WiNGS Mentors & Allies Awards Luncheon Presented by Sammons Enterprises Celebrated Champions for Women & Offered Solutions on Poverty
WiNGS hosted more than 500 guests at its Mentors & Allies Luncheon on May 16th at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The annual event honors individuals and corporations for their commitment to lifting up women. This year’s luncheon also featured a panel of local and national experts who discussed solutions to poverty and ways to make Dallas an opportunity city for all.
Jennifer Ware, CEO of WiNGS, presented the 2019 Mentors & Allies Awards to:
- Corporate Woman of the Year: Cynt Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks
- Woman Entrepreneurs of the Year: Mahisha Dellinger, CEO/Founder, CURLS & TV Host, The Oprah Winfrey Network and Sabrina Harrison, Owner and Interior Designer of MINT Dentistry and Founder of Equipped by Faith
- Corporation of the Year: Aimbridge Hospitality
- Ebby Haliday Volunteer of the Year: Dr. Rochelle Webb, CEO, 3W Consulting
This year’s event raised over $233,000 for WiNGS and its programs. NBC 5 Anchor and Reporter Katy Blakey returned as emcee for the third year. Tiffaney Dale Hunter served as the Luncheon Chair and Michelle Hudson served as Underwriting Chair. The event’s Honorary Chairs were Hilda Galvan, Liz Minyard and Anne Motsenbocker.
A highlight of the event was a panel discussion on the economic divide in Dallas and strategies to make Dallas an opportunity city for all. KERA’s Courtney Collins, a lead reporter in the award-winning “One Crisis Away” series, served as the moderator for the discussion featuring panelists Andrea Levere of Prosperity Now, Alfreda Norman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Prashanthi Ravanavarapu of PayPal.
A testimonial from WiNGS graduate Hope Oriabure Hunter underscored how investing in women has positive effects not just for individual women, but for their families and communities. After participating in WiNGS Finance and Career and Women’s Enterprise program, Hope achieved financial stability and started her own success business, Black Tie Babysitting.
The 2019 Mentors & Allies Awards Luncheon raised $233,000 for programs helping women.