Via: Dallas Innovates

By: Alexa Vickaryous

Texas Women’s Foundation, one of the largest women’s foundations dedicated to empowering Texan women and girls to build equitable communities, has announced the seven recipients of its 2021 Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leadership Awards.

“We are excited to celebrate the remarkable achievements and inspiring stories of our Maura and Young Leader award recipients, who truly are agents of powerful and positive change for women and girls in Texas and beyond,” Texas Women’s Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Roslyn Dawson Thompson said in a statement.

Since 1985, the foundation has invested $57 million in women and girls, according to a press release. Texas Women’s Foundation focuses on advancing economic security and leadership for women and girls through research, advocacy, grants, and programs.

Trisha Cunningham, Jin-Ya Huang, Revati “Rani” Puranik, Judy Treviño and Cheryl Polote Williamson were the 42nd group of women given the Maura Women Helping Women Award, which is presented to individuals who have catalyzed change for young girls and women alike. This cohort of women will join more than 200 previous honorees who have received the award.

Diana Mao and Kim Roxie also received the Young Leadership Award, which is presented to individuals who have achieved success in a field, initiative or sector creating a path or opportunity for other women to follow.

2021 Maura Women Helping Women Recipients

Trisha Cunningham, president and CEO of  North Texas Food Bank [Photo: Kim Leeson]

Jin-Ya Huang, founder of Break Bread, Break Borders [Photo: Danny Fulgencio]

Rani Puranik, co-owner and CFO of Worldwide Oilfield Machine, executive director of Puranik Foundation [Photo: TXWF]

Judy Trevino, executive director of CCVI Ministries [Photo: TXWF]

Cheryl Polote Williamson, CEO of Williamson Media Group, CEO of Cheryl Polote Williamson, founder and CEO of Soul Reborn [Photo: TXWF]

2021 Young Leadership Award Recipients

Diana Mao, president and co-founder of Nomi Network [Photo: TXWF]

Kim Roxie, founder and CEO of LAMIK Beauty [Photo: TXWF]

The seven women will be virtually honored at the Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration, presented by AT&T, on April 29. The event’s keynote speaker is Adriana Gascoigne, author of Tech Boss Lady and founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a nonprofit dedicated to educating women in the technology industry.

Details for the Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration event can be found here.