List of Speakers

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Betty Alford, PhD ’54, ’56, ’65

Professor Emerita, Texas Woman’s University

Education

  • PhD, Nutrition, Texas Woman’s University, 1965
  • MA, Nutrition, Texas Woman’s University, 1956
  • BS, Home Economics Educations, Texas Woman’s University, 1954

Area of Expertise

  • Nutrition

Speaking Topics

  • Bone density studies for NASA, bed rest
  • Nutrition and aging
  • Selecting a healthy diet

Henry Biddle ’80

Service Manager, Parkland Health and Hospital System

Education

  • BS, Nursing, Texas Woman’s University, 1980

Areas of Expertise

  • Emergency Services
  • Surgical ICU
  • Federal law enforcement

Speaking Topics

  • Emergency Services/Nursing
  • Federal law enforcement

Crystal V. Brown ’14

Director of Supply Chain Operations, Baylor Scott & White: The Heart Hospital of Plano

Education

  • MBA, Business Administration, Management and Operations, Texas Woman’s University, 2014
  • BBA, Business Management, Northwood University, 2010

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership
  • Personal Development

Speaking Topics

  • Winning with Authenticity
  • Social Intelligence
  • The Importance of Women in Leadership

Gail Cope ’13

Retired Teacher & Founding Director of the Regional and State German Contests, Dallas I.S.D.

Education

  • MFA, Art, Texas Woman’s University, 2013
  • MA, Art History, Texas Woman’s University, 2013
  • MA, German, University of Texas at Arlington, 1976
  • BA, French and German, Vanderbilt University, 1968

Areas of Expertise

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Travel
  • German History and Culture

Speaking Topics

  • Natalia Goncharova:  Russian avant-garde artist, painter, costume designer, writer, illustrator, and set designer
  • Living an Artful Life
  • Secret Impressionists: Unknown Impressionist Paintings Exhibition

Roxanne Gonzales-Vogel ’17

Nutrition and Performance Research Manager, GU Energy Labs

Education

  • MS, Exercise and Sports Nutrition, Texas Woman’s University, 2017
  • BS, Human Performance and Sport, Metropolitan State University of Denver, 2014
  • BA, Communication and Media Studies, North Carolina State University, 2007

Areas of Expertise

  • Exercise physiology
  • Environmental physiology
  • Sports nutrition

Speaking Topics

  • Research into Practice: Using Science and Technology to Summit Mount Everest in Record Breaking Time
  • Taking the Road Less Traveled: How following your passion can lead to unimagined career opportunities.
  • Extreme Nutrition: Developing nutrition solutions for austere environments.

Margaret Grawehr Smolen ’09

Communications Director, Collin County Criminal District Attorney

Education

  • MA, Graphic Design, Texas Woman’s University, 2009
  • BA, Psychology, Rutgers University
  • AA, Liberal Arts

Areas of Expertise

  • Communications
  • Marketing

Speaking Topics

  • Brand and Image
  • Corporate Communications
  • Rebranding

Paula Ann Hughes-Gordon ’67

Retired

Education

  • PhD, Management with an emphasis in Personnel and Industrial Relations, University of North Texas
  • MBA, Management, University of North Texas
  • BS, Clothing and Costume Design, Texas Woman’s University, 1967

Areas of Expertise

  • Business
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Labor relations

Speaking Topics

  • L adding in the new normal
  • Team Talk
  • True EZ Traveler - Tips for being a safe and successful traveler, especially women and solo travelers

Sarah Hutcheson ’16

Chemist, NXP Semiconductor

Education

  • MBA, Engineering Technology, Texas State University, 2022 (Expected)
  • MS, Chemistry, Texas State University, 2019
  • BS, Biochemistry, Texas Woman’s University, 2016

Areas of Expertise

  • Inorganic and analytical chemistry
  • Science communication
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymer application

Speaking Topics

  • Career Path Planning: self-reflection and reorienting goals
  • Science Communication: how and why to be able to research, present and understand scientific literature
  • Polymers and Nanocomposites: properties and applications of materials that shape our world

Tahauya Jackson ’16

Mindset Coach and Goal Strategist for Moms, Tahauya Talks Consulting

Education

  • MBA, Executive Business Administration, Texas Woman’s University, 2016
  • BBA, Finance, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2012

Areas of Expertise

  • Mindset and  Emotional Intelligence
  • Inner Healing
  • Balancing Motherhood and Business
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Time Management
  • Effective Goal-Setting

Speaking Topics

  • Saving Superwoman: Teaching women how to replace their cape with courage. As women, we wear many hats and never take the time to take care of ourselves. It's impossible to pour from an empty cup or dream big if your mind is cluttered. This session shows women how to find the courage and clarity to create a life they love and also taking the time to put themselves back at the top of their to-do list.
  • Babies + Business: Providing time management solutions and goal setting tips for moms to prioritize their lives to be the best mom for their kids without having to put their dreams on hold.
  • Who Are You? Discovering your true identity to answer life's toughest question: Self-awareness and self-knowledge are key elements to fulfilling one's purpose and experiencing true freedom and growth. Knowing who we are helps us to identify our abilities, manifest success, attract quality connections and discover paths that will make us happier. The goal of this workshop is to cultivate one's inner strength by incorporating mindfulness through interactive activities and higher learning. We will focus on bridging the personal development gap by drawing a line between who we are and we do as world class leaders.

Merrilee Kick ’09

Founder & CEO, BuzzBallz/Southern Champion LLC

Education

  • MBA, Marketing, Texas Woman’s University, 2009
  • BA, Finance, Economics and Computer Science, The University of Montana, 1985

Areas of Expertise

  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Manufacturing

Speaking Topics

  • Marketing: What's in a Name
  • Entrepreneurship: The Difference between Business Ownership and Entrepreneurship
  • General Marketing/Entrepreneurship Q&A

Michelle Lopez ’93

President and Founder, Next Gen Latinos, LLC

Education

  • PhD, Higher Education Administration, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, 2012
  • MEd, Counseling and Guidance—Student Affairs emphasis, 1996
  • BS, Government, Texas Woman’s University, 1993

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership Development
  • Executive Presence
  • Personal Branding
  • Strengths - All aspects of life
  • Higher Education Faculty & Administration
  • Former Elected Official
  • Non-profit Board member
  • Team Building and Executive Coaching
  • Dissertation Coaching
  • Life Coaching

Speaking Topics

  • SOS: Strategies of Strengths
  • Executive Presence
  • Authentic Action

Michael Mayo ’88

President, President Baptist Medical Center-Jacksonville

Education

  • DHA(c), Health/Health Care Administration/Management, 2021 (Expected)
  • MS, Healthcare Administration, Texas Woman’s University, 1988
  • BS, University of Alabama

Areas of Expertise

  • Healthcare Administration
  • Leadership

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership in Healthcare: Seeking High Performers
  • The Impact of my graduate education at TWU in my professional healthcare career
  • Bridging Classroom Knowledge to Leadership Success

Patti McCoy ’81

Vice President Marketing, DSP Marketing & Branding

Education

  • DBA, Marketing
  • MA, Management, Webster University
  • BS, Speech Language Pathology, Texas Woman’s University, 1981

Area of Expertise

  • Healthcare Management

Speaking Topics

  • Know Your Brand
  • Marketing is Not Sales
  • Why Market Research?

Sarah McVean Brown ’10, ’20

Chief Marketing Officer, Freedom Powersports

Education

  • MBA, Texas Woman’s University, 2020
  • BGS, Texas Woman’s University, 2010

Areas of Expertise

  • Marketing
  • Business development and mass communications
  • Advertising
  • Social media
  • Branding
  • Strategic growth
  • Entrepreneurship

Speaking Topics

  • Online Marketing; SEO, SEM and Social Media Management
  • Leadership; Female leadership in a male dominated industry, leadership verses management and self confidence

Linda Merritt ’18

Assistant Professor, Texas Woman’s University

Education

  • PhD, Nursing Science, Texas Woman’s University, 2018
  • MSN, Nursing Administration and Management, Baylor University, 2001
  • BSN, Nursing, The College of New Jersey, 1988

Area of Expertise

  • Nursing

Speaking Topics

  • Neonatal Nursing
  • NICU fathers
  • Nursing

Lumbie Mlambo ’01

President and CEO, Jb Dondolo Inc

Education

  • BS, Computer Science, Texas Woman’s University, 2001

Areas of Expertise

  • IT Project Management
  • Water-Sanitation-Hygiene

Speaking Topics

  • Sustainability
  • Heart of a Philanthropist
  • Rethink Your Strategy

Esosa Osagiede ’17

Health Promotion Specialist and Registered Dietitian, HealthSmart-Care Management­

Education

  • MPH, Emphasis in Underserved Populations, Oklahoma State University, 2019
  • BS, Nutrition and Dietetics, Texas Woman’s University, 2017

Areas of Expertise

  • Human nutrition
  • Food and culture- transition from African to African American foodways
  • Health disparities among African Americans
  • Discrimination and racism within healthcare

Speaking Topics

  • Privilege in Nutrition and Wellness
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare

Rupal Patel ’90, ’91

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University

Education

  • PhD, Health Promotion and Wellness, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, 2016
  • MS, Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University 1991
  • BS, Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, 1990

Areas of Expertise

  • Health promotion
  • Wellness
  • Prevention
  • Community health
  • Leadership development
  • Diversity
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Service learning
  • Advocacy
  • Balance/falls prevention
  • Dizziness
  • Concussion

Speaking Topics

  • DEI, Social Justice in health care
  • Community health promotion, prevention for disparate populations
  • Advocacy, leadership development

David Popple, PhD, ’01, ’04

Founder & President, Psynet Group

Education

  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman’s University, 2004
  • MA, Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman’s University, 2001
  • BA, Political Science, Texas Lutheran University, 1985

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Organizational Development

Speaking Topics

  • Trends in Organizational Development
  • Toxicity in the workplace
  • Psychometrics in 2020

Quitney Pryor ’14

Outbound Operations Manager, Target

Education

  • BS, Early Childhood Education, 2014

Area of Expertise

  • Supply Chain Management

Speaking Topics

  • Women in Supply Chain Management
  • Behavior Based Interviews: how to secure the job
  • Professional Development: Continuous improvement

Rishi Raj ’14, ’16

First-Year Seminar Professor (Economics), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Education

  • EdD, Educational Leadership (Higher Education), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2020
  • MBA, Executive Business Administration, Texas Woman’s University, 2016
  • BBA, Accounting, Texas Woman’s University, 2014

Areas of Expertise

  • Higher Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Administration & Management
  • Pedagogy
  • International Education
  • Globalization
  • Eastern Philosophy
  • Spirituality

Speaking Topics

  • What and How of College Teaching: The Economics of the Rate of Return
  • You are teaching but are they learning: Analysis of Critical Pedagogy
  • The De-Globalization of America: The Past, Present and Future of International Education

Lesley Regalado ’10

Founder and Principal Consultant, Career Resource Services

Education

  • MA, Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s University, 2010
  • BS, Education, Baylor University

Areas of Expertise

  • Talent Acquisition
  • College & Career Coaching

Speaking Topics

  • College to Career Journey
  • Best Practices in Interviewing and Networking for Job Seekers
  • The Importance of Community Service to Your Professional Life

Luis Rendon ’10

Senior Designer, New York Post

Education

  • MA, Journalism, Syracuse University, 2011
  • BA, English, Texas Woman’s University, 2010

Areas of Expertise

  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Leadership

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership/Networking
  • Media/Communication
  • On Becoming a Pioneer Man

Shakar Soltani ’17

Flight Attendant, Spirit Airlines

Education

  • BBA, Marketing, Texas Woman’s University, 2017

Areas of Expertise

  • Aviation
  • Women Empowerment & Diversity

Speaking Topics

  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Why Representation Matters

Chris Weber ’07

Teacher- Special Education 7th/8th- ELAR, Math, Science, History, and, Behavior Specialist, Springtown ISD

Education

  • BS, Family Studies, Texas Woman’s University, 2007

Areas of Expertise

  • Special Education - 7th/8th all subjects and behavior specialist in self-contained, Basic/Modified Instruction, Co-Teach, and Inclusion settings for 8 out of 14 years in education
  • Other years worked as School Liaison out of counseling office with At-Risk population and parent involvement.
  • Instructional Technology implementation, especially during this radical implementation period of shutdown with an emphasis on how to make sure we meet our diversification of instruction for our students with disabilities.

Speaking Topics

  • Changing Landscape of Adolescence
  • Special Education and the human that is the educator
  • Instructional Technology

Raven Williams ’17

UNT Dallas College of Law Student

Education

  • BS, Government and Legal Studies, Texas Woman’s University, 2017

Area of Expertise

  • Legal

Speaking Topics

  • How to be successful in law school
  • Tips and tricks to prepare for law school admissions

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