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, December 6
11:30 am - 1 pm

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

"The business of the arts and our community"

  Kitty Goddard, President, AIR - Arts Incubator of Richardson
                       Katherine Wagner, CEO, Business Council for the Arts
                       Dennis Kratz, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, UT Dallas

Moderator:      Shanna Sims-Bradish, Assistant City Manager, City of Richardson

Come and hear this panel discussion which will review Richardson's art offerings from academic, artistic, and business perspectives as well as how the cultural art community gives Richardson an economic advantage.


December is our annual Charity event for the Women in Leadership committee.  Please bring arts supplies which will be donated to the RISD arts department, who has several elementary schools in need of these items:

Crayola crayons
colored pencils
#2 pencils
watercolor sets
construction paper, assorted colors
black construction paper
white construction paper
glue and glue sticks
craft supplies
paint brushes


Women on the Go Networking Event


Stay tuned for information on our next networking event!

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.

Next Event
Tuesday, December 5
5:30 - 7 pm

Richardson Chamber of Commerce, 411 Belle Grove Dr., Richardson 75080

Join us for our next meeting where we will talk about planning for success in 2018 and some tools that can help you stay on track like Vision Boards, Annual Reviews, and Accountability Partners.  We'll keep it light though, and enjoy some refreshments in the spirit of the holiday season.  We will meet in the South Conference Room.  Hope to see you there!




2017 Luncheon Schedule


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

June 7 - Panel discussion on health innovations with Donise W. Pearson, Mary Cooley, Shradha Aiyer, moderated by Tanis Cornell

September 6 - Panel discussion with female leaders in the real estate industry including Emily Hoffman, Janice Peters and Elysia Ragusa

December 6 - Panel discussion with leaders in the Richardson arts community about the business of arts and our community, including Dennis Kratz, Katherine Wagner, and Kitty  Goddard.


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

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
Elizabeth Hart
Cora Parker-Johnson- Dedicated Volunteer: Plaza @ Richardson and The Potter House, North Dallas
Bonnie Perry, Perry Creative Business Solutions
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
Sue Walker - Catalyst Commerical
Angela Fry - barre3
Kristi Waddell - Cawley Partners
Sandee Treptow - Reliant, an NRG Company

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