Due to the success of the private silent auction of luxury handbags by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, they’ve opened up the grab bag auction of a few of the remaining items until 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 (aka tomorrow night!).
Three of the items on the bloc include:
- New Alexandra Clancy python bag handcrafted from Italy (Retail value: $2,500; opening bid: $400)
- New Loewe tote sack constructed of super soft calfskin leather (Retail: $2,500; opening bid: $300)
- Loro Piana cross-body suede mini-bag (Retail value: $500; opening bid: $150)
If that gray matter of yours is all in a tizzy about which one to bid on, why not take a chance on more than just one? And for fun, grab one of the Fendi pom-pom charms that retails for $450. They’re currently going for $50 each! For that price, you could snap up all four of them.
And remember that in addition to adding to your stable of clutches and purses, you’ll also be supporting the Salvation Army of North Texas that has been supporting so many needy members of the community.
Just check out all of the goodies here and happy bidding.
* Photo provided by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary
While some organizations felt hamstrung by having to adjust to a virtual get-together, Texas Women’s Foundation saw it as an opportunity to expand its 42nd Annual Leadership Forum and Award Celebration beyond North Texas on Thursday, April 29. In addition to showcasing the presentation of three of its seven awards to non-North Texans, it made available the conversation between keynoter Adriana Gascoigne and moderator Marachel Knight, as well as the forum discussions via video recordings and a newly launched podcast, “Gender Matters™.” Here’s a report from the field:
Texas Women’s Foundation’s (TWF) 42nd Annual Leadership Forum and Award Celebration Event Co-Chair/T.D. Jakes Foundation President and CEO Hattie Hill and Event Co-Chair/ Capital One Financial Services Senior VP, Chief-of-Staff and Customer Office Jana Etheridge may have been wearing blue, but they weren’t blue about the funds raised at the fundraiser presented by AT&T. The virtual event netted $475,000, which came with a $25,000 T.D. Jakes Foundation match the day of the event (and full amount matched, thanks to generous attendees).
However, there was some news making them feel blue. Etheridge told the bad news about the pandemic casualty—working women. “We’ve seen more than 2.5 million women leave the American workforce – and that wiped out more than 50 years of workplace gains for women.” With that, both co-chairs encouraged everyone to open up their purses and wallets to give at least $50 to make up for the loss.
Prior to the presentation of the Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader awards, a conversation got underway between AT&T Senior VP of Engineering and Operations/moderator Marachel Knight and Tech Boss Lady/Girls in Tech CEO/event keynoter Adriana Gascoigne, who recalled, “My mom came from Mexico when she was 19 years old without her family and opened a successful travel agency business. She is extremely resilient and embodies the values reflected in entrepreneurs – resiliency, making mistakes, and not being able to say no.”
From her mom, she learned the hard work it took to create a successful business. At eight years old, Gascoigne created and delivered flyers on her roller skates to help the family travel business. “It was a family affair. What you put into it is what you get out of it.”
Now an entrepreneur and founder of Girls in Tech, Gascoigne started out her career working for a dozen tech start-ups in Silicon Valley. She was often the only female and woman of color, and she used the word “exciting” as well as “toxic” to describe some of her early days. Little did she know that those workplaces and lessons learned would help her form her organization that now empowers women and girls in tech worldwide.
- Leadership starts at the top: “We’re focused on changing the future for women.” Her firm penned a letter to tech leaders demanding gender parity in board rooms. By creating a more diverse workforce, the company environment will be safer.
- Find your passion and purpose: Solve a problem for people. If needed, be open-minded and change, and pivot when needed.
- Find the right partners and the right funding sources: Get your advocates. Partner with the right people and investors, and move forward. She talked about two female entrepreneurs that have become household names: Stella and Dot CEO and Founder Jessica Herrin and Rent the Runway CEO and Co-founder Jen Heiman. Both had a tough time finding venture capitalists to back their ventures, and both had to look for creative funding. “They took this negative energy and harnessed it to build better products and services. It’s inspiring to see them pick up their bootstraps and move forward.”
- Don’t be afraid to take risks: “Every mistake, every failure is an opportunity to learn and grow.” Adapt and learn. She gave the example of Thomas Edison failing in creating 10,000 light bulbs that didn’t work until he finally succeeded.
Following the conversation, it was time to present the the prestigious Maura Women Helping Women Award named after the late Maura McNeil, who was a TWF founder.
For the first time in its 42-year history, three of the seven honorees lived outside Dallas/Fort Worth as Texas Women’s Foundation expands its statewide reach including: Maura recipients CCVI Ministries Executive Director Judy Treviño of San Antonio and Worldwide Oilfield Machine Co-Owner/Global CFO Rani Puranik of Houston and Young Leader Award recipient Lamik Beauty Founder/CEO Kim Roxie of Houston.
The other Maura Women Helping Women recipients included North Texas Food Bank President/CEO Trisha Cunningham, Break Bread Break Borders Founder Jin-Ya Huang and Soul Reborn/Cheryl Polote Williamson LLC Founder Cheryl Polote Williamson.
Receiving the other Young Leader Award was Nomi Network President Diana Mao.
TWF President/CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson said, “We are thankful to Shonn Brown (TWF board chair), our co-chairs and sponsors, and honored to award seven women across Texas who are doing great things for women and girls.”
Following the event, attendees selected one of the breakout Leadership Forums featuring a moderated discussion with the award recipients about key issues and their own pathways to leadership.
In addition to the video recordings, TWF launched “Gender Matters™,” a podcast series sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corp. that features in-depth interviews with each award recipient with Roslyn and Kimberly-Clark Corp. executives.
Thanks to the following the sponsors, the event was both informative and successful:
- Presenting Sponsor: AT&T
- Speaker Sponsor: Catherine M. Coughlin Endowment for Women’s Leadership at Texas Women’s Foundation
- Podcast Sponsor: Kimberly-Clark Corp.
- Leadership Forum Sponsors: Capital One, Comerica Bank, EY, Fossil Foundation, Kleinert Foundation, Texas Capital Bank and Thomson Reuters
- Impact Sponsor: T.D. Jakes Foundation
- Advocate Sponsors: Haynes and Boone, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, Mary Kay and Texas Instruments
- Media Sponsors: D CEO, Local Profile and MySweetCharity
For additional sponsors and information, visit https://txwfleadership.org/
* Photo provided by Texas Women's Foundation
Christine Ortega has been named executive director of Volunteer McKinney. Currently serving as Collin County Homeless Coalition emeritus director and a co-founder of StepUp Frisco, Christine has more than “17 years of experience in the non-profit space serving disadvantaged populations and leading outreach opportunities across faith groups and multiple non-profit organizations.”
According to Volunteer McKinney Board of Directors President Beth Hensley, “Christine’s warmth and practical approach to problem-solving community issues will be an opportunity for companies and agencies to share goals and also move individual missions forward with action and mobilization by working together.”
Founded in 1998, Volunteer McKinney provides opportunities for people to become involved with the community by holding “many networking events, speaking engagements and workshops while engaging companies and nonprofits to succeed in the world of philanthropy.”
It has also served the community through such events as National “Make a Difference Day,” Collin County Giving Day Party in the Park, Santa on the Square™ and The Spirit of McKinney Volunteer Awards.
On Thursday, May 27, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., the Executive Directors and Leaders Breakfast will provide an opportunity for folks to meet Christine at the McKinney Performing Art Center.
In accepting her new role, Christine said, “Volunteer McKinney is strong today because of the tireless work of the board and community over the past two decades. I am a strong believer that volunteers are the backbone, heart and soul of the McKinney community and that together we will accomplish much.”
* Photo provided by Volunteer McKinney
The Cattle Baron’s Baronesses had a lovely day on the Four Season’s golf course Monday for the CBB Golf Tournament. Luckily, the final team played the 18th hole before the weather turned grumpy.
But the gals arent’ just settling back to enjoy Monday’s outing. They’re moving on with still another fundraising project — the Cattle Baron’s Raffle!
2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball Double Down Against Cancer Co-Chairs Diana Hamilton and Heather Randall along with Raffle Co-Chairs Tara Versfelt and Mackenzie Wallace and their committee members Kristin Baker and Dolores Volkman have revealed the luxury items that will up for grabs.
There are just a half dozen including:
$100 for each ticket or six for $500
- Park Place (Value: $58,500*) – The winner will get to choose between a 2021 Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Range Rover Velar and Porsche Macon.
$25 for each ticket or five for $100
- NorthPark Center Shopping Experience (Value: $15,000) – Experience The Art of Shopping with $15,000 in NorthPark Gold. Shop to your heart’s content at NorthPark’s unparalleled mix of retailers, from Dolce and Gabbana and Salvatore Ferragamo to Eataly and Neiman Marcus. NorthPark Gold works like cash at all participating NorthPark retailers, restaurants, spas, and theatres. NorthPark Gold does not expire.
- Susurros Del Corazón Resort (Value: $14,000) – Four-night stay in a four-bedroom villa at Susurros del Corazón, a new Auberge Resort, in Punta de Mita, Mexico. Includes airport transfers, daily breakfast, mixology class, and one $200 Auberge Spa credit. Use of this certificate is subject to availability and certain blackout dates apply. Certificate cannot be combined with any other offer or special promotions. Certificate must be presented upon redemption, is non-transferable, and has no cash value. Does not include alcohol, except what is stated. Expires March 31, 2023.
- Eiseman Jewels and Breitling (Value: $10,090) – One lucky winner will enjoy a new Breitling Navitimer BOl Chronograph 46 from Eiseman Jewels NorthPark Center, proudly supporting Cattle Baron’s Ball for 47 years. Featuring a steel case with a black dial with white sub dials, the 46 mm Navitimer features a chronometer-certified, high performance self-winding mechanical movement and is powered by Manufacture Breitling Caliber B01. For “double” the look, the timepiece comes on a stainless steel bracelet, but with an additional Breitling blue alligator strap with white stitching and stainless buckle. No exchanges or returns.
- PlainsCapital Bank $10,000 Debit Card (Value: $10,000) – Buy a ticket for a chance to win a $10,000 debit card from Dallas-based PlainsCapital Bank, one of the largest banks founded and headquartered in Texas. PlainsCapital specializes in meeting the unique needs of high-net-worth individuals and middle-market businesses, including commercial real estate, treasury management and wealth management services. Member FDIC.
- No-Wait Restaurant Pass (Value: $3,000) – One exclusive, priority seating, no-wait pass at Dallas’ renowned Hillstone Park Cities, R+D Kitchen, and The Honor Bar. Pass allows up to four guests per visit. This exclusive pass allows the passholder to call when en route, then be seated at the next available table upon arrival. Pass is non-transferable and raffle winner must be present for use. May only be used at Hillstone Restaurant Park Cities, R+D Kitchen and The Honor Bar in Dallas. Valid November l, 2021-Octobor 31, 2022.
To take a chance, you can either call the CBB office at 214.443.9222 or ask your favorite baroness. The drawings will take place at the 2021 CBB Ball on Saturday, October 23, at Gilley’s.
* Approximate MSRP. Car shown is not the actual prize vehicle. Winner is responsible for vehicle tax, title and any registration fees. ** Graphic provided by 2021 Cattle Baron's Ball
The past year’s pandemic has provided daunting challenges to educators, mental health professionals, non-profit professionals and organizations working with children. Last year’s postponement of the Changing the Odds Conference by the Momentous Institute was such a blow.
The good news is that the Institute is indeed proceeding with its rescheduling of the 9th Annual Changing the Odds conference. It will be taking place on Thursday, October 28, and Friday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Institute organizers managed to have the original slate of speakers still on board, including for the 2021 event:
- Jon Batiste is a renowned musician, educator and television personality who balances many roles, including bandleader with the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and artistic director at large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
- Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is founder of LiberatED, a collective focused on developing school-based resources at the intersection of social and emotional learning (SEL), racial justice and healing. She is former Assistant Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the author of the forthcoming book, “White Rules for Black People.”
- Cheryl Strayed is author of the New York Times best-selling memoir “Wild,” which subsequently became an Oscar-nominated film adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.
Among the other speakers coming on board to the all-star lineup are
- Christina Bethell, PH.D., MBA, MPH, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, where she promotes a new “Science of Thriving” to promote the social, emotional and relational roots of well-being.
- Dr. Gail Christopher is known for her pioneering work as leader of the Healing Initiative and Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation efforts. She is the former senior advisor and vice president of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
- Ingrid Fetell Lee is the author of “Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness” and founder of The Aesthetics of Joy.
Check here for updates on additional speakers.
While the original plan was to have the conference at the Omni Dallas Hotel, the 2021 event will be held on a virtual platform allowing for involvement from near and far.
* Graphic courtesy of Momentous Institute
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