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October 2021
WPF Happenings

Monthly Program Meeting
October 13, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Colonial Country Club
3735 Country Club Circle

WPF Board of Directors Meeting
October 18, 2021
5:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

News & Networking
October 28, 2021
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

President's Pen


Historically, October has been a month of preparation for the winter (in the Northern Hemisphere, of course). Early communities gathered resources to prepare for the cold and darker winter months when food production was limited. Nowadays, October finds us distancing from the relaxed attitudes of summer and looking ahead to the celebrations of Thanksgiving and December holidays. But October holds its own wonderment, whether it is the color explosion of the leaves or squirrels scampering to prepare for the cold months. I enjoy the crisp outdoors and also snuggling during the longer nights with my spiced teas and lattes. October is a month of change, and for me, introspection. I hope each of us finds time for such self-care as we prepare for the end of the year activities.
As we enter the last quarter of 2021, Women’s Policy Forum is packed with member activities.
On October 13, we will be returning to an in-person luncheon meeting at Colonial Country Club. I realize there are some members that are still unsure of in-person meetings, but a poll of our membership showed that many are eager to reunite with WPF friends.
During this month our Nominating Committee will be working on a slate of officers and identifying five (5) WPF members to participate on our board. The Nominating Committee members are: Pat Alridge, Eva Bonilla, Dana Burghdoff, Pam Cannell and Rebecca Montgomery. Please contact them if you have any suggestions for Board members or would like to self-identify your interest in joining the Board.
In November, we will not be having a lunch meeting because we will be concentrating on our Annual Symposium, which this year will be focused on Women in the Arts: The Transformative Role of Art in Culture and the Economy. We hope to see you on November 12, from 9:00 a.m. until noon (check-in, breakfast and networking begin at 8:15 a.m.) at Casa Mañana for this exciting event. Please refer to the article in the Symposium for sponsor information and more details.
For December, we are beginning to plan our annual Holiday party to close out this year. If anyone is interested in working on these plans, please contact Karmen Rubin. We have much to celebrate. We have remained a cohesive group and increased our membership despite the continued challenges of COVID. We have increased our commitment to advocacy as our Advocacy Committee created new opportunities for members to support issues they are passionate about. Our WPF External Engagement Team is mapping the member connections to community groups as we look to increase potential collaborations with and support of others. If you visit our website, you will see a new link for our brochure that has been updated. Please take a look and send us your thoughts.
October is also a month of many global celebrations and observances. Hispanic Heritage Month goes through October 15. It is the month of Blind, Breast Cancer, Dyslexia and Down Syndrome Awareness. It is also LGBT History Month and National Bullying Prevention Month. I urge you to find your passion and become an ally to your cause. As women leaders, we are uniquely positioned to impact change. I hope you enjoy the Fall transition.


Cathy Holt, Chair

Monthly Program Meeting
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Colonial Country Club
3735 Country Club Circle


Join the WPF membership at 11:45 a.m. for our last monthly membership meeting before the annual Emerging Issues Symposium on November 12, 2021. COVID protocols in place with separate 'grab and go' badge station for prepaid registrations, fewer seats per table and distanced tables. Masks are strongly encouraged.

Register here.


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, October 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.


Amber Weitzer is Broker/Owner of Couture Real Estate Firm in Southlake, Texas. She is also owner, host and facilitator for Silhouettes of Success, the Amber Weitzer Podcast. Her community involvement includes Women Steering Business, Artisan Center Theater, and Couture Curators. She has also volunteered her time and talent with The Ladder Alliance, The Princess Alexa Foundation and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. Amber is the recipient of REALTOR® Magazine's Volunteering Works Award and has earned the prestigious GRI, SRES®, CREB, MRP and TRLP designations/certifications. Her goal with WPF is gaining a deeper understanding of issues that directly impact women and creating opportunities to participate in making a change.

Welcome, Amber!
2021 Emerging Issues Symposium

We invite you to join us for the Women's Policy Forum
8th Annual Emerging Issues Symposium

"Women in the  Arts: The Transformative Role of Art in Culture and the Economy" 

presented in collaboration with Amphibian Stage.
Thank you to our title sponsor North Texas Community Foundation!

Our program will demonstrate how powerful women use their creativity to improve their communities, providing data-driven evidence of the economic and social value of the arts, and highlighting strategies used by women in the arts to overcome challenges imposed by gender or ethnicity. The Symposium will conclude with a call to action for those who want to increase public and private sector investment in the arts.

The Symposium will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021, from 9 am to noon at Casa Manana, 3101 West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Check-in, networking and breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m.  Your ticket includes an invitation to the reception that evening at Amphibian Stage.

Sponsorships and individual tickets ($55) available here:

Our Symposium Committee appreciates your support! Thank you!

Printable Flyer
Sponsorship Letter
Sponsorship Insert

Members in the News

A big shout-out to our members, Rose Bradshaw, Margaret Kramer and Amanda Lewis, as North Texas Community Foundation introduces its new look. More information here.
Thanks to WPF member, Michelle Crim, for another excellent article!

My Favorite Nonprofit Resources
Spread the Word: WPF is Hiring!
The Women’s Policy Forum of Tarrant County is looking for a part-time Marketing and Communications Coordinator. This contract position handles our media relations, social media, and website among other duties. Hope Caldwell has served us so well for the past few years and let us know she is ready to spend more time with family and friends. Please spread the word and share this link with your friends and colleagues!

Other News & Announcements

Thanks to WPF member, Louise Appleman, for submitting this important and timely information.

Third-dose COVID-19 boosters now available for eligible people

Join Girls Inc. of Tarrant County for their 9th Annual Day of the Girl Celebration on October 29, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at the Tarrant County Courthouse. This is a day when groups come together under the shared goal of advancing rights and opportunities for girls everywhere and bringing awareness to Girls Inc. of Tarrant County’s mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

The event will begin with a rally on the west lawn of the Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 E. Weatherford Street. Participants will then march down the streets of downtown Fort Worth led by area marching bands.

Click here to register and advocate for girls in Tarrant County.

Join our Facebook Page
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.

Send website edits to Hope Caldwell at
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