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© 2019 by WLS 

The Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) is proud to be the voice of African American women and the champion for established and emerging female leaders in the Dallas Region.

Our mission is to ensure that the talents of women are proportionately recognized, utilized and valued.  As women are not properly represented at the tables of decision-making, our objective is to empower the next generation to change our course.


Since 2018, WLS has held two successful Summits, bringing together nearly 500 women to share their wisdom and experiences in how they have made a difference while rising to the acme in their respective roles as leaders.


WLS has earned a reputation as a premier convener of African American female business executives, policy makers, entrepreneurs  and community leaders to address the challenges facing our region, while finding ways to take advantage of opportunities on the horizon.


One way we accomplish this is through our high-quality interactive learning and sharing sessions. We also offer several panel discussions featuring dynamic women leaders from across the country who share the intimate details of their journey and experiences as it relates to their personal growth and development. Ultimately, WLS offers a safe environment for our attendees to learn, share, and grow.



The Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) in partnership with the University of North Texas at Dallas Foundation, presents the 3rd Annual WLS on June 12-13, 2020 at the Statler Hotel in Dallas, TX. Giving a voice to African American women, it celebrates our achievements and offers opportunity to address our challenges.


Limited to 250 established and emerging leaders, the conferees represent virtually every sector of American life. Included in 2019 were astronauts, West Point cadets, entrepreneurs, judges, lawyers, physicians, elected officials, entertainers, and more. 


In government and in business, we need more women standing up and being counted. Women's perspectives must be heard. Their experiences must be utilized. It is imperative that women command more boardrooms and demand greater respect at the podiums of power.

We have an extraordinary host committee that is dedicated to making this year's Summit a phenomenal experience for all in attendance. We are indeed excited about what we have in store, and look forward to seeing you there!


Best regards, 

Helen Giddings

WLS Chair 


WLS 2019


Joan Higginbotham

Crew member- STS -116 Discovery

NASA Astronaut (Retired)


Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall

CEO of the Dallas Mavericks


Stephanie Wilson

Crew member- STS-120, STS-121, STS 131

NASA Astronaut


Royce Brooks

Executive Director at Annie's List

Dr. Courtney Phillips

Executive Commissioner of

Texas Health and Human Services

Rosilyn Houston

BBVA-Senior Executive VP,

Chief Talent & Culture Executive, USA

Deavra A. Daughtry

President & CEO of

Excellent Care Management

Queen Cora

2019 Women’s Leadership Summit Featured Artist

Mary Matilda Factory

Special Guest

Our Own Hidden Figure

2019 Featured Speakers