Women of Distinction

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        2015 Women of Distinction Luncheon

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Location: Hilton Anatole Hotel, Chantilly Ballroom
Time: Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO of Girls Who Code

Event Chair: Katherine Coker
Questions? Please contact Aisha McClendon at (972)349-2480 or via email at amcclendon@gsnetx.org.

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2015 Lifetime Achievement Honoree

Jan-Rees Jones

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, founder of Chief Oil & Gas, founded The Rees-Jones Foundation in 2006 to complete their personal mission of “serving God by serving others” by providing opportunities for the disadvantaged and encouraging the growth and well-being of the North Texas community.

The foundation has also distributed millions of dollars to help children suffering from abuse and neglect, offer relief to those facing mental health challenges, provide young people with opportunities for enrichment and character development, and promote the humane treatment of animals.  Jan’s passion for the welfare of animals led to her service with the SPCA of Texas, where the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center is named in her honor as well as being named an honorary member of the Board of Directors. Her passion for women’s and children’s rights is evident with the Advisory Council of the George W. Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative, which works to improve conditions for women and children in countries where basic human rights are often denied.

Jan is a graduate of Texas Tech University and an active member of Highland Park Presbyterian Women’s Ministry.  She and Trevor are the proud parents of two boys, Trevor R. and David, both Texas Christian University graduates, where Jan received the Honorary Alumni Award for her support of the university and its programs.

2015 Women of Distinction Honorees

Anna Michele Bobadilla

Michele Bobadilla is a native Dallasite who believes passionately in her community and in the power of its people to affect change. Michele demonstrates her commitment and civic responsibility daily through her active involvement in education initiatives, civic boards, and volunteer organizations -- an involvement spanning over 38 years.

Her openness and generous spirit coupled with her dedication, perseverance, organizational skills and leadership have garnered widespread community support. Michele’s years of advocacy, community service and leadership have opened doors to higher education for thousands of students. By leveling the playing field, she has ensured access and equity through opportunity and empowerment.

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 a higher education. She has served as a Board of Director on over 35 boards of organizations and she has actively maintained her civic/community involvement by serving on more than 50 committees addressing the needs of the community. Michele has received countless honors throughout her illustrious career as an educator, mentor and advocate. Michele credits her family, her mentors, and her community for cultivating and nurturing her involvement and passion for education, community service, and advocacy.   


Geraldine "Tincy" Miller

Tincy Miller is a third generation Texan, Dallas native and a Woodrow Wilson graduate. For 26 years, she served on the State Board of Education (SBOE), District 12, including Chair of the Board from 2003-2007. Throughout her tenure, 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.

Tincy’s passion for improving public schools began when she was a reading specialist in the reading Laboratory at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, a place where children with Dyslexia could learn to read, write and spell. There she saw the difficulties the children faced because their disability was ignored by the public school system. This ultimately led her to become involved as an active member of the SBOE.

Tincy continues to stay involved in public education in Texas. Her years of experience on the State Board have made her a sound voice on the issues. In addition to her commitment to Texas school children, Tincy 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.

2015 Awards Luncheon Speaker

Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future.

In her groundbreaking new book, "Women Who Don't Wait in Line," Reshma 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.

After years of working as an attorney,  activist and fundraiser, Reshma left her private sector career behind and surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman in the country to run for U.S. Congress.

Following the highly publicized race, Reshma stayed true to her passion for public service, becoming Deputy Public Advocate of New York City and more recently running a spirited campaign for Public Advocate on a platform of creating educational and economic opportunities for women and girls, immigrants, and those who have been sidelined in the political process.

A true political entrepreneur, Reshma has been fearless in her efforts to disrupt both politics and technology to create positive change.

Reshma is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. She was recently named a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by the New York Daily News, CNBC's Next List, Forbes' Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People, Ad Age's Creativity 50, Ad Age's 40 under 40, Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, City and State's Rising Stars, and AOL/PBS Next MAKER.