Dallas Women’s Foundation to Honor Six Women at Apr. 19 Awards Dinner

Dallas Women’s Foundation announced in a Jan. 31 press release the recipients of its 2018 Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards, recognizing leaders who have positively impacted the lives of women and girls in the North Texas area. Award recipients will be honored at the Leadership Forum & Awards Dinner, presented by AT&T, on April 19, 2018, at the Dallas Omni Hotel. The dinner, co-chaired by Effie Booker-Dennison and Janice Sharry, will include a presentation of Maura Awards to four outstanding women leaders, and Young Leader Awards, presented by Capital One, to two exceptional women under the age of 40.

The event’s keynote speaker is Nina Tassler (pictured above), former president and chairwoman of CBS Entertainment and the highest profile Latina in network television. She is also the author of What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women.

The 2018 Maura Women Helping Women Award recipients are:

  • Arcilia C. Acosta
  • Jocelyn D. Kidd, DDS
  • Cynthia Mickens Ross
  • Gail Turner

The 2018 Young Leader Award recipients are:

  • Vanessa Bouché, Ph.D.
  • Brook López
  • Jocelyn Kidd
  • Arcilia C. Acosta
  • Cynthia Mickens Ross
  • Gail Turner

Tickets for the dinner start at $350 and can be purchased at


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 $37.6 million since inception and over $4.5 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 the organization’s website. publishes every week.
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