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Women of Distinction Luncheon

 

Event Chairs: Venise Stuart & Candace Winslow

Friday, October 18, 2019

Omni Dallas Hotel

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Invest in Girls. Change the World.

Women of Distinction 2019 is our signature fundraising event which honors local leaders whose ethical leadership, professional accomplishments, and community contributions inspire us all to make the world a better place.

The proceeds from this annual event support the Girl Scout leadership program, ensuring that all girls in our local communities have the support, experiences, and opportunities they need to realize their potential.

Registration is now open! Sponsorships and underwriting available.

2019 Honorees

 

Mary Anne Cree

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Anne Sammons Cree is the Chairman of the Sammons Center for the Arts and generous benefactor behind The Rosine Sammons Observation Deck on the very top of The Moody Foundation Observation Tower at the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Center of Excellence. Mary Anne’s mother, Rosine Sammons, started the first brownie troop in Dallas in the late 1930’s, and Mary Anne carried on the tradition as a Girl Scout leader for her daughters. She has served on the board of both the AT&T Performing Arts Center as well as the Baylor Healthcare System Foundation.  She is involved with the Texas Discovery Gardens and funds the Rosine Sammons Lecture Series in Media Ethics at SMU.  

 

Sabrina Martinez Harrison

Woman of Distinction

Sabrina Martinez Harrison is wife, mother of two, the co-owner and interior designer for Mint Dentistry and the founder of Equipped by Faith Ministries, a women’s organization that seeks to help young women form closer connections to each other and their faiths.

Sabrina has great passion for giving back through philanthropic endeavors, always searching for ways to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Sabrina is on the executive board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star. Alongside her husband, Dr. Field Harrison, Sabrina works to equip leaders and individuals to maximize their potential and use their business platform to help like-minded organizations in the community. 

 

Roslyn Dawson Thompson

Woman of Distinction

Roslyn Dawson Thompson is the president and CEO of The Texas Women’s Foundation, the largest regional women’s fund in the world. During its three-decade run, the organization has granted more than $42.2 million to drive meaningful social and economic change for women, girls and families in Texas.

Roslyn has served extensively throughout the philanthropic community focusing on economic security for women, and advocating for gender equality in leadership. She also has held leadership roles in numerous North Texas groups, including Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Junior League of Dallas, and YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

 

Jorge Baldor

Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout

Jorge Baldor is a leader in Dallas' Latino Community and is being honored by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas for his commitment to hiring and promoting females in the workplace. In 2018, Jorge Baldor was nominated by the Dallas Morning News as Texan of the Year. In 2016 he was named by D CEO Magazine as Outstanding Latino Advocate. The Latino Center for Leadership Development (LCLC), which he founded in 2015, is a non-partisan educational leadership training program in which 34 females have become LCLD Fellows, 5 ran for and have become elected officials, 20 have been appointed to boards & commissions, an additional 4 are receiving doctoral funding, and 9 serve as college ambassadors. 

Through his most recent endeavor, Mercado369, Jorge hired a staff of 5 females in leadership positions to manage and market the two locations ensuring that 10 Latina artisans and entrepreneurs were showcased. 

 

2019 Keynote Speaker

 

Victoria Arlen

Keynote Speaker

Victoria was 11 years old when she came down with a rare viral disease, Transverse Myelitis, with which she battled for five years including four years in a vegetative state. The disease left her without the use of her legs for nearly a decade.  

A lifelong swimmer and athlete, Victoria never gave up her childhood dream of competing in the Olympics Games. In June of 2010 she returned to the pool for the first time since her illness and in the spring of 2012 she qualified for the London Paralympic Games in four events. There she won a Gold Medal, and three Silver Medals.  

Despite missing five years of school during her illness, Victoria graduated on-time with her triplet brothers, from Exeter High School (New Hampshire) in June of 2013.  

Victoria is now an on-air TV personality with ESPN reporting for numerous programs including X-Games, Invictus Games, The ESPY Awards, espnW, Frozen Four, Special Olympics World Games and Sportscenter.  

In the fall of 2017, Victoria competed on Dancing with the Stars for nine weeks and was eventually a semi-finalist. She appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and in People Magazine, along with numerous other media outlets.  

 

2018 Luncheon Recap

2018 photo gallery
2018 photo gallery
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 
2018 -
Arcilia C. Acosta & Linda Perryman Evans
2017 - Sara Martineau & Nina Vaca
2016 - Sarah Losinger & Trea Yip
2015 - Michele Bobadilla & Tincy Miller
2014 - Nancy Ann Hunt
2013 - Nicole Small
2012 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Sally Hoglund & Peggy Sewell
2011 - Regina Montoya & Lynn McBee
2010 - Harriet Miers & Becky Sykes
2009 - Lucy Billingsley & Barbara Ward
2008 - Anne Motsenbocker & Clarice Tinsley
2007 - Laura Estrada & Valerie Freeman
2006 - Elvira Wallace-Martinez & Mavis Knight
2005 - Florence Shapiro & Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones

Young Women of Distinction
2018 - Divya Lal & Timarie Luker
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
2018 - Avi Kahn
2017 - Todd Williams
2016 - Kent Eastman

Past Keynote Speakers

2018 - Ann Shoket, Author and former Editor-in-Chief, Seventeen
2017
- Dr. Mae Jemison, 1st black woman in space
2016 - Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects
2015 - Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code
2014 - Alison Levine, Explorer (completed the Adventurers Grand Slam)
2013 - Talia Leman, CEO and Founder of RandomKid
2011 - Venus Williams, Tennis Champion
2009 - Marianne & Roger Staubach, Philanthropists
2008 -Linda Armstrong Kelly, Speaker & Author
2007 - Michelle Peluso, IBM
2006 - Cary J. Broussard, Author
2005 - Colleen Barrett, Distinguished businesswoman