Alliance For Greater Works | Women Leading Greater Good Forum
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Women Leading Greater Good Forum

May 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Registration: $80 per person | $750 for group of 10 – Contact Angela Johnson



Alliance for Greater Works’ Women Leading Greater Good Forum convenes, connects and celebrates extraordinary women leaders from business, education, faith, government, health systems, nonprofit and philanthropy to:

  • Align core values with collective action for the betterment of all women.
  • Gather and grow multi-generational women leaders, mentors, and strategic alliances
  • Work together, sharing resources and expertise, to identify transformative solutions for women and girls living in poverty.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, please contact Angela Johnson at (972) 841-3115 or via email at


Pansy Austin-Clemons


Martha’s House

Pansy Austin-Clemon is a Christian and a Servant of God.  She is known for her ability to demonstrate a servant’s attitude while leading others.  She is an encourager, mentor and advocate for the downtrodden.  Her life is centered with a purpose to see others utilize their gifts to edify others; thus building a positive presence in the corporate and family communities.

Currently, she is the Director of Martha’s House, a transformational/discipleship house for women re-entering society from prison or jail, partner of a professional service company, Mentor Trainer, Bible Teacher, and Billing Manager for a large family practice.  She has been acknowledged as Woman of the Year, Unsung Hero and Business Leader by professional sororities.  The Austin-Clemon Leadership and Servant Award is named in her honor by Dallas Christian Women’s Job Corps and is given out three times a year to a woman who exemplifies strong leadership abilities while serving others.

Vicky Coffee

Program Manager

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Vicky Coffee joined the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in 2007. She leads initiatives to increase public awareness and education in the African-American community, as well as the mental health of children and their families. She also works to enhance the mental health workforce, and promote consumer, youth and family involvement in mental health policies and services in Texas.Coffee is a licensed professional counselor supervisor and former public administrator with 27 years of experience in community-based social services, including mental health, child welfare and education. She works with local, state and national audiences as a trainer and facilitator, focusing on topics related to mental health, diversity and children, youth and families. Prior to her foundation appointment, Coffee-Fletcher was the division administrator for Family Focus at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, where she was responsible for the agency’s policy and programs associated with Family Group Decision-Making, Kinship Care, Family-Based Safety Services, Educational Services, Transitioning Youth and Best Practice initiatives for families. She has a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in family and child development from Texas State University.

Representative Helen Giddings

District 109

State of Texas House of Representative

Helen Giddings is presently serving her 12th term in the Texas House of Representatives. She serves as Vice Chair of the State Affairs Committee, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Article III subcommittee on education, and previously chaired the Business & Industry Committee for three terms. Rep. Giddings also serves as the Chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and the Co-Chair of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation. Rep. Giddings has served as President of the bi-partisan 1600 member, National Foundation of Women Legislators. She was the first woman of color and the first Texan to be elected to this prestigious position in the group’s history. With a profound interest in the arts, Rep. Giddings has served on many boards including: The African American Museum; Dallas Symphony Board; Dallas Summer Musicals; Dallas Historical Society; and the Dallas Theater Center.

Jan Edgar Langbein

Chief Executive Officer

Genesis Women’s Shelter

For 25 years, Jan Edgar Langbein has been an activist in efforts to end violence against women. As the CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter Support, Ms. Langbein oversees Genesis’ internal and external operations as well as funding and community education. Recognized as a National Expert on the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, Ms. Langbein provides expert testimony in court cases and trains law enforcement and prosecutorial professionals to enhance their efforts to end violence against women. In partnership with the Dallas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ms. Langbein co-founded the annual National Conference on Crimes Against Women, which trains law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates on the most advanced, cutting edge techniques and strategies in the investigation of crimes against women.

Dr. Caroline Leaf

Cognitive Neuroscientist

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection.  Her scientific Science of Thought techniques have transformed the lives of patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), learning disabilities, emotional traumas and released the potential of thousands of young students and adults. Dr. Leaf has presented her unique Switch On Your Brain with the 5-Step Learning Process® and the Metacognitive-Map™ learning tool to thousands of students worldwide. She has published numerous articles in academic journals and consumer magazines and has been widely interviewed in newspapers, on radio shows, and on television shows about her research and theories.

Bernadette Nutall

Board Trustee

Dallas Independent School District

Representing District 9 (South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas), Bernadette Nutall was elected to the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees in December 2009. Ms. Nutall earned a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. She received a Certificate of Competence Training Program in instructional leadership from the University of North Texas in Denton. She also attended the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Summer Changes Everything National Conference at Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning.Ms. Nutall is an active member of her community and in 1999 cofounded Circle of Support, Inc., a comprehensive academic and enrichment summer learning program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program provides summer educational programs for more than 250 boys and girls in math, science, art, and reading. Ms. Nutall is married and has two daughters.

Dr. Samira Izadi Page

Founder and Executive Director

Gateway of Grace Ministries

Dr. Samira Izadi Page is the founder and Executive Director of Gateway of Grace Ministries. She was born and raised in Iran as a Muslim. Samira and her family fled Iran due to persecution and obtained political asylum status in the U.S. Samira converted to Christianity. She earned her Master of Divinity and doctorate in Missional Church Studies from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Samira has committed her life to bringing the hope and love of Christ to those whose hope, dignity, and humanity have been taken away by oppressive governments and circumstances. She frequently speaks nationally and locally at conferences, churches and other venues on issues of interfaith relations, Islam and Christianity, and refugee outreach. Samira works cross-denominationally with pastors and mission leaders and moves local congregations into new ways of mission and outreach.

Nike Ladapo


Nike Ladapo is an Attorney licensed to practice law in the States of Texas and Tennessee. Additionally, she is admitted to practice law before the US District Court of the Northern District of Texas and the US District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Ife in Nigeria with a Law Degree (LL.B) with Honors in 1984, and is also admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor before the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Nike is also a trained Mediator. She is a solo practitioner and currently practices law in Addison, Texas. Prior to her starting her practice, she served as In-House Corporate Counsel to a large nondenominational church in the Dallas Fort Worth area. She served in this role for five years. Prior to this, she worked in various capacities as an Attorney in the private and public sectors locally and in the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

Nike is the immediate past chairperson of Alliance for Greater Works board of directors. Alliance is grateful for her leadership and commitment to the mission. Born and raised in London, England, Nike lives in Carrollton, Texas with her husband and they have a teenage daughter.


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