEM and inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers in North Texas. Examples include printing banners and posters, updating marketing materials, including assets in programming and more.

 

Lyda Hill, founder of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, said, “I’m pleased to partner with Texas Women’s Foundation to reach thousands with positive female STEM role models. The IF/THEN® Fund at the Texas Women’s Foundation establishes a new collaboration between the two organizations that advances gender equity for today’s young girls and builds future equity and leaders across North Texas.”

 

She added, “The goal is for girls everywhere to see STEM as exciting, relevant and cool, and seeding the visual world around us with images of relatable women is key to making this happen… Because IF she can see it, THEN she can be it.”

 

Saki Milton, founder and executive director of the GEMS Camp and a grantee, remarked, “Texas Women's Foundation continues to find innovative ways to support historically marginalized girls with quality programming in all areas. The new IF/THEN® Fund will help the GEMS Camp and other nonprofits provide girls with diverse STEM career role models in a creative, visual way. We are honored to receive this reward.”

 

The GEMS Camp used its grant to support more than 300 high school girls of color through a program called BLING!, a STEM Pathways Institute that teaches      networking skills and STEM related lessons using the IF/THEN® Collection at virtual and in-person gatherings.

 

“The Perot Museum of Nature and Science's Whynauts series represents the future of creative exploration,” said Dr. Linda Silver, the Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “Students engage the inspirational world of science at home or in the classroom, meeting real-life scientist heroes and discovering their possible science futures today. We are deeply grateful for the vision and support of Texas Women's Foundation and Lyda Hill Philanthropies that have helped make The Whynauts possible.”

 

Designed to help build tomorrow’s workforce, the complimentary series – with dialogue in English and Spanish – is expected to reach 250,000 students this year in classrooms, nonprofit organizations and homes across Texas.

 

IF/THEN® seeks to further advance women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. Rooted in a firm belief that there is no better time to highlight positive and successful female professional role models, IF/THEN® is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers by:

(1) funding and elevating women in STEM as role models,

(2) convening cross-sector partners in entertainment, fashion, sports, business and academia to illuminate the importance of STEM everywhere, and

(3) inspiring girls with better portrayals of women in STEM through media and learning experiences to pique their interest in STEM careers.

 

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, added, “Whether the outcome is a girl embarking on a STEM career with role models to guide her path, the introduction of STEM in a way that ignites curiosity and ambition among students who haven't previously considered STEM careers, or elevation of the representation of women in STEM, Texas Women’s Foundation is honored to partner with Lyda Hill Philanthropies IF/THEN® Initiative to collaborate in advancing gender equity for today’s girls and tomorrow’s STEM leaders.”

 

IF/THEN® Collection

The Collection is part of the IF/THEN® Initiative, a national effort sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies® to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers while creating a culture shift in how the world perceives women in STEM. The Collection features 125 female STEM innovators selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Lyda Hill Philanthropies® to be AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors, all serving as high-profile role models for girls. More information can be found at https://www.ifthencollection.org/

 

About Texas Women’s Foundation:

Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $57 million in women and girls, including $43 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

 

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*Grantees:

A Chance to Learn/Motivated Mom         

Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute              

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star              

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas County          

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County       

Communities In Schools Dallas Region Inc.            

Dallas Afterschool (DAS)               

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Society Inc.             

Dallas Zoological Society              

Design Connect Create  

Fort Worth Zoological Association            

Friends of Solar Prep      

Frontiers of Flight Museum         

GEMS Camp       

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas    

Girls Inc. of Tarrant County          

Jubilee Park & Community Center 

Junior Players Guild         

National Math and Science Initiative        

Perot Museum of Nature and Science  

Readers 2 Leaders           

REAL School Gardens DBA Out Teach        

Shared Housing Center  

TalkSTEM             

TeCo Theatrical Productions Inc. DBA Bishop Arts Theatre Center              

United to Learn 

Uplift Education                

Young Women's Preparatory Network 

Young Women's STEAM Academy at Balch Springs Middle School/Dallas ISD Foundation  

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Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $10 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $67 million in women and girls, including $53 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.
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