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December 2021
WPF Happenings

Monthly Luncheon
December 15, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Colonial Country Club
3735 Country Club Cr.
Fort Worth TX 76109

News & Networking
No meeting in December

President's Pen


Before I say anything else to close out this year, I must congratulate Symposium Co-chairs Kendal Lake Smith and Karen Myers for a phenomenal Symposium on Women in the Arts. Their committee designed and produced a fantastic program, identified inspiring speakers, and attracted a diverse audience to showcase the Transformative Role of Art in Culture and the Economy. Their efforts increased the visibility of women in our community and fostered relationships across a broad spectrum of community members. Congratulations and thank you!
And now, we have arrived at December, the last month of the year. It is a time of many celebrations and remembrances. We honor those veterans and civilians who were injured or perished in the attack on Pearl Harbor and marked the US entrance into WWII. Those of the Christian faith celebrate Christmas on December 25, while the eight-day festival of lights, Hanukkah, November 28 through December 6, is celebrated by those of the Jewish faith.  Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of life from 26 December to 1 January. On December 8, Buddhists celebrate the day that their Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, achieved enlightenment through meditation, with the promise of enlightenment for others. Additionally, the winter solstice, or shortest day of the year, also occurs in December. Many of the winter solstice traditions have been celebrated throughout millennia and the world. Most of them shared feasting and gathering of loved ones, while also honoring light. And, December 31, marks the end of 2021 and the hopes and dreams of a new year.
As I reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of our year together, I am grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from members, leadership, and staff. We have continued to balance our need for human connection, and support from each other, and remaining safe when facing the uncertainties of Covid. Despite these challenges, we have grown our community and participated in informative, motivating programs. We have focused on expanding member advocacy opportunities and engaging other community organizations to cultivate learning and shared value.  Member input guided our staff in creating a new brochure for outreach to others; letting them know the richness and diversity of our members. As a peer-learning community, we connected women who are passionate about positively impacting our society. We provided a collaborative environment of learning opportunities, explored creative community solutions, advocated for women-centered policies, and supported our members along their pathways to success. I am proud and honored to have served this amazing group. I look forward to participating in the new and exciting endeavors WPF will undertake with its new leadership. Your incoming Chair, Karmen Rubin, has already hosted a planning meeting and is organizing her year’s activities. I look forward to continuing to support this dynamic group as a member and Past Chair.
As we close out the year and participate in these December celebrations of life and faith, I hope we will find joy in our relationships, religious traditions, family and friends. I also hope that we will think of those in need and share our bounties in service of a caring and abundant community. Look for opportunities to support others in their journeys, and be the positive force in your universe.
Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with adventures, prosperity and contentment.
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama

Cathy Holt, Chair
Monthly Luncheon


Please join us for our annual holiday party
as we celebrate our 2021 successes and look forward to 2022. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
Colonial Country Club
3735 Country Club Lane
Fort Worth, Texas 76109

Cost per person is $35

Register HERE
Welcome, Molly!

Molly Woodbridge is delighted to join the Women’s Policy Forum of Tarrant County as Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Some of you may remember her behind the scenes at The Rotary Club of Fort Worth from 2017 to 2019. Her multi-faceted career includes TV Production and Marketing to Project Management and Media Relations. Molly produced and directed feature segments with A list celebrities, athletes, rockstars, filmmakers and everyone in between for ten different Starz Networks.

She graduated from the University of Colorado, but as a former Army BRAT who often moved, she claims no hometown. Still, she’s connected to Texas by her late grandfather, born and raised in Littlefield, Texas. She looks forward to continuing the vital mission of WPF.

Welcome, Molly!
Members in the News
Women's Policy Forum member and former chair, Cathy Neece Brown, recently served on an advocacy panel for LeadingAge Texas at the organization's Leadership Academy. Way to go, Cathy! Thank you for so generously sharing your knowledge and passion.
We are grateful to WPF member, Michelle Crim, for her contributions to the monthly newsletter.

Thanks, Michelle!

Fundraising is Like a Box of Chocolates

It's a wrap!
Cheers to a successful and impactful 2021 Women’s Policy Forum Emerging Issues Symposium - Women in the Arts: The Transformative Role of Art in Culture and the Economy.
Our first ever symposium collaboration with Amphibian Stage elevated our program by introducing new, expert speakers and facilitating connections to Fort Worth’s diverse arts community contributing to support, guest invitations, and overall promotion of the event.
We hosted over 170 guests at Casa Manana for an amazing morning learning from strong women arts leaders sharing their stories and insights. The energy in the room was powerful, and the attendee ratings were unanimously enthusiastic.
We kicked off with a message from Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, confirming the importance of the arts in our city.
Sara Herrera, Education Director, Artes de la Rosa’s Artes Academy introduced the keynote speaker, Philippa Hughes, Social Sculptor and Creative Strategist presenting How Art Can Generate Real Change in Your Community and Lead to Human Flourishing.
Karen Wiley, President and CEO of Arts Council of Fort Worth introduced Heidi Marquez Smith, CEO of the Texas Cultural Trust summarizing The 2021 State of the Arts Report and how this information is vital to help advocate for state and other government funding for the arts.


Jessica Fuentes, an artist, educator, community advocate, and author, facilitated the discussion Amplifying Community Voices Through the Arts with Dr. Monica White Ndounou, Associate Professor of Theater at Dartmouth and the founding Executive Director of The CRAFT Institute; Afton Battle, General Director Fort Worth Opera; and Jane P. Avila, founder of The Art Station, Fort Worth. These women leaders shared important examples of the ways they work to ensure that all voices are heard, and, just as important, that those voices are accessible to all. They showed us the inspiring projects that they lead and the transformative outcomes of healing and support that they offer.
Sharon Benge, professor emeritus of Texas Woman’s University’s theater program and co-host of Art Matters on WRR Radio moderated Taking Action: Setting Goals, Building Partnerships featuring speakers 
Megan Henderson, Director of Events and Communications Near Southside, Fort Worth and Eureka Wilkey, Executive Director of Project Row Houses, Houston. During this panel we learned that when the arts guide revitalization master plans, cities become more equitable and inclusive. Through these tactics, neighborhoods that have been neglected become vibrant with activity, growth, and investment.
We wrapped the day up with a reception at Amphibian Stage. Guests were welcomed by the Tadpoles and treated to a dynamic and thought-provoking performance of Egress!
Thank you to our friends at North Texas Community Foundation for their title support and to all of our sponsors for making the event a huge success. 
We are grateful for the help of our committee including Women’s Policy Forum members and community arts leaders. Their hard work and expertise was essential!

A growing, thriving arts community is worth our time, our energy, and our resources. We must nurture the artists and organizations in their creations and advocate for support from civic and private sources to continue to elevate this valuable part of our world.
2022 Membership Renewals
It's time to renew your Women's Policy Forum membership for 2022. You should have already received a notice with a link to pay. If you didn't receive it, or have misplaced it, please email Pam at
Other News & Announcements

North Texas Community Foundation announces the recipients of two recent grant cycles, awarding over $207,000 to area nonprofits.

A total of $116,000 has been awarded to 14 organizations through the Anita Berry Martin Memorial Fund. The grants support a range of needs from programming to operations. Established in 2013, the Anita Berry Martin Memorial Fund is an endowment that makes grants in the areas of land conservation, equine therapy and equine welfare.

Full story here.


Community Roundtable Info

Cancer Care Services with the support of The University of Texas at Arlington and University of North Texas Health Science Center, invites you to attend an informational session with subject matter experts to learn more about cancer care disparities that exist, notably for marginalized populations within our community. To sign up:

Please save the date for our community roundtable on March 3, 2022.

For more information please visit the Cancer Care Services Facebook page.
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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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