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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, October 20, 2017. The event takes 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.

“Shonn and I are honored to co-chair this luncheon that helps the Foundation continue the ripple effect,” said Singleton. “As has been proven time and time again, when you invest in women and girls, it has positive ripple effects in her family, the community and the world.”

The Annual 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, said, “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.”

Brown added, “We are thrilled to have a speaker of Dr. Jahren’s caliber to help us drive the success of this year’s luncheon. We want to thank our early sponsors and encourage more companies and individuals to support us, so that we can help even more women and girls achieve equity.”

Special thanks to early sponsors:

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 or by calling (214) 525-5318.

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $32 million since inception and $4.4 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.


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