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October 2020
WPF Happenings
2020 Emerging Issues Symposium
October 23, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
The Changing F.A.C.E. of Healthcare
A Virtual Event

Board of Directors Meeting
November 18, 2020
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Meeting via Zoom
No board meeting in October

News & Networking
October 7, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 p.m,
Effects of COVID-19 on Women's Careers
Guest Speaker Michelle Bogan
Meeting via Zoom


President's Pen


Covid is not going to keep us down!  We are resilient and we are moving forward with bringing you the Women's Policy Forum 7th Annual Emerging Issues Symposium, a Virtual Event. Not only that, Cathy Neece Brown is hard at working with her committee to nominate the 2021 slate of officers, and Cortney Gumbleton and her team have been working all year recruiting new members and we are at an all-time high of 150 members.

Dana Burghdoff has put together an outstanding program for our News and Networking event on October 7th with our guest speaker Michelle Bogan, Founder & CEO, Equity for Women.  This promises to be a lively discussion.

I look forward to “seeing you” on October 23rd at our symposium. Karmen Rubin and her committee have put together an outstanding program on the changing face of healthcare that you will not want to miss! It's not too late to sponsor or register for the event at

As we go into unprecedented times for our community and for the world, which have changed forever with the pandemic, I would like to ask each and everyone of our members to continue to stay connected with each other.  Have faith that together we will get through this and look forward to a day when we will all be together again as we increase visibility for women in Tarrant County, foster relationships with others in our community and continue to build each other up on this journey that we call life.

Have a wonderful month and I look forward to seeing all of you soon!

Annual Emerging Issues Symposium

This year's symposium theme is The Changing FACE of Healthcare and will present information that generates conversation in areas of:

Facts and Disparities

Access to Healthcare

Consumers and Providers

Education and Literacy

Friday, October 23, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

A Virtual Event


Linda Garcia, PhD, Chair, Women’s Policy Forum

Opening Remarks
Karmen Rubin, Symposium Chair

Facts & Disparities
Kayla Fair, PhD, UNT Health Science Center

Access to Healthcare
LaTasha Jarrett, MD, North Texas Area Community Health Centers
Beverly Powell, MBA, Texas State Senator

Consumers & Providers
Misty Graham, RN, MSN, JPS Health Network
Susan R. Bailey, MD, President, American Medical Association

Education and Literacy
Carol Brown, RN, CEO, Como Lions Heart
Diane Cervantes, PhD, UNT Health Science Center

Closing Remarks
Karmen Rubin


Please invite your friends and colleagues by sharing this link.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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 our noon time policy program, News & Networking may be for you.

The Effects of COVID-19 on Women's Careers
Guest Speaker Michelle Bogan, Founder & CEO
Equity for Women

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
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.

Welcome, New Members!
Catarina Bonilla is a critical care nurse in the Medical Surgical Intersive Care Unit of Texas Health Fort Worth Hospital. She recently became certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and covers the southwest side of Texas Health Resources. Catarina serves on the Fort Worth community board for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and is an active volunteer in the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas as well as their scholarship program, Latinas in Progress.

Welcome, Catarina!
As Executive Director of The Women's Club of Fort Worth, Ashley Paz facilitated the process of developing the first ever strategic plan through community engagement, education, and empowerment. She has been an outspoken advocate for ethics, transparency, racial equity, and outcomes focused governance as a Trustee on the FWISD Board of Education. In 2013, Ashley was elected to the FWISD Board of Education where she still represents District 9. 

Welcome, Ashley!
As a field representative, Courtney Holt serves as "the eyes and ears" in Senate District 12 on behalf of Senator Jane Nelson. Courtney has been a member of Junior League and Design Inspirations Committee since 2011 and is the current president of Fort Worth Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association. Her goal in WPF is to stay informed on community needs and develop new relationships with agency leaders.

Welcome, Courtney!
Before retiring six years ago, Pam Wright spent 40 years teaching English as the high school, college, and middle school levels and was a department head for five years at middle school. At TCC Southwest Campus, she opened and supervised the campus' first Writing Center. Pam is currently VP of Programs for League of Women Voters Tarrant County and previously served as Secretary to the organization. She is looking forward to gaining awareness of local issues and associating with the the women of WPF.

Welcome, Pam!
Members in the news!

Thank you to WPF member, Michelle Crim, for this excellent article on how to avoid nonprofit fraud.

WPF is in awe of long-standing member, Jeanne Gerlach, on this recent announcement.

Jeanne Marcum Gerlach recently been appointed as Dean Emeritus at The University of Texas Arlington. The appointment is based on the recommendations of my college, the University Faculty and Faculty Senate as well as the enthusiastic support of President Teik C. Lim and Provost Pranesh Aswath.

Appointment to Emeritus status is not automatic in the UT System; it is recognition that the person has served with distinction and honor throughout their career and signifies that their contributions as a teacher, scholar, and member of the academic community have earned the respect and appreciation of their colleagues.
Hats off to WPF member, Leann Guzman, who was promoted to Deputy City Attorney, City of Fort Worth! We are so proud of you!
Other News & Announcements
Faith Castillo, who spoke at WPF's August policy program, has shared their Primary Election Report. Access the report here.

Put November 3 on your calendar and go vote!
If you prefer, vote early, October 13-30.
Locations will be announced in September.
Or go to   for information regarding locations.
Vote absentee/by mail.
Call 817-831-8683 and request absentee ballot or apply by mail
To be eligible to vote by mail, you must be over 65, plan to be out of county on election day or during early voting dates, are disabled or confined in jail.  Ballot will be mailed to you in September.
Making sure every eligible voter can vote is the bedrock of democracy.  The cost of child care can be a barrier to parents voting, though. In fact, this issue was highlighted in many primaries this year as we saw children lying on the floor at caucuses and long lines at polling stations.  Politisit is an organization dedicated to ensuring that parents are able to engage in the public process by paying for child care costs.

Politisit is currently on the hunt for child care provider partners in Tarrant County, TX. If you are able to help, or know someone who is, please contact the founder of Politisit, Rachel Sowray, at

Please join us for the 2020 Virtual BBB Torch Awards presentation on October 8th at 4:00 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. You don’t want to miss it – it’s going to be FUN!!!

Register here:
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Women's Policy Forum has a public Facebook page and a Facebook group for members only.  Only members will see posts on the Facebook group site. This is an opportunity for you to let members know of upcoming events, provide links to articles about important issues, or provide other information valuable to WPF members.  Members must have a Facebook page, which is free, to participate.
Send news or announcements to Pam Anderson by the 20th of the month.  Submissions are subject to the guidelines for posting per the WPF Social Media Policy and must be received by the 20th of the month in order to be considered.

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