Dallas Leadership Luncheon

Texas Woman’s University’s Dallas Leadership Luncheon and presentation of the 2022 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. This year’s recipient is CARCON Industries and Construction CEO, Arcilia Acosta. The Dallas Leadership Luncheon, founded by Virginia Chandler Dykes, is Texas Woman’s signature event in the Dallas area honoring one of Dallas’ most accomplished citizens, heightening the visibility of the university, and raising funds for graduate student scholarships. Scholarship funding is key to helping TWU attract the best and brightest graduate students from across the nation.

Arcilia Acosta is a celebrated 30-year business veteran, entrepreneur, nationally recognized speaker, philanthropist and mother. She is the president and CEO of CARCON Industries and Construction and the founder and CEO of Southwestern Testing Laboratories Engineers.

Acosta holds board-level positions with some of Texas’ most successful corporations. She serves on the board of directors of Vistra Corp., Magnolia Oil & Gas and Veritex Holdings, Inc. She is chair of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership Advisory Council at Texas Woman’s University, a member of the National Women Energy Directors Network and the International Women’s Forum. In 2018, Acosta joined the board of ONE Gas Inc. In 2019, she joined the board of the Communities Foundation of Texas. For more than a decade, she has served as a board member of the Dallas Citizens Council and, in 2023, will become the second woman to serve as chair in its history. 

At the beginning of the pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Acosta to the Strike Force to Open Texas. Previously, Acosta was appointed for a term on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from 2016-19.

She graduated from Texas Tech University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and serves on the TTU System Board of Regents as vice chairwoman of the audit committee. She also earned a Bank Board Director Certification from the SMU Southwest School of Banking and is a graduate of the Harvard University Business School Corporate Governance Program.

To sponsor the event, view sponsorship opportunities, call 940-898-3870 or email foundation@twu.edu.

Dallas Leadership Luncheon

Virginia Chandler Dykes


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

VIP Reception
11 a.m. - noon

Luncheon & Program
Noon - 1:30 p.m.

The Arts District Mansion
2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201

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