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January 2021
WPF Happenings

Monthly Program Meeting
January 13, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 Tracy Williams, Ph.D.
Change Your LENS

Virtual Via Zoom

Board of Directors Meeting
January 11, 2021
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

News & Networking
January 28, 2021
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Program TBA

President's Pen


Happy New Year to all! As we look at 2020 in our rearview mirrors, I want to thank everyone for their continued support of Women’s Policy Forum through the challenges we have surmounted, both personally and as an organization. Many of us have been faced with circumstance that have tested our perseverance and resilience. I hope 2021 brings us all a greater sense of peace and prosperity.

Our outgoing and incoming Board members participated in a strategic planning retreat in early December to brainstorm how to move forward given the events of 2020 and maintain the relevancy  of WPF while honoring its vision as a women’s organization that “investigates and supports policies and initiatives that will effect positive change for Tarrant County women and our community.”

All contributed great ideas and energy to our discussions around equity issues that are affecting women and families in our communities. We also committed to expanding opportunities for members to interact and nurture our WPF community given the likelihood that we will still be conducting our encounters digitally for some portion of 2021.

Both Boards supported the idea of creating a position on Advocacy and Education for 2021. If you are interested in enhancing the presence of WPF for our members and our communities by joining such a team, please let me know. Also, if you are interested in chairing the October Symposium, please contact me.

I look forward to working with our dedicated and enthusiastic Board and all members this year. I am open to any suggestions you might have as we navigate the new normal of a Covid world – so feel free to contact me any time.

My warmest wishes for 2021. Happy New Year!

Cathy Holt, Chair

2021 Board of Directors
Monthly Program Meeting

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Change Your LENS:
A model for understanding cultural differences

 "Despite good intentions, it is easy to judge others based on our cultural viewpoint. We need to intentionally disrupt this process in order to recognize the nature of our own cultural influences and to understand and validate another’s cultural influences."

Tracy Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Center for International Studies TCU Abroad

There is no cost to attend but you please register here to receive the Zoom link. Guests are welcome but must register in order to receive the Zoom link.
News & Networking


News & Networking is an opportunity for members to gather together to discuss news, trends & timely topics after hours in a relaxed, non-formal setting. If you have difficulty making the monthly membership meetings, News & Networking may be for you.

Thursday, January 28, 2021
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Feel free to pour yourself a glass of wine and log in to this virtual meeting!
There is no cost but please RSVP here to receive the log-in link.

Members in the News

Debbie Cooley: Making inroads in a male industry

WPF Member Debbie Cooley was recently featured in Fort Worth Business.
Here's a link to the full article. 



Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney and WPF member, Sharen Wilson, was recently in the news for expanding a sobriety program to dismiss low-level drug charges. Wilson says, "Get sober. Get your case dismissed. Get on with a sober life."

Here's Sharen explaining the program. 

In a recent Fort Worth Business Press interview, WPF member Rose Bradshaw, president/CEO of North Texas Community Foundation, and national philanthropy expert, Phil Buchanan, discuss how charitable donations can best address urgent community needs.

A link to the article can be found here.

A big congratulations to Cathy Neece Brown, WPF member and VP of Mission Support at James L. West Alzheimer Center, on receiving the LeadingAge Texas Public Trust Award. 

The Public Trust Award recognizes an individual or organization that has advanced public trust and confidence in aging services through public service, collaboration, media or other efforts to educate consumers and help them make informed choices.

• Nominee has furthered public understanding of the continuum of aging services and support for positive change.

• Nominee conveys information to consumers and/or policymakers about quality of care and quality of life in aging services.

• Nomination includes breadth and scope of public impact and community benefit.

Leadership Fort Worth has selected WPF member Jennifer Trevino as the organization's next executive director. Congrations, Jennifer! We are so proud! A link to the article can be found here.

Is Your Fundraising Compliant?

Thanks to WPF member, Michelle Crim of Dynamic Development Strategies, for this timely article!
Other News & Announcements

A big round of applause to WPF member, Louise Appleman, for sending this very timely article.

What you need to know and do before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.


View upcoming education programs and support groups here.
JANUARY 28, 2021 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM
We are excited to present to you the next in our event series of Virtual Viewpoints that focuses on the four essentials to a woman and her family's economic security: child care, housing, health insurance and education. 
Housing is a major building block in the economic security of families. During these unprecedented times with many families at risk for eviction, stable and affordable housing and housing protections are much-needed. 
Join us as we talk with experts in the housing industry about the challenges women – especially women of color – are facing, and how their programs and services are providing critical support for families, and how you can help ensure these families have stable housing.

Dena L. Jackson, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Texas Women's Foundation


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 The Women's Policy Forum is an organization of influential women
who investigate and support policies
and initiatives that will effect
positive change for Tarrant County women and our community.

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