D CEO Presents

Emerging Women Leadership Network

2023-2024 Program


D CEO is proud to announce a unique opportunity for the region’s emerging women leaders to accelerate their careers and personal growth. The Emerging Women Leadership Network is a new hybrid professional development program that will run from September 2023 – March 2024. Through 10+ virtual and in-person events and exclusive content and programming—developed and led by D Magazine Partners women executives, experienced leaders, and the best coaches—members will gain unparalleled access to mentors, connect with an intimate peer network, and accelerate their personal and professional growth. 

Applications will open in May for the 2024-2025 program.

For more information about the program and D CEO women leadership programming,  please contact EWLN@dmagazine.com 

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The 2023-2024 EWLN Members

Get to know our 2023-2024 Member Cohort here!

Elizabeth Allen
Account Supervisor
D Custom

Sarah Bolich
CEO/ Owner
Arrow Lift Rentals

Becca Brown
Project Manager
Warner Bros Discovery

Maria Cardenas
Corporate Counsel
Arcosa, Inc.

Kara Cecala

Alexis Cook
Lead Product Marketing Manager

Teniqua Davenport
Director of Client Services
Marsh McLennan Agency

Sarah Dodson
Baker Botts L.L.P.

Daphney Fenelon Ford
Director Leadership Development
Children’s Health

Tara Flume
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Matador Resources Company

Laura Foran Berend
Senior Staff Operations Analyst & Coordinator
Matador Resources Company

Elizabeth Gassos
The Ben Kinney Team

Celeste Glover
Senior Community Philanthropy Officer
Communities Foundation of Texas

Layla Gulley
Vice President, CRM Strategist and Customer Success Lead
JP Morgan Chase

Erika Harrell
Executive Leadership Program Associate

Hanna Howard
Chief Operating Officer

Teri Isaacs
Chief Operating Officer
Salesmanship Club of Dallas

Shelby Patrice Jenkins
Budget University LLC

Tammy Johnson
Executive Director
Empowering the Masses

Elizabeth Jones
Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships

Tamara Jones
Willow Bend, Allen and Richardson Orthodontics

Yollande Kadesi-Kayembe
Remax DFW Associates

Lily KT Smith
Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Denita Lacking-Quinn
MWBE Diversity Manager
Balfour Beatty Construction – Dallas, TX

Ashleigh Lee
Director, Product Sales
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

Taylor Lopez
Real Estate Manager- Southwest

Chelsea Lousignont
Marketing Manager

Shannon Lynch
Communications Associate Manager
7-Eleven, Inc.

Maria Maldonado
Human Resources Director
Salesmanship Club of Dallas

Chandra Matthews
Senior Manager, Programs
Texas Women’s Foundation

Shelbie McDiffett
Director of Business Development, Texas
LGE Design Build

Kristin McLaughlin
Chief Development Officer
Resource Center

Kate McSwain
Finance Director
Match Group

Lorelei Mewhirter
Principal, Commercial Studio Director
O’Brien Architects

Maria Muñoz
Talent Development Manager

Priya Murphy
Chief Development Officer
New Friends New Life

Van Nguyen
National Sales Director
Revision Skincare

Lindsey Obenhaus
Goranson Bain Ausley PLLC

Lexie Okeke
Director of Community Engagement
Salesmanship Club of Dallas

Danielle Okland
Internal Audit Director
Texas Capital

Jocelyn Phillips
Director, Education, Culture, and DEI
Southwest Transplant Alliance

Michelle Prudhomme-Coleman
Program Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Children’s Health

Lenora Reece
Interim Deputy Chief, Operations
Dallas College

Rosie Reichenstein
Marketing Manager
Salesmanship Club of Dallas

Cristal Retana Lule
Director, Government and Community Relations
Children’s Health

Tiffanie Rice
DEI Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Tina Robertson
Director of Innovation and Impact
Momentous Institute

Amber Robinson
Corporate Counsel

Morgan Rodriguez
Foundation Relations Manager
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

Natalie Sandifer
Associate Director
All Stars Project of Dallas

Monica Schoenemann
Vice President – Project Services
Austin Commercial, LP

Dr. Denise Strickland
Executive Director
Design Connect Create

Natalie Swaim
Marketing Manager
D Magazine

Kelsey Vanderschoot
Online Managing Editor

Laura Vogel
Director of Mental Health Services
Momentous Institute

Crystal Wilkins
Senior Marketing Manager
7-Eleven, Inc.

Kate Wright
Account Executive
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

The 2023-2024 EWLN Mentors

April Allen
President & CEO
Southern Gateway Park

Lisa Armstrong
Managing Director, Commercial Banking
Veritex Bank

Dr. Debra Atkisson
Regional Medical Director
Connections Wellness Group

Lauren Banta
Vice President of Development and Communications
Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc

Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew
Founder & CEO
Soulstice Consultancy

Jasmin Brand
HER Texas

Shonn Brown
Vice President & Deputy Legal Counsel, ESG & Sustainability
Kimberly Clark

Monica Christopher
Senior VP, Chief Giving and community Impact officer
Communities Foundation of Texas

Trisha Cunningham
President and CEO
North Texas Food Bank

Bianca Davis
New Friends New Life

Gemma Descoteaux

Kara Devita
Executive Director
Fossil Foundation

Sam Dwinell
Chief of People (Interim)

Kim Elenez
President & CEO
Make a Wish, North Texas

Erin Finegold
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Content and Events at Dallas Maverick
Dallas Mavs

Susan Fojtasek
Chief of Staff

Beth Good
Resource Royalty

Doreen Griffith
Dallas Office Managing Partner
Grant Thornton

Heather Hankamer
Heather Hankamer Consulting LLC

McKay Hendershot
Senior Director Marketing Communications
Scottish Rite for Children

Holly Herin
Sales Director
Blue Cross Blue Shield TX

Sarah Jackson
Vice President of Strategy and Public Affairs
Dallas Citizens Council

Jessica Jesse
CEO, Founder & Creative Director
Budha Girl

Debby Jewesson
Personal Coach & Business Consultant
The Roots Group

Dawn Kahle
Vice President, Communications
Children’s Health

Lenetra King
Watch Me Excel

Kathleen LaValle
President & CEO
Dallas CASA

Heather Lisle
Communications & Marketing Expert

Nicole Little
Deputy Operations Manager & Project Executive

Caren Lock
Regional Vice President & Associate General Counsel of Government Relations

Mylinh Luong
Director of Strategic Sourcing

Sara Madsen
COO and Executive Producer
1820 Productions

Karyn Martin
Interprise/Southwest Interior & Space Design, Inc.

Pat Martin
Publisher, Employee Engagement Director
People Newspapers

Lauren McKinnon
Founder and CEO
Project Mockingbird

Linda McMahon
President & CEO

Pamela McQuade
Executive Director Business Owner Education, Marketing & Branding
Texas Security Bank

Jessica Nunez
TruePoint Communications

Lisa Ong
Wishing Out Loud

Stephanie Ormston
Assistant Vice President – Digital Services Integration

Sandra Ostad
Director of Development

Meghna Patel
Senior Director, Marketing and Strategy

Rita Price
SVP, Experiential Innovation

Andrea Raney
Director, Partner Marketing

Amna Razzaq
COO / Vice-President
BrandBeat Advertising and Communication / Stalliongates Investments

Christa Sanford
Baker Botts

Leslie Sans
Founder & Executive Director.
Dallas Pets Alive

Sandra Schwan
Founder & Executive Coach
Evolving Strategies LLC

Thear Suzuki
Global Client Service Partner
Ernst & Young

Charmaine Tang

Sonia Thomas
Head of Mergers & Acquistion Integration & Product Launch Excellence
Galderma Laboratories

Shirley Walker
Director of People Operations
Hire Effect

Michele Wheeler
President & COO
Jackson Shaw

Maureen Wiegert
Vice President
Allyn Media

Abigail Williams
Founder and CEO
United to Learn

Beverly Wright
Founder & CEO
Wright Choice Group LLC

Did You Know?

“87% of organizations believe in leadership development…but only 5% actually invest in it. When organizations invest in leadership development, they get outsized results (7x-41x).”

Source: Harvard Business Review 


Produced in partnership with local executives and coaching experts, this program was carefully curated to address pressing personal and professional needs for emerging women leaders. Events and workshops will address topics like:

Your Personal Development:

  • Assessing Yourself as a Leader: Understanding Your Behaviors and Strengths, in partnership with Kelly Rao TalentSuite and Predictive Index
  • The Winning Formula: Understand Your Communication Style and Others’, in partnership with People Centric Consulting
  • How to Build Your Brand: Position Your Unique Self for What you Want with Jessica Nunez of TruePoint Communications

Your Career Growth: 

  • The True Art of Leadership: How to Foster Strength in Others
  • How to Network Like a Pro with Lisa Ong of Wishing Out Loud
  • Finding Your Voice: Public Speaking 101
  • 3 Secrets to Success: Purpose, Presence & Power with Neena Newberry of  Newberry Solutions

Your Mental Health and Wellness: 

  • High Performance, High Anxiety? Strengthening Your Mental Armor with Dr. Debra Atkisson of Connections Wellness
  • Stress Management and Burnout Prevention Techniques

Your Financial Future: 

  • The Art & Science of Negotiation
  • How Men and Women Think About Personal Finances Differently, and What it Means for You
  • Small Steps to Secure Your Financial Future

Did You Know?

Leadership development at the start of a woman’s career is a major contributor to her success.

Source: McKinsey Women in the Workplace Study 2022 

Corporate Sponsorship

How are you investing in the development of your women leaders?

Successful companies recognize that investing in, and developing, a pipeline of high performing women leaders with the skills and network to succeed is vital to long-term success. D CEO’s Emerging Women Leadership Network enriches participants’ skills, competencies, and networks as they accelerate their growth, both professionally and personally.


As a corporate sponsor, your company has the opportunity to generate awareness and cultivate relationships with emerging women leaders, serve as a discussion leader at one event, sponsor a membership for an emerging female leader, and much more!

Learn more about our corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Did You Know?

More than 67% of women under 30 want to be senior leaders. Companies that don’t take action may struggle to recruit and retain the next generation of women leaders.

Source: McKinsey Women in the Workplace Study 2022 


What are the dates of the program? 

The program will launch September 20, 2023, with an inperson event at D CEO HQ, followed by monthly virtual workshops on Friday, October 6, November 3, December 1, January 5, February 2, and March 1, 2024, from 9 am – 10:30 am. There will be four (4) bimonthly in-person evening events throughout the program on September 20, November 8, January 17, and March 13, 2024 (final program date).  

How much does it cost? 

The first-year membership is $3,500, and payment is due by the program start date of September 20, 2023. Due to the limited number of memberships available, it is non-refundable. 


If your company is interested in sponsoring 3+ more individuals, we’d be glad to offer a discounted package. Please contact EWLN@dmagazine.com for more information.  

Can I have my company pay for my membership as part of our professional development budget? 

Yes! In fact, we encourage it. This is a very unique program for a few key reasons: 

  1. It’s entirely local and will help you build your network right here in Dallas, helping you get more connected to the region.
  2. It is extremely personalized and will pair you with a mentor directly, giving you unparalleled access to senior executive women throughout the region.
  3. It can provide exposure through D CEO’s media platform to help demonstrate your business’ commitment to women leadership.  

If your HR department needs more information in order to approve, please have them contact EWLN@dmagazine.com and a member of our team will be glad to speak to someone. 


Once accepted we will provide an invoice to submit as an expense and your Accounts Payable team can pay through credit card, ACH, or check.  

I submitted my nomination. How will I know if I’ve been accepted? 

All accepted nominations will be notified on a rolling basis, and no later than August 16, 2023. If you don’t hear back within 2-3 business days, please contact EWLN@dmagazine.com.

Who is the program geared toward? 

This program was developed for women who are on a leadership track or have expressed an interest in leadership within your organization. The ideal candidate has a desire to build their network and influence, is eager to engage with the community and other emerging leaders, and is seeking more individualized guidance, coaching, and mentorship. You should be at the point in your career when you’re ready to invest in yourself, your network, and your professional development in order to get to that next level. It’s for entrepreneurs, creatives, small business owners, and corporate executives alike.  

Can I get involved as a mentor or speaker? 

Thank you for your interest! Yes, we are always looking to increase our network of executive women looking to give back to the next generation. Please contact EWLN@dmagazine.com with your name, area of interest, and how you’d like to get involved.  

Are corporate sponsorships available to support and align with the program? 

Yes! We are looking for partners who are hoping to reach an engaged network of women leaders, with opportunities to meet and speak with them throughout the duration of the program, and advertise your commitment to developing female talent more broadly. Sponsorships range from $22,500 to $5,500.


Please email Rachel@dmagazine.com if you are interested in learning more. We look forward to hearing your ideas! 

Who can I contact for more information? 

Please email EWLN@dmagazine.com with your questions and a member of our team will gladly help.  

Is there an age limit?

No, there is no age limit for this program; if you self-identify as an emerging woman leader then you should apply. We do ask that you have 4-5 years minimum of professional experience and have expressed interest in a leadership path. 

Signature Sponsors

Leadership Development Partners

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