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

Although this year’s event will look different, your financial commitment to our mission is more important than ever before. You will have the opportunity to invest in our work as a girl champion and ensure that EVERY girl has the opportunity to build her courage, confidence, and character to take on the challenges of this uncertain world. 

 

2020 Honorees


Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Cynt Marshall has been a dynamic force for inclusion and diversity within the Mavericks organization and over a 36-year career at AT&T. When Cynt was hired as the new CEO of the Mavs in March 2018, she set her sights on a culture transformation. Her vision was for the Mavericks organization to become the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity, and she brought transparency, trust and her values-based leadership style that evolved the company culture in her first 100 days.

Before joining the Mavs, Cynt founded Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm specializing in leadership, diversity and inclusion, culture transformation, and overall optimization of people resources. Upon the company naming its first chief inclusion officer in June 2017, Cynt worked with The Dow Chemical Company to develop and implement a strategy for institutionalizing an inclusive culture.


Anne H. Chow

Woman of Distinction

Anne was appointed CEO of AT&T Business Services in September 2019. She and her organization of over 30,000 employees are responsible for serving nearly 3 million business customers in over 200 countries and territories around the world. AT&T Business customers span all industries, including the public sector and nearly all of the world’s Fortune 1000 companies. She is the first woman to hold this position and first woman-of-color CEO in AT&T’s history.

With decades in the industry, Anne has led many global organizations through major transformations, developing and executing innovative growth strategies while building role-model relationships. She’s passionate about education, diversity and inclusion, advancing women in technology, and cultivating next-generation leaders.


Alice Rodriguez

Woman of Distinction

Alice Rodriguez is a consumer bank senior advisor and a critical decision-maker and key driver in realizing the vision at JPMorgan Chase of helping their clients with financial health. About a year ago, she took on a new role, developing strategies for Chase to build banking relationships with people who traditionally have not had them, such as young adults and immigrant families, who represent 70 percent of the households in America.

Before that, she ran Chase’s consumer banking operations in large Texas metros. Alice says she views her new job as a way to build a legacy of helping people who have backgrounds similar to hers. “If I can do that,” she says, “it has been a complete career.”


Elina Dickens
Young Woman of Distinction

Elina Dickens is a Senior at Carroll Senior High School. After 10+ years in Girls Scouts and completing both corporate and small business summer programs, she plans to pursue a career in business focused on helping others. Through her appetite for business, Elina attended both Fidelity Investment’s fellowship and Boss Club entrepreneurship programs where she learned basic business principles.

For her Gold Award project, she developed a conversational chat program for English Learners to supplement formal ESL instruction through Keller ISD. She and her volunteers provided one-on-one sessions for students to practice concepts to help them navigate day-to-day real life situations. After receiving her Gold Award, Elina highlighted ESL resource needs by building a website through Girls Who Code. Elina is a member of the Carroll Speech/Debate and Track teams, founding member of the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture in Southlake. She also serves as a children’s church volunteer and has a passion for animals.


Abigail Simon
Young Woman of Distinction

Abigail Simon is a senior at Coppell High School. She has been a member of the engineering program since freshman year and is President of the Society of Women Engineers. She was selected as a NASA Texas High School Aerospace Scholar and has been a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award for the past six years. She also excels at musical theatre,  both in and out of school, and is an inducted member of the International Thespian Society. 

Abigail has been a Girl Scout since she was in Kindergarten and has been the top cookie seller of her troop every year. She credits Girl Scouts with her love of engineering, when she participated in a Girl Scout sponsored science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) event in third grade and discovered her passion for Material Science. Her Gold Award Project, Everybody Has A Story, brought teenagers of diverse backgrounds, races, religions, and identities together to discuss their unique perspectives of the world and how experiences have shaped their lives.


Erle Nye

Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout

Erle Nye is retired from the Texas Utilities System of Companies as chairman emeritus of TXU, where he was employed for 45 years. He served in various capacities including general counsel, chief financial officer, CEO and chairman of the board. He has opened doors for so many women, giving them the opportunity to succeed and promoting them to senior executive levels in the company.

He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, a juris doctor from Southern Methodist University, and a doctor of science, honoris causa from the Baylor College of Dentistry. Nye has mentored so many women throughout his lifetime and has continued to do so long after he retired as the CEO of TXU.

Nye has been active in various civic organizations, including The Salvation Army, Baylor Health Care System, United Way of Dallas, Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Citizens Council, AT&T Center for the Performing Arts and Dallas Together Forum.

He was named a distinguished alumnus by Texas A&M and received the Robert Story Award and the Robert Dedman Award for Ethics, both from SMU. In 2012, Nye received the Linz Award in Dallas.

 

2020 Women of Distinction Co-Chairs

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Tracy LaRosiliere
First Lady of Plano, TX 

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 Michelle Thomas
  Assistant VP - Compliance, AT&T 

Host Committee

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Sponsors

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2019 Luncheon Recap

2019 Photo Gallery
2019 Photo Gallery
Previous Honorees

Lifetime Achievement 
2019
- Mary Anne Cree
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 
2019
- Sabrina Martinez Harrison & Roslyn Dawson Thompson
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
2019 - Mary Katherine Futrell & Gauri Nukala
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
2019 - Jorge Baldor
2018
- Avi Kahn
2017 - Todd Williams
2016 - Kent Eastman

Previous Keynote Speakers

2019 - Victoria Arlen, Olympian, author & TV host
2018 -
Ann Shoket, Author & former Editor-in-Chief, Seventeen
2017
- Dr. Mae Jemison, Engineer, Physician & first black woman in space
2016 - Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO & 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