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Surviving to Thriving: Economic Issues for Women in Central Texas

Economic sustainability for a woman and her family is essential for securing present and future success. On May 12th, the Women’s Fund explored data from a recent study released by the Dallas Women’s Foundation on the critical building blocks of economic security. The study looks at policies and practices at the state level, and identifies areas of opportunity where innovation and investment can help women and their families move from surviving to thriving.

The panel consisted of local experts and community leaders who are working to improve the economic security of women through the essential supports of affordable housing and quality child care. Read the full report.

A Woman Speaks: Women's Fund Grantee Breakfast

"When women lead, the world wins," said Lisa Fritsch, keynote speaker of the Women's Fund Grantee Awards Breakfast last month. Fritsch explained that her run for Governor of Texas educated her about how women seeking leadership are often called out for failures that are viewed as strengths in men. Ultimately, her quest to lead brought her to a deeper understanding of herself and her leadership role. Fritsch's remarks set the stage for the announcement of the 2017 Women's Fund grants.
Learn more about Women's Fund grantees.

Gender Matters: Investing in Women Makes Sense

Women make 85% of consumer decisions, so it would make sense that women lead many of the companies selling those products, right? Hardly. In fact, when it comes to entrepreneurship, women are largely absent from the C-suite. At the Women's Fund's Investing in Women: Grant Award Breakfast guests learned some powerful facts about how investing in women delivers a strong return. In short, gender matters.

Keynote speaker Dr. Sara Brand, founding general partner of True Wealth Ventures, a venture capital fund designed to invest in women-led companies, shared her research about the untapped opportunity to invest in women entrepreneurs. Brand asserted that women-led businesses can make a positive impact through greener and healthier technologies and her research shows women-led businesses deliver a higher return for investors. Review Dr. Brand's presentation

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