She Who Dares

Serious girl power pushes Dallas Women's Foundation lunch past $1 million mark

Girl power pushes Dallas Women's Foundation lunch past $1 million

 Dr. Carine Feyten, Nancy Ann Hunt, Lisa Simmons, Roslyn Dawson Thompson
Dr. Carine Feyten, Nancy Ann Hunt, Lisa Simmons, Roslyn Dawson Thompson Photo by Kristina Bowman and Steve Foxall
Dr. Laura Freeman Billie Bryant Schultz
Dr. Laura Freeman, Billie Bryant Schultz Photo by Kristina Bowman and Steve Foxall
Jennifer Biry, Lael Brodsky, Jane Hurst
Jennifer Biry, Lael Brodsky, Jane Hurst Photo by Kristina Bowman and Steve Foxall
 Shonn Brown, Dr. Hope Jahren, John Holt, Lisa Singleton, Roslyn Dawson   Thompson
Shonn Brown, Dr. Hope Jahren, John Holt, Lisa Singleton, Roslyn Dawson Thompson Photo by Kristina Bowman and Steve Foxall
 Hannah Fagadau, Sarah Miller, Stephanie Bernal, Joyce Goss, Lindsay B  illingsley
Hannah Fagadau, Sarah Miller, Stephanie Bernal, Joyce Goss, Lindsay Billingsley Photo by Kristina Bowman and Steve Foxall
Dawn Hooper, Gwen McKinney, Rachel Vinson
Dawn Hooper, Gwen McKinney, Rachel Vinson Photo by Kristina Bowman and Steve Foxall
Ellenore Knight Baker, Angela Crates, Shonn Brown and Lisa Singleton
Ellenore Knight Baker, Angela Crates, Shonn Brown, Lisa Singleton Photo by Kristina Bowman and Steve Foxall
Dr. Hope Jahren, keynote speaker
Dr. Hope Jahren, keynote speaker Photo by Kristina Bowman and Steve Foxall
Shonn Brown Dr. Hope Jahren Lisa Singleton
Dallas Women's Foundation Board Photo by Kristina Bowman and Steve Foxall
 Roslyn Dawson Thompson with Young Women’s Preparatory Network's Irma Rangel students
Rosalyn Dawson Thompson with Young Women's Preparatory Network Irma Rangel students. Photo by Kristina Bowman and Steve Foxall
 Dr. Carine Feyten, Nancy Ann Hunt, Lisa Simmons, Roslyn Dawson Thompson
Dr. Laura Freeman Billie Bryant Schultz
Jennifer Biry, Lael Brodsky, Jane Hurst
 Shonn Brown, Dr. Hope Jahren, John Holt, Lisa Singleton, Roslyn Dawson   Thompson
 Hannah Fagadau, Sarah Miller, Stephanie Bernal, Joyce Goss, Lindsay B  illingsley
Dawn Hooper, Gwen McKinney, Rachel Vinson
Ellenore Knight Baker, Angela Crates, Shonn Brown and Lisa Singleton
Dr. Hope Jahren, keynote speaker
Shonn Brown Dr. Hope Jahren Lisa Singleton
 Roslyn Dawson Thompson with Young Women’s Preparatory Network's Irma Rangel students

What: Dallas Women's Foundation 32nd Annual Luncheon

Where: Hilton Anatole

The 411: The always inspiring Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Dallas Women's Foundation president and CEO, welcomed nearly 1,500 attendees to a "She Who Dares" luncheon that supports the advancement of women's economic security and leadership in North Texas. The uplifting luncheon featured female speakers recounting their experiences in STEM and the reveal of 33 trading cards of remarkable women leaders.

The highlight of the afternoon was keynote speaker Dr. Hope Jahren — award-winning scientist, best-selling author, and one of Time magazine's "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World" — who gave an interesting presentation about how plants are similar to humans. The speech was live-streamed to more than 10,000 students at over 20 schools throughout Texas, thanks to sponsor Lyda Hill.

The Dallas Women's Foundation is the largest regional women's fund in the world and unlocks resources to advance women's economic security and women's leadership through research, grantmaking, and advocacy. This year's luncheon alone raised an incredible $1.2 million, and since 1985, the Foundation has granted more than $37.6 million to help create opportunities for women and girls.

Who: Co-chairs Shonn Brown and Lisa Singleton, Lynn McBee, Tricia Miller, Lisa Montgomery, Bonnie Clinton, Sara Duran, Jane Hurst, Shawna Wilson, Laura Baldwin, Nancy Ann Hunt, Connie Beck, Rena Pederson, Dr. Laura Freeman, and Billie Brant Schultz.