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Full Lineup Released: D CEO’s Women’s Leadership Symposium

Hosted virtually this year on July 15 and 16, the fifth annual program will be bigger and better than ever.
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“Leading While Your Heart is Broken.” “The Woman’s Guide to Getting on Boards.” “Creating Environments Where Our Daughters Will Thrive.”

These are just a few of the presentations on the agenda for D CEO’s fifth annual Women’s Leadership Symposium.

Hosted virtually this year on July 15 and 16, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from diverse, powerful, and insightful executives leading some of the region’s top organizations. They’ll also be able to connect and network with peers and interact with speakers.

Tickets range from $35 for general admission to $80 for VIP Admission (must purchase VIP by July 6) and include a one-year subscription to D CEO—a $52 value.

You can watch a video here, and learn more and purchase tickets here.


7:30 a.m.—Morning Guided Meditation – Amy Lewis Hofland, Senior Director of Crow Museum of Asian Art of the University of Texas at Dallas

8:00 a.m.—Welcome Remarks from Gillea Allison, President and Publisher of D CEO, and Christine Perez, Editor

8:10 a.m.—Keynote featuring Anne Chow, CEO, AT&T Business

9 a.m.—“Resiliency in Personal and Business Life,” Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President at Celebrity Cruises

10 a.m.—“Pushing for Better: Creating Environments Where Our Daughters Will Thrive” Jenny Martinez and Tasha Schwikert of Munck Wilson Mandala

11:30 a.m.—Day One Closing Remarks: “Pain into Power,” A. Shonn Brown, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Noon—Bonus for Gold and VIP Admission ticket holders: “Leading Through Change in a New Era,” Melanie Shaffer, CEO and Founder, Talent Suite, and Patti Johnson, CEO, PeopleResults


7:30 a.m.—“Goal Setting for Fulfillment + Morning Movement,” Brit Rettig Wold, Founder and Chief GRIT Officer, GRIT by Brit

8 a.m.— Keynote featuring Cynt Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks

9 a.m.—“The Real Power of Money: Investing in Change,” Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President and CEO, Texas Women’s Foundation

10 a.m.—“The Women’s Guide to Getting on Boards,” Arcilia Acosta, president and CEO of CARCON Industries

10:30 a.m.—“Leading While Your Heart is Broken,” Carrie Freeman Parsons, Chair, Freeman Co.

11 a.m.— “Leaning In and Leading Through Challenging Times,” Jeanette Bankes, President and General Manager of Global Surgical Franchise, Alcon

11:30 a.m.—Day Two Closing Remarks: “From Bystander to Upstander,” Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Vice President of Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances at State Fair of Texas

Noon—Bonus for Gold and VIP Admission ticket holders: “Coaching Yourself Through COVID,” L. Michelle Smith, CEO and Founder, No Silos Communications

Purchase tickets and learn more here.

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