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Laura Tucker, Lead Designer for Magnolia Homes, will be a featured speaker for the 3rd Annual 4word Gala Divine Design 2019 Celebrating Women Empowerment. She was in Dallas recently and introduced at a reception held in the home of Lisa and Clay Cooley.  Each guest received an autographed copy of the book Magnolia Home in which her designs were featured. 

Susan Packard, Co-Founder and former COO of HGTV will also be a featured speaker for the gala. Both of these powerhouse women will share how their passion for design has shaped their careers. 

Laura was lead designer and project manager of renovations for all 5 seasons of Fixer Upper with Joanna Gaines and was the design lead on Magnolia Bakery and Magnolia Table.  She developed her design skills and talent within her first and current role with Magnolia.   

Proceeds from the gala will benefit 4word, a faith-based community who empowers and inspires women in the workplace through personal connection and mentoring.

The gala will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Dallas Renaissance Hotel, 2222 North Stemmons Freeway. The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and the gala will start at 7:00 p.m.

Honorary Chairs are Ka Cotter, Dorthy Miller Shore, and Dr. Kathryn Waldrep. The gala is chaired by Debbie Dillon. Diane Paddison is the founder of 4word. 

Sponsorships and Tickets: Tickets $1,500 (VIP couple) and $500 (Individual); Sponsorships range from $100,000 to $5,000. Sponsor recognition in print materials dependent on date of submission. 

For More Information: Diane Paddison 214-616-4486



About Susan Packard 

Co-Founder & Former COO of HGTV.  Susan is an entrepreneur who joined the TV industry in her 20s and helped build marquee TV brands like CNBC, HGTV and Food Network. The strategies she learned to survive and thrive in male-dominated industries became the core of her first book, New Rules of the Game During her tenure as chief operating officer of HGTV, it became one of the fastest growing TV brands in history with a market value of over $14 billion. Susan currently spends her time writing, speaking and mentoring women and men curious about their promise and wanting to grow their potential. 

About the Honorary Chairs:

Ka Cotter

Following a career with the international commercial real estate firm The Staubach Company, Ka Cotter has turned her focus to advising both corporations and non-profit organizations in board director roles. Ka served seven years as an Independent Director of Experient Inc., an international event planning and management company, and with Veritext Inc., a court reporting firm, until the successful sale of each company. Her not-for-profit board roles have included the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, YWCA, Nurse-Family Partnership, UT Center for Brain Health and the Dallas Women’s Foundation Advisory Board. Ka Cotter is active in CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), International Womens Forum, NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) and WCD (Women Corporate Directors). 

Dorthy Miller Shore
Dorthy Miller Shore is CEO, board chair and founder of Also founder and board chair of 34 year-old Miller Advertising Agency, the largest woman owned advertising agency in the U.S. She is a member of Park Cities Baptist Church and the International Women’s Forum. 

Dr. Kathryn Waldrep

Kathryn Waldrep is the founding partner of Vernon Waldrep OB-Gyn Associates where continues to practice as she has for the last 35 years.  She was elected at Medical City Dallas to serve as the first female Chief of Staff of a major market hospital in the nation.  She founded and serves as the Principal Investigator of Practice Research Organization which conducts women’s health studies.  

Gala Chair: Debbie Dillon
Debbie Dillon is the Managing Director, Asset Management for McDowell Properties. She supervises asset management and construction management services across numerous markets.

Founder: Diane Paddison

4word Founder and President, is a Harvard MBA graduate, former global executive of two Fortune 500 companies and one Fortune 1000 company, and serves as an independent director for two corporations and four not-for-profits. A leading advocate for the professional Christian women community, Diane published Work, Love, Pray in 2011, laying the foundation for 4word. Diane speaks on life/work balance, mentoring/sponsorship, and impactful leadership at events across the country. She authors weekly posts at and is a featured columnist for Today’s Christian Woman. 

Proceeds Benefit: 4word is a Faith-Based Community that Empowers & Inspires Women in the Workplace through Personal Connection and 4word’s Mentoring Program to:

  • Elevate Leadership and Match Calling and Gifts to Work (Professional)
  • Build and Strengthen Relationships (Relational)
  • Integrate Faith into all aspects of Life (Spiritual)
  • Develop Inner Confidence and Discover Purpose

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4word ( is a tax-exempt charity under the IRS code section 501(c)3, tax ID#27-2865980.


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