Highlights from Annual Conference

Last month, our members gathered in Richardson to hear from an outstanding lineup of speakers and finalize plans for the year ahead.

With presentations across a variety of leadership and development topics, members learned how to “be red in a grey world” by making a difference in their communities, homes, and workplaces.

Speakers & Programs

Here are a few highlights:

Sharing her GenBlending research, Bette Price unveiled how workplaces can thrive by supporting and facilitating high-level interaction between different generations. Highlighting the impact of a new generation of leaders, Bette provided a roadmap for how businesses can ensure competitive success in the future.

Colonel Kim Olson, USAF (Ret.), introduced us to Grace After Fire, an innovative peer-to peer counseling program that assists women Veterans returning to civilian life after service to their country.

When promoted to Lt. Colonel, Kim became the first female to command a KC-135 air refueling squadron at Fairchild AFB, Washington. She led troops that spent 21,000 days deployed overseas supporting U.S. National policy, participated in a 60-day deployment to a combat zone in Saudi Arabia, and directed air refueling operations during the Kosovo campaign. That campaign was successful in guaranteeing the flying safety of the largest bombing campaign since WWII, teaming with over 80 multinational fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, command and control, rescue and airlift representatives from 13 NATO countries – without a single loss of life.
To make a lasting impact, Grace After Fire wants to ensure that women Veterans can help themselves and thereby become the best they can be. Over 300,000 women who wore the military uniform in combat need services customized for them. Through this program, they’ll have the support and guidance to reach their full potential in their communities, their families, and in the workplace.

Additional Highlights

Our MD Anderson Fundraiser raised over $20,000 towards our annual contribution. Each year, we provide seed-funding to projects that seek innovative prevention or treatment of cancers. We also present the Texas Business Women’s Award to recognize a scientist that has achieved significant achievements in cancer treatment and research. Click here to read about this year’s projects and award recipient.

Sunday’s installation of our new officers included a thought provoking presentation by President Kendra Kinnison. In addition to her Plan of Action, we watched a vignette of Sundance Film Festival Selection Miss Representation that shed light on how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

Organization Leadership

Members also approved two key changes to our own leadership structure, streamlining our committees and improving our leadership transition process.

First, the state President and President-Elect will serve terms of two years, beginning this year. The offices of Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Directors-at-Large will still be elected annually.

Also, our Board of Directors was expanded to include our six standing committees (Bylaws, Finance, Membership, Legislation/Advocacy, Training & Development, and Communications). And our key projects and programs were realigned to fit within this structure.

To read more about the current leadership team, visit our Executive Committee profiles.