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
Schmidt must find the delicate balance between satisfying current patrons by honoring long-held Theatre Three traditions, while the same time attracting new, younger patrons with innovative productions and new play selections.
He is well prepared to face this task.
Jeffrey Schmidt is an actor, director, designer and writer with a 25 year history in theatre, film and television. He has worked with many of the professional theaters in the Metroplex including Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Theatre Three, Shakespeare Dallas, Trinity Shakespeare, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Second Thought Theatre, StageWest, and WaterTower Theater to name a few.
Many of us remember Jac Alder’s phenomenal evening as an AWE program some years ago.
Our thanks to Jeffrey Schmidt! His talk was both informative and exciting.
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!
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
Thank you, Carolyn, for an inspiring talk!
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
Toyota offers executive-level workshops, seminars, and plant tours designed to help businesses implement the Toyota Production System (TPS). Toyota helps top management formulate their image in a way that allows them to envision what TPS could look like in their own organization and what their role would be during the transformation.
On Thursday, May 16, 2019, our speaker was Bita Behgooy, Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC) Analyst.
This meeting was open to members and their guests who received detailed information on the successful strategies employed by this Fortune 500 Company (#6 in 2018).
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
In addition, the white elephant auction was fun, once again, with everyone bringing ONE white elephant gift, which was either very funny or something you yourself would/could use.
The proceeds of this year’s AWE Auction will go to GIRLS ON THE RUN – DFW.
Girls on the Run of DFW began in 2004 to address the issue of positive self-image while incorporating physical activity for young girls. It has proven to be highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in the lives of third to fifth grade girls. The program’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities.
Since its establishment, GOTRDFW has served over 7,500 girls in the Metroplex at schools, recreation, community centers and other settings. The program is noncompetitive, and any girl can participate regardless of athletic ability, and no girl is turned away for economic reasons. For more information about GOTRDFW, click here.
This event was open to Members, Guests and other interested parties. We thank our outstanding Members who made this year’s auction one of the most successful in our history!
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
Members and their Cowboys fans guests enjoyed a fun- and information-packed tour of the facility and then relaxed with a great dinner at Ziziki’s (Greek restaurant) which was within easy walking distance of The Star.
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
We were lucky to have one of those experts joining us for our February meeting on the 21st. Joseph Clemko is a Senior Attorney with CKR Law, an international law firm with 300+ attorneys at over 50 offices globally. Combining his work experiences with his legal and business education allows Mr. Clemko to provide quality and innovative representation for his clients in various industries. Mr. Clemko’s practice focuses on counseling businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, and investors with an emphasis on general business transactions, mergers & acquisitions, private equity fund formation, and capital raising. Over the past few years, his practice has centered around emerging technologies, representing clients in Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Artificial Intelligence, in addition to building upon his Esports and Gaming practice.
The February meeting, open to Members, Guests and other interested parties, was held at Maggiano’s in Plano, located adjacent to The Shops at Willow Bend, 6001 W Park Blvd.
Our thanks go to Joseph Clemko for his very interesting presentation!
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
29 Acres was founded by a group of families who share a similar need: Finding quality programming and safe housing for their young adults with autism in North Texas. At 29 Acres – a registered 501C3 founded in 2015 to help fill this need in North Texas – the founders know young adults with ASD can have a happy life with purpose.
In November one of our AWE members, Kirsten Brandt-James, 29 Acres Director of Development, shared with us greater detail on the plans and progress for this exciting, vital project. Kirsten previously served as Executive Director of Alley’s House and Junior Players and is on the steering committee of the Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition. Kirsten has been recognized with the Altrusa Richardson Outstanding Woman of Today Award and the Dallas Women’s Council Individual Member Award.
We were all inspired by Kirsten’s presentation on this important subject.
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
* for those who like to shop there were multiple shops within walking distance of the hotel
* plus wine tasting, mini-golf, carriage riding, and more!
Opportunities were also available for those who would like to extend their stay!
This annual event, held in a different location every year, was a huge success!
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
Our speaker, John C. Terrell is the Vice President of Commercial Development of DFW International Airport. In that role he is responsible for the strategic direction of development, acquisition, leasing, property management, and natural gas exploration/production on nearly 18,000 acres of land.
He leads the strategic planning, marketing, and implementation of business initiatives for commercial land development and redevelopment as well as providing direction and oversight of the airport’s Land Use Analysis and Land Use Master Planning processes outside the central terminal areas.
Mr. Terrell has over 30 years of real estate experience and an extensive background and knowledge of real estate sales, marketing, property management, development, leasing, economic development, and government relations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He holds an International Airport Professional designation, being recognized as having achieved highly rigorous standards for expertise in the field of airport management.
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
After graduation, Paul worked for Accenture from 2005 to 2009 as a Strategy Consultant where, among his many accomplishments, he managed and directed AT&T and Accenture vendor resources for call centers to ensure that AT&T’s U-verse cable and high-speed Internet initiative was successful.
From December of 2008 to the present, Paul has been president of Senior Living Specialists, a service he founded for families in the DFW area.
In his presentation, “Finding Good in Bad,” Paul related the touching story of his 59-year-old mom, Betty (pictured with Paul) and how he came to found his company. Additionally, he provided a high-level overview of the different senior living options available along with the top 10 questions for families to consider when touring facilities.
Senior Living Specialists has been featured on CBS News, D Magazine and the Dallas Morning News where they have done stories on how his experience can help families through this stressful and tough process.
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
Dr. Verchot received her BS from Rutgers University and PhD from Texas A&M University. She conducted Post Doctoral Studies at the Sainsbury laboratories in the UK before joining the faculty of Oklahoma State University where she worked for 18 years. She also launched and managed a small start up company in ornamental plant production from 2010 until 2017. In addition, she was highly active in federally funded programs for promoting career development for women in STEM, providing underrepresented groups the toolkits for career advancement.
Jeanmarie presented an interactive session exploring the potential of urban agriculture for Dallas, the future of urban food systems, and the path of research from the laboratory to the farmer’s field.
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
Toyota offers executive level workshops, seminars, and plant tours designed to help businesses implement the Toyota Production System (TPS). Toyota helps top management formulate their image as to what TPS could look like in their own organization and what their role is during the transformation.
Toyota partners are most often small to mid-sized American manufacturers as well as non-profits and community organizations involved in disaster recovery, hunger relief and healthcare.
TPSS recently partnered with the North Texas Food Bank to improve their capacity and volunteer experience.
Our thanks to Hitomi Scott for letting us know about the valuable community work being done by Toyota.
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
For the April 2018 Auction, Mommies in Need was selected as the fundraiser recipient. This organization provides paid in home child care to stay-at-home moms who are experiencing severe health challenges. They are so excited to be our beneficiary and as a new, small organization, our support is going to make a real impact for them in 2018. To learn more about the organization visit their website at www.mommiesinneed.org.
This year’s event included:
White Elephant Auction, featuring valued gifts plus the favorite encore legacy items.
Live Auction, featuring 12 great packages featuring popular items and experiences. Donations for the Auction are currently being accepted.
And lastly, The Wine Pull, featuring both quality red and white wines, where for the donation requested, the lucky winner – walked away with a VERY special bottle.
Last year’s auction benefited WINGS Dallas. We look forward to another successful event in 2018. Grab your checkbook, invite your friends, and get ready to have some fun while we make a meaningful difference in the lives of women and children in our community.
Thanks to all the members of the Community Relations planning team for organizing this year’s program.
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
There are usually about 7-10 people to a room and teamwork and listening skills are imperative! And even though the rooms are closed, they are not locked so you can leave at any time.
Following social time and dinner at 6:00, the games began around 7:00 The games took about an hour and pictures and awards followed immediately. The Ultimate Escape Game is located just west of the tollroad, on the north side of Alpha Road past Inwood.
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
As a judge, she handled thousands of felony cases ranging from drug possession and theft to sexual assault, child abuse, and capital murder. After leaving the bench, Ms. Johnson practiced with a non-profit law firm for two years before establishing Faith Johnson & Associates, L.L.P. in 2009.
Ms. Johnson is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, and the U.S. Christian Chamber of Commerce, among other professional organizations. She is secretary and a board member of The Potter’s House of Dallas, and a past board member of several non-profit organizations.
In 2014, Ms. Johnson was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Public Safety Commission, where she was one of five Commissioners who oversee homeland security, border patrol, and terrorism in Texas. She served on the commission until December 2016.
Ms. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in community counseling from Georgia State University, and a law degree from Texas Southern University. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she is the youngest of 13 children born to Benjamin and Eva Simmons.
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
Dr. Jarrah served on the Faith and Feminism Committee at the Dallas Women’s Foundation and on the Board of Trustees from 2006–2009. She graduated from the American University of Beirut with a B.Sc. in Pharmacy (1974) and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas (1980). Dr. Jarrah received her Master’s degree in Neuroscience and Cognition from University of Texas at Dallas in 2000.
Dr. Jarrah has been engaged in the promotion of understanding and respect for multicultural diversity since 1982. When she speaks on faith and society, her words carry a great depth and perspective. “What is Islam? What does it teach? What are the roles of women? How do Muslims treat non-Muslims? Is Islam compatible with democracy? She continues to answer these questions in an attempt to open interfaith dialogue on divisive topics in American society. She believes that only through dialogue and understanding can coexistence be real between different groups and religions.
“If you always put yourself in the other person’s shoes, I think it would change your outlook completely,” she says. “I guess this is why every faith has the golden rule in one way or another.”
This was a special topical, educational and inspirational program and Dr. Jarrah was available for questions after her talk.
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
Bud Buschardt, who was the music master for the show, gave us the inside scoop on happenings of the day with the music that he has collected, and Kathyrn Forney Sargent introduced the dances of the day. Bud continued to work with Ron on KVIL oldies but goodies, ABC Radio networks. As part-timer on WFAA TV, he worked on coverage of the President Kennedy assassination. We learned so much more from Bud and his radio and TV experiences from Kathryn the dances accompanying the music.
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
St. Augustine, Florida, was not spared by hurricane IRMA. Many areas experienced flood and water damage and were in the process of getting back up and running. These areas depend greatly on tourism for their livelihood, and after a disaster like Irma it was gratifying to support these areas – so that they can support themselves!
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
Brent Brown, was chosen as Interim President by our Mayor Mike Rawlings. His goal is to build capacity in the organization and get the ball rolling. What was surprising to me is that considerable work has already been done and our residents are already taking advantage of the features it provides. The park will provide various venues for enjoyment of the more than 200-acre Trinity River Park.
Plans for the urban park are envisioned to be 50 times larger than Klyde Warren Park. “There have been many conversations about what this park can be, and should be, but we’ve never had a clear and realistic vision until now” said Mayor Rawlings. Many of us were quite surprised at what has been accomplished at this point and what the future holds.
Pack-rafting is one of the many adventure already taking place in the Trinity River Basin.
Watch out San Antonio! You will soon have serious competition. Maybe we to will be able to host parades, restaurants, and other forms of entertainment along a waterfront with the fabulous Dallas skyline as the backdrop!
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
After many fulfilling years in private practice at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Dr. Roe became a part-time OB/GYN Hospitalist and retired from her private practice in 2010 to pursue her dream of volunteering for Medecins Sans Frontieres (called “MSF” around the world), known to us as Doctors Without Borders. Dr. Roe has travelled with MSF and practiced complicated Obstetrics in remote settings in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan.
Dr. Roe returned to the private practice of Gynecology in 2012, continues to work as an OB/GYN Hospitalist and remains a field volunteer for MSF.
Dr. Roe lives in the Bishop Arts area of Dallas with Benjamin and Hazel, her beloved rescue doggie and kitty. She cherishes time with her family and friends. Her many interests include distance swimming, cycling, scuba diving, travel, humanitarian aid, live music events, the arts, gardening, cooking, and entertaining.
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
John’s fast-paced, funny, fact-packed presentation covered:
Ways to outsmart travel sites that track and manipulate your searches
Top travel apps and websites for money-saving deals
Least expensive times to travel
What you need to know about price discrimination
Best time to buy: air, car, hotels, cruises, river cruises, and land vacations
How to work with a travel advisor to get the best trip for your needs with the least amount of stress
Ways to dig out hidden value in cruise and land vacations
Importance of Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance
Benefits of using a travel advisor versus being your own agent
Ins and outs of multi-generational, single and solo travel
Why there’s been a huge uptick in the use of travel advisors over online travel agencies like Travelocity and Expedia.
“More and more, people are seeking out travel agents rather than Web searches,” says John. “Believe it or not, Millennials actually lead Boomers in the use of travel agents more than two to one because they know how long Web shopping really takes and how unreliable it is. And, they know how much it means to have a real live person to call if travel arrangements fall apart in the middle of the night.” Best of all, he notes, most services of your human travel advisor are free!
John’s lively, inspired presentation, with the specific skills, connections and resources to create a travel experience that’s perfect for your needs, was enjoyed by all.
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
This year’s event included:
White Elephant Auction, featuring valued gifts plus the favorite encore legacy items.
Live Auction, featuring a highly curated assortment of 25 of our most popular items and experiences.
And lastly, The Wine Pull, featuring both quality red and white wines.
This event, open to members and guests, was held at Cooper Guest Lodge, Berkley Room in Dallas at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, April 27.
Guests had the opportunity to purchase table orchids and to make an additional donation to WiNGS Dallas at the time of checkout. And, by popular demand, Nelda Golden returned as our beloved auctioneer.
Thanks to all the members of the Community Relations planning team for organizing this year’s program.
For more information about Wings, Click Here.
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
In 2004, Brittany Underwood was moved to compassion as a sophomore in college after meeting a Ugandan woman named Sarah who cared for 24 street children in her home. Compassion escalated to action as Brittany founded a nonprofit to construct an orphanage home to house children who slept on Sarah’s floor. Upon graduating college, Brittany moved to Uganda to begin the construction of the orphanage and the drilling of over 20 water wells throughout the country.
As they traveled to different villages, they were amazed by women who cared for 10+ children in their homes and the hope and vision for their families. After estalishing an orphanage, Brittany discovered that training and employing women and guaranteeing them a monthly income could help them to care for thousands of children, without the construction of an orphanage home.
This led Brittany to launch a new sustainable model to uplift women and children. The women named it “Akola”, which means “to work” in their local dialect. The Akola Project has blossomed into a thriving social business that empowers women across the globe. The hope of Akola is to encourage new thinking about international development and to inspire the next generation of social innovators to deliver the highest level of impact in disadvantaged communities.
Akola jewelry is designed to empower women in disadvantaged communities throughout the globe. Akola – “she works” in Lusoga – is a full impact brand that trains and employs women in poverty so they can meet the basic needs of their children. To date, Akola has empowered over 500 women who have transformed the lives of 4,000 children.
This was a unique opportunity for AWE members to meet Akola founder Brittany Underwood and learn more about her inspiring story.
02-16-2017 – 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
Unlike other high-speed train projects around the country, this landmark project is uniquely Texan in that it is being built using a market-led approach and is being backed by private investors, not public funding. The Bullet Train is one of the most environmentally-friendly forms of transportation technology available and will help keep Texas moving forward.
ABOUT REBECCA COWLE: Rebecca is the Outreach Manager for Texas Central. She brings her experience in non-profit fundraising and international infrastructural development to communicate with local stakeholders and elected officials in both North Texas and the Brazos Valley. Previously, she has worked for the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft Worth as well as for the Global Cold Chain Alliance’s World Food Logistics Organization’s International Programs team in Washington DC. She is a proud alum of Texas A&M University.
11-17-16 – 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
Her collaborative leadership style effectively supports her pursuit of operational excellence and innovative problem solving. She is recognized for her commitment to leader development and personal growth for teams and individuals at all organizational levels and in call career paths.
Allison is the founder of Woodford & Associates, a leadership development company. The company’s mission is to develop leaders and environments that unleash human potential. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters of Science Degree in Communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
We were inspired by Allison’s unique perspective on the inner workings of organizations and how to achieve operational excellence.
10 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
Thank you to our planners and to our fabulous venue. The link to the resort is: http://www.canyonoftheeagles.com/hill-country-nature-park
9-15-16 – 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
Lauren helped us learn to:
• Adopt the needed mindset to reduce overwhelm
• How to evaluate what realistically can be accomplished each day
• How to feel in control of your life and business immediately
• Get caught up on What matters most right now™!
We learned strategies on how to live a less stressed life and enjoy more happiness by overcoming the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Thank you, Lauren, for an exciting and informative event!
8-18-16 – 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
Isabelle’s and Katherine’s story of compassion, ingenuity and world travel creatively inspired our diverse audience. For sale were beautiful origami ornaments with 100% of the donation going to provide clean water to Third World countries.
Thank you, Isabelle and Katherine, for an exciting and inspiring evening!
7-21-16 – 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!
6-16-16 – 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
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is committed to changing this trajectory by working with corporate, civic, nonprofit, education, volunteer, and faith-based partners to identify and develop the most effective and impactful strategies, interventions, and advocacy efforts.
Susan Hoff, Chief Strategy, Impact and Operations Officer for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, provided an overview of our progress toward United Way’s 10-year community goals in Education, Financial Stability, and Health, highlighting key challenges and opportunities. She will also focus on United Way’s primary tactics, including grant making, volunteer engagement, advocacy, and digital strategy.
Prior to joining the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas team in 2009, Susan was the CEO and President of ChildCareGroup, a Dallas based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, delivering and expanding the best child care services available outside the home. She worked in several other nonprofit organizations including Educational First Steps, Good Shepherd Community Center, and Rainbow Days. Susan is a well-known children’s advocate at the local, state, and national levels and has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including First3Years, Texas Partnership for Out of School Time and Texans Care for Children, and is a past president of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. She was appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings to the board of Workforce Solutions Dallas County in 2012 and 2015.
For more information about one of the most highly regarded United Way’s in the United States and how it convenes key leaders and partners to move the needle on key issues in our community, visit unitedwaydallas.org
5-19-16 – 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
In her AWE-customized session on micromessages, Tegwin explained how positive or negative micromessages accumulate over time and how they can impact growth mindset, a belief that through practice and effort, one has the potential to learn new skills, increase knowledge, improve ability, and meet challenges. We were availed of an opportunity for self-efficacy that could result in a positive impact on success in any arena.
To learn more about NAPE, visit www.napequity.org.
4-21-16 – 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
For the April 2016 Auction, Alley’s House was selected as the fundraiser recipient. Alley’s House provides a nurturing, stable environment to help teen mothers overcome obstacles and become thriving women through counseling, innovative learning, and workforce development.
Last year’s auction raised a record-smashing $12,000+ for Girls Inc. Thanks to Demetris Williams and the Community Relations Committee for leading this year’s efforts.
03-17-16 – 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
Elizabeth Bryant, Vice President Southwest Airlines University, told guests at our March meeting how Southwest uses corporate learning to accomplish its strategic goals.
Elizabeth provides strategic direction and oversight for Ground Operations, Inflight, Provisioning, Maintenance and Engineering, Customer Support & Services, Customer Relations, Technology, Customer Service, Source of Support, and Labor training programs. She also provides leadership for all Companywide training initiatives.
Since joining Southwest Airlines in 1997, Elizabeth has served in various leadership roles including Manager of Leadership Development, Director of Leadership Development, and Senior Director of Talent Development. During her time at Southwest, she has led many training initiatives including Performance Management, SAP implementation, and AirTran Integration. Prior to Southwest, Elizabeth taught business communication courses at Indiana University and College of San Mateo.
Thank you, Elizabeth, for an exciting presentation!
02-18-16 – 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
In her insightful and interactive discussion we explored what is leadership and how our context for leadership influences whether or not we show up authentically.
• Leaders are visionaries. They stand for a future that is beyond what’s predictable. Great leaders communicate their vision to others, overcome resistance to change, mobilize resources and manage their own ambitions; so that they continue to be inspiring.
• Authentic leadership is distinct from authority or charisma. Authentic leaders are people others want to emulate. Leadership requires a powerful relationship to one’s word.
We looked at how to create our own brand of leadership and how to have it be authentic for our current selves and the future we are committed to creating.
We thank Kenda-Le for providing her unique perspective on building a leadership brand.
01-21-16 – 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
This was a unique opportunity to gain valuable information on how to start our own mastermind groups.
12-10-15 – 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.
11-19-15 – 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 members and guests were invited to bring a specific food item to this meeting, which was offered by Minnie’s Food Pantry as part of their Thanksgiving meals program.
10-23-25-2015 – 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
Over the weekend attendees had their choice of multiple activities, including hiking, tours of Canyon Road studios, Museum Hill, shopping and 10,000 Waves. A special highlight was a daylong celebration of Marva Washburn’s birthday on Saturday, which was enjoyed by AWE members and everyone we encountered in Santa Fe.
You will also see the hiking group gathering at one of the scenic spots on their unforgettable trek and informal pictures from dinners, tours, sightseeing and game night. Memories of a lifetime were made and shared.
09-17-15 – 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
Mr. Mills’ professional emphasis has been primarily with criminal law and civil trial law with criminal law issues. His civil representation has covered complex defense work representing those accused of wrongdoing in the business environment. Mr. Mills’ active criminal practice includes intelligence gathering and strategizing for clients due to his wide-ranging experience. He also frequently appears in the news media as a legal expert, serving as an on-air analyst for numerous media outlets.
AWE members and guests are invited to get a glimpse into the behind the scenes stories from the man who has been at the forefront of many large and sometimes colorful, controversial, and legally significant cases.
07-19-2015 – 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
Cash is also bringing his passion and expertise to the cloud via LeaderType.com—a secure, private domain where leaders can grow their self-awareness, develop themselves in ways that work for them, and share best practices with other leaders. Using data gathered from the website and his own research, he anticipates publishing in late 2015 his book: What’s Your LeaderType? Discover the Natural Leadership Style You Share with a Great American President.
Cash has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston.
06-18-2015 – 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
• Position the area as a global destination
During her presentation, Kourtney explains how current programs are changing Dallas, including the areas of Economic Development, Community Education and Engagement and Public Policy.
05-21-2015 – 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
Linda was responsible to help people from another culture in organizing ways to improve health, water, and sanitation in their rural village. During her presentation, Linda told stories and describe experiences of life in a developing country.
04-16-2015 – 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
education and encouragement they need to reach their full potential with the ultimate goal to empower girls to become strong, smart and bold women who positively contribute to our communities and who understand, value and assert their rights.
03-19-2015 – 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.
The iconic Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, home to the DTC, is one of the most versatile theatrical performing spaces in the world, designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas. The theatre’s Potter Rose Performance Hall can be shaped into a number of configurations.
Our tour guide will be Lee Trull, Director of New Play Development at DTC and a former member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company. He is an artistic company member at Kitchen Dog Theater, and artistic consultant for Second Thought Theatre.
02-19-2015 – 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
Learn a systematic methodology to optimize brain performance and health by applying six foundational concepts;
B – Body “Bio” Awareness -breathing, exercise, etc
A – Affirmative Thoughts
S – Stress Management
I – Intake of Water, Nutrients and Supplements
C – Cognitive Challenge
S – Self-Mastery
During her presentation, guests had the opportunity to take a self-measure on the current level of brain fitness, the chance to win a free copy of Brain BASICS, and learn the ‘BASICS’ to start applying immediately to help anyone improve their brain health.
11-20-2014 – 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.”
Jeff 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
Jeff is Director of Counseling Services at Eastfield College. In 2013-2014, he received the Innovation of the Year award from Eastfield College, as well as from the Dallas County Community College District. Additionally, his work was recognized by the League for Innovation in the Community College as well as the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. He has provided extensive therapy to trauma survivors through Timberlawn Mental Health Services, where he was recognized as Employee of the Year in 2006.
Jeff, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, is currently pursuing his PhD in Counseling through Texas A&M university-Commerce.
06-19-2014 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
Produces two consecutive New York Times Bestsellers, published in 20 languages. The first book is optioned for film by Oscar-winning movie mogul James Cameron. Sound like the plot line for a book of fiction? Sometimes truth IS stranger than fiction.
Taylor Stevens is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Informationist, The Innocent, and The Doll. Her latest book, The Catch will be released in July 2014.
At our June 2014 meeting, Taylor discussed the business of writing books, and share behind the scenes situations that authors must face in today’s publishing world.
05-15-2014 – 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
Her academic research focuses on the labor market impacts of immigration, unauthorized immigration and U.S. immigration policy. She is the co-author of the book Beside the Golden Door: U. S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization.
Orrenius is affiliated with several academic institutions. She is research fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and at the IZA Institute of Labor in Bonn, Germany, as well as visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Orrenius is also adjunct professor at Baylor University (Dallas campus), where she teaches in the executive MBA program. Orrenius was senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisors in the Executive Office of the President, Washington D.C., in 2004-05, where she advised the Bush administration on labor, health and immigration issues. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and bachelor degrees in economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
03-20-2014 – 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
02-20-2014 – 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
Today, he is a social business strategist with an integrated background and hands-on community management experience. He covers the trends and the fast changes happening in the social media arena, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and You Tube.
214-843-0761 11700 Preston Rd., Suite 660-155
Dallas, TX 75230
01-16-2014 – 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
She is a Silver Network Blogger, a regular guest Daystar Television Network, Joni Lamb’s Table Talk Show and contributor to the women’s online magazine, Living Better at 50+. She is considered a respected authority on estrogen hormone replacement and one of the best doctors in Dallas.
Dr. Marina Johnson’s eBook Outliving Your Ovaries: An Endocrinologist Weighs the Risks and Rewards of Treating Menopause With Hormone Replacement Therapy, was written to give women a guidebook to understand their bodies so they can work with their own physicians to achieve better health.
It has been estimated that every minute, four women become menopausal. Estrogen deficiency is associated with increases in heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and many other medical conditions that affect both the quality and quantity of a woman’s life. Guests of the February 2014 meeting benefited from learning about Dr. Marina Johnson’s expertise and experience in treating hormone deficiencies in women as well as her desire to inspire people to take responsibility for their own health and actively participate in the process with their doctors.
Marina Johnson, MD, FACE, Medical Director
Institute of Endocrinology & Preventive Medicine
433 Las Colinas Blvd East, Suite 900
Irving, Texas 75039
214-574-4377 Pharmacy Fax
972-556-9040 Business Fax
11-21-2013 – 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
Lascaux’s first film, Words and Numbers, starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, recently had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Lascaux is currently filming in Austin a faith comedy called Believe Me and putting the final touches on their feature documentary, The Starck Project about the legendary Starck Club during the mid-80’s in Dallas.
09/12/2013 – 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
• Measure what matters
• Identify effective practices
• Align community resources to spread what works
During the September 2013 meeting, Todd shared some very interesting statistics:
• There are more than 500,000 students, k-12 in Dallas County
• 91% of those students are in public schools
• With the exception of Highland Park and Coppell, that vast majority of districts have more than 60% of students who are considered economically disadvantaged
• More than 25,000 students every year graduate not ready for further education or the workforce.
Click here to see TODD’S SLIDES and get a better sense of the specific data Commit is collecting, their early areas of focus, including Kindergarten Readiness, third grade reading and post-secondary enrollment.
For more information, you can also visit the Commit! website: www.commit2dallas.com
08/15/2013 – 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
Dr. Weinstein studied public administration at Dartmouth College and received his A.B. in 1963. After a year of study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, he began graduate work in economics at Columbia University, receiving an M.A. and Ph.D. He has been a consultant to many companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies and he testifies frequently before legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies. He is currently a panelist with the Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast, a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association for Business Economics and serves on the boards of directors of Beal Bank Texas and Beal Bank USA. Since 2012 he has been an Associate of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU and a Fellow with the George W. Bush Institute.
During the August 2013 meeting, Dr. Weinstein talked about how the USA is now the world energy kingpin and how this impacts our local and global economies, as well as geopolitical implications of our energy independence.
07/18/2013 – 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!
06/20/2013 – 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
What a special treat is was to have Ruth Altshuler, first woman of Dallas, as the June 2013 speaker. She entertained us all with her personal stories of the events of the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated and outlined the plans for the November commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Ruth is often referred to as the first woman of Dallas because she holds many “firsts”, first woman to serve on the Dallas Grand Jury, first woman Chair of SMU trustees, first woman on the board of Goodwill Industries, first woman on the National Board of the Salvation Army, and the only woman to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Junior League of Dallas. Mayor Mike Rawlings knew Ruth Altshuler loved Dallas and with the eyes of the world on Dallas for the 50th anniversary, he also knew he wanted a dignified ceremony and that she would deliver. She also has a very personal connection to the events as she was at the luncheon where Kennedy was scheduled to speak and on the Grand Jury that indicted Jack Ruby. She remembers that weekend as sad, unreal, and shocking to all citizens of Dallas.
Ruth Altshuler has been busy planning a simple, serious, understated, respectful public memorial commemorating President Kennedy’s life. Mayor Mike Rawlings was right; Ruth Altshuler ws the woman to deliver for the city of Dallas.
05-15-2013 – 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.
04-18-2013 – 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.
03-21-2013 – 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.
02-21-2013 – 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.
11-15-2012 – 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.
11-20-2012 – 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.
06-21-2012 – 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.
05-21-2012 – 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.
04-19-2012-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.
03-15-2012 – 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.
02-16-2012 – 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.
01-09-2012 – 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
11-17-2011 – 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
Patti recently retired after 23 years at the Dallas Regional Chamber where she was the Vice President of Education, Workforce Development and Leadership Development.
10-28-30-2011 – 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
On Saturday some people took advantage of on-site massages and groups left to go to either: a behind-the-scenes tour of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, shopping & lunch in Granbury, tour of the dinosaur tracks in the Dinosaur Valley State Park or shopping around the square in Glen Rose.
Saturday evening we all dressed in our best witch/wizard attire to attend the “AWEgwarts Gala”. Sunday morning we gathered for a wrap-up and returned to our home bases in multiple Texas cities, Alabama and Florida.
10-15-2011 – 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.
08-18-2011 – 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.
06-16-2011 – 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
09.19.2019 – Get
the 4-1-1 on 3-1-1
Director of Dallas 3-1-1
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.
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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