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April 2021
WPF Happenings

Monthly Program Meeting
April 14, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Nura Ali
Bold Branding Group

The Importance of Inclusive Design
Virtual Via Zoom

WPF Board of Directors Meeting
April 28, 2021
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

News & Networking
May 1, 2021 Local Elections
Facilitated by Dana Burghdoff

April 22, 2021
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


President's Pen


A year ago this month, the Board of WPF made the decision to suspend our in-person luncheons and News and Networking and start the COVID digital journey. What a year of adjustments it has been for everyone. We honed our technology skills with Zoom meetings as a way of keeping us together. We persevered and thrived.
This year, our strategic planning (virtual) retreat identified the need for focusing on systemic and intersectional issues affecting women and families at the county level from the lens of economic equity, inclusion and vitality. To advance this proposal, we are creating an Advocacy Committee that will be tasked with creating opportunities for our organization and members to become better informed on issues important to women and the community and in advocating for positive change.
In service of expanding our membership and fostering relationships with other women leaders, we are redesigning our membership brochure. As Cathy Neece Brown so fondly reminds us, we should “each one reach one”. An updated brochure will provide us with a tool to do that. I hope you will invite women in your networks to attend a Zoom program to get to know us better.
I am also excited to announce that Kendal Lake and Karen Myers have agreed to co-chair our Annual Symposium. We are exploring opportunities to partner with Amphibian Stage and other arts organizations to address disparities affecting women in the arts.
Anyone who is interested in participating on any of these committees, please let Pam or me know.
As we embrace Spring and the renewal of nature, I encourage everyone to check in with members and support each other as we emerge from this pandemic and take the lead in shaping a new normal.


Cathy Holt, Chair

Monthly Program Meeting
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Importance of Inclusive Design:
How to Create Diversity and Inclusive Experiences, Spaces and Content

Nura Ali
Founder of Bold Branding Group and
Managing Partner, Aligard International

Nura Ali is the founder of Bold Branding Group and a Managing Partner at Aligard International. She is a leadership-oriented professional with expertise in strategies, partnerships and marketing. She is the key architect of Bold Branding Group's vision of strategic storytelling, which focuses on growing brands through a connected ecosystem of products, services, and communications. Her vision is to seamlessly combine live and digital platforms that consumers use on an ongoing basis with the styled storytelling of campaigns to help brands achieve differentiation and consumer loyalty. 

There is no cost to attend but you must REGISTER HERE to receive the Zoom link. Guests are welcome but each person should register separately so that they receive the 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. A discussion of the May 1, 2021 local elections will be facilitated by Dana Burghdoff.

Thursday, April 22, 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.

Stacy Burrell is the Director of Grants Compliance and Monitoring Department for Fort Worth Independent School District. She is responsible for the districtwide compliance process for state and federal grants that includes the development of evaluation proposals, instrument designs, method of data collection, data analyses and interpretation. Formerly she was the Coordinator of Academic Advisement, where she expanded the District's college and career readiness programs in secondary schools by overseeing the implementation of a grant funded program from United Way of Tarrant County to ensure the successful transition of middle school students to high school and into post-secondary opportunities. As a member of Women's Policy Forum, her goal is to network with like-minded women to address critical issues facing Tarrant County.

Welcome, Stacy!
Members in the News

Congratulations to our very own Cathy Neece Brown for having recently been featured in 76107 Magazine! You won't want to miss this fun article.
Thanks to WPF member, Michelle Crim, for this informative article!

Non-Profit Accounting Best Practices
Other News & Announcements

“When have you been silenced?”

Amphibian Stage asked this question of Black men living and working in Fort Worth and received deeply personal responses. THIS IS MY STORY presents three stories from an educator, an event planner and a Veteran Peer Service Coordinator, each of whom has learned to be silent as a means of self-preservation—but at what cost? With poetry from Calvin Walker and George Njomo, and a music performance from Phib favorite, Tha Band, THIS IS MY STORY is a video project conceived by Dev'n Goodman. It will challenge us to look deeper, shed assumptions and envision what is possible when we approach one another with understanding and compassion.

During the month of April Amphibian Stage will screen THIS IS MY STORY at their theatre on S. Main St. (very limited capacity and masks worn at all times) and also make it available to screen at home. The event is free but will require reservations. For more information, visit

The Institute of Management Consultants / DFW invites you to the Consultant’s Round Table on Friday, April 9, 7:45 – 9:00 A.M. Join the Zoom conversation led by Jennifer Carter on diversity and inclusion best practices. Jennifer is president and co-owner of EWF International, a company focused on increasing the number of women in business leadership. She’s a partner at Diversity Crew, a consortium of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professionals. Contact Patricia Gaffney to register without the fee,  

Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration | April 29, 2021 | 10:00  – 11:30 AM

Texas Women’s Foundation elevates and celebrates the impact of women leaders by presenting the Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards to exemplary trailblazers across Texas. The Leadership Forum Virtual Event will feature a conversation with keynote speaker, Adriana Gascoigne, and include forums with each award recipient to learn more about their remarkable contributions in advancing women and girls across Texas.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the event!

CLICK HERE to learn how you can secure your spot to join us in this celebration!

A big thank you to our February speaker, Dr. Anita Krueger, for sending along information on American Heart Association Go Red for Women
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