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Women of Distinction
2018 Honorees
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Arcilia C. Acosta
Woman of Distinction

Arcilia Acosta is the President and CEO of CARCON Industries and Construction and of STL Engineers. The oil and gas division is located in Midland, Texas.

Ms. Acosta is an entrepreneur, nationally recognized speaker, philanthropist and mother.  She and her companies have won more than 45 national, regional and local awards. She is an inductee of National Women’s Business Hall of Fame, has been featured in the national acclaimed television show “CEO”. She has received the Each Moment Matters award and the MAURA Award in 2018.

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Linda Evans
Woman of Distinction

Linda Perryman Evans is the president and CEO of The Meadows Foundation, one of the largest and most influential private charitable foundations in Texas. 

Linda serves extensively throughout the philanthropy community. She is on the executive boards of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and Meadows Museum, is a board and finance committee member of Council on Foundations, a board and governance committee member of The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and a founding board member of The Philanthropic Collaborative.

She is the recipient of a myriad of honors and awards, including being named to Nonprofit Times list of the Top 50 Power and Influence Leaders three times and receiving one of Spain’s highest honors, Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel La Catholica, for her work to enhance relations between Spain and the United States.

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Avi Kahn
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Avi Kahn leads Hilti North America’s operations as president and chief executive officer, overseeing businesses in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Guam. Prior to this role, he served as president of Hilti Canada.

Kahn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Information Technology from The Interdisciplinary Center and a Master of Business Administration, International Business from Bellevue University.

He is involved with a number of charitable organizations and has served on the Habitat for Humanity Canadian National Leadership Council.

Kahn currently resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with his wife Maryann and their two sons, Ethan and Adam.

2018 Keynote Speaker
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Ann Shoket
Ann Shoket is a key architect in shaping the national conversation about and for millennials. Her widely acclaimed book, THE BIG LIFE, is a guide for this generation, which is changing what it means to be powerful and successful. Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen and CosmoGIRL, Shoket has appeared regularly on Good Morning America, Today, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, CNN, Access Hollywood, and E! News. In 2009, Forbes named Shoket one of the “Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors” in the country.

2018 Event Chairs
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Dee Brown
Dee Brown proudly serves in the United States Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel, where she recently completed a tour in Afghanistan.

In her role as Director of Logistics at Safety-Kleen, she is responsible for developing the Direct Market Distribution Strategy for Kleen Performance products. Prior to Safety-Kleen, Dee worked in a number of other leadership roles with Celanese, PACCAR, and Newell Rubbermaid.  Dee holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University of North Texas. 

Dee devotes a significant time working in the community notably as a member of the Women of Tocqueville Society, a recipient of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Volunteer of Year for 2017 award, and a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts. 

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Sharon Morrison
As CEO, Sharon Morrison provides strategic direction, leadership and production for ESRP real estate brokerage and advisory firm. One of ESRP’s co-founders, Sharon has represented owners and users of commercial space in acquiring and disposing of over 33,000,000 sq. ft. of space and over two billion dollars in transaction value over the past 27 years. 

Sharon began her career as an intern at Henry S. Miller Brokerage in college and has grown to become an active and dedicated leader of the real estate industry. She's been named D Magazine's CEO Power Broker for 3 consecutive years, and has been a fixture on the Dallas Business Journal’s Heavy Hitters list. Sharon earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. She is married to Kevin Morrison and has three daughters.

2018 Honorary Event Chairs
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Nancy Ann Hunt of Dallas is a highly active community volunteer. Nancy Ann currently serves as board member for organizations including the Conference on Crimes Against Women, Genesis Women's Shelter, New Friends New Life, and the Austin Street Center. She is also an active member of the United Methodist Church and supporter of Southern Methodist University. She had been honored with numerous awards for her community involvement - including being honored as a 2014 Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

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Ashlee Kleinert is an excellent example of doing well to do good. Ashlee takes her analytical business and entrepreneurial skills to her active roles with several non-profits including Shelter Ministries of Dallas, Dedman College Executive Board, Methodist Health System, and New Friends New Life. Her efforts have earned her several community awards, including the "Can Do" Award from the Wilkinson Center and the Dallas Business Journal's "Most Influential, Inspirational and Charitable Women in Business" Award.

2018 Emcee
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Clarice Tinsley
News Anchor/Reporter - FOX4

Millions of viewers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have turned to FOX 4’s Clarice Tinsley for the latest headlines and the most in-depth news stories affecting Texas and the world.

Recognized as one of Texas’ most knowledgeable reporters, Clarice is on the air and has been on the scene as important news stories unfold.

In May 2018, The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas gave the prestigious Robert Miller Media Award to Clarice to mark her 40 years as anchor of the 10pm news on KDFW FOX4 and for her years of work in the community.  

Clarice was a member of the Board of Directors of Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas and, in 2008, she received the Woman of Distinction honor. She's an Advisory Board Member of St. Philip's School in South Dallas,  a former Advisory Board member for the School of Journalism at SMU, and the former Chair of the Super Bowl XLV Communications Action Team.

In addition to the George Foster Peabody Award, Clarice has earned a DuPont-Columbia Citation, an Emmy, three Dallas Press Club Katie Awards, two Awards of Excellence from American Women in Radio and Television, Best Investigative Reporting from Texas Associated Press, the Texas Headliner Award for Investigative Reporting, the Journalistic Award for Excellence from the American College of Emergency Physicians and First Place from the Texas Public Health Association.

Clarice shares her life with the love of her life, her husband, Stephen Giles and enjoys working out, reading, collecting art, traveling, dancing and singing with the Sanctuary Choir, and spending time with her family. 

2017 Press/Photos
Past Honorees

Lifetime Achievement 
2016
- Marianne Staubach
2015 - Jan Rees-Jones
2014 - Gene Jones
2013 - Lindalyn Adams
2011 - Caroline Rose Hunt
2010 - Ebby Halliday
2009 - Bette Perot

Women of Distinction 
2017
- Sara Martineau & Nina Vaca
2016 - Sarah Losinger & Trea Yip
2015 - Michele Bobadilla & Tincy Miller
2014 - Nancy Ann Hunt
2013 - Nicole Small
2012 - Matrice Kirk-Ellis, Sally Hoglund & Peggy Sewell
2011 - Regina Montoya & Lynn McBee
2010 - Harriet Miers & Becky Sykes
2009 - Lucy Billingsley & Barbara Ward
2008 - Anne Mostenbocker & Clarice Tinsley
2007 - Laura Estrada & Valerie Freeman
2006 - Elvira Wallace-Martinez & Mavis Knight
2005 - Florence Shapiro & Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones

Young Women of Distinction
2017 - Shelly Goel & Emma Rose Shore
2016 - Anisha Wadawadigi & Hailey Falies
2015 - Devin Bray & Sruthi Tummala
2014 - Meredith Burke & Cameron Wicks
2013 - Grace Cooper & Alexandra Villareal
2012 - Barrett Cole, Sarah Felan & Gabby Gafford
2011 - Andrea Noelle Emery & Marisa Salatino
2010 - Haley Ann Avery & Ashton Gepfert
2009 - Catherine Cannariato & Julie Negussie
2008 - Chanelle Angeny & Whitney Walker
2007 - Bryna Garrison & Amber Meeks
2006 - Erin Cafferty, Sarah Heady & Jennifer Goebel
2005 - Lilianna Delgado & Katie Murray

Man Enough to Be A Girl Scout
2017 - Todd Williams
2016 - Kent Eastman

Past Keynote Speakers

2017 - Dr. Mae Jemison
2016 - Lauren Bush Lauren
2015 - Reshma Saujani
2014 - Alison Levine
2013 - Talia Leman
2011 - Venus Williams
2009 - Marianne & Roger Staubach
2008 -Linda Armstrong Kelly
2007 - Michelle Peluso
2006 - Cary J. Broussard
2005 - Colleen Barrett