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DALLAS, August 21, 2017 – Dallas Women’s Foundation has named Caren K. Lock as its 2017-2019 board chair.  Lock, who will serve a two-year term, succeeds 2015-2017 chair Ellenore Knight Baker. Previously, Lock served on the Foundation’s executive committee, and she has chaired the Advocacy Committee. She is also a founding member of The Orchid Giving Circle at Dallas Women’s Foundation, a group of Asian women pooling resources to provide community grants that support social change and services for North Texas Asians.


The Foundation also announced new board members, who will serve three-year terms 2017-2020.  They are: Bonner Allen, Community Volunteer; Bonnie Clinton, General Manager, Team Member Services and Indirect Procurement, CPO, Toyota; Teresa Giltner, Member, Dykema Cox Smith; Keri Kaiser, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Children’s Health; Laura Nieto, Director, Community Affairs & Grassroots, Southwest Airlines; Carrie Freeman Parsons, Vice Chair, The Freeman Company; Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, Executive Director, Phillips Foundation; Priya Bhola Rathod, Agency Account Manager, Indeed; Diane Reeves, Creative Director, Love Peace and Stones; Zeenat Sidi, Senior Vice President, Capital One; Karen Simon, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and Shawna Wilson, Vice President, Sales, Frito Lay. For a complete board list, visit


Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Foundation president and CEO, said, “We so appreciate Ellenore’s leadership as board chair.  She is a dedicated advocate for our mission, and her passion and enthusiasm are contagious. We’re grateful that Caren brings her formidable talents and deep commitment to continue moving us forward toward our ambitious goals. We are also very pleased to welcome our new board members, who bring a wealth of talents and experience that will contribute greatly to this exciting time in our history.”


During Baker’s tenure as chair, Dallas Women’s Foundation made great strides in its Unlocking Leadership Campaign to raise $50 million to improve the future of North Texas by investing in the economic security and leadership potential of women and girls.


Dawson Thompson added, “We’re thrilled to announce that the total raised to date is $37.7 million. Under Caren’s leadership, we will be working hard to complete the campaign, and ask everyone who supports our mission to consider giving a gift to help achieve our goals of ensuring equity for women and girls.”


Caren K. Lock is the Regional Vice President and Associate General Counsel of TIAA-CREF. In her role, she is the primary interface for the company on all legislative, executive, administrative and regulatory matters in the southwest region. She also directs all legislative lobbying and regulatory advocacy in her states. At the company, Lock is active in gender and racial diversity initiatives, and was the former Corporate Co-Chair of the Women’s Employee Resource Group. TIAA-CREF is a $523 billion full-service financial services group of companies that has dedicated itself to helping those in the academic, medical, cultural and research fields for over 90 years.


Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, Lock was General Counsel with a consumer financial company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Previously, she spent more than a decade litigating complex business matters including copyright and trademark infringement, employment discrimination, shareholder and partnership disputes, aviation and toxic tort.


Lock is a member of The Dallas Assembly and former Board member of CNM Connect in Dallas, where she currently serves on the Advisory Board. She is a member of the Founders Board of the University of North Texas School of Law.  She has also served on the Boards of the Dallas Bar Association, State of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section, and was President and former Board member of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association. From 2006 to 2013, Lock served on the Texas State Bar Grievance Panel and was Chair of her panel.


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

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