On October 3, Dallas Women’s Foundation’s patron party, graciously hosted by Lisa and Peter Kraus at their home, was a celebration of sponsors who have contributed to the 33rd Annual Luncheon. The luncheon, presented by Toyota, is set for November 7 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, and will feature Academy Award nominated director and producer Ava DuVernay in a dialogue with noted journalist Michele Norris.
Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Foundation president and CEO, welcomed the crowd. “We are so grateful to each of you and the organizations you represent, for your generous support. This luncheon promises to be one of our most successful ever. And that is due entirely to the marvelous leadership of co-chairs Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller, with honorary co-chairs Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ambassador Ron Kirk.”
Dawson Thompson turned the microphone over to the co-chairs to thank the hosts and sponsors by name. Lael Brodsky said, “We are thrilled to have several ‘firsts’ – this is the first year for Toyota to be our presenting sponsor, the first time for Nancy C. Rogers to be our Spotlight Sponsor, the first year for Target to serve as our Speaker Sponsor and the first year for Sammye and Mike Myers to be Platinum Sponsors! And we are delighted to have Lyda Hill and U.S. Trust again generously serving as Platinum Sponsors.”
Tricia Miller thanked the Crystal, Emerald, Gold, Silver and media sponsors, and concluded by saying, “We could not have such a successful Luncheon and raise so much money to support the outstanding work of Dallas Women’s Foundation without the generosity of our sponsors. A very special thanks to our hosts tonight – Lisa and Peter Kraus. And a very special announcement: We are so excited to tell you that the luncheon is completely SOLD OUT!”
The sponsors of Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 33rd Annual Luncheon are:
Presenting Sponsor: Toyota
Spotlight Sponsor: Nancy C. Rogers
Platinum Sponsors: Lyda Hill, Sammye and Mike A. Myers, U. S. Trust
Speaker Sponsor: Target and with ongoing support from Suzanne Ahn, M.D. Speaker Endowment Fund
Crystal Sponsors: Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller, Capital One, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated, Jones Day, Southwest Airlines and Texas Instruments
Diamond Sponsors: Barings Multifamily Capital; Julie Bleicher, Diana Dutton, Gail Griswold and Patricia Villareal; Ernst & Young, Kimberly Clark Corporation, NexBank
Emerald Sponsors: AT&T, Inc., AXXESS, Ellenore Knight Baker/Carter Financial Management; Mickie Bragalone, Lynn Hunt Gray and Pam Patsley; Becky Bruder, Debbie Barnes, Faye Lidji and Candace Krause; Jill Cochran, Joyce Goss and Selwyn Rayzor; Claire Dewar, Julie Hawes and Muffin Lemak; Fossil Group; Frito-Lay, Inc.; Haynes and Boone, LLP; The Horchow Family; Daniel and Toni Hunt; Lisa Kraus, Leslie MacLean and Janie Strauss McGarr; Reverend Katherine G. Lyle; Patsy Woods Martin; Paula and Ron Parker; Sprinkles Cupcakes; Betty Suellentrop; Texas Health Resources; Shawna D. Wilson; Women's Foodservice Forum
Media Sponsors: Dallas Business Journal, DCEO, iHeart Radio, My Sweet Charity
Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $42.2 million since inception and $5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.
WHAT: Communities Foundation of Texas and Dallas Women's Foundation will host a free discussion entitled Diversity in Philanthropy: Understanding, Engaging and Networking the High Net Worth Donor of Color, in partnership with The Vaid Group and Faces of Giving.
Hear from Urvashi Vaid, Tuhina De O'Connor and Hali Lee as they present their groundbreaking research on engaging and networking high net worth donors of color. The study includes a landscape analysis that examines the giving patterns and priorities of high net worth people of color. It finds that, while these donors are generous and philanthropically engaged, they are often invisible to mainstream philanthropy and largely not even known to each other. The research team will also share findings from interviews with dozens of high net worth donors of color and leaders of existing donor networks, as well as present lessons learned from previous attempts to organize donors of color.
The research team will present their observations and recommendations, including the potential development of a network of high net worth donors of color interested in funding racial and social justice. This potential network could coalesce the community of high net worth people of color, elevating the reach and impact of their experiences, resources and talents at a critically important time.
WHO: Hali Lee, Executive Director, Faces of Giving, Inc.
Tuhina De O’Connor, Co-Founder, Faces of Giving, LLC
Urvashi Vaid, Founder, Managing Director, The Vaid Group
Moderator: Monica Egert Smith, Chief Relationship Officer, Communities Foundation of Texas
Introductions: Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President & CEO, Dallas Women’s Foundation
WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
4:00 p.m. Registration
4:30-6:00 p.m. Panel and Q&A
6:00-7:00 p.m. Cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres
WHERE: Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX 75225
COST: Free, but registration is required, and space is limited. https://www.dallaswomensfdn.org/facesofgiving
Dallas Women’s Foundation has announced eight new board members, who will serve three-year terms from 2018-2021, and has also named A. Shonn Brown as its chair elect. Brown, a partner with Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, has been a member of the Foundation board since 2015, co-chaired the Annual Luncheon in 2017 and helped found The Village Giving Circle at Dallas Women’s Foundation. She will succeed current board chair Caren K. Lock July 1, 2019.
New members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors are: Chrysta Castañeda, shareholder and founder, The Castañeda Firm; Effie Dennison, senior vice president, director of community development and corporate social responsibility, Texas Capital Bank; Stacey Doré, senior vice president and general counsel, Hunt Utility Services, LLC and InfraREIT, Inc.; Samantha Dwinell, vice president of human resources, Texas Instruments; Laura Maxwell, senior vice president of supply chain optimization, Frito-Lay; Sara Madsen Miller, principal and chief operating officer, 1820 Productions; Charmaine Tang, executive director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Rachel Vinson, president, Barings Multifamily Capital LLC. For a complete board list, visit https://www.dallaswomensfdn.org/2016/why-us/board.
Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Foundation president and CEO, said, “We are so fortunate to have 47 extraordinary leaders on our Board of Directors, and we’re proud that our board is one of the most diverse and inclusive in the entire region, with 43 percent being women of color or LGBTQ. We are delighted to welcome our eight newest members, who bring expertise, passion for the mission and broad networks of influence to support our work. Our leadership lineup of officers is also an absolute dream team, with Caren Lock as chair, Shonn Brown as chair elect, Beverly Goulet as secretary and Mary Hatcher as treasurer. We are grateful to all of our board and executive committee members for their dedication to Dallas Women’s Foundation.”
Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $37.6 million since inception and over $4.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.
Dallas Women’s Foundation has announced a date change for its 33rd Annual Luncheon, presented by Toyota. Originally scheduled on October 30th, the event will now take place on November 7th at the same location, Hilton Anatole Hotel. A sponsor reception begins at 10:15 a.m., and the luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The featured speaker is Ava DuVernay, writer, producer and director, whose work includes the award-winning Selma and 13th. She was the first African American female director to helm a $100 million budget feature film and children’s classic, A Wrinkle in Time. DuVernay will be interviewed by Michele Norris, former National Public Radio host and director of TheRaceCard project.
Community leaders Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller are co-chairs of the luncheon. Honorary co-chairs are Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk.
The Annual Luncheon is the Foundation’s principal fundraiser in support of its work to advance women’s economic security, leadership, childcare access and healthcare in North Texas and to drive positive social and economic change for women and girls through research, advocacy and grant-making. Founded in 1985, Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world and has granted more than $37.6 million since its inception.
Dallas Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon sponsorships start at $5,000. Those interested should contact Ashley Lindsay at 214.525.5311, email@example.com or visit www.dallaswomensfdn.org/luncheon.
Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) will serve as presenting sponsor for the 33rd Dallas Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 30 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. A sponsor reception will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Community volunteer leaders Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller will serve as co-chairs for the luncheon, which aims to raise $1.5 million to serve the needs of women and girls in North Texas. Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk will serve as honorary chairs.
Further, two of the most influential women in media will engage in a candid, insightful on-stage conversation, as Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay and NPR host Michele Norris discuss the pressing issues facing women today.
DuVernay rose to prominence as the director of Selma and A Wrinkle in Time. Norris was the first African-American woman to host NPR’s All Things Considered.
Toyota Motor North America has signed on as the luncheon’s presenting sponsor, citing shared values with the Dallas Women’s Foundation. The automaker has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and recently celebrated the first anniversary of its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas.
“The Foundation is the trusted leader in advancing equity and opportunity for all women and girls,” said Bonnie Clinton TMNA’s general manager, indirect procurement. “That mission closely aligns with Toyota’s vision for diversity and inclusion. We’re thrilled to work with the Foundation to help empower women, girls and the whole North Texas community.”
“We are delighted to have Toyota as our presenting sponsor,” said Roslyn Dawson Thompson, the foundation’s president and chief executive officer. “The leadership line-up for this luncheon is extraordinary – from the significant example Toyota is setting as a corporate leader, to the dedication of our awesome co-chairs, Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller, and honorary chairs, Matrice and Ron Kirk, to the powerful success stories of Ava DuVernay and Michele Norris. I’m confident this leadership line-up is going to help us achieve and even exceed our goal.”
The annual luncheon’s Honorary Chairs – Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk – are among the most respected and admired individuals in the community. A 30-year public servant and legal professional, Ambassador Kirk is senior of counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices, and has leadership roles on a number of corporate boards and charitable organizations. From 2009 to 2013, Ambassador Kirk served as U.S. Trade Representative under President Barack Obama, and from 1995 to 2001, he was Mayor of Dallas. Matrice Ellis-Kirk is managing director at RSR Partners, a senior member of the firm’s board of directors’ practice, and head of the Dallas office. She is an active leader in the business and civic communities, and serves on a number of boards, including the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, North Texas Tollway Authority and The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.
Dallas Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon table sponsorships begin at $3,500, and individual tickets begin at $350. Those interested should contact Ashley Lindsay at 214.525.5311, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dallaswomensfdn.org/luncheon.
Earlier this month, Heritage Giving Fund at Dallas Women's Foundation hosted an intriguing panel discussion featuring remarks from Representative Helen Giddings, Zenetta Drew of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Greer L. Christian of Wells Fargo, as well as moderator Dr. Halima Leak Francis. The topic was "Giving Back: Our Legacy of Leadership in Philanthropy," which focused on the historical contributions black women have made to North Texas philanthropy.
HERitage Giving Fund is one of the giving circles at the Dallas Women's Foundation - others include The Village Giving Circle and the Orchid Giving Circle. The Founding Officers of HERitage Giving Fund are Akilah S. Wallace, Chair; Halima Leak Francis, Co-Chair; and Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew, Grants Committee Chair.
Wallace said, “These powerful women shared how important it is for us to continue the work of HERitage: combine our gifts and give to organizations that use innovative approaches to serve African-American women and girls, so that they can achieve success. We invite others who share our passion to join us so that we can support our community.”
Founded August 2017 during Black Philanthropy Month, HERitage Giving Fund at Dallas Women’s Foundation encourages philanthropy in the African-American/Black community by contributing in a strategic and meaningful way and by bringing a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations serving African-American women and girls throughout the North Texas area. The circle provides an opportunity to learn about issues and organizations that affect and impact the African-American/Black community. Additionally, HERitage Giving Fund provides members and donors with opportunities for philanthropy empowerment and member socials.
Shawn Wills, Dallas Women’s Foundation senior vice president of development, said, “Dallas Women’s Foundation is proud to support HERitage Giving Fund. Giving circles, such as HERitage Giving Fund, are a way for women of similar cultures to collectively raise funds and to distribute them to organizations that are making our community better.”
For more information about HERitage Giving Fund, visit https://www.dallaswomensfdn.org/heritagegivingfund or email HeritageGivingFund@gmail.com.
Dallas Women’s Foundation announced updates for its Unlocking Leadership Campaign on May 30 at its Leadership Key Club dinner hosted by Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, who serve as campaign co-chairs along with Paula and Ron Parker and Trea and Richard Yip. The Leadership Key Club is a donor level recognizing those who have contributed $100,000 or more.
Campaign Co-Chair Ashlee Kleinert said that the campaign was launched in 2013 to raise $50 million to invest in women’s economic security and advancing leadership for women and girls in the region. She said, “Women make up an extremely disproportionate share of households living in poverty. In Dallas County, 34 percent of all households are headed by women. However, 54 percent of households living in poverty are woman-headed. Also, 52% of all professional jobs are held by women, but only 14.6% of executive positions are held by women. Evidence shows that investing in women is the most effective way to lift communities, companies and even countries.”
Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Dallas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, thanked the Kleinerts for their gracious hospitality, and said, “The success of this campaign reflects the leadership of our phenomenal co-chairs, campaign cabinet members and every single person in this room! Your inspiring generosity has enabled tremendous growth in our key programs and initiatives that have impacted literally tens of thousands women and girls in North Texas. We are deeply grateful for your role in reaching this campaign milestone, and with your help, we’ll reach our goal!”
Dawson Thompson gave updates on the Foundation’s key initiatives in economic security and leadership. In addition, she announced that the October 30th luncheon will feature Ava DuVernay, writer, producer, director and distributor of independent films. DuVernay, who directed A Wrinkle in Time and Selma, will be joined onstage by Michele Norris, noted American radio journalist, former National Public Radio host, and director of TheRaceCard project, who will moderate a dialog. Co-chairs are Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller, and honorary co-chairs are Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk.
Funds from the Unlocking Leadership Campaign are earmarked for the Foundation’s primary focus areas – women’s economic security and women’s leadership. The Economic Security Initiative aims to strengthen the economic security of 16,000 women and girls by 2021, and to date, has helped strengthen the economic security of more than 30,000 women and their families in the North Texas area. The campaign’s Leadership Initiative aims to provide 60,000 women and girls with leadership training and opportunities by 2021, and thus far has helped to train and support more than 41,000 women and girls as leaders.
In addition to the Unlocking Leadership Campaign co-chairs Ashlee and Christopher Kleinert, Paula and Ron Parker, and Trea and Richard Yip, the Campaign Cabinet members are Lael Brodsky, Ellenore Knight Baker, Kalita Beck Blessing, Julie S. England, Hilda C. Galvan, Caren K. Lock, Janie Strauss McGarr, Maribess Lehmann Miller, Retta A. Miller and Janice V. Sharry.
For those interested in donating to the campaign, contact Shawn Wills, Dallas Women’s Foundation senior vice president of development, at email@example.com or 214.525.5318.
On May 5 at Southern Methodist University, Dallas Women’s Foundation hosted more than 300 middle school and high school girls at the annual #BestSelf leadership event. A program of Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Initiative, #BestSelf helped build future leaders by empowering young girls to be their best selves through programs that teach them (and adults) about themselves, how to build stronger relationships, healthy approaches to conflict, and how to use their voices as they pursue gender equality in school, in life and in society. Throughout the event, girls took leadership roles in making announcements and leading the panel discussions. The Foundation’s Leadership Initiative is committed to advancing and increasing the number of women and girls in leadership.
During the panel discussion, the participants heard from three keynote speakers who answered questions from the two student moderators about friendships, gossip, failure and embracing one’s gifts and talents to be their best self.
Rachel Simmons, author of Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives, and the New York Times best-sellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl, gave this advice: “Everyone has a purpose, and you have to figure it out, and then the crazy goes down.”
Tiffany Dufu, named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women and co-founder and CEO of THE CRU, gave this advice: “All the things I used to get teased for when I was young are now all my super powers.”
Alicia Menendez, journalist, multimedia storyteller and named “Broadcast Journalism’s New Gladiator” by Elle, a “Content Queen” by Marie Claire, and “Ms. Millennial” by The Washington Post, gave this advice about failure after she received her first B+ in college: “If you don’t know how to approach something, you have to ask.” She ended up graduating with honors.
Throughout the day, there were dance/jam sessions where girls danced, people bingo to encourage girls to meet new friends, social media photo opportunities and door prizes.
Menendez’ breakout session, Likeability, took a critical look at what people gain by striving to be well-liked, what that can cost them, and what they might gain when they learn to care less.
Dufu’s breakout session, What I Wish I Had’ve Known When I Was Thirteen, talked about embracing what makes each girl special and surrounding herself with people who can help her to be her best version.
In Simmons’ breakout session, Enough As She Is, she translated the toxic messages about achievement that girls have internalized, and taught parents and educators the tools to help girls practice self-compassion, redefine success, pursue purpose, and—most importantly—let them know they are enough as they are.
The participants commented that the most valuable lessons they learned were “try not to care what others think about you and be yourself,” and “it’s okay to fail as you learn from your mistakes.”
After the sessions, the participants received a tour of SMU.
A special thank you to the sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Nancy Ann Hunt
Gift in Kind Donors: Axxess, Kendra Scott, VisitDallas, Wells Fargo.
Dallas Women’s Foundation held its Leadership Forum & Awards Dinner, presented by AT&T, on April 19 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The Foundation honored six exceptional women: four received the Maura Women Helping Women Awards, and two received the Young Leader Award, presented by Capital One. The dinner was co-chaired by community and business leaders, Effie Dennison and Jan Sharry.
Dennison, who has received the Maura award, welcomed the sold out ballroom of 700 attendees. “I am always in awe of the great things accomplished by each year’s Maura and Young Leader Award recipients. From the outstanding work of our award recipients to our groundbreaking keynote speaker, tonight is designed to inspire and to motivate all of us to make a commitment, to do our part and to make sure that more women and girls have the opportunity to lead.”
Sharry added her thanks to the sponsors. “As a sponsor, you are making an investment to address gender inequity. Your contributions help level the playing field for women and girls. Very special thanks go to our presenting sponsor, AT&T.” (See sponsors at end of press release).
Brenda L. Jackson, award selection committee co-chair and Maura winner, talked about the Maura Award. “The award was established in 1978 to recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to the success and well-being of women and girls in the North Texas region. Among the recipients are women and men who have blazed trails and made strides in various fields – from company executives and community volunteers, to those serving on corporate boards, in Congress, and even in the White House.” Then she asked all the previous Maura and Young Leader Award winners to stand and be recognized.
Jackson then introduced each Maura honoree with a video that told more about each one:
“For her work creating opportunities for more women being represented on corporate boards and in the male-dominated construction industry, and her contributions building a college to career pipeline that is changing the trajectory for thousands of young girls and women, we award Arcilia Acosta with the Maura Women Helping Women Award.”
“For her tireless contribution building a STEAM program for young girls in at-risk communities to expose them to careers where there is an underrepresentation of females, we recognize Maura Women Helping Women Award recipient Dr. Jocelyn Kidd.”
“For her role designing and delivering programs that help women find and align their lives with their true purpose, and for providing critical services for women and children in need, we celebrate Maura Women Helping Women Award recipient Cynthia Mickens Ross.”
“For her vision and wholehearted dedication to creating services and ensuring resources for the most marginalized and desperate women and girls – and her courage and determination in fighting to protect girls and women from the ravages of human trafficking, we honor and celebrate Maura Women Helping Women Award recipient Gail Turner.”
Caren Lock, Dallas Women’s Foundation board chairwoman and selection committee co-chair, and Stephanie Jeffery, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Capital One, Young Leader Award sponsor, introduced the two women under the age of 40 who are breaking barriers to help women advance in leadership.
“For exemplary efforts, tremendous courage and vision to create change for women and girls who are victims of human trafficking, we recognize Dr. Vanessa Bouché with the Young Leader Award.”
“For confidence, courage and tremendous effort in raising her voice and putting herself on the line to make change and represent her generation in politics, policy and community, we recognize Brooke López with the Young Leader Award.”
Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Dallas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, added her congratulations to the honorees and thanks to the event co-chairs and sponsors. “As we reflect on this vision of equity, I want to acknowledge the role and impact of our founders and the loss of one this past year, the late and so deeply loved Vivian Castleberry.” Thompson recognized the founders in the room, and then she introduced a video. “As you can see from the video, we still have a long way to go to reach equity and equal representation in the halls of power, whether in the C-suite or in Congress. So to give you a real tangible sense of the steps we need to take in order to reach our goals, let me give you a number: 115 is the number of steps to the front door of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.” She asked people to give at least $115 to further the Foundation’s mission.
After dinner was served, Jennifer Biry, AT&T Technology and Operations chief financial officer and Foundation board member, introduced Nina Tassler. “Nina is an author, entrepreneur, mother, philanthropist and the former chairwoman of CBS Entertainment. She also wrote a book entitled What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women with excerpts from her interviews with notable women and the advice they gave their daughters.”
Tassler told the audience that everyone has a story worth telling. She told her life story of growing up as a daughter of Puerto Rican mother who converted to Judaism before she married, a child of a mixed marriage, and the only Jewish/Puerto Rican kid in her school.
“Throughout my life, and over the course of my career, I have been concerned with three central issues: gender equity, unconscious bias and the exploration of class in America.”
She talked about her career at CBS Entertainment and how she tried to address these three issues. “In order to create the greatest opportunity for success, we had to ensure that every individual at CBS, from executives to support staff to the hardworking people who cleaned our offices at night, were not only recognized for the hard work, but their salaries, raises and bonuses were always looked at through the lens of gender equity.”
About failure: “Each failure provides an opportunity for another success.”
About working moms: “To quote Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ‘I’ve often said that I have had it all in my long lifetime, just not all at the same time.’ This became my mantra.”
Her closing words included a quote from the late Governor Ann Richards: “This is your life. It is the only one you get, so no excuses and no do-overs. If you can make a mistake or fail at something, you learn from it, you get over it and you move on. Your job is the be the very best person you can be and to never settle.”
Presenting Sponsor: AT&T, Inc.
Speaker Sponsor: Catherine M. Coughlin Endowment for Women’s Leadership
Crystal Sponsor: Capital One Bank, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Texas Capital Bank
Diamond Sponsor: Axxess, Jones Day
Emerald Sponsors: Ellenore Baker & Julie England Art, David B. Miller Family Foundation, Ernst & Young LLP, Nancy Ann Hunt
Gold Sponsors: Archer Western, CARCON Industries, Celanese Corporation, Kaleta A. Doolin, Frito-Lay, Inc., Beverly Goulet, Brenda L. Jackson, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Jan Sharry, Major General Mary L. Saunders USAF (Ret.), Texas Instruments, U.S. Risk LLC
Media Sponsors: Dallas Business Journal, DCEO
Dallas Women’s Foundation has announced a blockbuster speaker for its October 30th luncheon: Ava DuVernay, writer, producer, director and distributor of independent films. The first African American female director to helm a $100 million budget feature film, DuVernay is breaking down barriers through films, such as her award-winning Selma and 13th, that address race, social justice, gender and age. Her recently released film, A Wrinkle in Time, grossed more than $116 million in its first month of release. DuVernay will be joined onstage by Michele Norris – noted American radio journalist, former National Public Radio host and director of TheRaceCard project – who will moderate a dialog.
The Foundation’s 33rd Annual Luncheon on October 30 takes place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, with a VIP reception at 10:30 a.m. and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community leaders Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller are co-chairs of the luncheon. Honorary co-chairs are Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk. Ambassador Kirk was the first African American mayor of the City of Dallas, and both serve on many boards and charitable organizations.
Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Dallas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, said, “We are honored and thrilled to feature Ava DuVernay, one of the world’s most lauded and influential women in film, whose work has fearlessly explored racial inequity in the United States, broken new ground in family drama and brought to life a best-loved children’s classic. Just as we are inspired by her work as a writer, director and producer, so shall we be motivated by her personal story and journey as a pioneer in changing culture in Hollywood. Her conversation with Michele Norris, one of the most trusted voices in American journalism, is sure to be an unforgettable experience.”
DuVernay is in production on her next film, Central Park Five, while overseeing production of the critically acclaimed drama series, Queen Sugar. She directed Selma (2014), which chronicles the historic 1965 voting rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Her critically acclaimed feature-length documentary, 13th (2016), exploring racial inequality in the U.S. by focusing on the nation’s prison system, was released on Netflix. 13th was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and won four Emmy Awards out of its eight nominations. Other noteworthy credits include Middle of Nowhere (2012), which earned her the Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award, I Will Follow (2010), and This Is the Life (2008). Prior to filmmaking, DuVernay worked as a marketer and publicist for 14 years. Her award-winning firm provided strategy and execution for more than 120 film and television campaigns for acclaimed directors, including Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and Bill Condon. She is the founder of ARRAY, a community-based distribution collective dedicated to amplifying films by people of color and women filmmakers. She was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” of 2017.
Michele Norris is one of the most trusted voices in American journalism. She is a former host of the National Public Radio (NPR) evening news program, All Things Considered (2002-2011), and later served as a special correspondent for that program (2013-2015). In 2015, she left NPR to focus on TheRaceCard project. She is author of The Grace of Silence (2010), a memoir.
Those interested in luncheon sponsorships or tables, which start at $5,000, should call 214.525.5311 or visit www.dallaswomensfdn.org/luncheon.
« Previous1...5678...9Next »