Archive for June, 2010

Foundation Donations Fund Research Projects, Scholarships at M. D. Anderson

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The Texas Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Inc. has announced donations toward funding three research projects at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Hospital in Houston.

The research projects are:

  • The Role of CXCR4 in Active Lymphoblastic Leukemia, led by Anna Franklin, M. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics – Patient Care;
  • Attitudes About Childbearing and Fertility in Women Seeking Genetic Testing for Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome (HBOC), led by Jennifer Litton, M. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Breast Medical Oncology; and
  • New Use for an Old Age Drug: Evaluation of Molecular Effects of Metformin on the Endometrium of Women with Newly Diagnosed Endometrial Cancer, led by Pamela Soliman, M. D., M. P. H., Assistant Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology.

 

In addition the Foundation has donated funds for two scholarships and one endowed scholarship to the Applied Health Science Department at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Hospital.

Beth Johnson, 2009-2010 Texas Business Women’s President, stated, “Our organization has had a 70 year partnership with M.D. Anderson.  We were involved in lobbying the legislature for a cancer hospital in Texas and our state president at that time turned the first spade of dirt.  Today, the funds that we give to the projects serve as seed money for the doctors to continue their research and hopefully turn these dollars into millions of dollars toward a cure for cancer.  We are honored that we can help make a difference.”

Texas Business Women, Inc. members participated in numerous activities, including holding silent auctions, selling raffle tickets and making personal monetary contributions, throughout the past year toward raising funds for the donations.   In addition, proceeds were raised through the auction of a DVD recording of a speaking engagement by Hermine Tobolowsky, – hailed as the mother of the Equal Legal Rights Amendment in Texas – one of the notable leaders in TBW’s predecessor organization, the Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women, Inc.

Gilda Murray Scholarships Awarded

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The Texas Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Inc. has announced two awards for the Gilda Murray Scholarships for 2009 – 2010. 

Recipients are Laurie Comeaux and Suzanne Schlabs.

Comeaux is pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Research Administration through George Washington University.  The program encompasses courses in research, professional studies and clinical research administration.  She is a member of TBW Dallas, Inc.

Schlabs, a member of the TBW Ridglea Lone Star local organization, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Information Systems.  She also plans to pursue her CPA certificate, following completion of her B.S. degree.  She currently works as a self-employed bookkeeper, while also pursuing her studies.

The Gilda Murray scholarships are open to members of Texas Business Women, Inc. who seek assistance in obtaining or continuing education or training to prepare for employment, to advance in a business or a profession or to complete educational requirements in pursuit of a new career.

Congratulations, Laurie and Suzanne!

Minnie L. Maffett Award Recipients Named

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The Texas Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Inc. has awarded 2 Minnie L. Maffett scholarships for 2009 – 2010.

Jessica Rhinehart-Ventura is a fourth-year medical student at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  She plans to pursue a residency position in the Obstetrics and Gynecology specialty and ultimately center her medical career around the care for women.

Katayoon Karimi Goudarzi has completed a Master’s program in Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, with a focus in psychology.  She graduated from Shahid Beheshti Medical School in Iran in 2004.  Ms. Goudarzi is preparing to take the U. S. Medical Licensure Examinations, which are required to begin a medical residency program in psychiatry.

The Minnie L. Maffett Scholarship honors Minnie L. Maffett, a physician and surgeon, who was the first BPW/Texas President and a BPW/USA President.

The Minnie L. Maffett awards provide financial assistance for promoting medical education for women.  The scholarship is targeted for assisting a female graduate of a recognized medical school; post-graduate research in a medical field; a female Ph.D. from a Texas university who is pursuing research in a medical field; a woman in need of financial aid for the first year in establishing a family practice located in a rural area which has a population less than 5000; or a fourth-year female medical student who is working toward the completion of a M.D. or D.O. degree at an accredited school in the State of Texas.

Bobbie Socks Bingo Event

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Roll back the calendar to ponytails, 50s music, bobbie socks and saddle oxfords.  Then you have the perfect setting for a special evening of fun and fundraising.

Attendees enjoyed all this and more at the Bobbie Socks Bingo event, which was held in conjunction with the Texas Business Women’s MidYear Board meeting in Fort Worth in late January 2010.

Traditional bingo games and a Mexican buffet headlined the evening.  Attendees also enjoyed bidding on their favorite items in a very successful silent auction event.  The evening’s activities raised more than $2,500 for the Foundation’s various programs.

“This was a fun way to raise funds and raise awareness of the many activities and programs of the Texas Foundation,” said Tina Garner, chairperson of Texas Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Inc.

Women’s Small Business Initiative (WSBI)

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
The Texas Business and Professional Women’s Foundation has established a Women’s Small Business Initiative (WSBI) program for the purpose of researching needs of women-owned small businesses and providing financial support to selected individuals in the future.
The Initiative, currently in development stages, seeks to formulate recommendations regarding the role and programs that may be needed in support of women who plan to establish their own small businesses.
The Initiative is currently exploring potential partnerships, especially targeting those organizations which may offer training programs for women small business owners.
“The future offers many opportunities for the WSBI,” said Silvia Pendleton, President-Elect of Texas Business Women. “As a small business owner myself,” she continued, “I’ve met women with great ideas and tons of potential. Sometimes a few thousand dollars may help launch them on the road to becoming a successful small business owner. A partner like the Texas Business and Professional Women’s Foundation can help open the doors for many women.”

The Texas Business and Professional Women’s Foundation has established a Women’s Small Business Initiative (WSBI) program for the purpose of researching needs of women-owned small businesses and providing financial support to selected individuals in the future.

The Initiative, currently in development stages, seeks to formulate recommendations regarding the role and programs that may be needed in support of women who plan to establish their own small businesses.

The Initiative is currently exploring potential partnerships, especially targeting those organizations which may offer training programs for women small business owners.

“The future offers many opportunities for the WSBI,” said Silvia Pendleton, President-Elect of Texas Business Women. “As a small business owner myself,” she continued, “I’ve met women with great ideas and tons of potential. Sometimes a few thousand dollars may help launch them on the road to becoming a successful small business owner. A partner like the Texas Business and Professional Women’s Foundation can help open the doors for many women.”