Eliminating inequities in marginalized communities.

Women's Alliance: Executive Leadership Program

Break barriers facing women and multicultural leaders in the nonprofit sector.

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Registration for Women's Alliance 2019 is now closed.

Personalized professional development for female leaders

  •  Are you passionate about and driven to achieve community impact?
  • Do you desire a work environment where your work goals and life goals align?
  • Do you wish to advance in your career and gain a female support network to make it happen?

Race and gender equity is essential for every woman to reach her full potential. Women’s Alliance aims to improve competencies and expand the capacity of executive women in the nonprofit sector. Participants receive the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate upon completion.


Walk away with knowledge and skills to advance your career in a way that aligns with your priorities and values.

Participants learn leadership approaches, governance strategies, system thinking, collaboration methods and evaluation practices from nationally recognized subject matter experts.


Get an action plan with personal and organizational goals based on your unique background and career trajectory.

Each woman in the program receives meaningful and applicable professional development, as well as a female support network, peer learning, networking opportunities and executive mentoring.


Feel empowered and ready to advance your career goals and take on your next role with confidence.

Participants gets individualized coaching during and after the program to support on implementing development plans, preparing for placement interviews, and identifying strategies for successfully reaching goals.


In the U.S., women represent 47% of the workforce and in 40% of families, women are the primary or sole breadwinner. (1)
For full-time workers, women earn on average 79% for every dollar a man earns. (2)
In the nonprofit sector, women make up 75% of the workforce, yet they hold approximately 20% of top leadership positions across the sector. (3)
The percentage of people of color in the executive director/CEO role has remained under 20% for the last 15 years. (4)

Program Details

The Women’s Alliance program weaves real-life nonprofit leadership case studies, panel discussions, hands-on experiential learning, and mentoring throughout the course.

Our goal is to provide you with highly relevant, quality instruction on topics you will face as a female leader in the nonprofit sector. Each module includes a gender-based lens on key leadership principles. In addition, the role of women in the history and growth of the nonprofit sector will be discussed.

Registrants will receive a syllabus prior to the start of classes. The program includes homework assignments that provide hands-on learning in addition to the in-person sessions.


As the landscape of nonprofit organizations continues to evolve, it is imperative that women, specifically multicultural women, are taking on ‘C-level’ positions. This module will illuminate the power of women in nonprofit leadership, as well as provide a historical significance of women in the nonprofit sector.

About the speakers:

Angela A. Johnson (lead speaker) is the Managing Director of the Alliance for Greater Works. She is a business and women’s studies scholar, with expertise is in the areas of women’s leadership, nonprofit management, fundraising strategy, and business planning. She has a B.A.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Dallas Baptist University, an a M.B.A. and M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Multicultural Women and Gender Studies from Texas Woman’s University.






Clara Hinojosa has organized hundreds of cultural, humanitarian, educational events both in the United States and abroad. She has served on numerous boards and committees, including The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, The Sammons Center for the Arts, The Meadows School of the Arts, The Dallas Museum of Art, the USA Film Festival, Chiapas International and others.





Hind Jarrah, PhD is the Executive Director, co-founder (2005) and former President (2005-2009) of Texas Muslim Women's Foundation TMWF, a non-profit, educational, philanthropic, outreach and social service organization dedicated to empowering women and their families.






Tegwin Pulley is a woman on a mission to create environments where inspiration, opportunity, and achievement are available for all. She retired from Texas Instruments where she was Vice President with a strong leadership track record. She is a past chair of the TexasEngineering and Technical Consortium, Leadership Texas, the DFW Regional Workforce Leadership Council, and the Texas Business and Education Coalition.


Purpose-driven leadership is the key to exceptional performance. It is the direct alignment between professional goals and personal values. A leader’s ability to effectively adapt is critically important to an organization’s success. In this module, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the heart of the nonprofit and its reason for existence, as well as how to effectively lead change in their communities.

About the speakers:

Susan M. Wolfe (lead speaker) is a Community and Developmental Psychologist with over 30 years of experience as an evaluator, researcher, and community consultant. Her expertise includes change facilitation; coalition development and evaluation; strategic planning and organizational development; and community engagement. Dr. Wolfe has presented at conferences throughout the world and published articles, chapters and books. She is a certified Change Intelligence Facilitator.





Dr. Toyah Miller is known for her experience in strategy and entrepreneurship, having previously served as assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Her research interests include innovation and change, international contexts of business, entrepreneurship and corporate governance.







Dr. Lawana Gladney has a doctorate in Instructional Psychology and Technology and has spent almost two decades researching, writing, and creating behavior changing programs and products. She has worked with many of the nation’s fortune 500 hundred companies and organizations.


Organizational stakeholders play a critical role in the advancement of the organization. As a leader your ability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse environments is paramount. In this module, we will examine the challenges that women leaders encounter when building and leading teams to achieve organizational effectiveness. You’ll also assess and analyze your own leadership strengths and styles.

About the speakers:

Fran Dillard (lead speaker) is the diversity and inclusion director at Texas Instruments. Fran is passionately involved in the community and an active member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She was recently inducted as a Fellow of the National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute (NAAWLI).





Michele Bobadilla is Senior Associate Vice President for Outreach Services & Community Engagement and Assistant Provost for Hispanic Student Success at the University of Texas at Arlington. Bobadilla is an award-recognized Latina trailblazer in the area of higher education.  She has dedicated her life’s work to helping students have access to college, financially and otherwise.





Kellie Teal-Guess is CyrusOne’s Chief People Officer who brings over 30 years of industry experience working in high tech, fast growing, companies and has a strong background in HR, M&A Integration, Talent Management, Organizational Design, Change Management and HR automation.


Poverty is a complex social construct that affects communities across the globe. Addressing poverty without understanding the root of the problem is inefficient and only magnifies the issues at hand. As a female leader it is imperative to view and address poverty by systematically identifying, analyzing, and working collaboratively toward real and solid solutions. In this module, you’ll learn to better understand poverty and its root causes and how it intersects with the vision of the nonprofit sector, regardless of the organization you serve.

About the speakers:

Dr. Constance Lacy (lead speaker) is Dean of the School of Human Services at University of North Texas – Dallas and has been instrumental in building relationships with the community and area leaders, and launching Community Engagement Day, which seeks to bring together non-profit and community leaders throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in an effort to better serve the region through partnerships and shared resources.






Dr. Janiece Upshaw is an Assistant Professor and serves as Program Coordinator for the Graduate School of Public Leadership at the University of North Texas Dallas, and serves as affiliate faculty with UNT Dallas’ Urban SERCH Institute.  In addition, she supervises graduate students’ research in the community.  Before joining UNT Dallas, Dr. Upshaw held top-level administrative positions for nonprofit organizations and worked in Dallas ISD and Richardson ISD.  Dr. Upshaw received her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and her doctoral degree in Public Affairs from The University of Texas Dallas.




Kimberly Williams has over 20 years of experience as a nonprofit executive and leader. With a passion for organizations that empower the poor, she specializes in creating innovative outcomes-based programming that transforms lives and breaks the cycle of poverty. Previous positions include Executive Director of Wheatland Community Learning Center and Director of Community Outreach for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. In 2011, Kimberly was named CEO of Interfaith Family Services. Under her leadership the formerly homeless graduates of Interfaith now earn more, save more, and remain self-sufficient longer than those of any other transitional housing provider in Dallas.


In order to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace it is imperative that women executives maintain sound financial acumen. In this module, you’ll develop an in depth understanding of how to apply the fundamentals of finance to improve budget management, build financial solvency, increase potential profits, and assess the financial viability of projects.

About the speakers:

Cynthia Yung (lead speaker) is the executive director of The Boone Family Foundation and oversees a $5 million annual budget that supports organizations focused on advancing equity for women and girls, improving quality of life for children and promoting environmental stewardship.







Effie Dennison is Senior Vice President and Director, Community Development & Corporate Social Responsibility at Texas Capital Bank. She also serves as President of Texas Capital Community Development Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the bank that provides loans and equity investments for commercial and mixed-use developments including multi-family housing, retail and developments that revitalize or provide services for the benefit of low- and moderate- income areas.





Shari Hicks is Vice President, Business and Community Development for Amegy Bank. She has more than 15 years of experience enhancing an organization’s reputation and image while positively driving key business opportunities through strategic public and private partnerships, public relations and media relations strategies and key business development opportunities.




Lucy Selby is a certified financial planner and executive manager with more than 20 years of experience working for several startup companies and numerous industry leaders. She has expertise in estate planning, tax-efficient investment strategies, retirement planning, portfolio management, risk management, benefits planning, charitable giving and asset protection.


Often times we use and hear the terms charity and philanthropy interchangeably, but they fact different. In this module, we will examine the history, context, and future of philanthropy and fundraising from a multicultural and gendered perspective. You’ll gain hands-on experience in strategic development process as it relates to understanding philanthropy for social impact.

About the speakers:

Dr. Monica G. Williams (lead speaker) serves as UNT Dallas’ Vice President for Advancement. She is also President of the UNT Dallas Foundation where she oversees fundraising, marketing and communications, external relations, sponsored research and special events.






Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew is Director of Community Affairs for the State Fair of Texas and co-Founder of HERitage Giving Circle and calls herself a “relational leadership junkie.” She has an extensive background in leadership, nonprofit management, partnership development, training and education.

She has a PhD from Antioch University in Leadership and Change with a focus on social capital and relational leadership.




Helen Holman is the Chief Philanthropy Officer at The Dallas Foundation. In this role she is able to follow her passion every day, which is serving the community by connecting needs, solutions and resources.



Nonprofits can play a critical role in impacting legislation on the community, state and national levels through advocacy. Advocacy builds support for public policies and programs, and serves to increase funding in key and targeted areas. By the end of this session, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the dynamics of our global political environment and develop strategies to position you to engage in advocacy for social change.

About the speakers:

Diane Seay McNulty, PhD (lead speaker) is associate dean for External Affairs and Corporate Development in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas. In addition to her administrative role, Dr. McNulty teaches undergraduate, graduate and executive education courses in corporate governance and ethics. Her research centers on leadership from a governance perspective.






Holly Reed is Managing Director, External Affairs, for Texas Central. As a native Texan, she is passionate about bringing the train to her home state and sharing its benefits – transforming how people think about travel, putting people to work and saving lives. Her background includes leadership roles in Customer Service, Strategic Planning, IT, Sales, Marketing and Communications with AT&T.  With a passion for her community, Holly has served on a variety of nonprofit boards.





Marguerite “Margo” McClinton Stoglin is the Texas State Director for IGNITE National, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that trains the next generation of young female political leaders. She earned a BA from Emory University, Master’s in Education from Harvard, Ph.D. from Florida State, and MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Alliances can improve organizational sustainability as well as better address complex social issues that impact multiple systems. In this module, you’ll examine the power of collaborations and strategic partnerships, the do’s, don’ts, and what if’s of collaborations; as well as how to determine if collaborating with another entity achieves your organizational mission.

About the speakers:

Sherrye Willis (lead speaker) is the founder and president of Alliance for Greater Works and has more than 30 years of nonprofit expertise, with careers on all sides of philanthropy. She has consulted for thousands of leaders and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally including Dr. Tony Evans’ National Church Adopt-a-School Initiative, Center for Philanthropy Bermuda, Communities Foundation of Texas, Concord Church, Children’s Health Systems, Esping Family Foundation, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and many more.






Erin Mcclarty is a writer, business owner, creative and attorney by trade, I help clients all over the nation use their superpowers to create the worlds they want to live in. She works with people to structures, documents, operations, and business models that reflect themselves, their values, dreams, purpose and mission.







Erica Hall serves as Akola Academy's Executive Director. She has a background in women's economic empowerment, monitoring and evaluation, community organizing and social enterprise innovation, with a particular emphasis in participatory community development.







Niki Nicastro McCuistion is a business performance strategist, executive advisor, consultant and speaker. She authored several business books on culture change, coaching and leadership and is an award-winning TV executive producer and filmmaker. Her specialties are leadership and corporate culture change, as well as nonprofit and board leadership and governance.

Class Dates & Location

In-person classes will take place at The University of Texas at Dallas and The University of North Texas at Dallas campuses from 9am - 4 pm on the following days:

  • March 7, 2019, 4-6pm

    Welcome reception with coaches at University of Texas at Dallas

  • March 8, 2019, 9am-4:30pm

    Class at University of Texas at Dallas

  • April 12 2019, 9am-4:30pm

    Class at University of North Texas-Dallas

  • May 3, 2019, 9am-4:30pm

    Class at University of North Texas-Dallas

  • June 14 2019, 9am-4:30pm

    Class at University of Texas at Dallas


Registration for Women's Alliance 2019 is now closed.

  • Talent placement services are available to graduates for an additional cost.
  • Participants may be eligible to apply for a limited number of merit-based scholarships, which cover partial cost of tuition. You must register and submit the application fee to be considered. After registering, please contact Angela Johnson for more information.
  • Registrants will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire with their registration.
  • This is a non-degree course that leads to the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate.
  • Women’s Alliance is designed for female leaders with 0-5 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, especially those seeking executive roles or transitioning into from the corporate sector. Women of all levels and experience are welcome to apply.

Past Honorees

Women are honored at the Women's Alliance Forum in May
(Previously Women Leading Greater Good Forum).




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