Leaders & Legends Speaker Series

Building a Firm Foundation

Thursday, March 28, 6-8 p.m.

Free for UD Students & Alumni
Space is limited!

Roslyn Dawson Thompson was appointed president and CEO of Texas Women’s Foundation in 2011, after supporting the organization since its inception as a volunteer and donor. Under Thompson’s leadership, the foundation has become one of the world’s largest women’s funds, pursuing ambitious strategic initiatives advocating for and advancing social and economic change to transform Texas for women and girls. Thompson also serves on the boards of Tides Network, an international nonprofit accelerator, and the Women’s Funding Network, the global association of women’s funds. She is on the executive committees of Prosperity Together and the National Philanthropic Collaborative of Young Women’s Initiatives; serves the boards of the Dallas Regional Chamber, the International Women’s Forum (Dallas chapter) and the Circle 10 Council of Boy Scouts and its foundation board; and is a member of the Dallas Mavericks Advisory Council. She has earned many honors, including the Texas Governor’s Commission for Women “Texas Women Economic Empowerment Award,” the Dallas Regional Chamber “ATHENA Award,” and the United Nations Association - USA, Dallas Chapter “Global Goals, Local Leader Award.” She has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. 

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