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Count Her In

2020 marks the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. To mark this milestone, Texas Women’s Foundation is launching “Count Her In,” a social media campaign celebrating 100 people, organizations and milestones that have advanced voting rights for Texas women from the earliest days of the suffrage movement through the present day. The campaign runs for 62 weeks, from June 28, 2019, the same day that Texas ratified the 19th Amendment in 1919, to August 26, 2020, celebrated as Women’s Equality Day. The campaign tells stories of women and men in Texas who were leaders in voters’ rights, with the goal to educate and activate more people, particularly women, to register and exercise their right to vote.

 

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and CEO, said, “With our goal to transform Texas for women and girls, Texas Women’s  Foundation believes that can only take place when women are full participants, and a critical way to achieve that is by motivating more women to exercise their right to vote. This project can be a catalyst for women across the state to understand their rights and use them.”

 

Examples of trailblazers highlighted in the campaign include:

 

Christia V. Daniels Adair – A Houston activist who was both a suffragist and civil rights leader. Adair worked for the Houston NAACP during the landmark Smith v. Allwright case, which ended whites-only primary elections in the South.

 

Carlos Martinez, Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas – Martinez currently manages the outreach of civic engagement to improve voter turnout in Southeast Texas. “Women are absolutely crucial to our mission… they know how to organize and they have such influence,” he said when speaking about how women are impacting their mission. He is working hard to lead their team towards a goal of 65% voter participation in South Texas by 2020.

 

William P. Hobby – A key political ally in the Texas suffrage movement, Hobby was Texas governor when the state ratified the 19th amendment on June 28, 1919.

 

Edith Therrel Wilmans – A suffrage leader, lawyer and mother of three, Wilmans was also the first woman elected to the Texas State Legislature. She helped create the Dallas Housewives League and the Dallas Equal Suffrage Association.

 

Nonie B. Mahoney – When a bill allowing women to vote in the Texas primary election came before the state legislature, Dallas suffrage leader Nonie Mahoney secured a key “yes” vote from a Dallas legislator when she gathered 10,000 petition signatures in a matter of days.

 

The “Count Her In” campaign aims to influence 300,000 Texas women citizens to register to vote, seeking to increase by 5 percent the number of Texas women who are registered. There will be a link to register to vote on each campaign social media post and on the campaign’s web page.

 

According to Dawson Thompson, “This campaign will be true reflection of our Texas Women’s Foundation’s history, focus and practices that center on diversity, equity and inclusion.” 

 

To follow the “Count Her In” campaign, visit https://www.txwf.org/countherin, FacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram.

 

About 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 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 $9 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 $6 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.orgFacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

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Texas Women’s Foundation has announced two additions to its stellar team: Lisa de la Garza as vice president - programs and Ashley Harris as vice president – development.

“We are delighted to welcome Lisa and Ashley to our team, and know that their outstanding expertise and successful records as leaders will catalyze even greater momentum around our mission to advance women’s economic security and women’s leadership, especially as we expand statewide,” said Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer.

Lisa de la Garza:

An accomplished and dedicated leader, Lisa de la Garza brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, community development, fundraising and advocacy. She is well versed in program development and management, and is an astute collaborator with a proven track record in working with clients from diverse backgrounds. Previously, she served as executive director and chief executive officer of Trauma Support Services of North Texas where she provided leadership and guidance in expanding services and programs across the Metroplex, including free, trauma-informed counseling to victims of crime and trainings to licensed clinicians and community partners throughout Texas. She has worked for the National Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), serving as the National Victim Services Training Manager where she developed and oversaw MADD’s Victim Services Training Program. For 18 years, de la Garza worked for Arrow Child & Family Ministries, a national foster care and adoption agency, serving in various leadership positions, and was instrumental in expanding the organization from two offices in Texas to 18 offices in Texas and three other states. A native of Texas, she received her B.A. in psychology and social work from the University of North Texas. 

A certified development coach, de la Garza is dedicated to helping others develop a positive self-image, engage in their community and take pride in their accomplishments. She continues to mentor at-risk youth from diverse backgrounds who have experienced trauma.  She is actively involved in her community and is a member of the organization, 100 Women Who Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and currently serves as an Officer on the Board of Directors with Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth. 

She remarked, “Joining an organization that invests in the power of women and girls to drive positive change feels right at home for me. From an early age, I knew I wanted to do what I could to help others succeed, to advocate for change, and to see girls and women be leaders in their community.”

Ashley Harris:

A passionate advocate for social justice and life-long learner, Ashley Harris brings 20 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, consulting, management and litigation. Her early exposure to people living in poverty convinced her that nonprofits are crucial to improving the lives of everyone in our communities. Following a 10-year career as a litigation paralegal at Winstead and Bank of America, she began her second career raising money as a nonprofit fundraising consultant with Dini Spheris. There she worked extensively with volunteer and executive leadership to plan and manage successful multi-million dollar capital campaigns for clients such as Resource Center-(Dallas); San Antonio Children’s Hospital Foundation; Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America; American Cancer Society; and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. She has also led multi-million dollar annual fund campaigns for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and The Bridge, where she served as chief development officer.

A  Congress-Bundestag scholar who completed high school in Germany, she graduated from Rhodes College with B.A. cum laude, triple-majoring in third world studies, German and literature. A devoted mother to her son, Jackson, Harris has raised money as a volunteer for The Kessler School and Association of Fundraising Professionals – Dallas Chapter, and developed and taught classes at CNM Connect.

She said, “I chose Texas Women’s Foundation for impact. The organization strives to be the best, thinking ahead of the curve and addressing women’s issues in an inclusive, meaningful way. Like so many of our donors and supporters, my values align with its mission. Being part of the team to drive statewide impact is truly my dream job.”

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 $9 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 $6 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.orgFacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

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Elaine Welteroth

Texas Women’s Foundation is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for its  34th Annual Luncheon: Elaine Welteroth, an award-winning journalist, and New York Times bestsellingauthor, judge on the new Project Runway and the former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. The luncheon, which takes place on November 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, is expected to attract more than 1,500 of the area’s most influential business and philanthropic leaders and decision makers. Those interested in luncheon sponsorships or tables, which start at $5,000, should call 214.525.5311 or visit www.txwf.org for more information.

 

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, said, “We are so excited to welcome Elaine Welteroth, who has risen through the ranks and broken glass ceilings in fashion and media, often infusing a social conscience in the conversation. A trailblazer, she is a passionate advocate for telling women that they are more than enough.” She added, “She will inspire us with her stories to what we anticipate will be a sold-out event. The support we garner through this 34th Annual Luncheon will further drive the momentum around our expansion and impact as Texas Women’s Foundation.”

 

Throughout her magazine career, Welteroth broke new ground as the youngest person and the second African-American to be editor-in-chief in Condé Nast’s 107-year history.  Under her leadership, Teen Vogue notably increased coverage of news and politics, encouraging readers to become civically engaged. She's now a leading expert, advocate and voice for the next generation of change-makers. She has written for the hit show Grown-ish and has appeared on-camera for a range of media outlets including ABC News and Netflix. Welteroth just released a book, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), which she describes as part-manifesto, part-memoir, exploring topics such as race, relationships, identity and success. More Than Enough became a New York Times bestseller in its first week of release. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Welteroth resides in Brooklyn with her fiancé and is a proud volunteer at the Lower East Girls Club in New York City.

Community leaders Janiece Evans-Page and Virginia Rose-Harris are co-chairs of the luncheon. Evans-Page is vice president of global philanthropy and sustainability of the Fossil Group and leads efforts to make the biggest impact possible through global giving and sustainability. Rose-Harris, recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of Texas’ Most Powerful and Influential Women, is vice president and officer of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Dallas.

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. The speaker appearance is sponsored by Target.

 

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 $9 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 $6 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.orgFacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

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Elaine Welteroth, speaker

Texas Women’s Foundation is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for its  34th Annual Luncheon: Elaine Welteroth, an award-winning journalist, and New York Times bestselling author, judge on the new Project Runway and the former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. The luncheon, which takes place on November 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, is expected to attract more than 1,500 of the area’s most influential business and philanthropic leaders and decision makers. Those interested in luncheon sponsorships or tables, which start at $5,000, should call 214.525.5311 or visit www.txwf.org for more information.

 

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, said, “We are so excited to welcome Elaine Welteroth, who has risen through the ranks and broken glass ceilings in fashion and media, often infusing a social conscience in the conversation. A trailblazer, she is a passionate advocate for telling women that they are more than enough.” She added, “She will inspire us with her stories to what we anticipate will be a sold-out event. The support we garner through this 34th Annual Luncheon will further drive the momentum around our expansion and impact as Texas Women’s Foundation.”

 

Throughout her magazine career, Welteroth broke new ground as the youngest person and the second African-American to be editor-in-chief in Condé Nast’s 107-year history.  Under her leadership, Teen Vogue notably increased coverage of news and politics, encouraging readers to become civically engaged. She's now a leading expert, advocate and voice for the next generation of change-makers. She has written for the hit show Grown-ish and has appeared on-camera for a range of media outlets including ABC News and Netflix. Welteroth just released a book, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), which she describes as part-manifesto, part-memoir, exploring topics such as race, relationships, identity and success. More Than Enough became a New York Times bestseller in its first week of release. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Welteroth resides in Brooklyn with her fiancé and is a proud volunteer at the Lower East Girls Club in New York City.

Community leaders Janiece Evans-Page and Virginia Rose-Harris are co-chairs of the luncheon. Evans-Page is vice president of global philanthropy and sustainability of the Fossil Group and leads efforts to make the biggest impact possible through global giving and sustainability. Rose-Harris, recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of Texas’ Most Powerful and Influential Women, is vice president and officer of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Dallas.

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. The speaker appearance is sponsored by Target.

 

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 $9 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 $6 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.orgFacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

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Texas Women's Foundation Ana Hernandez, Dee Dee Bates, Sally Dunning, Nicole Small, Ashlee Kleinert – all Maura honorees

Texas Women’s Foundation held its Leadership Forum & Awards Dinner, presented by AT&T, on May 2 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The event featured keynote speaker Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, and chair of Ellevate Network. The event, co-chaired by Retta Miller of Jackson Walker LLP and Thear Suzuki of EY, celebrated trailblazers who are paving the way for women and girls to advance in leadership. It also elevated the importance of gender equity. The Foundation honored five women with the Maura Women Helping Women Award, presented by Texas Capital Bank: Dee Dee Bates, Sally Dunning, Ana I. Hernandez, Ashlee Kleinert and Nicole Small. The organization also gave the Young Leader Award, presented by Jackson Walker, to Dr. HaeSung Han and Ana I. Rodriguez. The event was attended by more than 800 and raised more than $600,000 for the leadership programs and initiatives of Texas Women’s Foundation.

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Dr. Jessica Shepherd

WHAT: Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) will host several hundred girls, ages 11-16, 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.” The workshops, led by nationally known speaker-educators, 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.

WHO: Area middle school girls, teachers and parents from dozens of school districts and organizations.

Keynote speakers (see end for bios)*

  • Dr. Jessica Gomez, Bilingual Licensed Psychologist with Momentous Institute
  • Brooke López, IGNITE National program facilitator & TXWF  Young Leader Award honoree (2018)
  • Marty McDonald, founder of Boss Women Media
  • Courtney Roberts, teen and founder of EveryDayBlackGirl, a place for black girls and women to converse
  • Dr. Jessica Shepherd, OB/GYN and women's health expert and also the founder of Her Viewpoint
  • Mindy McKnight, Top 25 Women on YouTube and creator of Cute Girls Hairstyles YouTube channel

WHERE: University of North Texas at Dallas, 7300 University Hills Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75241

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

  • Welcome, Opening Session

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • Workshop 1: Living My Best Life (Dr. Jessica Shepherd and Dr. Tori Dixon)
  • Workshop 2: Be Your Best Advocate (Brooke López)

10:30 a. m.  - 11:00 a. m.

  • Break

11:15 a. m.  – 12:00 p.m.

  • Workshop 1: Living My Best Life (Dr. Jessica Shepherd and Dr. Tori Dixon)
  • Workshop 2: Be Your Best Advocate (Brooke López)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Lunch
  • Vision Boards

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

  • Workshop 3: Representing Your Best Self (Mindy McKnight)
  • Workshop 4: Surround Yourself with the Best (Dr. Jessica Gomez)

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 pm

  • Break

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

  • Workshop 3: Representing Your BestSelf (Mindy McKnight)
  • Workshop 4: Surround Yourself with the Best (Dr. Jessica Gomez)

Best Self Speakers:*

Dr. Jessica Gomez is a Bilingual Licensed Psychologist and joined Momentous Institute in June 2013. Her previous experience includes work with children and families for over 10 years. She currently serves as supervisor on the APA Training Committee. Jessica received her doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s degree in counseling psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois.

Brooke López: A recent graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor’s of science in public affairs and a minor in geography, Brooke, 21, has been interested in politics and government from an early age.  She currently serves IGNITE National as a program facilitator and is a representative on its National Communications Advisory Council. At 15, she worked with her local congresswoman to propose a state bill, and at 16, she founded the nonprofit “Students of Change.” At 18, she was the youngest person to run for Wylie City Council. At age 19, she was the youngest woman and first Latina to be appointed as a boards and commissions officer for the City of Wylie. She’s received the prestigious Gold Presidential Volunteer Service award and was awarded Texas Women’s Foundation’s Young Leader Award.

Marty McDonald is the founder of Boss Women Media (BWM). She created BWM in 2016 as a personal need to connect with women who desired more.  She wanted to be around women who desired more from their 9-5 jobs. After great success from the first brunch in May 2016, she knew there was a need for women to collaborate together. Marty established the foundation of BWM as a brand from each brunch and soon knew this was not just a social organization but an opportunity to help women cultivate the life they desired.

Mindy McKnight is currently ranked as one of the Top-25 Women on YouTube with her highly successful Cute Girls Hairstyles channel.  While Mindy’s hairstyle tutorials began as a hobby, they have paved the way to a large family social media empire including over 23 million followers across all social platforms, 6 successful YouTube channels, and several highly successful off-platform businesses, generating more than 2 billion views in nearly every country worldwide.  The family has received local, national, and global attention through various media outlets including ABCNews’ 20/20, Good Morning America, TODAY, Anderson Cooper, LIVE with Kelly & Ryan and The View. Mindy has also been a featured speaker at various conferences and events, including YouTube's Brandcast and recently published her first book "Viral Parenting: a Guide to Setting Boundaries, Building Trust, and Raising kids in on Online world" which debuted #1 on Amazon for parenting school-age children and in privacy and online safety.

Courtney Roberts is a 15-year-old freshman at Nacogdoches High School. Back in 2015, at just 11 years old, she created her Instagram platform EveryDayBlackGirl. She created this page as a safe space for black women and girls to converse and empower one another. Not only does she love activism, she also loves self-expression and liberation through fashion. Courtney speaks to young audiences at various events around the state about mental health, youth activism and self-worth.

Dr. Jessica Shepherd is an OB/GYN, women’s health expert and the founder of Her Viewpoint, an online women’s health forum that focuses on addressing taboo topics in a comfortable setting.  She currently practices at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Shepherd is an engaging and well known media personality that is seen regularly as an expert on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Talk, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, CBS News, and FOX news.  She is on the Advisory Board for Women’s Health and has written in other various journals including Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Women’s Day, Self, Family Circle, Parents, Best Health, Essence, and Healthline.

As a health care expert, she strives to educate girls on their bodies and how to address their physical, sexual, emotional health in addition to the incorporation of wellness.  She is a national speaker and has been the main stage event speaker for BlogHer Health and has been recognized as the cover for Cancer Wellness in February 2019.

She is an expert in her field, she has now expanded her reach to keynote talks and her national appeal has allowed her to work with celebrities including Brooke Burke, Erin Andrews, Dr. Jackie Walters from Married to Medicine and Laila Ali.

Special thanks to these sponsors: Nancy Ann Hunt with support from Capital One and JCPenney.

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 $9 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 $6 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.orgFacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

 

 


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Viewpoints Roslyn Dawson Thompson

WHO/WHAT:

Texas Women’s Foundation, the largest regional women’s fund in the world, invites those interested to learn about the unique issues facing women and girls in North Texas on May 9. Moderated by Texas Women's Foundation President & CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson, an esteemed panel of female leaders will speak about the opportunities and obstacles they face navigating their work cultures and leadership responsibilities. The organization is committed to advancing leadership opportunities for women and girls at every level. The Breakfast Event takes place in Plano, and the Lunch Event takes place in Dallas. The event is free, but registration is required: https://www.txwf.org/events/viewpoints/

Space is limited.

 

BREAKFAST EVENT: 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Renaissance Hotel (Legacy West)
6007 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75024

 

Bonnie Clinton is head of Indirect Procurement Shared Services for Toyota North America where she is responsible for the strategic leadership and services of several departments that support the business units of Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Financial Services.

 

Maria Lopez, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, student is a member of Texas Women’s Foundation’s Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC), a group of the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI). The YWI focuses on amplifying the voices and power of young women of color, ages 16-24, from the community’s most challenged neighborhoods.

 

Anita Paxton is the Vice President of Talent Management at Axxess, where her mission is to lead organizational success through people. As a strategist, she develops talent strategy aligned with the overall company goal to attract, hire, manage and retain top talent for the company.

 

LUNCH EVENT: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Campbell Centre II
Mezzanine Conference Center (M1004)
8150 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206

 

Maria Lopez, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, student is a member of Texas Women’s Foundation’s Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC), a group of the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI). The YWI focuses on amplifying the voices and power of young women of color, ages 16-24, from the community’s most challenged neighborhoods.

 

Neena Newberry is twelve-time award-winning executive coach, speaker and author. A former Deloitte Consulting executive with more than 25 years of business and leadership development experience, Neena excels at simple, proven solutions to achieve unprecedented business and career results.

 

Tanya Winchel is a single mother, storm spotter and Senior Vice President/Director of Accounting and Tax, Hilltop Holdings Inc.  Her expertise falls in the area of corporate taxation, mergers & acquisitions, and partnerships in the banking, broker-dealer and mortgage industries. 

 

About 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 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 $9 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 $6 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.orgFacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

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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.