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TXWF Tarrant County Jennifer Limas, Girls Inc. president & CEO; Erica Robinson, co-chair; Faith, Girls Inc. Alum; Julia Nova, co-chair.jpg

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) announced that the organization has increased its investment in Tarrant County, providing grants totaling $260,000 to three organizations—WiNGS, Women’s Center of Tarrant County and Girls Inc. of Tarrant County—to support economic security for women and girls.

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and CEO, said, “The future workforce and future economy in Texas depend upon investing in solutions that get to the root causes of women’s and girls’ economic insecurity – and reverse them. Our goal is to ensure that Texas women and girls, and their families, have the knowledge, financial competence and support to enable them to move from surviving to thriving. We’re pleased to work with and invest in these Tarrant County nonprofits to help achieve these goals.”

The Women’s Center of Tarrant County grant funds the “Working Families Success” model, a proven best-practice program to advance economic security for more than 400 people. The program provides bundled career and financial coaching and support for Tarrant County women and families overcoming violence, crisis and poverty situations.

The WiNGS grant provides capacity building services in Tarrant County via the WiNGS Coaching Institute. The Institute provides ongoing training, support and continuing-education for financial coaches at nonprofit organizations in Tarrant County. By supporting the front-line staff at nonprofit agencies across the region and standardizing training for financial coaches, the Institute strengthens the financial coaching services provided to women who are clients of multiple nonprofit organizations across the region.

The grant to Girls Inc. of Tarrant County helps fund College & Career Programs for 1,700 at-risk girls in Tarrant County. In 2018, Girls Inc. achieved a 100% graduation rate for its high school seniors who were active in Girls Inc. programs, and 85% of those graduates are pursuing higher education opportunities. Of the girls who started college in fall 2018, 60% were first-generation college students, and of those, 86% were the first in their families to graduate from high school.

Jennifer Limas, Girls Inc. of Tarrant County’s president and CEO, said, “Support from Texas Women’s Foundation creates a space for more girls to dream of economic independence by allowing us to expand our College & Career Programs and add additional cohorts of our Boost mentoring program and solidify financial literacy education, including financial literacy training for the families of college-bound girls.”

Girls Inc. of Tarrant County ensures girls are prepared to be economically independent and have a plan for their future after high school. The College & Career Programs help guide students through that process and provide resources to ensure each girl and her family is aware of the financial aid system, scholarships and demands of the university setting. Additionally, practical knowledge of budgeting and other financial topics are taught. Each girl is also part of the Girls Inc. Economic Literacy program, which is a research-based, outcomes-focused curriculum. It builds a foundation of financial and economic knowledge including: budgeting, investing, understanding needs vs. wants, and aspirational financial planning. Girls Inc.’s goal is to inspire girls to be prepared, capable and successful future leaders in the community.

Faith M., a Girls Inc. alum who went from a “C” student to graduating top 10 from Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School in June 2015 after joining Girls Inc., said, “Being selected to be part of Girls In Charge, a leadership and entrepreneurship program, gave me the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis, where I met girls from across the country and Canada. We stayed in the dorms at Butler University, and it gave me a sense of what it would feel like to be in college. I remember telling myself, ‘This is a feeling I want to savor forever.’ If I could describe what a spark of hope felt like, that was it.” Faith graduated in May 2019 with honors from the University of Texas at Arlington with her degree in social work and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in social work.

For those interested in learning more about Texas Women’s Foundation, the organization is hosting a Viewpoints: Unlocking Assets breakfast panel discussion on women’s business ownership in Fort Worth on October 24, 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Fort Worth Club (306 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102). More information can be found at https://www.txwf.co/unlockingassetsviewpoints.

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 $36 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, advocacy, 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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Each year, thousands of Dallas families struggle with access to affordable childcare, a growing problem that often leads to wage loss, career stagnation and deferred education, particularly in households headed by single women. Recognizing this problem, NexBank invested in making a sizable gift of $150,000 to the Child Care Access Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) to establish the first afterschool care program at Pleasant Grove Elementary School. NexBank’s investment will help run the program for three years from 2018 to 2021.

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and CEO, said, “Our research showed the need for affordable child care, particularly for low-income families. As a result, we established the Child Care Access Fund to invest in cost-effective, efficient programs that produce meaningful change for families in need, which are often headed by single women. We are thankful for NexBank and other donors who have contributed and hope others will join them.”

TXWF found strong demand and has been able to serve 30 students with high quality afterschool care from the initial investment. With 80 students on a waitlist, TXWF and NexBank are reaching out to other companies to help fund the increasing need in this childcare desert.  

Thanks to NexBank’s donation, TXWF partnered with established providers—Dallas Afterschool—to provide high quality afterschool care, which focused on improving the reading skills, writing and homework assistance along with fitness and gym activities. Additionally, students received leadership development training and learned about self-esteem, healthy relationships and the environment.

A highlight was a Parent Appreciation Night in which parents learned about their students’ successes and were introduced to other community resources. Close to 95 percent of families attended, and parents were appreciative of this high caliber affordable childcare. Monica Bocanegra, a parent and Parent Teacher Organization vice president, remarked, “This is a first for us to have an after school program offered at our school…we need more programs like this for our children and the parents.”

There are opportunities for banks to receive Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) credit for investing in childcare programs. NexBank was recognized by the FDIC for its support of the program and its innovative approach to CRA investment activities.  For more information about childcare statistics, please refer to the addendum.*  For more information about the program, please contact Ashley Lindsay at alindsay@txwf.org or call 214.525.5311. 

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.

 

*Things You Should Know About Texas Women and Child Care:

 

  • 62 percent of Texas moms are in the paid labor force.
  • The majority of Texas children are part of families where both parents work outside the home, or one parent if in a single-parent family. This describes 59 percent (1.3 million) of children under age 6, and 62 percent (1.7 million) of children ages 6 to 12.3
  • The average yearly cost of full-time child care in Texas is between $7,000 to $9,000, depending on the age of the child.
  • Access to child care helps women increase their employment, wages, job stability and advancement.
  • Fewer than 10 percent of eligible children receive child care subsidies.
  • Pre-K provides child care and early education to 220,000 children in Texas.

 

 

*Source: Texas Women’s Foundation’s Economic Issues for Women in Texas, 2017 research

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Texas Women’s Foundation has named A. Shonn Brown as chair, serving from 2019-2021. Brown, vice president and deputy general counsel at Kimberly-Clark, has served on the Foundation board since 2015, co-chaired the Annual Luncheon in 2017 and helped establish The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation. She succeeds Caren K. Lock.

 

Texas Women’s Foundation has also announced seven new members of the Foundation’s, who will serve three-year terms from 2019-2022. They are:

  • Hattie Hill, President and CEO, Hattie Hill Enterprises, Inc.
  • Cynt Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks
  • Sarah K. Miller, President and Chair, Kozmetsky Family Foundation
  • Tricia Miller, Miller Family Foundation
  • Neena Newberry, President, Newberry Executive Solutions
  • Debbie Rollins, Audit Partner, Grant Thornton
  • Lissa Smith, Community Relations Advisor, FedEx Office

 

The executive committee includes the following:

  • A. Shonn Brown, Chair (Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Kimberly-Clark)
  • Caren Lock, Immediate Past Chair (Regional Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Government Relations, TIAA)
  • Roslyn Dawson Thompson (President & CEO, Texas Women’s Foundation)
  • Cheryl Alston, Secretary (Executive Director and CIO, Employees’ Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas)
  • Michelle Hudson, Treasurer/Finance Chair (Principal, Hudson Peters Commercial)
  • Shawna Wilson, Governance Chair (Vice President of Global Business Services, Frito-Lay)
  • Toni Muñoz-Hunt, Programs Chair (Founder, Model Behaviors)
  • Beverly Goulet, Investment Advisory Chair (Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer, American Airlines)
  • Betsy Healy, Advocacy Chair (Associate Director, Harold Simmons Foundation)
  • Keri Kaiser, Member-At-Large (Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Experience, Children’s Health)
  • Sara Madsen Miller, Member-At-Large (Principal/COO, 1820 Productions)
  • Bonnie Clinton, Member-At-Large (CPO Indirect Procurement, Toyota North America)
  • Hilda Galvan, Member-At-Large (Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day)

 

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

 

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, said, “We are thrilled to have these talented women join our board, which is one of the most diverse and inclusive in the region. These new members, along with our executive committee and other board members, bring their expertise, passion for our mission and networks of influence to support our work throughout North Texas and the state.”

 

 

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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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.