Date: 04/29/2021 10:00am | 04/29/2021 12:00pm


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Texas Women’s Foundation elevates and celebrates the voices of women leaders, and presents the Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards to exemplary trailblazers in our community.

The Leadership Forum Virtual Event features our incredible award recipients with a series of six virtual events. This series highlights their leadership journeys, and how they are continuing to work creating paths for future leaders to follow.We look forward to celebrating our 2021 Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Award Recipients at our 2021 Leadership Forum & Awards Event on April 29, 2021.Check back for more information on the 2021 Recipients and event information that will be posted soon.

2020 Co-chairs

Laura Maxwell is currently Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division.  In her role, Laura has  the responsibility for Service and Distribution, Supply Chain Productivity and all Commercialization efforts. She also serves on the Texas Women’s Foundation Board of Directors, and is a co-chair of the Economic Leadership Council.

Nina Vaca is the Chairman and CEO of Pinnagle Group. Nina’s dynamic leadership has propelled Pinnacle Group from a niche IT services firm to the global workforce solutions powerhouse it is today, providing industry-leading workforce solutions and high-end IT services to iconic global brands. She is also a former Maura Award Recipient.

2020 Maura Award Recipients

Dana Blankenship is the dynamic CEO and founder of Blankenship Change Consulting, LLC, a female-centric, 75-person strong boutique consulting firm that helps some of the world’s most well-known brands manage organizational change. She launched the firm after serving as a leader in the change management practice at Accenture for nearly 15 years, where she was often the lone female partner in a field crowded with men.  After her oldest child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Blankenship desired a different work life balance.  She ventured out on her own and began creating a new consulting model that fundamentally shifted the power balance in favor of women who wanted the benefits of consulting but not the traditional drawbacks.  She has created a firm where the culture feels more like family than corporate and the women support, coach and develop each other in work and outside of work.  Blankenship was able to entice many former big firm professional women back into consulting with a new value proposition – flexibility in schedule, minimal travel as well as very exciting work.  Blankenship’s clients, who all have large bases of operation in Dallas, find this model of superior service at favorable prices so valuable that the firm maintains a waiting list for new clients.

A feminist and defender of human rights, Dana leads with her heart, whether it’s rocking babies while leading an annual service trip to Guatemalan orphanages with Orphan Outreach or supporting a family who worked for her to make sure the high school son realized his dream of being the first in his family to attend college. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Baylor University. Her family includes her husband and two daughters who are in college and who both have interned with her firm.

Tracey Doi is Chief Financial Officer for TOYOTA Motor North America. She leads accounting, finance and corporate strategy for the Toyota and Lexus brands, a value chain with 47,000 team members in design, engineering, sales, distribution and 14 manufacturing plants. As an executive member of the North American Management Committee, Doi sets strategy, mid- to long-term business plans, and drives opportunities to increase competitiveness. She also serves on the Audit, Benefit and Divisional Executive committees. She has a passion for building highly engaged teams to successfully grow Toyota in this disruptive auto mobility environment, and developing leaders at all levels, particularly women and underrepresented groups.

Doi is an experienced independent board director, currently chairing the Audit Committee for City National Bank, a Royal Bank of Canada company with more than $60 billion in assets. Previously, she served two terms on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Advisory Council. Doi is an active board member of 2020 Women on Boards, the National Asian American Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, and the Japanese American National Museum, roles where she advocates for the advancement of women in leadership and on boards. She enjoys supporting the Toyota Business Partnering Groups with their many team member development and community initiatives, as well as the Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation. She has been recognized three consecutive times by Automotive News as one of the Top 100 Women in the automotive industry and by D CEO as one of the top 500 most influential business leaders in the Metroplex. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and is a CPA. She is married and has two children.

Before founding the Gendercide Awareness Project (Gendap) in 2011, Beverly Hill worked as a college lecturer and then as a studio artist, creating figurative bronzes and ceramic wall hangings. Hill graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree and returned for graduate work in history. She’s also taught at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Iowa. Beginning in 2000, she spent three years retraining as a sculptor, realizing a desire to work in the visual arts and specialize in figurative bronzes and clay murals.

While still teaching at the University of Iowa, Hill developed a strong interest in global women’s rights. As a sculptor, she further educated herself on the subject and was astonished to learn that in many parts of the world, women and girls are so oppressed that they simply do not survive. Their premature deaths create a measurable dent in the global female population — with 3.7% of it missing. This staggering loss of life is a marker for the welfare of women throughout the world. Hill believed more needed to know about this premature loss of life.  After establishing Gendap, the all-volunteer team reached a major milestone in 2017, opening a moving and visually powerful art exhibit that demonstrates the scale of gendercide using pairs of baby booties to represent the 126 million women who are missing. To help these impoverished women, Gendap paid 500 of them in 30 developing countries a fair wage to make the baby booties. In 2016, the team launched a girls’ education program to help at-risk girls attend school. Gendap now raises funds to educate impoverished girls in six developing countries — girls who otherwise could not go to school.

Kathleen M. LaValle became president and CEO of Dallas CASA in 2014 following three decades of practicing law, where she earned distinction in Chambers USA as a top tier counsel and preeminent practitioner and chaired the Texas State Bar Antitrust and Business Litigation Section. Today she leads the largest CASA program in the country in terms of total children served by volunteers, number of volunteer advocates and annual revenue, with 83 percent of the volunteers being women. In 2019, Dallas CASA and its nearly 1,500 volunteer advocates served more than 3,500 children in foster care.  Now advocating for 98% of Dallas County children in foster care, Dallas CASA’s goal is to serve every child in need.

While a partner with Jackson Walker LLP, LaValle headed the women’s initiative, served on the firm-wide diversity committee and explored solutions to workplace challenges that women face. She mentored and coached many young women attorneys, and the firm promoted more women to partnership than any other Texas law firm. LaValle serves as a member of the Dallas County Child Welfare Board, the Texas CASA board of directors and the Nonprofit CEO Council.  Prior to transitioning to her nonprofit role, she served on the Dallas CASA board of directors for 12 years, including a term as board chair. LaValle was recognized as an SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni in 2018 and she was the recipient of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s ATHENA® Award in 2014. LaValle received her J.D. from SMU’s Dedman School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She is married and has two grown children.

With a global vision to create change beyond her native Dallas, educator, innovator and entrepreneur Jennifer Stimpson is passionate about educating the next generation of science leaders. Her love of science was cultivated during childhood by her parents — pharmacists who owned a family pharmacy. After graduating from Dillard University (New Orleans) with a bachelor’s in chemistry, she was the first African American woman to graduate with a master’s in environmental chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa. She began her career as a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Agency and now teaches middle school science at The Hockaday School. An award-winning educator for two decades, Stimpson uses field experiences to enrich the curriculum, bringing global, real world science to life for her students and others. Through her JSTEMP/KIC (Knowledge is Chemistry) camps, she creates exciting STEM learning hands-on science experiences for students of all ages, particularly under-resourced youth.

In addition to developing an alternative fuel source repurposing unused cooking oil into biodiesel for school buses with Dallas County Schools, Stimpson is an inaugural STEM ambassador in the American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN program. She has been recognized by Oprah, Ebony Magazine, U.S. Congress and others for her leadership in education. She serves on the STEM advisory board for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and contributes her time to many organizations. A lifelong learner, she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania with plans to graduate in May 2020.

2020 Young Leader Award Recipient

Karla Guadalupe García serves as a Dallas ISD board trustee representing Southeast Dallas. At 23 years old, García is the youngest person and first Latina elected to serve on the Dallas School Board. A product of Dallas ISD schools and resident of Pleasant Grove, Karla was inspired to run because she wanted to address the inequities that she saw in the public school system, particularly in Southeast Dallas. Her vision is for every student to be equipped in defining their own destiny. García is the proud daughter of Carlos and Maria Irene García, immigrants from Guanajuato, Mexico. Their strong desire and support to build a better future made it possible for her to become the first college graduate in the family from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Prior to graduating from UNC, García interned at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics at the U.S. Department of Education. Her unique experiences in the private and public sectors while working in Washington, D.C., London and Dallas helped solidify her aspirations in public service. After graduating from UNC, García returned to Dallas passionate about impacting change in her local community. She is currently working with the Dallas County Promise, an initiative supporting a higher education for all students.

Past Award Recipients



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Adelfa Callejo* 1978
Vivian A. Castleberry* 1978
Betty Graham* 1978
Adlene Harrison 1978
The Honorable Sarah T. Hughes* 1978
The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson 1978
Maura McNiel 1978
Emmie Baine* 1979
Gerry Beer* 1979
Johnnie Marie Grimes* 1979
Lucy Patterson* 1979
Louise H. Raggio* 1979
Hermine D. Tobolowsky* 1979
Virginia B. Whitehill* 1979
Beverly A. Gandy 1980
Chester Maxwell 1980
Martina Navratilova 1980
Dr. Ellenore Ott 1980
Dianne Pingree 1980
Barbara B. Reagan* 1980
Judge Joan R. Winn Tarpley 1980
Barbara Woodard* 1980
Judge Theo L. Bedard* 1981
Dr. Carolyn Galerstein* 1981
Florence Lewis* 1981
Shirley Miller 1981
Gail B. Smith 1981
Charlotte W. Taft 1981
Suzanne Ahn, M.D.* 1982
Susan Caudill 1982
Margaret Estes* 1982
Madeline Mandell 1982
Rev. Dr. Mary Louise Rowand* 1982
Charlotte Stewart 1982
Myrtle Bulkley* 1983
Donna Clack 1983
Mary Esther Gaulden, M.D.* 1983
Sally Sharp Jacobson 1983
Marjorie W. Schuchat* 1983
Sonya Bemporad* 1984
Theresa Canales-Jud 1984
Harryette B. Ehrhardt 1984
Patricia Greenwald 1984
Carol Madison* 1984
Ella Bailey* 1985
Betty Jo Hay* 1985
Joy S. Mankoff 1985
Beverly Brooks Miller 1985
Tegwin Pulley 1985
Dan Weiser* 1985
Nancy Goodman Brinker 1986
Catalina E. Garcia, M.D. 1986
Irene T. Ramirez 1986
Eleanor Tufts, Ph.D.* 1986
Barbara L. Watkins 1986
Reverend Ruth T. Barnhouse, M. D.* 1987
Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. 1987
The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison 1987
Barbara James 1987
Sandra C. Tinkham 1987
Monica Yates Fried 1988
Gertrude Miller* 1988
Mary Evans Sias, Ph.D. 1988
Annette Strauss* 1988
Nellie Taffalla 1988
Gloria de la Cruz* 1989
Sharon S. King 1989
Mamie McKnight, Ph.D.* 1989
Caren H. Prothro 1989
Dolores Barzune 1990
Barbara S. Cambridge, Ph.D. 1990
Dorothy Masterson 1990
Lori Palmer 1990
Barbara L. Sinak 1990
Barbara Cottrell 1991
Brenda L. Jackson 1991
Patricia B. Meadows 1991
Regina T. Montoya 1991
Ruth P. Morgan, Ph.D. 1991
Julie Scott Reed* 1991
Susybelle L. Gosslee 1992
Suzanne F. Greenman 1992
Allen Mondell 1992
Cynthia Salzman Mondell 1992
Diane Pitts 1992
Frances Rizo 1992
DeMetris Sampson 1992
Laura V. Estrada 1993
Lyda H. Hill 1993
Camille Keith 1993
Mavis Knight 1993
Barbara E. Rosenberg 1993
Rita A. Cox 1994
Pearl Garza Fracchia 1994
The Honorable Helen Giddings 1994
Scherry F. Johnson, Ed. D. 1994
Barbara J. Middleton 1994
Gloria Campos Brown 1995
Elizabeth Cowles* 1995
Lois G. Finkelman 1995
Ella Goode Johnson 1995
Ruby Morris* 1995
Gale Duff-Bloom 1996
Sally M. Knox, M.D. 1996
Ann E. Margolin 1996
Kathleen To 1996
Kay W. Cole* 1997
Dr. Mona Hersh-Cochran 1997
Rosanne M. Ortega 1997
Cynthia Reavis 1997
Susan Stahl* 1997
Susan Abrahamson* 1998
Julie G. Lowenberg 1998
Sandra D. Malone 1998
Ann Minnis* 1998
Thalia C. Oliphant 1998
Phyllis Fishman Bernstein 1999
Cora Cardona 1999
Barbara F. Materka 1999
Vicki Price-Smith 1999
Bernice J. Washington 1999
Sylvia L. Benenson 2000
Brent Berryman 2000
Cathy Bonner 2000
Gail A. Griswold 2000
Dr. Sheron C. Patterson 2000
Becky R. Sykes 2000
Brenda F. Brand 2001
David Farmer 2001
Cecilia McKay 2001
Marion G. Sobol 2001
Linda Walker-Bender 2001
Elaine B. Agather 2002
Sharlene Block* 2002
Dianne and Levy Curry 2002
Victoria Downing 2002
Cynthia A. Gonzalez 2002
Lekha Singh 2002
Martha R. Tiller 2002
Lyn Berman 2003
The Honorable Kathryn W. Hall 2003
Elizabeth F. (Liza) Lee 2003
Suzane Marshall 2003
Anita N. Martinez 2003
Thalia F. Matherson, Ed. D. 2003
Julie Spicer England 2004
Nancy Ann Hunt 2004
Margaret H. Jordan 2004
Wendy A. Lopez 2004
Ellen Terry 2004
Linda Thomas* 2004
Michele Bobadilla 2005
Linda P. Custard 2005
Kathy LaTour 2005
Karen Shuford 2005
Ruth Thomas 2005
Norma L. Beasley* 2006
The Honorable Angie Chen Button, CPA, CFP 2006
Lisa Hembry 2006
Gene and Jerry Jones 2006
Jan E. Langbein 2006
Cindy D. Ankele 2007
Cecilia G. Boone 2007
Carol C. Donovan, PC 2007
Ebby A. Halliday* 2007
Cynthia B. Nunn 2007
Alice L. Rodriguez 2007
Vicky Teherani 2007
Naomi D. Aberly 2008
Lottye S. Brodsky, Ph.D. 2008
Hattie Hill 2008
Patricia A. Porter 2008
Shaunna F. Black 2009
Former First Lady Laura Bush 2009
Patricia Peiser 2009
Betty S. Regard 2009
Roslyn Dawson Thompson 2009
Nina Vaca 2009
Rebel B. Calhoun 2010
Effie Dennison 2010
Paige H. Flink 2010
Anita Marcos 2010
Wanda R. Brice 2011
Phyllis Farragut 2011
Delia Jasso 2011
Cathy Wilkins Moffitt 2011
Jan Pruitt* 2011
Patricia A. Vaughan* 2011
Alinda H. Wikert 2011
Clare Buie Chaney, Ph.D. 2013
Melendy Lovett 2013
Beverly Tobian 2013
Debbie Dudley Branson 2014
Lauren Embrey 2014
Helen Holman 2014
Retta Miller 2014
Gauthami Vemula 2014
Kim Askew 2015
Julie Mamolen Bleicher 2015
Liz Cedillo-Pereira 2015
Valerie Freeman 2015
Major General Mary Saunders, USAF, Retired 2015
Diana C. Dutton 2016
Rabbi Nancy Kasten 2016
Vicki Meek 2016
Katie Pedigo 2016
Billie Bryant Schultz 2016
Hind El Saadi El Jarrah, Ph.D. 2017
Madeline McClure, LCSW 2017
The Honorable Judge Tonya Parker 2017
Lupe Valdez 2017
Arcilia C. Acosta 2018
Jocelyn D. Kidd, DDS 2018
Cynthia Mickens Ross 2018
Gail Turner 2018
Dee Dee Bates 2019
Sally Dunning 2019
Ana I. Hernandez 2019
Ashlee Kleinert 2019
Nicole Small 2019
Dana Blankenship 2020
Tracey Doi 2020
Kathleen LaValle 2020
Jennifer Stimpson 2020



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Veronica Torres 2013
Myiesha Taylor, M.D. 2014
Brittany Merrill Underwood 2014
Marissa E. Horne 2015
Christa Sanford 2015
Lacy L. Durham, Esq. 2016
Brittany K. Byrd 2016
Cynthia Nwaubani, CPA 2017
Vanessa Bouché, Ph.D. 2018
Brooke López 2018
Dr. HaeSung Han 2019
Ana I. Rodriguez 2019
Karla Garcia 2020



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Attitudes & Attire 2003
Dallas Chapter – The LINKS 1997
Dallas Women’s Foundation 1996
Explore, Inc. 1989
Family Place, The 1979, 1988
Junior League of Dallas 2000
KBOX 1980
League of Women Voters of Dallas 1993
Media Projects, Inc. 1992
National Council of Jewish Women 1998
North Texas United Nations Conference on Women 2002
SMU DeGolyer Library 2001
SMU Women’s Symposium 1990
Texas Instruments, Inc. 1996
Texas Woman’s News 1987
Women’s Issues Network 2002
Women’s Southwest Federal Credit Union 1984
YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas 1995