by Virginia A. Mudge, Dallas Opera
On March 28, the YP Women’s Network facilitated an exclusive roundtable discussion between YP members and successful female executives in Dallas. The event featured four distinctive leaders: Jamie Lavin, Executive Director of JPMorgan Private Bank; Sara Madsen Miller, COO and Co-Founder of 1820 Productions; Holly Reed, Managing Partner of Texas Central; and Dev Rastogi, Managing Director of Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam. This intimate discussion offered an invaluable opportunity for attendees to gain insight into the challenges and choices they may face as future leaders as well as a chance to network with other bright young minds.
Hosted by The Dallas Opera, the evening began with a wine and hors d’oeuvres mixer in the beautiful Winspear Opera House. Attendees then broke into small groups and had 15 minutes with each of the speakers to hear more about their journey to leadership and to have some quality Q&A time; the Women’s Network Committee referred to it as “speed dating” for women’s empowerment. The great benefit of the format was that each small group had different questions and interests, allowing each session to gain something different from each of the speakers. Instead of a one-way presentation, attendees were able to participate in very organic and intuitive conversations.
The overarching theme was each speaker’s experiences as a woman in male-dominated fields, but topics ranged from the importance of continuous growth and development, to the significance of cultivating a personal brand, to the necessity of women leaders advocating for and lifting up other women leaders. Each speaker noted the life-long impact of creating and engaging in a network of like-minded leaders, and the advice offered by the speakers was immediately applicable and practicable in attendees’ current careers.
The objective of the event was to inspire and empower future female leaders, and based on the feedback from attendees, it was a great success.
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