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 Sponsors
Women in Leadership

Kelly Bowman, V.P. Bank Manager, Amegy Bank
Amy Spawn, Executive Director, The Warren Center
Jeanie Jones, Sr. Account Executive, HumCap


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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 Andrea Young

2019 Theme:  Balance

Women in Leadership Quarterly Luncheons

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

2019 Luncheons scheduled for March 6, June 5, September 4 and December 4

Next luncheon:

Finding peace in everyday life

with Ann Ranson, president, Bottom Line 3 Marketing, Inc.

Wednesday, June 5
11:30 am - 1 pm
NOAH's of Richardson
2251 N. Greenville Ave, Richardson 75082

Where do you find balance when life is coming at you so fast and from so many directions?  Perhaps balance is an unattainable goal but coming to peace with the changes that surround you may be just what you need instead.  Change is inevitable and it's happening all around you, so even though it seems to be happening outside of you, riding the wave of change is really an inside job.  In this program, we'll explore how to find peace with the many demands on your time, and how you can pivot from a business presentation to Girl Scouts to home maintenance, without losing your cool.  Because these pivots require changes - in attitude, energy, and skill - you'll want to attend and take away specific ideas and tools that you can use when life feels unmanageable.

Women on the Go Networking Event

Next event:

The art of dressing well

with Julie Thurburn, founder and CEO of Color IQ

Wednesday, April 24
5:30 - 7 pm
Location TBA

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to easily show up commanding the room - without saying a word?  Nailing the right style helps you connect with others and create a reputation that serves you well.  Learning the art of dressing well will help you with:

  • Attitude - it inspires you to think positive and conduct yourself well
  • Color - learn how to get the right attention and spark their curiosity
  • Style - You need all the details in all the right places

Women4Women Mentoring Event

Next event:

Tuesday, March 26
6 - 7:30 pm
Richardson Chamber of Commerce
411 Belle Grove Dr., Richardson 75080

Jan Arrant, Director of Community and Public Relations at Methodist Richardson Medical Center, will share how a naturally shy person can become an effective public speaker.  This intimate discussion will be limited to the first 15 people to register.

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

September 5 - Betsy Martin, My charge to keep: Be a good one

December 5 - Gertrude G Van Horn, Power of an influential voice

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