In partnership with Soul Reborn, a 501 c (3) non-profit organization that focuses on transforming the lives of women, and Cheryl Magazine, an international information source highlighting the amazing work of powerful women around the world, Dr. Cheryl Polote Williamson hosted the inaugural Women of Influence Awards luncheon in Dallas during Women’s History Month – a time dedicated to recognizing the contributions of women to our society.
The event, themed “A Seat at the Table,” took place Friday, March 31, 2023, at the Gleneagles Country Club in Plano before a sold-out crowd. “A Seat at the Table” included live music from Dallas-based Clover the Violinist, multi-nominated songstress Contessah Davis (Dream Girls), the awards presentation, networking, a catered gourmet lunch and a silent auction. Alena Analeigh McQuarter, who became the youngest Black person accepted into medical school, was presented with a $1,500 scholarship from Soul Reborn in partnership with Cooper Kindred Ventures, LLC. Attendees also heard from three women who had previously been helped by Soul Reborn, including Ché Houston, owner of Ché René Macarons and More. She shared how the early support and resources provided by Soul Reborn helped her overcome a serious addiction and become a successful entrepreneur.
The Women of Influence award is presented to individuals who have exhibited extraordinary talent, integrity, and leadership in their respective industries and have shown compassion for causes that elevate women and have helped pave the road for future generations.
Award recipients included Alexis Kerr, vice president of Hallmark Mahogany; Kimberly Bizor Tolbert, deputy city manager of Dallas; Erika Salter, CEO and founder of Erika Salter Law Firm; Michelynn Woodard, award winning philanthropist; Dr. Monica Williams, vice president, University Advancement, UNT Dallas; and LaToya Haynes, director, racial equity, Intuit.
“Women face many obstacles when it comes to their ambitions and goals, which is why it’s imperative that women in leadership help create opportunities for others to succeed,” said Dr. Polote Williamson. “This luncheon was a celebration of those who have done just that. I’m grateful for their selflessness and look forward to recognizing more women in the future.”
The event was sponsored by Intuit, HSC at Fort Worth, The Polote Corporation, Erika Salter Law, AARP, JBJ Management, UNT-Dallas, Kween Bee’s Sugar Scrub, Williamson Media Group, LLC, Ché René Macarons, Ivy Storehouse, Hallmark Mahogany and Faithful Blooms.