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Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) has announced its second set of grants from its Health Care Access Fund totaling $420,000 to help women and girls access health care in underserved Texas communities in North and East Texas. As part of its Health Care Access Fund, Texas Women’s Foundation launched the Reproductive Freedom Initiative in 2022 to deliver urgent and long-term women’s healthcare programming to communities that desperately need resources.

With eight grants given earlier in the year totaling $487,125 in rural Texas communities, the Foundation has now awarded a total of $907,125 to 15 deserving organizations.

In this round, the Foundation awarded seven grants totaling $420,000 to carefully vetted community health care clinics:

  • Collins Family Planning Clinic (Fort Worth)
  • Genesis Prime Care (Marshall)
  • Gulf Coast Health Center (Port Arthur)
  • Health Services North Texas (Denton)
  • Crossroads Family Clinic (Mount Enterprise)
  • Parkland Health Foundation (Dallas)
  • TAN (Triangle Area Network) Healthcare (Beaumont)

These clinics are providing services in these priority areas:

  • Hiring of OB/GYN and other critical healthcare providers
  • Full access to all types of birth control, including long-acting, reversible contraceptives, at an affordable cost
  • Prenatal care, women’s healthcare and other staffing needs
  • Family planning, prenatal, obstetric and postpartum medical visits for uninsured, low-income women
  • Funds to hire a Women's Health Coordinator/Community Health Worker to conduct outreach to educate women on healthcare access and availability

For more information on specifics of each grant, see attachment.*

Dena Hughes, CEO of Triangle Area Network Healthcare, said, “The funds awarded through the Texas Women’s Foundation are critical to the ongoing availability of and access to critically important pregnancy prevention tools that are both safe and effective. We are excited to partner with TXWF to ensure Southeast Texas women and their families know that they are not alone in navigating and managing their reproductive healthcare options.”

Marsha Thigpen, M.D., executive director of Gulf Coast Health Center (GCHC) Inc., added, “Gulf Coast Health Center, Inc. would like to thank Texas Women's Foundation for the grant funds received. GCHC will be able to improve the care delivered in our Women's Health Department, more specifically will be able to improve monitoring our patients as we expand our services to include obstetrics with improved quality ultrasound equipment.”

Janice Brown, executive director/nurse practitioner of Collins Family Planning Clinic, said, “This grant will enable us to purchase and provide LARCs for women immediately. They will also be able to receive the care and planning they need from our healthcare professionals.”

According to Dena Jackson, Texas Women’s Foundation interim president and CEO, “It is getting more difficult for Texas women to secure safe and affordable reproductive health care. As a result, Texas Women’s Foundation has stepped into the gap to provide access to affordable contraception, prenatal care and women’s services to ease the burden.”

To learn more about the Reproductive Freedom Initiative and to make a donation, visit https://txwf.org/reproductive-freedom-initiative/.

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. In Fiscal Year 2022, these resources supported more than $7.1 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 $74 million in women and girls, including $60 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 online

 

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Collins Family Planning Clinic (Fort Worth)

This grant supports 13 healthcare professionals and the purchase of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCS). Collins Clinic provides a medical home and reproductive health services to medically underserved clients in two clinics in Tarrant County. Services include education, cost-effective health screening, health education, affordable health examinations, individual family planning, confidential testing, prompt treatment and accessible referrals to community resources.

 

Genesis Prime Care (Marshall)

This grant will support Genesis Prime Care in hiring an OB/GYN, and other health care providers, to conduct gynecological examinations, provide prenatal care and treatment, prescribe contraceptives, order and review lab work, counsel and provide pre-conception patient health education, nutrition and prenatal information. The key services supported will be Family Planning, Prenatal and Well-Women. Of significance, Marshall and the surrounding communities in Harrison County (Hallsville, Elysian Fields, Waskom, Harleton, Karnack, and Scottsville) have not had reproductive, gynecological services locally since 2018. This rural area also has a high prevalence of low-income residents and residents below federal poverty levels.

 

Gulf Coast Health Center Inc. (GCHC) (Port Arthur)

The grant will improve the care for prenatal patients with the purchase of a new updated ultrasound machine to deliver more precise prenatal care at their main location. The grant will continue to expand usage of the existing machine in the rural locations such as Jasper, which has a high teen pregnancy rate and no specialized health care. GCHC is also expanding its women's health services beyond the main center site in Port Arthur, and the grant will support women’s health mid-level providers to travel to the rural sites in Jasper, Orange and Silsbee to improve care delivered to the most rural residents and provide on-going training to providers at those locations. A nonprofit, GCHC is also a Federally Qualified Health Center offering comprehensive health care services to uninsured, underinsured, low-income and indigent residents of Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, and Orange Counties since 1978.

 

Health Services North Texas (Denton)

The grant will support Health Services North Texas’ (HSNT) Reproductive Healthcare Program with the purchase of 50 LARCs and support the cost of 400 family planning, prenatal, obstetric or postpartum medical visits for uninsured, low-income women. LARC devices will be provided free of charge to uninsured, low-income women and services are provided regardless of immigration status. Funding will cover the gap between the actual fee and the reduced fee for the services identified. Funding will primarily impact women in rural areas of Denton County with 75 percent of recipients being Hispanic women.

 

Crossroads Family Clinic (Mount Enterprise)

This grant will support the hiring of a Women's Health Coordinator/ Community Health Worker to conduct outreach to women about the availability of family planning services, pap smears, cervical cancer screenings and annual health screenings such as mammograms. This person will travel to communities to provide health education, promote women’s reproductive health services and become a trusted community figure to serve as a liaison to those most removed from services such as the migrant workers in the area where language is also a barrier to accessing services. The clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center that has served the needs of uninsured and underinsured residents of East Texas since 2003.

 

Parkland Health Foundation (Dallas)

The grant will support the expansion of the Family Planning program to increase appointment availability, contraception access and informed choice and connecting patients to care. A new Family Planning Team will be added to support Saturday clinics in an effort to increase appointment availability. A traveling team will conduct contraception physical examinations; screening pap smears; testing for STIs and HIV; pregnancy testing; counseling and education about birth control; preconception and nutrition; immunizations; diabetes and cholesterol screenings. Postpartum patients will also be able to access IUDs before being discharged from the hospital. Those participating in the Extending Maternal Care After Pregnancy program will also be able to access contraception. To accomplish the Family Planning goals stated above, Parkland is working with various colleges, organizations and the Red Bird community on education and outreach.

 

TAN (Triangle Area Network) Healthcare (Beaumont)

The grant will support TAN Healthcare in expanding access to all types of contraceptives on initial health care visit at an affordable cost; purchasing contraception supplies to maintain an inventory (including long-acting reversible contraceptives); and in providing staff training to ensure the skill set is available for LARC services. In Southeast Texas, there is only one health center funded for family planning services, making it challenging for women to access much needed family planning and ancillary support services. More than 60 percent of TAN Healthcare patients are at or below the federal poverty level, lack adequate transportation for medical appointments, and are often uninsured or underinsured.

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Carrie Freeman Parsons

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) has appointed Carrie Freeman Parsons as the new board chair for a two-year term starting July 1, 2023. She follows Hilda Galvan who has led the Foundation since 2021. Galvan will remain on the Executive Committee as Past Chair.

 

In addition, the Foundation has added new board members Elizabeth Asturi, Lisette Mendez and Aracely Muñoz. Returning to the board are Michelle Hudson and Phyllis Bernstein.

 

Texas Women’s Foundation also announced its Executive Committee:

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • ·      Carrie Freeman Parsons – Chair (Chair of the Board, Freeman Company)
  • ·      Hilda C. Galvan – Past Chair (Partner in Charge, Jones Day
  • ·      Chrysta Castañeda – At Large (President, The Castañeda Firm)
  • ·      Sam Dwinell – IAC Chair (Chief People Officer, Aspire Human Services)
  • ·      Jana Etheridge – Governance Chair (Director, Capital One)
  • ·      Hattie Hill – Secretary (CEO, Hattie Hill Enterprises)
  • ·      Michelle Hudson – At Large (Principal and Co-Founder, Hudson Peters Commercial)
  • ·      Laura Maxwell – Advocacy Chair (Sr VP Supply Chain, PepsiCo North America)
  • ·      Melissa Orth – Finance Chair (President and CEO, The Legacy Senior Communities)
  • ·      Gowri Sharma – Programs Chair (Civic Leader for Women’s Issues, Education and the Arts)
  • ·      Zeenat Sidi – At Large (President, LDI Digital Products and Services, loanDepot)

 

For a complete board list, visit here.

 

Freeman Parsons, Texas Women’s Foundation chair, said, Hilda has demonstrated steadfast leadership these past two years, and we are grateful for her commitment to TXWF. I look forward to working with the Executive Committee, board members and staff to continue our mission of investing in women and girls to create positive change.”

 

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. In Fiscal Year 2022, these resources supported more than $7.1 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 $74 million in women and girls, including $60 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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TXWF Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration Froswa´ Booker-Drew, Ph.D., Aimee Cunningham, Madeline Burillo-Hopkins, Ed.D., Mary Pat Higgins, Bee Nance, Ann Sheu, Jill Louis

Texas Women’s Foundation held its Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration on April 27th at the Omni Dallas Hotel and raised more than $572,000. The day started off with 200 middle and high school girls attending #BESTSELF, a half-day empowerment program. Next, the event featured Leadership Forums with the 2023 Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader award recipients discussing their journey. Finally, the evening concluded with the Awards Celebration and dinner, featuring Jenna Bush Hager, best-selling author and co-host of NBC's TODAY. Hager interviewed the honorees in two different panel discussions while 650 attendees were inspired by these incredible women.

 

Maura Women Helping Women Award:

For 44 years, the Maura Women Helping Women Award has been presented to more than 220 courageous individuals who have catalyzed change for women and girls.  Brenda Jackson, selection co-chair, and Wendy Bridges of Comerica Bank, Award Sponsor, presented these awards to the following:

 

Froswá Booker-Drew, Ph.D. (Dallas, TX) is the CEO of Soulstice Consultancy, LLC providing DEI, leadership training, community engagement strategies and philanthropic/partnership guidance for institutions.

 

Madeline Burillo-Hopkins, Ed.D. (Houston, TX) is the Vice Chancellor Workforce Instruction for the Houston Community College System and College President where she has been an advocate for workforce education, diversity and equity.

 

Aimee Cunningham (Austin, TX) is the President and CEO of The Boone Family Foundation and a highly experienced principal in the progressive movement.

 

Mary Pat Higgins (Dallas, TX) is the President and CEO of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum where she leads its mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference.

 

Jill Louis (Dallas, TX) is Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s Dallas office, a member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice, and co-chair of the Infrastructure Development practice. She is also the host of RelevantNow, an environmental, social and corporate governance-focused podcast examining the intersection of business and public interest.

 

Young Leader Award:

The Young Leader Award recognizes breakthrough leadership exhibited by a trailblazer under the age of 40. This year’s honorees:

 

Ann Sheu (Dallas, TX) is the founder of Mpowered Families, a training and coaching company with a unique approach to empowering individuals with tools to have a family life filled with purpose, alignment and connection.

 

Professor “Bee” Nance (Katy, TX) is the COO of Generation Teach, a multi-million-dollar educational non-profit whose vision is to end racial injustice and inequity in education.

 

Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Moderator Sponsor: Catherine M. Coughlin Endowment for Women’s Leadership at Texas Women’s Foundation

Award Sponsor: Comerica Bank

Leadership Forum Sponsors: Amazon, Cecilia and Garrett Boone, Haynes & Boone, Texas Capital Bank, Thrivent

Investor Sponsors: The Dallas Mavericks, Friends of Jill Louis, Jones Day, Mrs. Nancy Ann Hunt

For a complete list of sponsors, visit https://txwfleadership.org/2023-sponsors.

 

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. In Fiscal Year 2022, these resources supported more than $7.1 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 $74 million in women and girls, including $60 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.

 

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Dallas Mavericks W.O.M.E.N. ERG and Texas Women’s

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) and the Dallas Mavericks W.O.M.E.N. ERG held a joint event with the Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) to share career advice and network with young female leaders. The Foundation’s community partner, Healthy Futures of Texas, hosted the event on Feb. 16 in the Wilson Historic District. 

 
The conversations were documented in a short video that was shown at the Dallas Mavericks game on March 2nd to tip off Women’s History Month.
 
Started by Texas Women’s Foundation, the Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) is a program of the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) to empower and affirm young women of color ages 12-24. Through research collaborative grantmaking and advocacy, YWI-Dallas and YWI-Houston are amplifying the collective power of young women to identify and address core issues, and create solutions toward meaningful systemic change. 
 
One benefit of being in YWAC is having access to the Foundation’s supporters—the Dallas Mavericks. Cynt Marshall, the Dallas Mavericks CEO, is also on TXWF’s board of directors. 
 
Those on the panel included the following: 
  • Erica Wilson and Alayjah Lee - Healthy Futures of Texas
  • Anu Shekar, Ph.D. –  SMU Center on Research and Evaluation – Evaluator
  • Misaki Collins, Jessica Sabedra, Angela Nguyen, Bri Mathis, and Desiree Scott – Dallas Mavericks W.O.M.E.N. ERG
 

Kelly Lozano, a YWAC member, said, “I learned the value of networking and women supporting one another. It is important to value each other and help other women so we can all be better.”

 

Misaki Collins, YWAC alumna and Dallas Mavericks external relations manager, said, “This is a full circle moment for me as a Young Women’s Advisory Council alum and now being a Woman of the Mavs taking the time to teach current YWAC members how to network and prepare for their career journey.”

 

Miki Woodard, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, added, “Thank you, Women of the Mavs, for investing your time and talents into our YWAC members, who will be the leaders of the next generation. Your words of wisdom, your presence and your encouragement will pay dividends as our YWAC young women prepare to enter the workforce.” 

 

To learn more about YWAC and YWI, visit https://txwf.org/young-womens-initiative/

 

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. In Fiscal Year 2022, these resources supported more than $7.1 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 $74 million in women and girls, including $60 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 online

 

ABOUT THE DALLAS MAVERICKS: The Dallas Mavericks are a first-class global sports and entertainment organization providing memorable experiences for fans worldwide. The Mavs compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Western Conference and play at American Airlines Center under the direction of Coach Jason Kidd, General Manager Nico Harrison, CEO Cynt Marshall and Governor Mark Cuban. Since the inaugural season in 1980- 81, the Mavs have won four division titles, two conference championships and one NBA championship in 2011. In addition to on-court success, the Mavs are committed to making a difference in North Texas through community programs and the Mavs Foundation. For more information on Dallas Mavericks players, staff, stats and tickets, visit mavs.com.

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Healthcare

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) has stepped into the gap to help women and girls with health care assistance where it is most needed – in rural and underserved Texas communities. As part of its Health Care Access Fund, Texas Women’s Foundation launched the Reproductive Freedom Initiative in 2022 to deliver urgent and long-term women’s healthcare programming.

Through this Initiative, the Foundation awarded eight grants totaling $487,125 to carefully vetted community health care clinics across the state:

  • Access Esperanza Clinics Inc. (McAllen)
  • Cactus Health Services Inc.  (Fort Stockton)
  • Haven Health Clinics (Amarillo)
  • Project Vida Health Center (El Paso)
  • South Plains Rural Health Services Inc. (Levelland)
  • South Texas Family Planning & Health Corporation (Corpus Christi)
  • South Texas Rural Health Services, Inc. (Cotulla)
  • Vida y Salud Health System, Inc. (Crystal City)

These clinics are providing services in these priority areas:

  • Pregnancy related services including legal and mental health services
  • Training for staff to optimize health care access
  • Service enhancing technology to providers in health care deserts
  • Staffing costs to expand services or meet increased need
  • Full access to all types of birth control, including long-acting, reversible contraceptives

For more information on specifics of each grant, see attachment.*

Martha Zuniga, executive director of South Texas Family Planning & Health Corporation (STFPHC), said, “The funding TXWF provided is needed right now more than ever before. STFPHC will be able to keep our clients healthier by providing highly effective birth control along with key reproductive health services that are critical during a woman’s childbearing years. These health services will support a healthier mother, a healthier pregnancy when she is ready, a healthier childbirth and a healthier infant.”  

Carolena S. Cogdill, chief executive officer of Haven Health Clinics, added, “As the only clinic providing care to uninsured women in the vast Texas Panhandle, Haven Health Clinics truly appreciates the funding from the Texas Women’s Foundation. This contribution will help provide reproductive health services and reproductive life planning to thousands of women in the rural 26 county area. We are grateful for the Foundation’s contribution as having accessible, affordable, quality healthcare services are the bedrock of strong and viable communities.”

According to Miki Woodard, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, “Nearly half of Texas counties lack obstetric services, and recent legal changes will only decrease safe and affordable reproductive health care for women. Having the freedom and ability to access affordable contraception, preventative services and prenatal care impact mental health along with economic and security ramifications. Currently, Texas ranks last in the country for women’s health insurance coverage, so we’re stepping into the gap to help provide this important health care. It is our goal to impact even more women across Texas with the support of community and corporate donors to help us reach our goal.”

To learn more about the Reproductive Freedom Initiative and to make a donation, visit https://txwf.org/reproductive-freedom-initiative/.

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. In Fiscal Year 2022, these resources supported more than $7.1 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 $74 million in women and girls, including $60 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 online

 

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Access Esperanza Clinics Inc. (McAllen)

The grant supports the Access to Care program, which provides services for low-income, uninsured women of reproductive age, residents and citizens, and for purchase of long-acting reversible contraceptives. About 160 women will benefit from this grant including full examinations of core services—pap tests, STI testing and contraception. They also have access to diabetes care, mammography, colposcopy, case management, cryotherapy and resource referrals. 

Cactus Health Services Inc. (Fort Stockton)

The grant helps expand its services provided through mobile medical van visits, pop-up clinics and other community partnerships to include reproductive health services and mobile contraceptive access. The grant also covers retro-fitting a van for reproductive health and salaries for a nurse practitioner and a community health worker. 

Haven Health Clinics (Amarillo)

Funds support increased access to reproductive health care in the rural areas of the Texas panhandle by hiring and training a Promotora (Community Health Worker) who will facilitate healthcare access and assist women in targeted areas; support the development of educational and informational material to distribute to patients and stakeholders; and provide patients financial assistance who cannot afford the copay when accessing state family planning programs.

Project Vida Health Center (El Paso)

The grant covers existing family planning and reproductive health services by bridging the funding gap created when state funds don't cover the costs. These include costs for a physician and medical assistant. In addition, funds are also for purchasing long-acting reversible contraception inventory.

South Plains Rural Health Services Inc. (SPRHS) (Levelland)

Grant supports female reproductive health care and services at all three SPRHS medical locations. Funds will be used to purchase LARC devices – Nexplanons and IUDs – for clients who cannot afford this method of birth control. In addition, the grant supports personnel costs for family nurse practitioners, all of whom are trained on Nexplanon insertion and removal, and for extended hours on evenings and weekends.

South Texas Family Planning & Health Corporation (Corpus Christi)

The grant provides capacity building support by outfitting three labs, three exam rooms and three navigation rooms at the Corpus Christi clinic to meet the increasing needs of the women they serve. This will improve the clinic's flow, reduce the in-clinic visit time, and allow more patients to get same day/walk-in birth control appointments. It will also help clientele obtain screenings and treatments for medical conditions that can significantly impact women and infant health outcomes during the same visit—providing a one-stop appointment.  

South Texas Rural Health Services, Inc. (Cotulla)

The grant helps to hire and train one full-time women's health educator who will deliver reproductive information in a culturally sensitive manner and provide information through various formats to reach the numerous small towns in the clinic's service area and their 10 health care locations in central South Texas.

Vida y Salud Health System, Inc. (Crystal City)

The grant supports the purchase of long-acting reversible contraception and oral contraceptives to establish an inventory for immediate availability and to remove wait time for these products; the purchase of contraceptive training models; the purchase of a colposcope; advertising to bring awareness to availability of services and products; and funds to secure a remaining half-day of an OB/GYN. 

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Jenna Bush Hager

Texas Women’s Foundation has expanded its Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration into a day of learning and leadership for the community on April 27, 2023, at the Omni Dallas Hotel (555 S. Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202). First, the Foundation hosts #BESTSELF, a half-day empowerment program for girls ages 13 to 16. Next, the event features Leadership Forums with the 2023 Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader recipients discussing their journey. Finally, the evening concludes with the Awards Celebration and dinner, led by Jenna Bush Hager, best-selling author and co-host of NBC's TODAY.

 

Miki Woodard, TXWF president and chief executive officer, said, “We invite you to join us for a day of leadership and inspiration. Our event now includes middle and high school students as we strive to celebrate and encourage Texas women leaders across generations. Jenna Hager, whose Texas roots run deep, brings her entrepreneurial spirit and phenomenal journalism career to make this event a ‘must attend’ this spring.”

 

Hager remarked, “I look forward to emceeing this event honoring women who have elevated women and girls and created opportunities for advancement and leadership. I am fortunate to have learned from my grandmothers, Barbara Bush and Jenna Welch, and my mother, Laura, who showed me how to be an impactful woman who lifts up others to achieve their potential.”

 

Maura Women Helping Women Award:

For 44 years, the Maura Women Helping Women Award has been presented to more than 220 courageous individuals who have catalyzed change for women and girls.

 

Brenda Jackson, selection co-chair, and Hilda Galvan, TXWF chairwoman and selection co-chair, led the committee to select the following honorees:

 

Froswá Booker-Drew, Ph.D. (Dallas, TX) is the CEO of Soulstice Consultancy, LLC providing DEI, leadership training, community engagement strategies and philanthropic/partnership guidance for institutions. She is also the CEO of R2 Foundation (Restoration and Reconciliation Foundation) providing support for Black led nonprofits. As a network weaver, she has been a catalyst for building partnerships supporting growth for organizations led by people of color.

 

Madeline Burillo-Hopkins, Ed.D. (Houston, TX) is the Vice Chancellor Workforce Instruction for the Houston Community College System and College President where she has been an advocate for workforce education, diversity and equity. She has been passionate in bringing innovative educational workforce programs and partnerships to enhance upper economic mobility for underserved communities. She has also been instrumental in developing technology summer camps for girls and increasing female participation in computer science and non-traditional areas.

 

Aimee Cunningham (Austin, TX) is the President and CEO of The Boone Family Foundation and a highly experienced principal in the progressive movement. She leads its mission to create equity for women and girls to drive innovation and justice for students in public schools; and to steward and create accessible green spaces. She has led the charge supporting policies that impact women and families.

 

Mary Pat Higgins (Dallas, TX) is the President and CEO of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum where she leads its mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Under her leadership, the Museum opened a new state-of-the-art facility on September 18, 2019, accommodating an expanded core exhibit focused on the Holocaust, other genocides and human and civil rights in the U.S.

 

Jill Louis (Dallas, TX) is Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s Dallas office, a member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice, and co-chair of the Infrastructure Development practice. Her practice focuses on advising companies with growth-oriented, liquidity-creating and transformational strategies. She is also the host of RelevantNOW, an environmental, social and corporate governance-focused podcast examining the intersection of business and public interest.

 

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. This year’s recipients:

 

Ann Sheu (Dallas, TX) is the founder of Mpowered Families, a training and coaching company with a unique approach to empowering individuals with tools to have a family life filled with purpose, alignment and connection. A highly sought-after keynote speaker, she is known for her ability to inspire audiences to create a tactical plan toward achieving their Decade Dream. 

 

Professor “Bee” Nance (Katy, TX) is the COO of Generation Teach, a multi-million-dollar educational non-profit whose vision is to end racial injustice and inequity in education. She is also the author of a children’s financial literacy book called “Sunny Gets Money,” and the founder of The Rising Sunny, an organization that teaches families how to build wealth.

 

Schedule:

11:30-3:00 p.m. #BESTSELF

BestSelf is an empowerment program that brings girls ages 13-16, their educators and allies together to learn leadership skills, healthy conflict resolution and more, so these girls can embrace and become their “best selves.” The workshops, led by subject-matter experts, builds self-confidence and empowers 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.

 

4:00-5:45 p.m. Leadership Forums – award recipients in a moderated conversation

4:00-4:45 p.m.    

Ann Sheu: Empowering Community & Bee Nance: Teaching Financial Freedom

Dr. Froswá Booker-Drew: Breaking Economic Barriers
Mary Pat Higgins: Championing Upstanders

 

5:00-5:45 p.m.

Aimee Boone Cunningham: Amplifying Activism

Madeline Burillo-Hopkins: Building Potential        

Jill Louis: Elevating Representation

 

5:45-6:30 p.m. General Reception

 

6:30-8:00 p.m.  Awards Dinner, presentation and panel discussions; Jenna Bush Hager serves as moderator

Leadership and Advocacy: Dr. Froswá Booker-Drew, Aimee Boone Cunningham, Jill Louis

Leadership and Education: Bee Nance, Madeline Burillo-Hopkins, Ann Sheu, Mary Pat Higgins

 

Information/Sponsorships:

Sponsorships start at $1,000. To learn more about this event, visit https://txwfleadership.org/

 

For those interested in sponsorship, contact Joy Busch at lfad@txwf.org, jbusch@txwf.org or 917-279-6077.

 

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. In Fiscal Year 2022, these resources supported more than $7.1 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 $74 million in women and girls, including $60 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.

 

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H100 Latina Giving Circle at TXWF Lucinda Rocha, H100 Latina Giving Circle co-chair; Linda Valdez Thompson, H100 Latina Giving Circle co-chair; Maryanne Piña Frodsham H100 Latina Giving Circle president; Maria Espinosa, H100 LGC grants chair; Silvana Rosero, H100 LGC committee member

The Hispanic 100 (H100) Latina Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation has awarded $115,000 in grants to 30 North Texas area nonprofits serving the needs of Latina women and girls in low- and moderate-income communities. Since 2019, the group has contributed $506,000 to dozens of worthy nonprofit organizations.

 

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.

 

Linda Valdez Thompson, H100 Latina Giving Circle Co-Chair, said, “From education to family support, housing and health, these grants will have an immediate impact on these organizations during a difficult few years. We are honored to support them.”

 

Lucinda Rocha, H100 Latina Giving Circle Co-Chair, added, “There were so many worthy nonprofit organizations as there are many needs in our community. We appreciate the H100 members who have helped research and pare down the list to these amazing organizations addressing social issues and making a difference in their communities.”

 

Grants were given to the following:

  • After-School All-Stars – Career Exploration program for Latina All-Stars
  • Aspire – Early Education and Family Literacy Program for Latinas and children
  • Bachman Lake Together – Community Action Network program to equip parents
  • Bryan’s House – Family Support Services Program for children with special needs
  • Catch Up & Read – Bilingual support to help at-risk children read on grade level
  • The Compelling Why – Seminars and leadership programs for Latina students
  • The Concilio – Parents Advocating for Student Excellence program
  • Foundation Communities – Housing for homeless and low-income families
  • Friends of Solar Prep – Educational programs for girls at Solar Prep for Girls
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter – Bilingual services for Spanish speaking families  
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas – Membership access for Latina girls
  • Girlstart – Afterschool programs and summer camps
  • HHM Health – Women and Children’s Health Center support
  • Hispanic Women Network of Texas (Latinas in Progress) – Operational support
  • Hope Clinic of McKinney – Support for a medical doctor to provide care
  • Human Rights Initiative of North Texas – Support of HRI’s Crime Victims Program
  • Jubilee Park Community Center – Housing and Workforce Program for low-income residents
  • LiftFund – Technical Assistance integration of Latina Small Business Recovery Program
  • Metrocrest Services – Metrocrest Empowerment Initiative for Women
  • Mommies in Need – Support for Annie's Place to provide healthcare access
  • Mosaic Family Services – Support salary of a bilingual case manager
  • Primos Dallas – Support for young people to become college, career and life ready
  • Rainbow Days, Inc. – Community Connection program for at-risk children
  • Readers 2 Leaders – Support reading skills of underserved Dallas children
  • Rosa es Rojo – Salary and support for SuperVive-Comunidad Virtual platform  
  • SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. – SER STEM funds for girls to learn and compete in robotics
  • United to Learn – Program support for public elementary schools
  • 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
  • Young Women’s Preparatory Network – Program support for all female schools

 

Miki Woodard, Texas Women’s Foundation president and CEO, said, “Thank you to the H100 Latina Giving Circle for raising funds and supporting these incredible nonprofit organizations. When we lift up a woman and her family, the community also rises and benefits.”

 

Leadership includes Maryanne Piña Frodsham, H100 Board President; Lucinda Rocha, co-chair; Linda Valdez Thompson, co-chair; Maria Espinoza, grants chair; Kim Cummings, board member; and Rachel C. Ybarra, board member. Committee members include Elsa Grivas, Betty Manetta, Evelyn Molina, Rosa Navejar, Silvana Rosero, Erma Saracho, Jennifer Treviño and Dora Tovar.

 

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 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.

 

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 $7.1 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 $74 million in women and girls, including $60 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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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.