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D CEO Announces Its Emerging Women Leadership Network Members for 2023-24

Each will be paired with a top North Texas female executive who will serve as a mentor for the duration of the six-month program.
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As one of the only women-owned and women-led business publications in the country, D CEO uniquely understands the critical need to develop women leaders in one’s own backyard. The first-ever D CEO Emerging Women Leadership Network aims to do just that.

Starting this week, more than 55 emerging leaders will participate in a new hybrid six-month personal and professional development program, created and led by D Magazine Partners’ executives Gillea Allison and Noelle LeVeaux.

“When we surveyed the landscape, it became clear that there was a need to create a program entirely focused on the unique challenges of emerging women leaders in the region,” says Noelle LeVeaux, group publisher of D Magazine Partners. “By leveraging D CEO’s vast network and access to the C-Suite, we hope to be the bridge between our members and the region’s most influential women business and civic leaders.”

This program will build on the momentum sparked by D CEO’s Women’s Leadership Symposium, now in its eighth year. From September 2023 to March 2024, participants will hear from the region’s best coaches, leadership consultants, and subject matter experts on topics ranging from mental health to negotiation skills and personal finance.

“In the spirit of providing access, members will hear and learn from leadership coaches whose services are sometimes only reserved for the C-Suite,” says Gillea Allison, president of D Magazine Partners. “We pride ourselves on creating the best programming and content for our audiences, and EWLN’s 10 workshops will reflect that same level of quality and intentionality.”

Additionally, the program offers one key benefit that is certain to have an impact; each member will be paired with a top North Texas female executive who will serve as a mentor for the duration of the program. They range from CEOs of the region’s companies and nonprofits to successful entrepreneurs and small business owners. You can view the impressive list of participating mentors here.

Elizabeth Allen, D Custom

Sarah Bolich, Arrow Lift Rentals

Becca Brown, Warner Bros. Discovery

Maria Cardenas, Arcosa

Kara Cecala, 101Media

Alexis Cook, AT&T

Teniqua Davenport, Marsh McLennan Agency

Sarah Dodson, Baker Botts

Daphney Fenelon Ford, Children’s Health

Tara Flume, Matador Resources Co.

Laura Foran Berend, Matador Resources Co.

Elizabeth Gassos, The Ben Kinney Team

Celeste Glover, Communities Foundation of Texas

Layla Gulley, JP Morgan Chase

Erika Harrell, Teleperformance

Hanna Howard, Valor

Teri Isaacs, Salesmanship Club of Dallas

Shelby Patrice Jenkins, Budget University

Tammy Johnson, Empowering the Masses

Dr. Tamara Jones, Willow Bend, Richardson, & Allen Orthodontics

Lily Kramlich-Taylor, 101Media

Denita Lacking-Quinn, Balfour Beatty Construction

Ashleigh Lee, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

Chelsea Lousignont, 7-Eleven

Shannon Lynch, 7-Eleven

Maria Maldonado, Salesmanship Club of Dallas

Chandra Matthews, Texas Women’s Foundation

Shelbie McDiffett, LGE Design Build

Kristin McLaughlin, Resource Center

Kate McSwain, Match Group

Lorelei Mewhirter, O’Brien Architects

Maria Muñoz, Arcosa

Priya Murphy, New Friends New Life

Van Nguyen, Revision Skincare

Lindsey Obenhaus, Goranson Bain Ausley

Lexie Okeke, Salesmanship Club of Dallas

Danielle Okland, Texas Capital Bank

Jocelyn Phillips, Southwest Transplant Alliance

Michelle Prudhomme-Coleman, Children’s Health

Lenora Reece, Dallas College

Rosie Reichenstein, Salesmanship Club of Dallas

Cristal Retana Lule, Children’s Health

Tiffanie Rice, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Tina Robertson, Momentous Institute

Amber Robinson, Improving

Morgan Rodriguez, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

Natalie Sandifer, All Stars Project of Dallas

Monica Schoenemann, Austin Commercial

Denise Strickland, Design Connect Create

Natalie Swaim, D Magazine Partners

Kelsey Vanderschoot, D Magazine Partners

Laura Vogel, Momentous Institute

Crystal Wilkins, 7-Eleven

Kate Wright, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Congratulations to the members of the 2023-2024 D CEO‘s Emerging Women Leadership Network. To learn more about the program or participate as a sponsor, please contact [email protected] or visit

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