Women in Leadership encourages, inspires and develops women as they grow into their roles as business leaders in our community. The group hosts quarterly luncheons aimed at building leaders and networking events designed to broaden business contacts.

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WIL Committee Meetings:
3rd Wednesday of every month 8:15 am - 9 am
Richardson Chamber board room
411 Belle Grove Dr. Richardson 75080

Women on the Go Committee Meetings:
4th Wednesday of every month 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Amegy Bank
1901 N Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75080

If interested in attending, contact Andrea Young

2017 Theme

Women in Leadership Luncheon Series

Quarterly luncheons provide members with the opportunity to enrich their knowledge and expand their network.

Next Luncheon                             
Wednesday, June 7th
11:30 am - 1 pm

NOAHs of Richardson, 2251 N. Greenville Ave, Richardson 75082

"How innovation is transforming your health"
Unprecedented growth in the development of innovative services and equipment in the past five years has dramatically changed how healthcare is being delivered in the U.S.  Much of this innovation is happening in our own back yard, so this luncheon presents an excellent opportunity for you to find out what three of North Texas' fastest growing, most innovative organizations are doing.  From improving communication disorders to wireless sensors that aid in physical rehabilitation to helping home health agencies improve care, these three companies are on the leading edge of improving the quality of life now and in the future.

Donise W. Pearson,
MS, CCC/SLP, ASHA Fellow, Director of Administrative Operations and Special Projects, UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders
Mary Cooley,
COO, Dynofit
Shradha Aiyer,
Director of Mobile Technology, Axxess

Tanis Cornell,
President, EWF International


Mentoring program

Women 4 Women provides professional guidance to women who are entering or transitioning in the workforce. Find out more about this encouraging program.

Women on the Go Networking Event

Next Event
Wednesday, May 3 | 5:30 - 7 pm

1387 W. Campbell Rd. | Richardson 75080

Join the Women in Leadership Committee for networking, drinks, and an introduction to barre3 in Richardson. barre3 mixes athleticism, grace, and the latest innovation designed to balance the body. Each full-body workout optimizes every moment with moves that adapt to your body for maximum results. Our hostess and barre3 owner, Angela Fry, will offer a special 30-minute class at 6:30!


2017 Luncheon Schedule


March 1 - Fran Harris, TV Personality, Business Coach, Speaker

June 7 - TBD

September 6 - TBD

December 6 - TBD


all programs and dates are subject to change.

Women on the Go - networking events

5:30 – 7 pm
These after hours networking events offer opportunities for professional development and support. Our focus for each event is for you to learn ways to succeed, exchange ideas, referrals and resources, and make connections that lead to valuable business relationships.  Free to attend, click on date to register 
(Any date could be subject to change).

2017 WOG Networking Schedule


May 3 - Barre3 Studio

Aug 2 - Restaurant Hop

Oct 4 - Vendor Fair


all programs and dates are subject to change.


2017 Women in Leadership tri-chairs

Lead: Cindi Jackson, Vice President Marketing, Texas Bank and Trust
Dana Shepperd, Dana Shepperd & Associates
Kelly Bowman, V.P. Bank Manager, Amegy Bank

Women in Leadership Steering Committee Members
Mary Bedosky, V.P. Bank Manager, LegacyTexas
Suzanne Bock, Hope's Door
Stacie Broughton, Methodist Urgent Care
Sharlonda Gilliard- Xerox- Plano

Elizabeth Hart, President & CEO, RISD Excellence in Education Foundation, Inc.
Timla Healy, J.Hilburn Men's Clothier
Cora Parker-Johnson- Dedicated Volunteer: Plaza @ Richardson and The Potter House, North Dallas

Melinda Pepperl, Real Estate Attorney, Fossil Group, Inc.
Bonnie Perry, Richardson Local Proud
Amy Spawn, CEO, The Warren Center
Jessica Watts, Director of Corporate Relations, The University of Texas at Dallas
Jan Arrant- Methodist Richardson Medical Center
Taylor Lough- The City of Richardson
Heather Hurd- Frost Bank
Nicole Schmitt- Noah's Event Venue 
Kristi Torkildson- Transwestern

Named Committee of the Year 2013

Left to right:
Elizabeth Hart, CEO of the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation
Susan Kassen with Ebby Halliday Realtors
Courtenay Tanner, co-owner of 4 Women Shopping
Chris Luna, Chairman of the Board 2013

Previous programs

Theme: Professional Development: Change-Challenges-Opportunities

March 2- "Make your mark & make it count!" Valerie Sokolosky, founder, Valerie & Company

June 1- "Navigating the river of career success" Tanis Cornell, certified Lumina learning practitioner, business coach, speaker, EWF International, TJC Consulting 

September 7- "Political pitfalls for women: Avoid losing through language" Holly Peck, Peck & Associates

December 7- "Optimize brain performance" Deirdre O'Neill-Warren, UT Dallas & Dianna Purvis-Jaffin, UT Dallas

Theme: Builders of Community

Dec 2 - "Catalysts for change in a global community" Betsy Martin, Deputy Director, Women's Initiative at George W. Bush Institute

September 2 - "The keys to building a vibrant community"
Panelist: Nicole Fontayne-Bardowell, DART; Ken Hutchenrider, MRMC; Sandra Hayes, RISD; Susan Rogers, UTD; moderator Mary Bedosky, LegacyTexas

June 3 - Lead with LUV: A conversation with Colleen Barrett, president emeritus, Southwest Airlines

February 25 - "Building Community: A stone carver's view" Dan Johnson, Richardson City Manager

Theme: Learn to Lead: Learn to Succeed Essential business principles to build your professional value

December 3 - "Childlike change, leveraging experiences of our youth! What we can learn about the management of change from our youth. Susan Danko, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Fujitsu Network Communications

September 3 - "Opportunities, challenges & lessons on the climb to success"
Panelist: Linda Hem, Attorney at law; Ann Pomykal, TI Foundation; Erica Yaeger, UT Dallas and moderator Mayor Laura Maczka, City of Richardson

June 4 - "Get up, Suit up, Show up" Featuring Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors

February 26 - "Essential business principles for success" Featuring Holly Reed, regional vice president at AT&T