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Former First Lady Laura W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual 4word Gala. Alva Adams is the Honorary Chair and Charity Wallace is the event chair. Alva Adams is Senior Director of Multicultural Business Alliance and Strategy; and Multicultural  Dealer Relations for Toyota Motor North America. Charity is the founder and president of Wallace Global Impact and, most recently, she was the Senior Advisor to Laura Bush and the Bush Institute. The eveningwill be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Dallas Renaissance Hotel, 2222 North Stemmons Freeway. It begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and the gala will start at 7:00 p.m. 

Toyota is the Presenting Sponsor and Gold Corporate Sponsors areLocke Lord and Valiant Integrated Services and Monica and Leland White are Gold Individual Sponsors. Proceeds from the gala will benefit 4word, a faith-based community who empowers and inspires women in the workplace through personal connection and mentoring. 

“4word is an organization that aligns with Toyota’s goals of helping women to grow and thrive in the business place,” said Honorary Chair Alva Adams. “Having spiritual awareness and support in the workplace  is the key ingredient to properly handle obstacles that one may encounter.”  

Sponsorships and Tickets: Tickets $1,500 (couple ticket) and $500 (Individual); Sponsorships range from $25,000 to $5,000. Sponsor recognition in print materials dependent on date of submission. Deadline for purchase is February 5. Purchase online: https://us.commitchange.com/tx/dallas/4word/events/gala-2020-an-evening-with-laura-bush

For More Information: Pam Johnson pjohnson@4wordwomen.org  (503) 860-3816 or www.4wordwomen.org 

 

LauraW.Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009)

One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. She has traveled to more than seventy-six countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and has launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad.  The author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From The Heart, and co-author of children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Today, as the Chair of the Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military.  

Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas.  She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian.  In 1977, she married George W. Bush.  President and Mrs. Bush are the parents of twin daughters: Barbara, married to Craig Coyne; and Jenna, married to Henry Hager; and proud grandparents of Mila, Poppy and Hal Hager. 

Alva P. Adams, Honorary Chair

Alva Adams is Senior Director of Multicultural Business Alliance and Strategy; and Multicultural  Dealer Relations for Toyota Motor North America. In this role, she is responsible for directing  strategy for Toyota’s multicultural partnerships, organizational support and sponsorships relevant to Toyota/Lexus multicultural business initiatives covering the African American, Native American, women and veterans’ external/community outreach. She is also responsible for leading collaborative projects that engage the Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealership Association (TLMODA), including the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD). Her leadership encompasses the coordination and communications with Toyota’s cross functional departments, executive leadership, field offices and internal Toyota Motor Sales departments and multicultural dealers.  

Prior to her current role, Adams served as National Manager, African American Business Strategy for Toyota Motor Sales for three years. She led collaborative projects that advanced the company’s communication strategy and propelled specific diversity initiatives across Toyota’s North American Operations. Adams managed external media relations, strategic partnerships, philanthropic activities and government relations relevant to Toyota’s African American Business Strategy. She also oversaw efforts that encouraged diversity in team member volunteerism and community engagement opportunities. Adams began her career with Toyota in 1999. Prior to that, she served in several pivotal roles at Ford Motor Company’s minority dealer training program and retail dealer initiatives for nearly 13 years.  

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Howard University and a certificate in diversity from the University of Houston. Adams currently serves as the Chair of the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles Board of Directors; and serves on the boards of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute and National College Resources Foundation. Her past board membership includes the Los Angeles Girl Scout Council and University of California Berkeley Parents Board. She is President Emeritus of Howard University Alumni Club of Southern California and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. 

Charity Wallace, Event Chair

Charity wrote the forward for Diane Paddison’s book Work, Love, Pray published in 2011 and joined the 4word board as an advisory member. She became a member of 4word’s C-Level group which meets annually, with women flying in from across the nation to meet with other C-level executives. Charity assisted when twins Barbara Bush Coyne and Jenna Bush Hager were the keynote speakers for the 2018 gala. She eagerly accepted the role as chair for the 2020 gala and will also interview Mrs. Bush for the 4word gala program. 

Charity Wallace is the founder and president of Wallace Global Impact. Most recently, she was the Senior Advisor to Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, and the founding Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives, which aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Charity was the Chief of Staff to Laura Bush, and served all eight years in the Bush Administration, most notably as the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States and Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush. She serves as co-chair of the Board of the Akola Academy, as well as on the Boards of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, Strong Women Strong World, 4word Women, Nomi Network Leadership Council, All In Together; and is a member of the Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council at the Bush Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations and NationSwell. Charity holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pepperdine University and a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Diane Paddison, 4word Founder and Executive Director

Diane Paddison, 4word Founder and Executive Director, is a Harvard MBA, former global executive of two Fortune 500 companies and one Fortune 1000 company, and serves as an independent director for two corporate and four not-for-profit boards.  Diane is a leading advocate for Christian women in the workplace. Diane published Work, Love, Pray in 2011, laying the foundation for 4word and Be Refreshed . . . a year of devotions for women in the workplace in 2017. She is passionate about mentoring. She authors weekly posts at 4wordwomen.org and is a featured columnist for The Washington Times. Diane and her husband, Chris, have four children and one granddaughter and live in Dallas, Texas.

 

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

www.4wordwomen.org

 

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

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DSOL Past President Lisa Laughlin with the young musicians of Suzuki Strings of Dallas

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is one of six volunteer organizations chosen by The Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras to receive the coveted Gold Award of Excellence for its Southern Savour Supper Club held at the magnificent estate home of Amanda and Brint Ryan. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s project was a garden party fundraiser bringing together friends and business leaders for an evening with a supper club style gracious and beautiful dinner served family style. Chef Dean Fearing was there to oversee the superb southern classic menu provided by his namesake Fearing’s. Sherwood Wagner served as the Honorary Chair. The event was chaired by Bettina Hennessy co-chaired by Renee’ Querbes Farren

The evening included both a live and silent auction, a wine pull and private musical performances by Suzuki Strings of Dallas and the One O’Clock Lab Band from University of North Texas. The dress was garden party chic, with white and seersucker suits, hats and canes. A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Award – Best Dressed Big Daddy was awarded. 

The Volunteer Council’s annual award program recognizes outstanding projects and programs done by volunteer associations from around the country that help ensure the success of their orchestras. The Gold Award of Excellence recognizes best-in-class projects that have had a significant impact. This is the 43rd year of the award, which was originally called the Gold Book as the winning projects were compiled in an actual book. Winning projects were selected by Council members based upon originality, volunteer involvement, adaptability by other volunteer organizations, and the overall success of the project in meeting its stated goals. 

“The members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League are dedicated to supporting the education and outreach initiatives of the Dallas Symphony,” said DSOL President Kim Brannon. “The inspiration and implementation of Southern Savour Supper Club is a testament to that passion and desire to serve others in our community. The Chairmen shared their joy with all who attended that evening as they hosted an event for the ages!” 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League will receive its award at the League’s National Conference in Minneapolis, June 10-12, 2020.  During a session for fellow volunteers at Conference the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League representative Lisa Loy Laughlin, DSOL past president, will present their winning project. 

“The League’s Volunteer Council knows firsthand the rewards and challenges of planning and executing volunteer projects. Our goal is to inspire and educate volunteers by acknowledging and sharing the best, most innovative volunteer-driven projects from across the country in categories including: Audience Development/Community Engagement, Communication/Technology, Education, Leadership/Organizational Structure, Membership, Fundraising, and Service Projects,” said Terry Ann White, president of the Volunteer Council and a member of the Amarillo Symphony Guild. 

In addition to the Gold Award of Excellence, the Council presents Spotlight Awards, given for projects that have contributed to the success of an overall initiative or for a noteworthy tactic or activity, and the Classic Award, which acknowledges a longstanding project that has sustained excellence and delivered value over decades. Along with six Gold Awards of Excellence, there were eight Spotlight Awards and one Classic Award chosen this year. 

About the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras
The Volunteer Council is an organization of recognized volunteer leaders throughout the United States and Canada who have demonstrated outstanding support for their symphony orchestras. Our Council members represent nineteen volunteer associations affiliated with orchestras from coast to coast and across the entire spectrum of budget tiers.

 

About the League of American Orchestras
The Leagueleads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 2,000 organizations and individuals across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned orchestras to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles, from conservatories to libraries, from businesses serving orchestras to individuals who love symphonic music. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform people around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org.

Photos by Chuck Clark

 

 

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Models in their Vintage Fashions from 2019 Tea.

 

The Fashion and Style Department of The Dallas Woman’s Forum is proud to present Southern Charm Afternoon Tea and Vintage Fashion Show with Special Guest Host Steven Porterfield, Hollywood Film Costume Specialist and Antiques Roadshow Appraiser. The event will be Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Alexander Mansion, 4607 Ross Ave. Tickets are $65 per guest - Fashion Show and Tea included. Tickets may be purchased at www.dallaswomansforum.org.

The Tea begins at 12 noon and the Fashion Show will begin at 1:30 pm featuring fashions from 1900’s to 1980’s. A Silent auction and opportunities to purchase vintage items will be at 3 pm.

About the event
Join us as we travel down memory lane and re-live Southern Charm with fashions from the 1900’s to the 1980’s romance of times past.

Steven Porterfield, recognized vintage fashion and textile expert, will host the fashion show event. His narration of each piece will bring to life the glamour, romance, and nostalgia embodied by these beautiful ensembles.

Authentic vintage dresses will be modeled by The Dallas Woman’s Forum Fashion and Style Department members. Guests will have a chance to view these elegant fashions up close and talk to the models during the Tea immediately following.

There will be an opportunity for attendees to own their own one-of-a-kind piece of fashion history.

Benefit
Proceeds will benefit the restoration efforts of the Alexander Mansion.

ABOUT STEVEN PORTERFIELD
Who would have thought 32 years ago when Steven Porterfield helped Carol & Maxine open their vintage business The Cats Meow in Midland Texas, that he would one day provide clothing for the movie industry. He was only included as a partner because he could sew.

Within a very short period of time he had purchased the store from the two women and within four years he had expanded the store from 1,200 square feet to 4,000 square feet. Maxine taught him good basic business skills and Carol took him to his first textile show in California where he immediately began to sell to Hollywood. His mother taught him to do whatever he did to the best of his ability and his father taught him to be honest in everything he did.

Steven began to sell on both the east and west coast and expanded his business to include the fashion industry. Over the years he has seen modern garments inspired by his vintage merchandise in the lines of Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Jill Stewart & Victoria’s Secret.

In 2018, he sold to more than nine movies. He worked with Kate Hawley on The Call of the Wild and is currently working with Emily O’Connor, personal assistant to John Dunn, on costumes for the film Emily Dickinson.  

He has been a fashion and textile appraiser for Antiques Roadshow for nine years. His knowledge of historical fashion makes him the perfect consultant and guest speaker for our fashion show.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT - Tickets $65 per guest
Reservations required by Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Fashion Show and Tea Included in Ticket Price

Purchase by Mail
Send a check with your email address and phone number to:
Dallas Woman’s Forum
P.O. Box 140997
Dallas, TX 75214-0997

or Purchase Online

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Event Chair Anne Blomeyer, Patsy Donosky, daughter of the late Juanita Miller, Grand Prize winner Austin Shilling (Alto sax, Fort Worth, 11th grade) and Kathy Sheldon, president of TASO.

A panel of three judges selected alto saxophone player Austin Shilling, an 11th grader from Fort Worth, as grand prize winner for the 2020 Juanita Miller Concerto Competition held January 12 at the Owen Arts Center at Southern Methodist University. The competition is hosted annually by the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras (TASO).

Earlier in the daylong competition, Shilling won first place in the winds/brass division.

Perren-Luc Thiessen, a 10th grader from Lucas, won first place in the piano division. Lauren Matthews, an 11th grader from Katy, Texas took first place in the strings division.

The late Juanita Miller, founding president of TASO, began the concerto competition in 1997. She and her husband, the late Henry S. Miller, both of Dallas, provided the initial underwriting and subsequent gifts to fund these youth competitions which now bear her name.

Patsy Donosky, daughter of Juanita and Henry S. Miller represented her late mother at this year’s competition.  

Grand Prize
Austin Shilling (Fort Worth, 11th)

First Place Winners
1st Place Alto Sax Austin Shilling (Fort Worth, 11th)
1st Place Cello Lauren Mathews (Katy, 11th)
1st Place Piano Perren-Luc Thiessen (Lucas, 10th)

All Winners 2020

Winds/Brass
Grand Prize Alto Sax Austin Shilling (Fort Worth, 11th)
2nd Place Flute Lorien Britt (Fate, 10th)
3rd Place Clarinet James Li (Plano, 11th)
Hon Mention Oboe Michelle Zhu (Plano, 11th)

 Strings
1st Place Cello Lauren Mathews (Katy, 11th)
2nd Place Viola Jacob Choi (McKinney, 10th)
3rd Place Violin Gabriel Fedak (Irving, 11th)
Hon Mention Violin Matthew Ho (Plano, 11th)
Hon Mention Viola Jackie Liu (Plano, 11th)

 Piano
1st Place Piano Perren-Luc Thiessen (Lucas, 10th)
2nd Place Piano Claire Chiang (Plano, 11th)
3rd Place Piano Nachuan Tao (Fort Worth, 9th)
Hon Mention Piano Ella Tran (Arlington, 9th)
Hon Mention Piano Shiv Yajnik (Dallas, 11th)

2020 JUDGES

Piano Division - Mia Chung-Yee, Curtis Institute of Music
String Division - Dmitri Berlinsky, Michigan State University College of Music
Winds & Brass Division - Mark Ostoich, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

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René Barrera with Chamber Chairman Steve Moore.

René Barrera was honored with the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce 2020 “Chairman’s Award” at a luncheon on January 21 at Lakewood Country Club. The award is given annually to an individual for their significant contributions to the Chamber through their professional experience, community engagement and leadership. Barrera is the manager of the Ebby Halliday REALTORS Lakewood Lake Highlands office. He serves on the Chamber board and is the current chair of the Legislative & Economic Growth Committee. He is hard working, positive, energetic and exemplifies what every Chamber Board member should strive to be like.

In his role at Ebby Halliday REALTORS, René was DBest Top Producer and Real Estate Agent for past 3 consecutive years. He is a past Director and active member of MetroTex Association of Realtors, a graduate of the Leadership Academy, past member of the Government Affairs Committee, and Board of Directors, Trepac Chair and Vice Chair, Community Outreach, PAC, Budget and Finance Committee and Young Professionals Network Liaison to Board of Directors. Other affiliations Rene has are past East Dallas MLS Coordinator and past National Association of Realtors Federal Political Coordinator to U. S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling, 5 th District of Texas, East Dallas MLS Committee Coordinator and NAHREP of Dallas Treasurer. Rene's greatest achievment was the Lois Hair Bernays Cup recognizing Salesperson of the Year for the MertoTex Association of Realtors with over 20,000 members.

 

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Former First Lady Laura W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual 4word Gala with Charity Wallace serving as the event chair. Charity is the founder and president of Wallace Global Impact and, most recently, she was the Senior Advisor to Laura Bush and the Bush Institute. The evening will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Dallas Renaissance Hotel, 2222 North Stemmons Freeway. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and the gala will start at 7:00 p.m. 

The Honorary Chair is Alva P. Adams. Toyota is the Presenting Sponsor and Gold Corporate Sponsors are Locke Lord and Valiant Integrated Services and Monica and Leland White are Gold Individual Sponsors. Proceeds from the gala will benefit 4word, a faith-based community who empowers and inspires women in the workplace through personal connection and mentoring.

4word Founder Diane Paddison met a gentleman when she attended a national conference in Washington, D.C. After he learned about her organization, he connected her with Charity Wallace in Dallas. Diane and Charity met for lunch and discovered they had so much in common with their passions and their interests, forming a fast friendship. Charity wrote the forward for Diane’s book Work, Love, Pray published in 2011 and joined the 4word board as an advisory member. She became a member of 4word’s C-Level group which meets annually, with women flying in from across the nation to meet with other C-level executives. 

Charity assisted when twins Barbara Bush Coyne and Jenna Bush Hager were the keynote speakers for the 2018 gala. She eagerly accepted the role as chair for the 2020 gala and will also interview Mrs. Bush for the 4word gala program. 

“It is such an honor to have Charity Wallace as chair for the 5th Annual 4word Gala,” said Diane Paddison. “She has been passionate about 4word’s work since we met and exudes the kind of woman that we would love our younger 4word women to aspire to be like.” 

Charity Wallace is the founder and president of Wallace Global Impact. Most recently, she was the Senior Advisor to Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, and the founding Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives, which aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Charity was the Chief of Staff to Laura Bush, and served all eight years in the Bush Administration, most notably as the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States and Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush. She serves as co-chair of the Board of the Akola Academy, as well as on the Boards of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, Strong Women Strong World, 4word Women, Nomi Network Leadership Council, All In Together; and is a member of the Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council at the Bush Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations and NationSwell. Charity holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pepperdine University and a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Sponsorships and Tickets: Tickets $1,500 (couple ticket) and $500 (Individual); Sponsorships range from $50,000 to $5,000. Sponsor recognition in print materials dependent on date of submission. Information and online purchase:

https://us.commitchange.com/tx/dallas/4word/events/gala-2020-an-evening-with-laura-bush

 

For More Information: Pam Johnson pjohnson@4wordwomen.org  (503) 860-3816 or www.4wordwomen.org

 

Laura W. Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009)

One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. She has traveled to more than seventy-six countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and has launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad.  The author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From The Heart, and co-author of children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Today, as the Chair of the Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military.  

Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas.  She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian.  In 1977, she married George W. Bush.  President and Mrs. Bush are the parents of twin daughters: Barbara, married to Craig Coyne; and Jenna, married to Henry Hager; and proud grandparents of Mila, Poppy and Hal Hager.

 

Alva P. Adams, Honorary Chair

Alva Adams is Senior Director of Multicultural Business Alliance and Strategy; and Multicultural  Dealer Relations for Toyota Motor North America. In this role, she is responsible for directing  strategy for Toyota’s multicultural partnerships, organizational support and sponsorships relevant to Toyota/Lexus multicultural business initiatives covering the African American, Native American, women and veterans’ external/community outreach. She is also responsible for leading collaborative projects that engage the Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealership Association (TLMODA), including the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD). Her leadership encompasses the coordination and communications with Toyota’s cross functional departments, executive leadership, field offices and internal Toyota Motor Sales departments and multicultural dealers. 

Prior to her current role, Adams served as National Manager, African American Business Strategy for Toyota Motor Sales for three years. She led collaborative projects that advanced the company’s communication strategy and propelled specific diversity initiatives across Toyota’s North American Operations. Adams managed external media relations, strategic partnerships, philanthropic activities and government relations relevant to Toyota’s African American Business Strategy. She also oversaw efforts that encouraged diversity in team member volunteerism and community engagement opportunities. Adams began her career with Toyota in 1999. Prior to that, she served in several pivotal roles at Ford Motor Company’s minority dealer training program and retail dealer initiatives for nearly 13 years. 

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Howard University and a certificate in diversity from the University of Houston. Adams currently serves as the Chair of the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles Board of Directors; and serves on the boards of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute and National College Resources Foundation. Her past board membership includes the Los Angeles Girl Scout Council and University of California Berkeley Parents Board. She is President Emeritus of Howard University Alumni Club of Southern California and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. 

 

Diane Paddison, 4word Founder and Executive Director

Diane Paddison, 4word Founder and Executive Director, is a Harvard MBA, former global executive of two Fortune 500 companies and one Fortune 1000 company, and serves as an independent director for two corporate and four not-for-profit boards.  Diane is a leading advocate for Christian women in the workplace. Diane published Work, Love, Pray in 2011, laying the foundation for 4word and Be Refreshed . . . a year of devotions for women in the workplace in 2017. She is passionate about mentoring. She authors weekly posts at 4wordwomen.org and is a featured columnist for The Washington Times. Diane and her husband, Chris, have four children and one granddaughter and live in Dallas, Texas.

 

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

www.4wordwomen.org

 

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

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Former First Lady Laura W. Bush will be the keynote speaker for the 5th Annual 4word Gala which will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Dallas Renaissance Hotel, 2222 North Stemmons Freeway. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and the gala will start at 7:00 p.m. 

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 Honorary Chair is Alva Adams. The event is chaired by Charity Wallace and Diane Paddison is the founder of 4word. 

Presenting Sponsor: Toyota 

Lead Corporate Sponsors: Locke Lord and Valiant Integrated Services 

Sponsorships and Tickets: Tickets $1,500 (VIP couple) and $500 (Individual); Sponsorships range from $50,000 to $5,000. Sponsor recognition in print materials dependent on date of submission. Information and online purchase:

https://us.commitchange.com/tx/dallas/4word/events/gala-2020-an-evening-with-laura-bush 

For More Information: Pam Johnson pjohnson@4wordwomen.org  (503) 860-3816 or www.4wordwomen.org 

Laura W. Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009)
One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. She has traveled to more than seventy-six countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and has launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad.  The author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From The Heart, and co-author of children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Today, as the Chair of the Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military.  

Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas.  She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian.  In 1977, she married George W. Bush.  President and Mrs. Bush are the parents of twin daughters: Barbara, married to Craig Coyne; and Jenna, married to Henry Hager; and proud grandparents of Mila, Poppy and Hal Hager. 

Alva P. Adams, Honorary Chair
Alva Adams is Senior Director of Multicultural Business Alliance and Strategy; and Multicultural  Dealer Relations for Toyota Motor North America. In this role, she is responsible for directing  strategy for Toyota’s multicultural partnerships, organizational support and sponsorships relevant to Toyota/Lexus multicultural business initiatives covering the African American, Native American, women and veterans’ external/community outreach. She is also responsible for leading collaborative projects that engage the Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealership Association (TLMODA), including the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD). Her leadership encompasses the coordination and communications with Toyota’s cross functional departments, executive leadership, field offices and internal Toyota Motor Sales departments and multicultural dealers. 

Prior to her current role, Adams served as National Manager, African American Business Strategy for Toyota Motor Sales for three years. She led collaborative projects that advanced the company’s communication strategy and propelled specific diversity initiatives across Toyota’s North American Operations. Adams managed external media relations, strategic partnerships, philanthropic activities and government relations relevant to Toyota’s African American Business Strategy. She also oversaw efforts that encouraged diversity in team member volunteerism and community engagement opportunities. Adams began her career with Toyota in 1999. Prior to that, she served in several pivotal roles at Ford Motor Company’s minority dealer training program and retail dealer initiatives for nearly 13 years. 

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Howard University and a certificate in diversity from the University of Houston. Adams currently serves as the Chair of the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles Board of Directors; and serves on the boards of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute and National College Resources Foundation. Her past board membership includes the Los Angeles Girl Scout Council and University of California Berkeley Parents Board. She is President Emeritus of Howard University Alumni Club of Southern California and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. 

Charity Wallace, Gala Chair 
Charity Wallace is the founder and president of Wallace Global Impact. Most recently, she was the Senior Advisor to Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, and the founding Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives, which aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Charity was the Chief of Staff to Laura Bush, and served all eight years in the Bush Administration, most notably as the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States and Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush. She serves on the Boards of the Akola Project as co-chair, and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, chaired by Dr. Condoleezza Rice; the Boards of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, Strong Women Strong World, ARZU Studio Hope, 4word Women, Nomi Network Leadership Council, All In Together; and is a member of the Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council at the Bush Institute. Charity holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pepperdine University and a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Diane Paddison, 4word Founder
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 4wordwomen.org and is a featured columnist for Today’s Christian Woman. 

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Honorary Chair Linda Burk, hostess Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, DSOL President Kim Brannon, Presentation Ball Chairman Melissa Lewis.

 

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League hosted parties and bow rehearsals for the 34th Annual Presentation Ball debutantes during the busy holiday season. Kimberly Schlegel Whitman hosted the holiday tea for debutantes and their moms on December 18, chaired by Mari Epperson. Food Glorious Food donated festive holiday bites and sips. On December 22, a holiday party for debutantes, honor guard, and their parents was hosted in the home of Dr. Mark and Susan Geyer, chaired by Julie Jodie. A delicious array of food was provided by Dakota’s, which has been a sponsor each year since the inaugural ball in 1987. Park Place Dealerships provided a set-up for party photos making the evening fun for all. Gold Crown has been the valet sponsor for this extraordinary Ball season. Other events included a social mixer at the Park House and bow practice at the Meyerson Symphony Center. 

The events lead up to the Presentation Ball to be held on February 8, 2020 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The Honorary Chairs for the ball are Dr. Linda Burk and Dr. John Gilmore. Melissa Lewis is the Presentation Ball Chair and Kim Brannon is the DSOL President.  

Founded in 1946, the mission of the DSOL is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $17 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

 

Photos by Deborah Brown

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Event chair Mari Epperson and Presentation Ball Chair Melissa Lewis.

The 2020 Dallas Symphony debutantes were honored at a reception and seated dinner on November 27 at the Dallas Country Club. The debutantes, honor guards and their families were welcomed by DSOL President Kim Brannon and Presentation Ball Chair Melissa Lewis.

Each of the 32 debutantes was formally introduced by emcee Stan Gardner and joined by an honor guard escort for the presentation. A debutante presentation gift was presented by Eiseman NorthPark Center. The evening was the start of the holiday weekend which included a style show and etiquette presentation for the debs mixer for the debs and honor guards, as well as a Bow Boot Camp for the debs.

During the Christmas Holidays, the debs will return for another busy schedule of parties and bow practice. All the many events will culminate with the 34th Presentation Ball which will be held on February 8, 2020.

Photos by Gittings

Key to Photos

  1. Event chair Mari Epperson and Presentation Ball Chair Melissa Lewis.
  2. Honorary Chairs Linda Burk, John Gilmore and Linda Gilmore.
  3. DSOL President Kim Brannon and Abigail Brannon.
  4. Mary, Emily and John Baschab.
  5. Campbell Swango, Beth Ryan, Julia Tribolet, Eleanor Gambrell, Audrey Magnuson, Genny Wood.
  6. Savannah Troutt, Maddie Esping, Grace Olson, Isabella Cox.
  7. Audrey Berner and Alex McCullough.
  8. Hunter Hart.
  9. Izzy Keene and Bruce Brookshire.
  10. 10 Mary Kumpf.
  11. Avery Levoyer.
  12. Allie McWhorter.
  13. Kendell Sigel and Spencer Hardin.
  14. Natalie Ward.
  15. Brynn Weakley and Ross Barnett
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Anna Smith, Dallas Academy; Jhoana Cayme-Mosley, Lakehill Preparatory School; Tim Hagood, Lakehill Preparatory School; Michael Jones, J. L. Long Middle School; Jennifer Edoghotu, L. L. Hotchkiss Elementary School; Jose Delgado, Bryan Adams High School

Six Receive Teacher of the Year Awards from

Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Six East Dallas teachers received Teacher of the Year wards by the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon on November 19 at Lakehill Preparatory's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center sponsored by Oncor and Comerica

The winners are Jennifer Edoghotu, L. L. Hotchkiss Elementary School; Michael Jones, J. L. Long Middle School; Jose Delgado, Bryan Adams High School; Jhoana Cayme, Mosley Lakehill Preparatory School; Anna Smith, Dallas Academy; Tim Hagood, Lakehill Preparatory School; 

Each winner received a $250 gift card and each school received a $250 check.

The finalists were all deserving of the awards making it extremely difficult for the judges to narrow down to the winners. Each has clearly been an inspiration to countless children and have shaped the lives of future generations that have passed through their classroom.

The finalists were: Miguel Vazquez Dominguez, Mount Auburn STEAM Academy; Warren Johnson, Eduardo Mata Montessori; Elma Rios, Eduardo Mata Montessori; Jonna Stout, Eduardo Mata Montessori; Aaron Aguilar, WH Gaston; Josh Ault, Robert T. Hill Middle School; Emma Buzas, IGNITE Middle School; Kevin Grimes, Dealey Montessori and International Academy; Caitlin Schmidt, J.L. Long Middle School; Shelly Thibodaux, Robert T. Hill Middle School; Becky Brown, Emmett J. Conrad High School; Brandon Harper, Skyline Career Development Center; Russ Keleman, Woodrow Wilson High School; Blythe Mundlin, Woodrow Wilson High School; Amy Aldrete, St. Patrick Catholic School; Ellen Zimmerman, Dallas Academy; Kathy Carroll, St. John's Episcopal School; Bradley Neyland, Lakehill Preparatory School; Andrew Balettie, Bishop Lynch High School; Randy Becker, Bishop Lynch High School; Jennifer Brock, Dallas Academy; Maggie Morales, Bishop Lynch High School. 

About Each Winner

 

Jennifer Edoghotu

LL Hotchkiss Elementary School – Math

Caring, inspiring, phenomenal, passionate and exceptional. This LL Hotchkiss Elem. School teacher builds strong relationships with students and their families from the very beginning. She reminds them “Your best is your goal.”

Many of her student families are immigrants from Africa and other far away countries. It is second nature to her as you see her relate to her students and their parents. She bonds with all students around the campus regardless of their grade level. In her own words, “I work with all kids. I work with kids from Africa, kids from Saudi Arabia, kids who have extreme learning disabilities and kids who live in poverty. I strive to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for my kids.” To highlight the cultural diversity, she encourages her students to research and illustrate their native flag. These flags are posted around her classroom to show that we are one and everyone is welcome.

Through hard work and dedication, this Distinguished DallasISD Teacher demonstrates innovative learning by transforming her classroom into a real-world scenario based upon the lesson. For example, when teaching students about perimeter, area and volume, she transformed her classroom into a construction site and encouraged students to use the measuring tape as their tool for determining the length and width of numerous items.

She builds parental involvement through conducting school academic nights. During these sessions, parents can ask questions about classroom assignments with the goal of empowering the parents to assist the children. She ensured that a Burmese translator was on site for student families who recently migrated from Asia. Outside of school hours, she conducts home visits to build the student- teacher-family relationship. In her experience, home visits have improved student behavior, attendance and led to academic success.

She also led multiple Social and Emotional Learning trainings to educate teachers and staff on the process by which students manage their emotions to create and maintain positive relationships. School-wide, teachers voiced a decrease in classroom disruptions and behavioral issues after this dynamic training. Please congratulate Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Edoghotu.

 

Michael Jones

JL Long Middle School

Our next honoree teaches 6th grade Science at JL Long Middle School but he is more than a biology teacher. He is an innovative mentor and friend. He is the teacher that every parent wants their child to have! Realizing that the Science Fair program had been abandoned, this teacher restored and revamped this timeless program and brought it back to the forefront of the Science Department. Over 50 students participated in the Fair this year. Currently recognized by Dallas ISD as a Distinguished Teacher based on the Teachers Excellence Initiative, he created the very unique and innovative, student-driven club called the Zoo Crew. This club empowers students to become conservation leaders by providing unique experiences with animals. These 15 different animals live in varied ecosystems and require specialized care from the 82 student members. Students gain further understanding through the summer foster care of the lab animals. Over 30 families are involved in the coordination, hosting and general care of the animals as they go from family to family returning safely to the school the next fall.

Noticing a lack of school spirit, our honoree created the Spirit Club for students. He and a parent also created the Captain Buc mascot. In addition, the fight song had been lost, so he did vital research and discovered the original score. It is now a part of the school again.

He encourages student leaders by teaching responsibility and electing classroom officers who assist with classroom tasks. During instruction, he will have them stand on top of their chairs to recite passages, defend scientific laws, or express individual ideals regarding the lessons. This instills confidence in his students!

You will see him involved in Buc Camp, the JL Long Run and the Pep Squad. He teaches in the International Baccalaureate program as JL Long is the only IB accredited middle school in Dallas ISD.

At the end of all emails, you will see the mantra that he lives by. It is a quote by Aristotle…”Educating the mind, without educating the heart, is no education at all.” Please congratulate Michael Jones of JL Long Middle School!

 

Jose Delgado

Bryan Adams High School – AP Chemistry

Our next honoree has come full circle in his young life-from growing up in Pleasant Grove as a child of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador, to attending the School of Science and Engineering Magnet High School, going to college at Texas A&M, then returning home to teach Advanced Placement Chemistry at Bryan Adams HS. For most of his teaching career, he has been on a mission to change the course for students whose families have not encouraged them to go  to college. He was awarded the Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Award and in the summer has proudly worked as a lead counselor for the Texas HS Aerospace scholars program at the NASA Johnson Space Center. The Junior League awarded him a grant to purchase equipment for “The Solution to our Solutions Problem” where students utilize Spectrometers, which are instruments that split light into an array of separate colors.

A parent said that he is the “complete package” when it comes to looking for a teacher to emulate. His commitment, dedication to learning and teaching, and his involvement in the community is unique, and Bryan Adams is fortunate to have him. Outside of his rigorous school demands, he is involved with Primos, a mentoring program in East Dallas, which pairs students from Pleasant Grove to professionals with roots in Pleasant Grove or similar neighborhoods. They participate in activities that help students learn about finances, plan for college, search for internships and more. He also participates in Destination: Bryan Adams, an independent group of community representatives dedicated to promoting the activities of Bryan Adams and the schools that feed into it.

This Master AP Teacher teaches because he loves learning. A favorite learning opportunity was training in Digital Fluency, an amazing insight into the ways technology is used to augment, modify and redefine teaching methods. All students, willing to try and work hard, are accepted into his AP Chemistry  program regardless of prior success or failure in science classes. Be it in class or out, his goal for the school is to make it feel like a place where all students belong. Students should have a place they can feel connected and welcomed. Please congratulate Jose Delgado as our Teacher of the Year!

 

Jhoana Cayme-Mosley

Lakehill Preparatory School – Elementary

Confident, Dedicated, Tenacious, Inspirational. These words have been used to describe the physical education teacher for students in kindergarten through 4th grade at Lakehill Preparatory School. She also teaches middle school fitness classes and serves as a middle school and varsity coach. In addition to teaching a full load and coaching six athletic teams, she sponsors several organizations and serves as Lakehill’s Athletic Coordinator. A colleague for more than 11 years says “she has unbelievable self-discipline to juggle multiple duties while setting high expectations for herself. She is currently training for a marathon and her students are learning lessons of perseverance, self-discipline and time management from her example. She is never too busy for those who have come to rely on her special brand of encouragement. Those who work with her or have been taught or coached by her find her confidence, dedication and tenacity inspiring.”

Every summer she helps lead Lakehill’s Community Connections Camp, introducing hundreds of children to volunteer service. This honoree sponsors the Pink Out Volleyball game in order to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, the Student Council, guiding a school-wide water drive for the homeless in Dallas and leading students in the Sundae Sale to benefit middle school students in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Her spring project was a Fill the Bus with Water drive benefiting the Soup Mobile. She also sponsors the Rubik’s Cube Club and the Yo-Yo club.

In lower school physical education, she uses the power of finding joy in play and teaches her young students about a healthy and active lifestyle while having fun. As a firm believer in making cross-curricular connections, she reinforces what her students are learning in the classroom by counting in Spanish during warm-up stretches as well as counting by twos, fives and tens.

This outstanding teacher is masterful at addressing the differing skill levels of a diverse group of learners yet somehow, challenging each of them to work hard to achieve their personal best.

Please congratulate Teacher of the year, Jhoana Cayme-Mosley!

 

Anna Smith       Dallas Academy – Middle School

From our next honorees own words, “If you don’t think you are awesome, no one else will. Being dyslexic and ADHD, I understand that kids do not all learn in the same manner. Having 2 kids with dyslexia and ADHD and auditory processing drove that point home even further.” This outstanding teacher in middle school at Dallas Academy is a creative force in the classroom, in the school and in the community. She believes in the power to change the face of things and she strives to find solutions, not make excuses. Her classroom is not quiet- as it is a collaborative space. Students are engaged in conversation or notably involved in something important. Students are not always at their desks, but sitting on the floor, in bean bags, actively learning and making connections with each other, to life and to the world. Her classroom is uniquely different, just as the learners in the room.

An example of this creative learning is the Positive Carbon Model Home at Dallas Academy. She is the co-sponsor of this event which guides 100 middle and high school students in installing smart glass, solar panels, wind turbines, magnification tubes that concentrate sunlight inside, geothermal water heating, a barrel and pump rainwater collection system, bio-digester grey water system, a green roof and other systems to ensure the model uses less energy than it generates. In May of 2019, these students won the Best Overall project award at the World’s Largest Earth X at Fair Park Dallas.

She sponsors the yearbook club, photography club, and Techy Talents/Gaming Friday. This dynamic teacher is involved in the Dallas Academy Auction, Pumpkin Chunkin’, National Engineers Future City, Dawg Run, Dawg Patch, homecoming chair, the 50th Anniversary of Dallas Academy Chair and many other events.

She feels that teaching is all about introducing students to a world of concepts that are new. Integrating technology into her classroom is an effective way to connect with students of all learning styles. She teaches them how to think critically, solve problems, take initiative, work together, adapt to changes, communicate, find and analyze information and be accountable for their own learning .Her biggest compliment is having a student send a thank you card stating, “Thank you for believing I can find the answer myself.” Congratulate Anna Smith from Dallas Academy.

 

Tim Hagood

Lakehill Preparatory School – High School

Our next honoree is the Chairman of the Upper School English Department at Lakehill Preparatory School and has been on the staff for over 16 years. He teaches sophomores, seniors and Advanced Placement English. His experience as a language teacher revealed that while literacy can be a challenge for all students, some are naturally adept at reading and writing while others excel at the oral expression of ideas. Consequently, he created a group called “Quaker Discussions” in which students discuss their insights on the assigned texts in a free-flowing discussion amongst themselves. He does not participate, rather he observes     and notes the quantity and quality of the thoughts the students express. Participating in the Quaker Discussions helps those less inclined in writing to get words on a page when they are called to do so.

As a member of the Lakehill community, he proposed the forming of an Honor Council, comprised of 3 faculty members, the presidents of the Student council, the Senior Class and the National Honor Society. One of the reasons it has endured is that the teachers on the committee get to see issues from the students’ perspective, while the students come away with a sense that “we’re all in this together.” His work with the National Jr. Honor Society and projects benefiting Hope Supply Co., the Vogel Alcove, For the Love of the Lake and the North Texas Food Bank has given him opportunities to personalize relationships with the students.

This from a parent, “He prefers to seek recognition for the teachers in his department and to expand and promote the skills and accomplishments for his students and graduates. Being in the spotlight is just not his style.” She also has watched her son develop a new love of literature. After reading, Invisible Cities during her son’s sophomore literature class, this teacher thoughtfully gave the student a copy of the book as a gift. That dog-eared copy still resides on his bedside table 3 years later, having been read and reread countless times. We understand that you don’t like to be in the spotlight, but today is your turn!

Please congratulate Tim Hagood as Teacher of the Year.