Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development course, Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence, to Denton on July 27. Sponsored by Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women in Business, the one-day event will aim to help area professionals begin to understand the power of leadership values, discover how customer loyalty can be established and gain insight into how organizational culture is strengthened.
The training uses business insights and examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experiences.
Registration is $400 and includes all course materials as well as a continental breakfast, lunch and parking. Scholarships are available for local small business owners. For more information or to register, call 940-898-2895 or visit www.twu.edu/disney-institute.
TACA‘s 50th Anniversary Gala, is Sept. 8 at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., in Dallas.
Wanda Gierhart, TACA’s 50th Anniversary Chair, stated in a press release, “TACA’s Custom Auction Gala has historically signaled the commencement of Dallas’ black-tie season. This year’s event will be exceptional as we celebrate the organization’s many successes over the last five decades. Because the organization is poised to expand its reach to include the visual arts, the party on Sept. 8 will be the last of its kind, lending extra excitement to the proceedings while setting the stage for exciting changes in 2018.”
Gierhart, along with her fiancé, Chef Dean Fearing, are co-chairing the gala, which begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, and continues with an exclusive TACA-commissioned performance, a luxury live auction, a delectable dinner and entertainment. The co-chairs for the gala are the TACA 50thAnniversary committee members.
TACA will present a commissioned celebratory performance directed by TITAS’ Charles Santos and choreographed by Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Bridget Moore. The new work will include TACA’s grantees: Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Bruce Wood Dance Project.
Gierhart added, “After the performance, we’ll begin our luxury live auction. As most of you know, when it comes to auctions, I always bring my A-game. Since this is TACA’s Golden Anniversary and TACA brought the concept of live auctions to Dallas five decades ago in the first place, I promise that this year’s packages will be appropriately irresistible.”
Following the live auction, guests will enjoy a delectable seated dinner throughout the Mansion’s labyrinth of stunning interior spaces, followed by a lively after-party. The dress, described as “black tie by decade – 1970s to present,” is a way to acknowledge the organization’s longevity and approach their attire with maximum creativity.
Wolford McCue, TACA Carlson president and executive director, stated, “TACA has grown into a valued arts funding and service organization that provides an array of grants and innovative programs. Our investment in the arts translates to the premiere of new works, impactful residencies, community initiatives and greater opportunities for artists and audiences to connect. Our community reach will continue to grow as we implement a new strategic plan in 2018 that will focus on supporting all of the arts in Dallas by providing funds for visual arts organizations as well as performing arts. Even though this will be the last gala of its type, TACA will continue to hold exceptional events next year, and for many years to come.”
Sponsors to date include:
Valet Sponsor: Dallas-Fort Worth Lexus Dealers
Host: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Official Airline: American Airlines
50th Anniversary Media Partner: PaperCity Magazine
50th Anniversary Blog Partner: My Sweet Charity
Dr. Hope Jahren, award-winning scientist, one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Influential People, best-selling author of Lab Girl and advocate for female equality in STEM, will be the keynote speaker for Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 32nd Annual Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 20. The event will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel with a VIP reception at 10:30 a.m., and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A. Shonn Brown and Lisa Singleton, community leaders and women’s issues supporters, serve as co-chairs for this year’s luncheon.
The luncheon is the Foundation’s principal fundraiser in support of its work to advance women’s economic security and leadership in North Texas and to drive positive social and economic change for women and girls through research, advocacy and grant-making. Dallas Women’s Foundation, founded in 1985, is the largest regional women’s fund in the world and has granted more than $32 million since its inception.
Roslyn Dawson Thompson, foundation president & CEO, stated in a press release, “We have a proud history of presenting great thought leaders and doers of our time as the keynote speakers for our annual luncheon. Dr. Jahren is no exception. She is a brilliant scientist whose achievements as a paleobiologist are rivaled by her achievements as an author and advocate for gender equity in science. Having experienced firsthand the challenges of gender bias, she is dedicated to using her voice and her story to encourage more women to pursue and achieve success in the sciences. Dr. Jahren is widely acknowledged as a strong woman using her exceptional talents to make a better world for all women and girls.”
As one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Influential People, Dr. Jahren is recognized as a changemaker. According to TIME: “It is a rare breed of scientist who is both a leader in her field and a great writer, but Hope Jahren is both. (She) has built a career and a reputation in science by unearthing secrets hidden in fossilized plant life. Her work has resulted in at least 70 studies in dozens of journals, but it’s also given her a platform—a megaphone, really—to talk about something else: widespread sexual harassment and discrimination in science. On her blog, in op-eds and in her new memoir, Lab Girl, which debuted on The New York Times best-seller list, Jahren wields her influence to call out a culture that has caused women to flee the field she so loves. That’s why she does it: she loves science. And whether she’s writing about lab funding, discrimination or deciduous trees, she has a way of making you love it too.”
Platinum Sponsor: U.S. Trust
Speaker Sponsor: Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt
Emerald Sponsors: AT&T, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Toyota
Gold Sponsor: Phyllis Bernstein
Silver Sponsors: Veree Brown, Melissa Fetter, Freeman, Cecilia and Tim Norwood, Julia Simon
Luncheon sponsorships are available, ranging from $3,500 to $50,000; individual tickets are available at $500 to $1,000. Sponsorships are available at www.DallasWomensFdn.org/luncheon or by calling (214) 525-5318.