Women in Leadership

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.

Interested in serving on the committee? View guidelines 

Title Sponsor
Associate Sponsor

2018 Women in Leadership tri-chairs

Dana Shepperd, Dana Shepperd & Associates
Kelly Bowman, V.P. Bank Manager, Amegy Bank
Amy Spawn, Executive Director, The Warren Center

2018 Theme
Speak Up, Speak Out

WIL Committee Meetings:
3rd Wednesday of every month 8:15 am - 9 am
Richardson Chamber Boardroom
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 Mallory Crumb

Women in Leadership Luncheon Series

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


2018 Luncheons scheduled for March 7th, June 6th, September 5th and December 5th
All luncheons for 2018 will be held:
11:30 am - 1 pm

NOAHs of Richardson
2251 N. Greenville Ave, Richardson 75082


September 5th Luncheon:

Featuring Betsy Martin, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, George W. Bush Center

GWBPC Staff Headshots. Photo by Grant Miller

A member of the development team, she is responsible for building relationships with corporations, foundations, and other non-profit organizations. She works closely with Bush Institute program directors to obtain support for projects in education reform, economic growth, human freedom, global health, women's empowerment, and aid to U.S. military veterans.

Most recently, Martin served as Deputy Director of the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, she was responsible for setting and implementing the vision of the Women's Initiative which seeks to empower women worldwide to lead in their communities and countries.  During her tenure, Martin directed a year-long leadership program for rising women leaders in the Middle East and North Africa and highlighted stories of hope in Afghanistan through the publishing and promotion of We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope.

Prior to joining the Bush Center in 2013, Martin served as a Senior Event Coordinator for the Washington Speakers Bureau where she managed speaking engagements and advance for Mrs. Laura Bush, Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Bush, and Governor Jeb Bush. Martin served in the Bush Administration as Scheduler and Trip Coordinator to Mrs. Laura Bush.

A native of Mississippi, Martin graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Akola Project.

Registration will open soon.


Women on the Go Networking Event

Stay tuned for information on our next event!


Mentoring program

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Previous Programs

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

Theme: Speak Up, Speak Out

March 7 - Rabbi Elana Zelony, Blazing the unconventional trail

June 6 - Shaunna Black, Building, leading and living your culture

Theme: People, Purpose, Passion

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.

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