Gloria Steinem is a Second-Wave feminist icon well-known for founding and editing Ms. Magazine, a publication that brings women's issues to the forefront of the national political debate.
Steinem began her professional career as a journalist. Accepting an assignment from Esquire to report on contraception, Steinem's 1962 article morphed into an electrifying polemic on why women were forced to choose between a career and marriage. Steinem has never stopped asking the hard questions about gender inequality and continues to advocate advancement of women and girls.
Inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 1984, Vivian Castleberry is a treasured Dallas journalist and activist. From 1956 to 1984, Castleberry served as the women's editor of the Dallas Times Herald where she was the first woman named to the paper's editorial board. While on the paper, she won numerous awards for journalistic excellence including three Press Club of Dallas "Katies" and two United Press International awards. Co-founder of the International Women’s Peace Conference, her work has culminated in the establishment at the University of North Texas of a Peace Studies Program entitled the Castleberry Peace Institute in collaboration with Peacemakers Incorporated, a nonprofit organization founded by Vivian in 1987.
She is the author of four books: Daughters of Dallas, The Texas Tornado, Sarah the Bridge Builder, and Seeds of Success.
Caroline has had significant leadership experience in both business and nonprofit and considers herself a 'blended' professional. From consulting global Fortune 500 companies on brand strategy to running an entrepreneurial nonprofit called Level Playing Field Institute, Caroline has a passion for harnessing resources across sectors to create long-term change for organizations and individuals.
In 1996, Caroline founded the West Coast chapter of Third Wave, a feminist, activist foundation that works to support young women ages 15 to 30. She has sat on the board of National Organization for Women, San Francisco chapter and CARAL, California's pro-choice organization and is the founding architect of Taproot Foundation. Recently, Caroline created Constellation which brings together a diverse, cross-generational community of women to explore the individual and collective power we have as women leaders.
In March 2010, Caroline was Director at BigTent, a software startup which provides volunteer powered groups with free online community tools. She received her BA from Vassar College and was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford Business School. She co-chairs the Women Networking Committee for Stanford Business School.
Vielka-Lee Heitz is a Senior Systems Engineer with Sirius Computer Solutions. Previously, Vielka-Lee worked at IBM where she co-Chaired ‘La Red,’ a Diversity Initiative focused on developing Hispanic women.
She currently serves as the 2009 and 2010 Chair of the Dallas Chapter for the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote the advancement of women in public, corporate and civic life. Among her other civic activities, she serves as an active member of the Committee of the Board for Power Pipeline, a young emerging leaders program hosted by the Foundation of Women’s Resources.
Leah Moore is a labor and employment attorney with the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP. From counseling to litigation, Leah works to ensure that employers engage in collaborative and ethical relationships with their employees. Committed to the needs of the minority entrepreneur, she is a frequent speaker at events designed to assist entrepreneurs with the early employment issues they uniquely face.
Prior to joining Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, Leah practiced in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she worked with firm management to create and implement retention and promotion programs for women and minorities. Leah also co-founded an annual community service day that provided legal services to over 150 underserved individuals.
A native Texan, Leah graduated cum laude from Duke University with undergraduate degrees in Women’s Studies and Political Science, a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies and a law degree from Duke University School of Law.
Megan Mylan is a graduate of Highland Park High School (Texas) and a New York-based documentary filmmaker whose work has been recognized with an Academy Award, Emmy-nomination, Independent Spirit Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is currently directing a documentary on race relations in Brazil. Megan directed and produced the Oscar-winning film Smile Pinki. Her film, Lost Boys of Sudan, co-directed with Jon Shenk, was nominated for two national Emmys and won an Independent Spirit Award. It had a 70-city theatrical release and a national television broadcast on PBS¹s POV. Through an extensive social action campaign, Lost Boys raised more than a million dollars for refugee education funds. Megan also directed Batidania on Brazilian resistance music.
She has worked on documentaries for HBO, PBS, Showtime and the BBC including the Oscar-nominated, Long Night¹s Journey Into Day and the Sundance Award winning film Sing Faster. Before beginning in film, Megan worked with Ashoka, an international development non-profit, in the U.S. and Brazil.
She has a Bachelor¹s from Georgetown University¹s School of Foreign Service and Masters' degrees in Journalism and Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Marisa Treviño is President of Treviño TodaMedia LLC and the publisher/founder of the English-language Latino news site Latina Lista. With the goal of creating dialogue across communities and borders, Marisa focuses her coverage on Latino and social justice issues pertaining to education, immigration, women and families.
Her site has been recognized by Hispanic Magazine, Hispanic Business and the Daily Reviewer as one of the top Chicana/Hispanic blogs in the country.
In addition, Marisa is a 16-year freelance opinion journalist with her columns appearing in USA Today, the Rio Grande Guardian and syndicated across the country in both English and Spanish. She has been interviewed on NPR, CNN, Al Jazeera English and CNN.com regarding her political perspective as it relates to the Latino community. Aside from Latina Lista and her opinion columns, Marisa is an award-winning playwright. She lives in the greater Dallas Metroplex.