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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.