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Dallas’ Extraordinary Women Leaders Spotlighted in Special Female Power Summit

Town & Country Knows North Texas Women Rule

BY // 11.27.19

The folks from Town & Country — the legendary magazine and arguably the ultimate WASP bible — hit Dallas to host a regional philanthropy summit. The publication’s well-known New York event was expanded in fall 2017 to include events across the country — the first held in San Francisco, the second in Chicago and now Dallas.

Town & Country will continue its satellite Philanthropy Series with an event in Palm Beach, Florida in the fall of 2020.

Back to us though. The Dallas summit focused on Female Forces in Philanthropy with discussions on maternal health care, STEM education for girls, and why educated women will save the world. It brought together leading figures and changemakers in their respective fields.

This seemed like the perfect way to spend a morning — listening to and applauding women powerhouses who are bringing about transformative change in Dallas’ very own community. The marquee lineup of speakers included Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association; Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas; Lyda Hill, chairman of LH Capital and founder of Lyda Hill Philanthropies; Roslyn Dawson Thompson, president and CEO of the Texas Women’s Foundation; Janiece Evans-Page, vice president of the Fossil Global Philanthropy and Sustainability and head of the Fossil Foundation; Marguerite Hoffman, a prominent investor and civic leader and Charlotte Jones, executive vice president & chief brand officer of the Dallas Cowboys.

Also, on the roster was supermodel Christy Turlington Burns. Who doesn’t love a game of six degrees of separation? Well, given that pop star George Michael once called our little hamlet his home it was great to see one of the stars of his music video, “Freedom! ’90” here in Dallas. Burns is the founder of the charity Every Mother Counts which focuses on the horrifying fact that 303,000 women around the world die every year as a result of complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

The timeless beauty was wearing a simple floral dress and was so passionate, yet poised, as she spoke eloquently about the work her organization is doing to address these statistics.

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My favorite moment of the morning had to be when Jones shared her own philanthropic journey and having been taught from a very young age by her parents that she could do anything.  Her father (Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones) told her,”You could even be president of the United States.”

Without skipping a beat, Marguerite Hoffman chimed in, “I wish you would be.” If that isn’t a rallying cry for girl power I don’t know what is.

A select group from the morning’s summit was invited for a trunk show for the line Sies Marjan and a luncheon at Forty Five Ten. In attendance to charm and show off his new collection was Dutch creative director Sander Lak. Named in honor of the first names of his father (Sies) and mother (Marjan), the company was established in 2016 with an in-house atelier.

Known for its use of color and at times unconventional fabrics and proportions, Sies Marjan has gained a loyal client base (of both men and women) in just a few short years. As I chatted with Lak over lunch, he shared that Texas and particularly Dallas have always appreciated his aesthetic and that he tries to make it the city as often as possible.

The philanthropic group of ladies who joined for lunch that day included Nancy Rogers, Deborah Scott, Capera Ryan, Jessica Nowitzki and Vatana Watters,

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