Speaker Series Honors Women Who Make An Impact
By Jason Grosgrain Photography by Kristina Bowman and Scott Redman
THE SCENE: Legendary journalist Tina Brown recently hosted a celebration honoring the women at the center of our nation’s latest social movements. Co-hosted by Toyota, the Women in the World salon brought a crowd to hear the stories of successful women’s influential endeavors across a range of fields. The evening began with a cocktail reception at The Dallas Museum of Art, after which guests were seated for the main event.
THE VIBE: The program began with welcoming remarks by Tina Brown, who is the former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, also founded The Daily Beast and the Women in the World event series. She introduced the panel of women referred to as “Persisters,” because they never give up and persist in the face of extreme adversity. Moderated by Zainab Salbi, author, media commentator and the Founder of Women for Women International, the program included conversations with remarkable women including Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund; U. Renee Hall, Dallas’ first female Chief of Police; Iasia Sweeting, poet and activist; Jen Welter the first female to coach in the NFL; Hannah Song, founder of North Korea’s underground escape network; and Amy McGrath, the first female marine to fly in a fighter combat mission.
The evening continued with the presentation of Toyota’s Mother of Invention award grant, which was bestowed upon Maxeme Tuchman, CEO and co-creator of the groundbreaking educational technology company, Caribu. The $50,000 grant will support further innovation of apps such as Caribu, which allows parents to read bedtime stories to their children remotely.
THE CAUSE: The salon was supported by presenting sponsor Toyota, leadership sponsor LG, and supporting sponsor AT&T.