Despite vacationing and the rising temperatures, the news just keeps rolling in. The 2015 Women of Distinction Chair/third generation Girl Scout Katherine Coker just sent word about the annual Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas fundraiser luncheon. Oh, boy…or, rather, “Oh, girl!”
First let’s get the date and location down, so you can put it on your calendar. The 2015 Women of Distinction Luncheon will be Wednesday, October 14, at the Hilton Anatole and will be sponsored by AT&T.
Now that you’ve got it down, pat yourself on the back because here’s what’s on hand. Three women will be honored and each is a standout.
The luncheon is the perfect venue to salute female “leaders and Girl Scouts for their service to the community.”
Okay you’ve been patient, now for the roll call of the honorees — Philanthropist Jan Rees-Jones will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her community leadership and service to others. Being recognized as the Women of Distinction will be Anna Michele Bobadilla and Tincy Miller for their “civic involvement and positive impact on the community.”
According to Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO Jennifer Bartkowski, “Jan, Michele and Tincy are local women who are model leaders that have made a huge impact on our community through their passion and commitment to making a difference. At Girl Scouts, we encourage every girl to be part of the positive change in their local communities. These women are exceptional leaders and role models that demonstrate firsthand how to let inspiration be the driving force for making the world a better place.”
As for the keynote speaker, she will be founder/CEO of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani. Her organization “inspires and equips girls with computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.”
It’s so perfect that Reshma will be featured, since the funds “raised during the luncheon help provide leadership programming to more than 26,600 girls in Northeast Texas in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), financial literacy, healthy living, and outdoor leadership.”
Those Girls Scouts have come a long way since the early days and they plan to go a lot further in the world of the 21st century.
If you need a refresher course on Jan, Michele, Tincy, Reshma and/or Katherine, follow the jump. You just may be surprised what you didn’t know about these “women of distinction.”
Now that you’ve got the date on the calendar, get your tickets/sponsorships pronto.
* Photos provided by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Anna Michele Bodadilla — 2015 Women of Distinction recipient, Anna Michele Bobadilla, is a native Dallasite, educator, mentor and advocate with more than 38 years of active involvement in education initiatives, civic boards and volunteer organizations. Michele established the Society of 100 Endowed Scholars’ Fund in cooperation with the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and community partners to ensure an educational legacy for the Greater Dallas metro area students pursuing higher education. She has served as Board of Director on more than 35 boards and volunteered with more than 50 committees addressing the needs of the community. Michele has received numerous honors and awards for which she credits her family, mentors and community for cultivating and nurturing her involvement and passion for education, service and advocacy.
- Katherine Coker — A third-generation Girl Scout, Katherine Coker is a community volunteer who is chairing this luncheon because she believes in the Girl Scouts’ mission to develop girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. She is a member of the Crystal Charity Ball and serves on various Dallas nonprofit boards and committees including Equest, Community Partners of Dallas and the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. She is also 2015 Candlelight Chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes and a Co-Chair for the 2015 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala. She serves as a Sustaining Advisor for the Junior League of Dallas and volunteers with the Highland Park schools. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she completed graduate studies at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. In her professional career, she is an award-winning Creative Director who worked for Jack Morton Worldwide specializing in experiential branding. With more than 20 years of experience, she has created marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies such as American Airlines, AOL, Boeing, Dell, J.D. Edwards, Nissan and Texas Instruments. She and her husband Key have two children, Key Jr., 12, a Boy Scout, and Olivia, 10, a Girl Scout.
- Jan Rees-Jones — Lifetime achievement recipient Jan Rees-Jones, is a life-long resident of Dallas and a community leader known for her service to others. Jan and her husband, Trevor, founded The Rees-Jones Foundation in 2006, providing opportunities and aid for disadvantaged, mentally challenged, abused and neglected children, and promoting the humane treatment of animals. Jan is an honorary member of the SPCA of Texas Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Council of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health. She is an active member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church and involved in their Women’s ministry. Jan is wife to Trevor, founder of Chief Oil & Gas. She and Trevor have two sons and one daughter-in-law, Trevor R. and wife Jenny, and David, all TCU graduates where Jan along with Trevor received the Honorary Alumni Award for their support of the TCU Institute of Child Development. Jan is an animal lover and flying enthusiast and enjoys both in her spare time.
- Tincy Miller — Third-generation Texan, Dallas native and Woodrow Wilson graduate, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller is also a 2015 Women of Distinction recipient. She served on the State Board of Education (SBOE), District 12, for 26 years, including Chair of the Board from 2003-2007. Tincy distinguished herself by promoting better curricula and programs for children with dyslexia, phonics-based reading curriculum standards, ensuring school textbooks are factual and historically correct, and protecting the original intent of the Permanent School Fund. Prior to working for the SBOE, she was a reading specialist in the reading laboratory at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Tincy continues to stay involved with education, as well as chairs a number of fundraising events for several organizations in her community. She and her late husband, Vance, have four adult children and eight grandchildren.
- Reshma Saujani — In 2012, this year’s keynote speaker, Reshma Saujani, launched Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization aimed to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. She recently published the book, “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line,” which advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course – personally and professionally. Reshma’s many accolades include Forbes’ Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People and most recently WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year.