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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.
NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE MAURA AND YOUNG LEADER AWARDS!
If you know someone who has volunteered their time and used their influence to help improve the lives of women and/or girls, nominate them for the prestigious Maura Women Helping Women Award.
If you know someone under the age of 40 who is breaking barriers in their field or sector, and is creating a path for other women and/or girls to follow, nominate them for the Young Leader Award.
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Submit your nominations by Wednesday, November 18, 2020!
completing the nomination forms for each award.
LEADERSHIP FORUM VIRTUAL EVENT SERIES
The Leadership Forum Virtual Event Series 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.
To see the videos of our award recipients, scroll down to each one’s bio and click the video links.
Only one more event remains!
Kathleen LaValle | October 14, 10:00 AM
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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
MAURA WOMEN HELPING WOMEN AWARD
|Vivian A. Castleberry*||1978|
|The Honorable Sarah T. Hughes*||1978|
|The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson||1978|
|Johnnie Marie Grimes*||1979|
|Louise H. Raggio*||1979|
|Hermine D. Tobolowsky*||1979|
|Virginia B. Whitehill*||1979|
|Beverly A. Gandy||1980|
|Dr. Ellenore Ott||1980|
|Barbara B. Reagan*||1980|
|Judge Joan R. Winn Tarpley||1980|
|Judge Theo L. Bedard*||1981|
|Dr. Carolyn Galerstein*||1981|
|Gail B. Smith||1981|
|Charlotte W. Taft||1981|
|Suzanne Ahn, M.D.*||1982|
|Rev. Dr. Mary Louise Rowand*||1982|
|Mary Esther Gaulden, M.D.*||1983|
|Sally Sharp Jacobson||1983|
|Marjorie W. Schuchat*||1983|
|Harryette B. Ehrhardt||1984|
|Betty Jo Hay*||1985|
|Joy S. Mankoff||1985|
|Beverly Brooks Miller||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|
|Sandra C. Tinkham||1987|
|Monica Yates Fried||1988|
|Mary Evans Sias, Ph.D.||1988|
|Gloria de la Cruz*||1989|
|Sharon S. King||1989|
|Mamie McKnight, Ph.D.*||1989|
|Caren H. Prothro||1989|
|Barbara S. Cambridge, Ph.D.||1990|
|Barbara L. Sinak||1990|
|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|
|Cynthia Salzman Mondell||1992|
|Laura V. Estrada||1993|
|Lyda H. Hill||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|
|Lois G. Finkelman||1995|
|Ella Goode Johnson||1995|
|Sally M. Knox, M.D.||1996|
|Ann E. Margolin||1996|
|Kay W. Cole*||1997|
|Dr. Mona Hersh-Cochran||1997|
|Rosanne M. Ortega||1997|
|Julie G. Lowenberg||1998|
|Sandra D. Malone||1998|
|Thalia C. Oliphant||1998|
|Phyllis Fishman Bernstein||1999|
|Barbara F. Materka||1999|
|Bernice J. Washington||1999|
|Sylvia L. Benenson||2000|
|Gail A. Griswold||2000|
|Dr. Sheron C. Patterson||2000|
|Becky R. Sykes||2000|
|Brenda F. Brand||2001|
|Marion G. Sobol||2001|
|Elaine B. Agather||2002|
|Dianne and Levy Curry||2002|
|Cynthia A. Gonzalez||2002|
|Martha R. Tiller||2002|
|The Honorable Kathryn W. Hall||2003|
|Elizabeth F. (Liza) Lee||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|
|Linda P. Custard||2005|
|Norma L. Beasley*||2006|
|The Honorable Angie Chen Button, CPA, CFP||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|
|Naomi D. Aberly||2008|
|Lottye S. Brodsky, Ph.D.||2008|
|Patricia A. Porter||2008|
|Shaunna F. Black||2009|
|Former First Lady Laura Bush||2009|
|Betty S. Regard||2009|
|Roslyn Dawson Thompson||2009|
|Rebel B. Calhoun||2010|
|Paige H. Flink||2010|
|Wanda R. Brice||2011|
|Cathy Wilkins Moffitt||2011|
|Patricia A. Vaughan*||2011|
|Alinda H. Wikert||2011|
|Clare Buie Chaney, Ph.D.||2013|
|Debbie Dudley Branson||2014|
|Julie Mamolen Bleicher||2015|
|Major General Mary Saunders, USAF, Retired||2015|
|Diana C. Dutton||2016|
|Rabbi Nancy Kasten||2016|
|Billie Bryant Schultz||2016|
|Hind El Saadi El Jarrah, Ph.D.||2017|
|Madeline McClure, LCSW||2017|
|The Honorable Judge Tonya Parker||2017|
|Arcilia C. Acosta||2018|
|Jocelyn D. Kidd, DDS||2018|
|Cynthia Mickens Ross||2018|
|Dee Dee Bates||2019|
|Ana I. Hernandez||2019|
YOUNG LEADER AWARD
|Myiesha Taylor, M.D.||2014|
|Brittany Merrill Underwood||2014|
|Marissa E. Horne||2015|
|Lacy L. Durham, Esq.||2016|
|Brittany K. Byrd||2016|
|Cynthia Nwaubani, CPA||2017|
|Vanessa Bouché, Ph.D.||2018|
|Dr. HaeSung Han||2019|
|Ana I. Rodriguez||2019|
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
|Attitudes & Attire||2003|
|Dallas Chapter – The LINKS||1997|
|Dallas Women’s Foundation||1996|
|Family Place, The||1979, 1988|
|Junior League of Dallas||2000|
|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|