On Mar. 13, Dallas Women’s Foundation held a patron party for the donors, supporters and honorees of its 2018 Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards. The party was hosted by Leadership Forum & Awards Dinner Selection Committee Co-Chair Brenda Jackson at Lakewood Country Club. The six awardees will be honored at the Leadership Forum & Awards Dinner, presented by AT&T, on April 19, 2018, at the Dallas Omni Hotel.
The Maura Awardees are:
Arcilia C. Acosta, first in her family to graduate college, today is CEO of Carcon Industries and founder and CEO of STL Engineers. She has transformed the male-dominated field of construction, while serving as a mentor to many women.
Dr. Jocelyn D. Kidd, an outstanding dentist who has served as a mentor to women dentists, led The Links Dallas Chapter’s STEAM Academy for girls and continues to be a leader in the dental industry for mentorship of women and community service.
Cynthia Mickens Ross, communication and outreach director for Methodist Charlton Medical Center, is also the founder of a 12-week spiritual and personal development course entitled Path-Way to Purpose. She is the senior pastor of Path-Way to Life Center of Hope Church in Hutchins, Texas, and also founded the Path-Way to Purpose Residential Housing program that provides free, safe and supportive housing for women and children.
Gail Turner, the “First Lady of SMU” and a dedicated civic-minded leader in our community, volunteers with several nonprofits that serve the needs of women. She is a founding member of New Friends New Life, an organization that serves women and children who have been victimized by trafficking. She continues to be a role model for young women and helps shape education for women through her work with SMU.
Young Leader Awards will be presented to Dr. Vanessa Bouché, an assistant professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University, and Brook López, who was the youngest person to ever run for Wylie City Council at 18 and now, three years later, serves on the advisory council of IGNITE, an organization that helps women become civically engaged and eventually step into public office.
Tickets to the dinner start at $350 and can be purchased here.
*Photo courtesy of Kristina Bowman. Pictured: Cynthia Mickens Ross, Gail Turner, Jocelyn Kidd, and Roslyn Dawson Thompson
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