Event Archives

AWE Dallas August 2019 Event

08-15-2019 – Jeffrey Schmidt – Artistic Director, Theatre Three

Theatre Three’s Artistic Director Jeffrey Schmidt joined AWE on Thursday, August 15th at the Cooper Clinic. Heir to the legacy co-founded by the late Jac Alder in 1961, Schmidt leads Theatre Three into Season 58 this fall.

AWE asked Jeffrey to talk to us about the future of the theater scene in Dallas, which has seen a lot of changes in this new digital era. Meanwhile, Schmidt has taken on the complex challenge of filling the shoes of the legendary Alder, who Read more

AWE Dallas July 2019 Event
07-18-2019 – July Jubilee – Plant and Sip

Our Annual AWE July Jubilee was a Members-Only Event featuring a Plant and Sip at Blue Mesa in Addison, 14866 Montfort Drive, starting at 6 PM.

For a nominal fee, all planting supplies and heavy appetizers were included for our event. Members brought their green thumbs and let their plant creativity shine! Prizes were awarded and our creations have a new home! Our thanks go to our Members who planned this event and to Blue Mesa in Addison for hosting!

AWE Dallas June 2019 Event
06-20-2019 – Reinvent Your life – Carolyn Bondy

One woman can make a difference. Our June speaker, Carolyn Bondy, believes this with all her heart and has dedicated her life to helping other women reinvent their lives.

Carolyn shared the story of her personal reinvention, the basis for the creation of Empowering Women as Leaders (EWL), of which she is founder and chairman. EWL is a national nonprofit organization that enables women to reinvent themselves through scholarship, mentoring, and networking. Read more

AWE Dallas May 2019 Event

05-16-2019 – Sharing Toyota’s Ideas – Bita Behgooy

Toyota’s years of manufacturing experience have taught that small improvement can make a big difference – and they’ve learned that this approach can help other organizations too. For 25 years, Toyota has shared their know-how with other manufacturers, non-profits, and community organizations to help them find better ways of doing their day-to-day work. Sharing Toyota ideas this way helps their partners stay competitive and preserve jobs, or support more people in need – and that benefits us all.Read more

AWE Dallas April 2019 Event

04-18-2019 – AWE Auction – Annual Fundraiser

This year’s Event was held at Cooper’s Hotel and Conference Center on Thursday, April 18th in the Berkley Room.

There were some incredible items upon which to bid: B&B Getaway, a one of a kind Italian Dinner, Miles awards and theatre dinner packages to name a few. For those who enjoy a glass or two of wine, there was a wine pull of outstanding wine of both the red and white variety.Read more

AWE Dallas March 2019 Event

03-21-2019 – The Star in Frisco – Offsite Event Tour

This year’s AWE March offsite event featured a comprehensive tour of The Star in Frisco, 9 Cowboys Way, Frisco, Texas 75034, on March 21st.

The tour took approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and included a tour of Ford Center (indoor athletic facility), War Room (draft room with interactive video wall), Nike Star Walk (collection of 10 most significant milestones in Dallas Cowboys history), Super Bowl Memorabilia and Station (display of Super Bowl memorabilia from all Read more

AWE Dallas February 2019 Event

02-21-2019 – Joseph M. Clemko – Blockchain

Blockchain. “What is that?” you ask. If you don’t know what blockchain is, you’re not alone. You may, however, have heard of bitcoin and crypto-currency, which are linked to the development of blockchain. If you’re wondering why this is important and why you should care, according to Fintech News, “We all conduct our lives increasingly online — online banking, shopping, apps, social media, and online services…Most of us now have some sort of digital presence and all our online activities require the sending of information back and forth. Read more

AWE Dallas November 2018 Event

11-15-2018 – Kirsten Brandt James – 29 Acres Director of Development

The Centers or Disease Control estimates that 1 in 68 American children have been diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As children grow up, their needs change. This is especially true of autistic children as they “age out” of the school system and continue to require various levels of support to maintain the skills they learned through education and programs designed to help them adapt.

Most with ASD continue to live with challenges typical of adults with ASD, Read more

AWE Dallas - October-2018-Event

10-19 & 20-18 – Annual Retreat – Oklahoma City, OK

The AWE annual retreat (a Members Only event) – held this year in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on October 19-20 – not only included hotel reservations for two nights, two breakfasts, two dinners, snacks, wine, mementos, but was also packed with fun and memories!

Activities are arranged for everyone included:
* for those who like to walk there were the Botanical Gardens Read more

September 2018 Event

9-20-18 – John C. Terrell – Vice President of Commercial Development of DFW International Airport

How often have you driven to, past, or through DFW Airport and marveled at how much the airport, and the area around it, has changed/grown since the last time you were there? And been astounded at the pace of change!

Those issues – the past, present and future of commercial development at the airport – were the topic of AWE’s September meeting, open to members and guests. Read more

August 2018 Event

8-16-18 – Paul Markowitz – Founder of Senior Living Specialists

At our August meeting, open to members and guests, we were excited to welcome Paul Markowitz, the founder of Senior Living Specialists, a free service to individuals that provides help to families who are facing the stressful situation of finding the appropriate long-term senior living option.

Paul is a 2005 graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. As an undergraduate, Paul was selected for Read more

June 2018 Event

6-21-18 – Jeanmarie Verchot – Director of the Texas A&M Agrilife Center in Dallas

Our June Speaker, and our own member, Dr. Jeanmarie Verchot is the current Director of the Texas A&M Agrilife Center in Dallas, and previously Professor of Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University.

The Dallas Center houses research and development for sustainable urban agriculture and ecology, disseminating scientific solutions through public and continuing education programming. It is uniquely focused on improving the sustainability Read more

AWE May 2018 Event

5-17-18 – Hitomi Scott – Manager of Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC)

On Thursday, May 17, 2018 our speaker was Hitomi Scott, Manager of Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC). Toyota’s years of manufacturing experience have taught that small improvements can make a big difference — and they’ve learned that this approach can help other organizations too.

For 25 years, they have shared their know-how with other manufacturers, non-profits and community organizations to help them find better ways of doing Read more

AWE April 2018 Event

4-19-18 – Annual AWE Charity Auction

This event was open to members and guests and was held at Cooper Guest Lodge Berkley Room in Dallas at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19.

As part of AWE’s charter, every year since inception in 1983, AWE members have supported worthy organizations in the Dallas Metroplex Community – emphasizing nonprofit organizations whose missions respond to the critical and immediate needs of women, girls and/or young children. Read more

AWE March Event 2018

03-15-2018 – The Ultimate AWEscape

Everyone was invited (members, guests, friends, husbands!) to our March meeting – an evening of food, fun and teambuilding at the Ultimate Escape Game! Everyone loved the strategy games, teamwork, challenges, competition, stress release and fun!

All across the United States escape rooms are surging in popularity. Here is some background information: an escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy Read more

February 2018 Event

02-15-2018 – District Attorney Faith Johnson – A real Dallas pioneer!

Our February speaker at Maggiano’s Willow Bend was District Attorney Faith Johnson, a Dallas pioneer. Her recent appointment as the first African-American female to serve as the District Attorney of Dallas County is one of Ms. Johnson’s several “firsts.”

She has the distinction of being the first African-American female district criminal judge elected in Texas, serving as a presiding judge for 17 years, and was also the first African-American female to attain the highly regarded status of Chief Felony Read more

January 2018 Event

01-18-2018 – Dr. Hind Jarrah – A Perfect Way to Begin the New Year!

AWE was very fortunate to have as our January speaker, Dr. Hind Jarrah.  Dr. Jarrah is the co-founder (2005), former President (2005-2009) and current Executive Director of Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation (TMWF), a non-profit, educational, philanthropic, outreach and social service organization dedicated to empowering women and their families.  

Dr. Jarrah is highly respected for her contribution to strengthening interfaith relations and for her ongoing work preventing and intervening in domestic violence Read more

November Event

11-16-2017 – Sump’n Else – A Salute the Fabulous 60’s!

Dick Clark’s American Bandstand opened the door for TV stations all over world to create their own bandstand shows. In Dallas, Ron Chapman hosted Sump’n Else on WFAA and Teen audiences throughout the area watched and participated.

They wanted to copy fashions, learn the dances, hear the music and be on the show. One of the original “go-go” dancers on the show was Kathryn Forney, one of Marty Marks’ students at Highland Park. Read more

10-13th-15th-17 – Annual Retreat – St. Augustine, Florida

This year’s Fall Retreat was held in St. Augustine, Florida on October 13th through 15th with an optional extension to the 16th. St. Augustine, located on Florida’s northeastern coast, boasts 42 miles of sandy beaches and lays claim to being the oldest city in the US.

St. Augustine’s claim to fame is that it’s the oldest continuously occupied city in the continental United States founded by Europeans. The city was originally founded in 1565 and served as a Spanish military outpost. Read more

09-21-17 – Brent Brown, Trinity River Park Conservancy

This Meeting is open to members and their guests.

Held at Cooper Clinic Aerobics Center Guest Lodge on September 21st, the meeting featured guest speaker Brent Brown with the Trinity River Park Conservancy, who shared the future plans are for the Trinity River Park. Read more

08-18-17 – Dr. Kimberlea Roe, Doctors Without Borders.

This event was open to members and guests and was held at the Guest Lodge of the Dallas Cooper’s Aerobic Center.

Our speaker, Dr. Kimberlea Roe, a native Texan, was born and raised in Dallas where she graduated from The Hockaday School. Dr. Roe received her undergraduate degree from The University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL and received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She completed Read more

AWE Dallas June Event 2017 Speaker, John Krieger

06-15-17 – Are you getting the best bang for your travel buck?

Forget those tedious Internet searches, says travel expert John Krieger.

They don’t yield the best results for your wallet or for your travel fun. John has spent 40 years as an advisor and agency owner, with his fingers on the pulse of travel trends. He knows every trick of the trade to move you from destination unknown to memories unforgettable. A sought-out expert who has appeared on Fox and CBS radio and television, John spent 12 years on the Advisory Board of Vacation.com, Read more

AWE April 2017 Event

04-27-17 – Annual AWE Charity Auction, benefiting WINGS Dallas

As part of AWE’s charter, every year since inception in 1983, AWE members have supported worthy organizations in the Dallas Metroplex Community – emphasizing nonprofit organizations whose missions respond to the critical and immediate needs of women, girls and/or young children.

For the April 2017 Auction, WiNGS Dallas was selected as the fundraiser recipient. They have been in operation since 1908, originally as the local branch Read more

AWE - March, 2017 Event - Akola Project

03-16-17 – Akola Project

This event, open to members only, was held at the Akola flagship store in Snyder Plaza, University Park at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16. At the conclusion of our meeting at Akola we strolled down the street to Peggy Sue’s BBQ for a dinner buffet at 7:30, which was included in the $25 per person meeting cost. Wine was available at an additional cost. Our March meeting’s featured speaker was Brittany Underwood, founder and CEO of the Akola Project. Brittany was named Best Person Read more

The North Texas to Houston Bullet Train02-16-2017 – North Texas – Houston Bullet Train

DALLAS – HOUSTON IN UNDER 90 MINUTES! Rebecca Cowle, Outreach Manager with Texas Central Partners, LLC, was our February Event Guest Speaker.

ABOUT THE PROJECT: Texans will soon have access to a state-of-the-art, high-speed Bullet Train system that will move people between two of our state’s economic powerhouses – North Texas and Houston – in less than 90 minutes. Read more


February-2016-Event-300x30011-17-16 – Allison Woodford, Operational Excellence

Allison Woodford has 20 years of management consulting experience providing insight to how organizations work. Her consulting career includes extensive work in change management, organizational development, information technology and business operations.

She has led global teams embracing the diversity of people from over 90 countries and 17 languages.Read more

awe-october-event-2016-300x30010 21-16 – AWE Fall Retreat

The annual AWE Fall Retreat featured a return trip to a much-heralded retreat location – Canyon of the Eagles on Lake Buchanan. AWE last visited this incredible resort in 2009 – and all who were there could not forget the FLAT SALLY memories made that weekend!!!

Team building events, a choice of activities such as hiking, wine tastings, shopping and sightseeing in Marble Falls and a 2 ½ hour cruise of Lake Buchanan. Saturday evening featured a Sumptuous dinner at the Resort and a game night. Read more

Lauren-September2016-Event_300x3009-15-16 – Lauren Midgley, Overcome the Overwhelm

This event was open to members and guests and was held at Cooper Clinic in Dallas at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 15.

Being overwhelmed in life and business simply feels BAD! You can take steps to feel more in control. During our September meeting, Lauren Midgley, a personal productivity expert, will share how to make this happen in your life. Being productive differs for each person based on their energy, prioritization skills and desire.Read more

AWE July 2016 Event - Paper for Water8-18-16 – Paper for Water

Our August meeting was truly unique, in fact, a first for AWE! AWE members were invited to bring children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends to hear our remarkable speakers, Isabelle and Katherine Adams, who are 10 and 12 years old. When the girls learned that millions of children do not have access to clean water, they put their creative skills to work selling their handcrafted origami ornaments. They also founded Paper for Water, a nonprofit organization that raises money to build Read more

AWE-July-Event2-2016-300x3007-21-16 – July Jubilee – 35th Anniversary Celebration
This members-only event was held at the Greek Isles Grille and Taverna in Dallas on Thursday, July 21. This year’s July Jubilee celebrated AWE’s 35th anniversary by sharing Charter Members’ memories of special retreats, events, and priceless moments. We will also acknowledge their guidance in the development of the organization we have today.

Delicious food, fine company, and a heartfelt walk down memory lane!

AWE June Event-20166-16-16 – Susan Hoff, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

This event, held at Cooper Clinic in Dallas on Thursday, June 16, 2016, was open to members and guests.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings often refers Dallas as “the poorest rich city in the nation”. We are blessed to have a thriving economy and low unemployment. Yet 38% of Dallas children live in poverty, which leads to poor educational, health, and long-term financial stability outcomes.  Read more

AWE-May-Event-2016-300x3005-19-16 – Tegwin Pulley, National Association of Partnership Equity (NAPE)

In an exciting evening, AWE Members and Guests were invited to explore the power of micromessages; small subtle, largely unconscious messages that stem from our implicit biases that can impact a person’s self confidence to be successful. Our presenter was Tegwin Pulley, formerly Vice President Texas Instruments (retired) and currently Texas Director for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE). NAPE provides educators with training, tools, resources and research to create Read more

Alley's House - 2016 AWE Philanthropy4-21-16 – Annual AWE Charity Auction, benefiting Alley’s House

This event was open to members and guests and was held at Cooper Clinic in Dallas at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, April 21.

As part of AWE’s charter, every year since inception in 1983, AWE members have supported worthy organizations in the Dallas Metroplex Community – emphasizing nonprofit organizations whose missions respond to the critical and immediate needs of women, girls and/or young children.Read more

AWE March Event 2016 - Elizabeth Bryant - Southwest Airlines University03-17-16 – Elizabeth Bryant – Vice President, Southwest Airlines University

In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service.

With more than 48,000 employees, Southwest Airlines takes a unique approach to learning, empowering its people to build relationships with the company, with each other and with customers to ensure the success of the business. Given its reputation for incorporating fun into everything it does, it’s no surprise Read more

February-2016-Event-300x30002-18-16 – Kenda-Le Perrin, Building your Own Brand of Leadership

Building your Own Brand of Leadership, for whatever game you are playing in Business- Not for profit- Civic – Family – Community.

Kenda-Le Perrin is a successful speaker and business consultant, highly sought-after by companies across the US. She works for Mark Kamin & Associates specializing in Transformational Education, Training, Coaching and Consulting to maximize everyone’s contribution to the success of their organizations.Read more

January-2016-Event-300x30001-21-16 – Masterminding Our Way: The Power of 5 Minds

It starts with an idea of one person. It continues with a desire and a vision for something bigger than what currently exists. It flourishes with communication of that vision to others. It happens when there is connection with the right people. It evolves into a safe and trusting environment, where challenges and secrets are shared. It progresses to an amazing collection of five minds.

During our January meeting, professional women Lauren Midgley, Sarah Read more

Holiday-Party-Event-12-10-15-300x300x30012-10-15 – AWE HOLIDAY PARTY

The Annual AWE Holiday Party was held at the home of Traudi Bandura on December 10. The event was open to members only and provided a wonderful chance to celebrate the season with our AWE sisters!

Assortment of heavy hors d’oeuvres, white wine and non-alcoholic beverages was served.

Cheryl Jackson - Minnie's Food Pantry11-19-15 – Cheryl “Action” Jackson – Minnie’s Food Pantry

Cheryl “Action” Jackson is the founder of Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, Texas. Minnie’s took their slogan “Feed Just One” and it made it the vehicle to provide food on tables and smiles on the faces of many hungry kids in the community. Cheryl says, “I know what it feels like to be hungry and not know how you’re going to feed your children. I know the feeling of shame you receive by having to go to the government and lose your pride and integrity because you are not able to keep food on the table. Read more

AWE Annual Fall Retreat in the Land of Enchantment10-23-25-2015 – Fall Retreat in the Land of Enchantment

This year’s retreat theme was Exploring the Turquoise Trail. The wide variety of planned activities for the weekend did just that. The first event the 29 guests enjoyed was an open-air tour of Santa Fe. The crisp air of the high dessert was colder than most had anticipated, but the incredible scenery followed by afternoon sherry, cookies and just celebrating being together created all the warmth needed. The blankets we were provided helped too.Read more

Event-September-2015-300x300_Rev09-17-15 – Thomas W. Mills – Texas Super Lawyer

You get your jury duty card in the mail. Based on what you have seen in the media, will you have a bias? At our September meeting, Tom Mills, a Texas Super Lawyer, will give insight into how what you see in the media can influence your perspective.

Since entering private law practice in 1972, Thomas W. Mills’ skilled representation in high profile cases has earned him a reputation as one of the top trial lawyers in Texas. From 2003 through 2015, Texas Monthly named him a “Texas Super Lawyer” Read more

Archive-August-2015-Cash-Keahey-200x20007-19-2015 – Cash Keahey – The Elements of Leadership™

Cash Keahey is a global leader-builder with a natural gift for engaging audiences, facilitating learning and coaching leaders to greater effectiveness.

Over the past 10 years, Cash has led leadership workshops in 20 countries on six continents. Based on this diverse experience, he developed The Elements of Leadership™, a workshop to help leaders visualize and execute the fundamentals of leading in every interaction. Read more

2015-06-Kortney Garrett-Downtown Dallas-200x20006-18-2015 – Kourtney Garrett – Urban Life Realized

Kourtney Garrett, Executive Vice President of Downtown Dallas, was our June 2015 speaker, talking about “Urban Life Realized”. Her organization is the principal advocate, champion and steward of Downtown Dallas.

The organization seeks to:
• Simulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown Environment
• Improve infrastructure Read more

2015-05-Linda Smittle-Business-200x20005-21-2015 – Business Skills To Carry You Across Cultures and Continents – Linda Smittle

Not many women who retire sign up for the Peace Corps and move to Africa. Our May 2015 speaker, Linda Smittle, did just that. She says she lived her “Learn Earn Return” life philosophy after retiring from Texas Instruments. As a Peace Corp volunteer, she packed up her bags and moved to Ghana, West Africa for two years where she utilized the business skills she had learned from her years in management at Texas Instruments. Read more

2015-04-Girls Inc Benefit-200x20004-16-2015 – Annual AWE Charity Auction to Benefit Girls Inc.

As part of AWE’s charter, every year since inception in 1983, AWE members have supported worthy organizations in the Dallas Metroplex Community – emphasizing nonprofit organizations whose missions respond to the critical and immediate needs of women, girls and/or young children.

For the April 2015 Auction, Girls, Inc. was selected as the fundraiser recipient. Girls, Inc. works with at-risk girls and young women to receive the Read more

2015-03-Lee Trull-Wyly-200x20003-19-2015 – Lee Trull, Director of New Play Development at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre

AWE members enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the unique Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly Theatre at the March 2015 meeting!

The Center, with its roots deeply implanted in the community, continues to grow in stature as one of the most exciting theaters in the country today.
Read more

2015-01-02-Unknown Speaker-200x20002-19-2015 – Dee O’Neill-Warren, Licensed Professional Counselor and brain health specialist

Want to learn how your brain works, and how to make it work better? Guests of our February 2015 meeting were among the first to hear the information recently published in Dee O’Neill-Warren’s book on optimizing brain health, titled Brain BASICS.Read more


2014-11-District Judge Barbara Lynn-200x20011-20-2014 – U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn

U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn was our speaker for the November 2014 meeting. Early in her career, Barbara was a pioneer in breaking down gender barriers in the legal profession. Now as a District Court Judge, she has presided over some of the more controversial trials in North Texas during the past 15 years. She’ll tell us how she arrived at some of her decisions, and why she’s been called “one of the five best federal judges in the country.”

2014-08-Jeff Quan-Conflict-200x200Jeff Quan – Making Conflict a Good Thing

Both business and personal situations can actually benefit from different types and levels of conflict. The aim of conflict management is not conflict resolution, but promoting the positive outcomes of conflict.

A Mediator, Certified Trauma Therapist, Aggression Management Trainer and Anger Resolution Therapist, Jeff Quan discussed how to maximize conflict management, with both personal and professionalapplications. Read more

2014-06-Taylor Stevens-Author-200x20006-19-2014 Taylor Stevens – Author

Tough Girl Action Hero Writer… Sounds like the plot line for a book of fiction?

Girl born into apocalyptic religious cult, denied any education after 6th grade, raised in communes across 3 continents in dozens of countries by age 14, breaks free of cult in her 20’s, with no work skills or training, decides to write thrillers. Read more


2014-05-Pia Orrenius-Fed Reserve-200x20005-15-2014 – Immigration Insights – Presented by Pia Orrenius of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank

At our May 2014 meeting, we were excited to welcome Pia Orrenius, VP and Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, to speak on immigration. Orrenius is a labor economist working on regional economic growth and demographic change. She manages the Texas Business Outlook Surveys and is executive editor of the quarterly publication Southwest Economy. Read more


2014-03-Cafe Madrid-Meadows Museum-200x20003-20-2014 – Cafe Madrid and The Meadows Museum

We enjoyed great Spanish tapas including mixed olives, fried calamari, spinach croquettes, Spanish meatballs, sangria, and special time with our AWE sisters at Cafe Madrid.

Then, we moved to The Meadows Museum for the docent lead tour of the Sorolla and America exhibit. Over 150 works were included Read more


2014-02-Jim David-Leapfrawg-200x20002-20-2014 – Making Social Media Work For You

Jim David, CEO and Founder of Leapfrawg, presented on how to make social media work for you, particularly related to LinkedIn. During our February meeting, he discussed the importance of managing your social media profile and provided hints as to how to get started and/or improve your personal branding.

With an MBA from San Francisco State University and a BBA in Marketing from Texas Tech, Jim was an early adopter of technology to Read more

2014-01-Marina Johnson, MD-200x20001-16-2014 – Program on Women’s Health – Outliving Your Ovaries

Marina Johnson, M.D., F.A.C.E. is Board certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism and Internal Medicine. She is a native of Orange, Texas and a graduate of UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.

As one of the nation’s premier menopause endocrinologists and hormone imbalance treatment specialists, Dr. Marina Johnson treats not just the hormone imbalance symptoms, but the whole person for Read more

2013-11-Gary Cogill-200x20011-21-2013 – Gary Cogill – LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

Seven years ago Gary Cogill, then WFAA film critic, spoke to AWE about films, celebrities, and his life. In November, he will again be our guest speaker.

Today, he is film producer through his company, Lascaux Films. During the November 2013 meeting, Gary gave us an inside look behind the scenes of independent film making in Dallas…Read more


2013-09-Todd Williams-Commit-200x20009/12/2013 – Todd Williams – Commit! Our Kids, Our Tomorrow

Todd Williams, Founding Chairman Executive Director of Commit!, a consortium of over 100 institutions (including ten school districts and seven higher educational institutions educating over 400,000 students) that is focused on meaningfully improving college and career readiness levels across Dallas County.

The Commit! Partnership helps drive student achievement Read more


2013-08-Dr. Bernard L. Weinstein-200x20008/15/2013 – Pursuing Energy Independence, Sense or Nonsense?

Dr. Bernard L. Weinstein, an economist and Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute at the SMU Cox School of Business.

He is the author or co-author of numerous books, monographs and articles on economic development, public policy, and taxation. His expertise on energy-related issues has appeared in articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many regional newspapers and Read more

2013-07-July Jubilee-200x20007/18/2013 – Flying High for our July Jubilee

Where: The Coffee House Café

The theme for the July 2013 Jubilee was Flying High (as in KITES) and the Coffee House Cafe was our destination. We had a delightful menu finished off with mini brownies and hot fresh peach cobbler. The friendship, food, wine, games and prizes were perfect. Thanks to Diana Drake, Hospitality Chair…with a great committee!

2013-06-Ruth Altshuler-Kennedy Memorial-200x20006/20/2013 – Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy – Guest Speaker, Ruth Altshuler

It didn’t take Mayor Mike Rawlings long to determine who he wanted to plan this year’s ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. November 22, 1963 is the most painful day in Dallas’ history and this year’s commemoration would be tricky to coordinate. He wanted someone who knew Dallas, had experience Read more

2013-05-Valerie Pelan-Integrated Focus-200x20005-15-2013 – Valerie Pelan President of Integrated Focus

Guest Speaker Valerie Pelan, provided guests of the May 2013 meeting with tips and techniques on unlocking the motivating factors of the different generations, and how to personalize your interactions with staff based on their age cohort.




2013-04-White Elephant-200x20004-18-2013 – The Annual White Elephant and Silent Auction

AWE traditionally sponsors two specific charities to be funded by our Annual White Elephant and Silent Auction. This year, the two sponsored charities were: Community Partners of Dallas and Exodus Ministries.


2012-03-Chef Carol Lander-200x20003-21-2013 – Chef Carol Lander

Guests of our March 2013 event enjoyed spring time hors d’oervres and wine pairing at Le Creuset, Inwood Village. Chef Carol Lander, the Lefty Chef, shared her expertise, techniques, and secrets she learned working in one of the top culinary programs in Dallas for almost four years.



2013-02-Sandi Stevens-Challenger, Gray-200x20002-21-2013 – Sandi Stevens – What Master Networkers Do

Sandi Stevens, SVP at Challenger, Gray and Christmas, has spent extensive time with Master Networkers through the years and has learned that what they do is a mind-set and skill-set that can be learned and applied by everyone. Sandi shared with us what it is the Master Networkers do and how we can learn from their success.



2012-11-Kay Winzenried-India-200x20011-15-2012 – Kay Winzenried – On India

During our November 2012 meeting, Kay Winzenried chronicled her nearly month-long visit to the northwestern part of India. Her presentation covered the vibrant colors, diverse cultures, mosaic of religions and status of women.




2012-09-Teresa Hiser and Judy Noble -The Bridge-200x20011-20-2012 – Teresa Hiser and Judy Noble – The Bridge

AWE welcomed Teresa Hiser, Chief Development Officer, and Judy Noble, Director of Community Development at The Bridge in Dallas, Texas. Their program focused on The Bridge and its multi-dimensional approach to assisting the homeless population of Dallas.



2012-06-Alan Lowe-Bush Library-200x20006-21-2012 – Alan Lowe – Bush Library

Alan Lowe, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was our June 2012 speaker. He brings to the Bush Library a wealth of experience including 14 years of working with the National Archives Presidential Libraries system. During his tenure at the National Archives, he helped to oversee twelve Presidential libraries located throughout the nation.


2012-05-Chihuly at the Arboretum-200x20005-21-2012 – Chihuly Nights at the Arboretum

The AWE 2012 Spring Fling was held at the Dallas Arboretum. The exhibit, designed by Dale Chihuly, was located in twenty-four locations throughout the 66-acre garden. After cocktails, we toured the gardens while it was still light, enjoyed our box lunches and then toured again after dark to see the transformation of the garden sculptures. Several members also stayed for the entertainment by the Tuxedo Junction.

2012-04-Silent Auction-200x20004-19-2012-Annual Silent Auction

The 2012 Silent Auction and White Elephant auction benefited Our Friends Place and the YWCA Nursing Program and its Nurse Family Partnership. A total of $6,500 was donated. There were many exciting Silent Auction items – Airline Miles, Ranger Baseball Tickets, Flowers, Spas Services and Gift Cards to name a few! This was a hilarious and fun-filled event.



2012-03-Painting with a Twist-200x20003-15-2012 – Painting with a Twist

Picasso, Monet, Rembrandt, Jasper Johns—move over! AWE has arrived on
the art scene and we have pictures to prove our talents! What a fun evening. Who knew the hidden trove of creativity in our group.



2012-02-Laura DeMoss -human-trafficking-200x20002-16-2012 – Laura DeMoss – Human Trafficking

Laura DeMoss spoke on Human Trafficking in North Texas. She has over a decade of experience working with traumatized international populations in the United States, with a primary focus on facilitating the acculturation and social integration of survivors of torture, domestic violence and human trafficking. She discussed what trafficking looks like in the DFW area, how Mosaic Family Services is responding to this issue, and what they have learned in their ten years working in the anti-trafficking field.


2012-01-Ali McCullough-NTCCOG-200x20001-09-2012 – Ali McCullough – NTCCOG (The North Texas Council of Governments)

Ali McCullough’s presentation at the January 2012 meeting focused on emerging trends in North Texas as identified in the 2010 Census. Ali joined NTCCOG in April, 2010, as a research associate in the Research and Information Services Department.

The North Texas Council of Governments is an association of local governments established to assist them in planning for Read more


2011-11-Patti-Clapp-200x20011-17-2011 – Patti Clapp – The State of Education

Patti Clapp addressed the State of Education in Texas and the Metroplex. Schools throughout the State are being challenged to educate more students and produce higher results on significantly smaller budgets.

It is a daunting task with implications for families and individuals, communities, businesses and the economy. So how are the State, communities and schools dealing with these challenges? Read more

2011-10-Retreat-Glen Rose-200x20010-28-30-2011 – AWE Retreat – Glen Rose

This year’s Retreat was in Glen Rose, TX where we rented the entire historic Inn On The River in Glen Rose, TX.

A brief list of some of the things we did: Lunch Friday at The Riverhouse Grill, a group tour of Barnard’s Mill Art Museum Friday afternoon, that night a BBQ dinner sitting out by the Paluxy River, then watching the Rangers play the Cardinals in the final game of the World Series. Read more

2011-09-Kevin Rogers-urban-living-200x20010-15-2011 – Kevin Rogers – Urban Living Laboratory

Kevin Rogers is Ex. Vice President of the Urban Living Laboratory. The Urban Living Laboratory will be the world’s largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified research, demonstration and teaching laboratory and will be located in North Dallas. It will occupy 73 acres of land and more than a million square feet of planned buildings, including apartments, offices, retail and hospitality. 


2011-08-Zenetta-Drew-200x20008-18-2011 – Zenetta Drew – Executive Director of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Zenetta Drew can boast a career that took her from steel-toed work boots and oil rigs and platforms to dance slippers and the stage. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) is one of Dallas’ brightest jewels and a premier dance company in the country. Under Zenetta’s leadership, the company’s annual performances have grown from 30 to over 300 and now consistently include national and international venues.


2011-06-Kathleen Kent-Author-200x20006-16-2011 – Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic’s Daughter and The Wolves of Andover

Kathleen Kent now lives in Dallas and has spent time in Chernobyl, Russia. During the June 2011 meeting, she shared her story about writing her two novels and also spoke about her time in Russia. Her presentation was relevant as well as entertaining.

Kathleen is a tenth-generation descendant of Martha Carrier, who was hanged as a witch in 1692. She is also a masterful storyteller.Read more


AWE Dallas September 2019 Event

09.19.2019 – Get
the 4-1-1 on 3-1-1

John Johnson
Director of Dallas 3-1-1

Meeting Details
3-1-1 is a service provided by the City of Dallas and most surrounding communities as a simple way to call for help with almost any non-emergency issue such as missed trash service, parking violations, litter, right-of-way obstructions and code violations (think lots and yards).

John Johnson, our September speaker, is the Director of Dallas 3-1-1. He will speak to us about the scope of the program, how it works, improvements being made and what happens after you make a call. While his experience is predominantly Dallas, the information he will share is applicable to 3-1-1 services in other communities. And from a career perspective, it will be interesting to ask questions about his leadership style and challenges.

John has been with the City of Dallas for 12 years. In December 2018 he was named Director of 311 Customer Service. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the 311 Customer Service Department. He is tasked with overseeing the Department’s 121 employees, providing leadership and direction for 311’s management team, call center, central dispatch and the City’s community outreach efforts via City Hall On-the-Go. Prior to this role, he held several positions in the City Manager’s Office and Department of Convention and Event services. John also oversaw high profile projects for the City including “Conversations about Race” and City Lights.

Join us for an insider’s view of the 3-1-1 program at the Hilton Garden Inn in Addison on Thursday, September 19. It will be news you can use.

Event Details:

John Johnson, Director of Dallas 3-1-1

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn in Addison
4090 Belt Line Rd., Addison, TX, 75001

Networking: 6:00 – 6:30
Dinner: 6:30 – 7:15
Program: 7:15 – 8:30

$40.00 per person | Dinner and Program

This is an Open Event. Guests are welcome.
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