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November 2021
WPF Happenings

Annual Emerging Issues Symposium
November 12, 2021
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Check-in at 8:15 a.m.
Casa Mañana
3101 W Lancaster Ave

WPF Board of Directors Meeting
November 9, 2021
5:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

News & Networking
No meeting in November or December

President's Pen


November is a month packed full of celebrations and events. Most notably for many Americans, it is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving. Traditionally, more people travel for the Thanksgiving holiday to be with loved ones than for the December holidays and New Year. It is a time for many families to reflect on and celebrate their good fortune and blessings.
In 1990, the month of November was also designated as Native American Heritage Month to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans and celebrate the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures, traditions and histories. It is also a month to raise awareness of  the unique challenges of Native Americans. Historically, North America’s First Peoples practiced matrilineal descent and inheritance, where clan membership and material possessions passed through the mother.  Prior to the arrival of European settlers, women played major roles in tribal leadership and decision-making. They sat on tribal councils and held positions of political, social and economic power. Today, Indigenous women and girls are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than other ethnicities. Given the complications of legal and law enforcement jurisdictions, many of these cases of missing and murdered women and girls are never solved.
November is also the month of Veteran’s Day. It occurs on November 11 every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I, also known as Armistice Day.” On Veteran’s Day we honor all people who have served in the military.
Coincidentally, November is also the month that President Lincoln gave his Gettysburg address back in 1863. His presence at Gettysburg was to dedicate a cemetery on the grounds of the battlefield. Instead his speech dedicated “the unfinished work” of the soldiers who were fighting to preserve our Union and its ideals of liberty and equality – a Democracy that “shall not perish from the earth." with a “government of the people, by the people, for the people”. May we remember these memorable words in support of our democracy as we advocate for equality and our passions, and have our convictions translate into exercising our right to vote in November.
So, as we reflect on our lived experiences and those of others, I hope we can all remember that people view life through different lens. Even as the pandemic recedes, food banks are bracing for higher demands this holiday season. Celebrate your blessings, but also imagine the challenges of others. Look for opportunities to support others in their journeys, and be the positive force in your universe. 
“What if we approach each other with the humility to recognize that our most confident convictions will always be qualified by the limits of our own knowledge and understanding?" Kol Nidrei, Jewish recitation.


Cathy Holt, Chair

2021 Emerging Issues Symposium


It's Time to Register for November 12!


The Women's Policy Forum 8th Annual Emerging Issues Symposium presented in collaboration with Amphibian Stage brings a timely and vital conversation on the role of women in the arts, and importance of arts in community building and the economy. Fort Worth is experiencing exponential growth and prosperity. Art is part of the key foundation of a healthy, productive, and inclusive city where creativity is valued.

The keynote speaker is Philippa Hughes, a noted social sculptor and cultural strategist leading creative place-making projects across the US and overseas. Following the keynote, Heidi Marquez Smith with the Texas Cultural Trust, will present information and findings from the 2021 State of the Arts Economic Impact Study. A panel of women arts leaders, including Fort Worth Opera's Afton BattleJane Avila, founder of The Art Station, and Dr. Monica White Ndounou Executive Director of The CRAFT Institute, moderated by Jessica Fuentes, arts educator, community advocate, and artist, will share their challenges and successes, both personal and in their role as community builders. In conclusion, the final panel, moderated by Sharon Benge, founder of Fort Worth’s Shakespeare in the Park and former host of WRR’s Art Matters, will discuss arts advocacy and growing dedicated arts support, highlighting Eureka Gilkey of Houston’s Project Row Houses and Fort Worth Near Southside’s Megan Henderson.

Please join us for an evening reception at Amphibian Stage at 6:30 pm (included in ticket price). Limited seating is available for the world premiere performance of Egress immediately after and tickets for the performance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional reception tickets for guests are available at $15 each. 

Masks are recommended for the Symposium. Masks will be required at the Amphibian Stage performance.

Paige Pierce is an experienced CEO and board member who brings over 25 years of investment experience to her role as President & CEO of Bley Investment Group, Inc. In addition to her work with Bley Investment Group, a Certified Women's Business Enterprise, Paige helps small firms and minority businesses overcome obstacles to efficiency and growth. Paige serves on a number of boards, and is a passionate and effective advocate for Main Street businesses and their customers. She is a longtime member and leader within the Young Presidents Organization, holds multiple industry certifications, and is a graduate of the London Business School Leadership Program.

Welcome, Paige!
Peggy Hendon, President of League of Women Voters Tarrant County, learned about Women's Policy Forum through her association with AAUW. Her interests include preserving voting rights, educating citizens to be able to make informed decisions, and promoting equity for women. Prior to her retirement, she worked for the Alaska Court System Juneau Trial Courts as a court administrator and deputy magistrate. She was elected by the clerks of courts statewide to serve on the Criminal Rules committee for the state court system. By joining WPF, Peggy hopes to network with other women in Tarrant County.

Welcome, Peggy!
Members in the News
We are grateful to WPF member, Michelle Crim, for sponsoring the October WPF Monthly Luncheon! Michelle regularly contributes articles of benefit to nonprofits and her latest is linked below.

Thanks, Michelle!

How to Work With a Contract Grant Writer

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 with your friends and colleagues!

Interested applicants should send their resume to

Other News & Announcements
TCU is offering a limited number of free tickets to the 2021 Maggie Dixon Classic, a double header featuring Duke vs. Alabama and TCU vs. North Carolina. Please contact Susan Wilcox at and let her know your name and how many tickets you would like.
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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