Deryl McKissack on the 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit » Dallas Innovates

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.…on the 5th annual Women’s Leadership Summit, via NBC 5 DFW.

Here's This Friday and Saturday August 5 and 6, some 250 female leaders will gather for the 5th annual Women’s Leadership Summit at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas. Founded by former Texas State Representative Helen Giddingsthe event has a goal of empowering women to promote mentorship, entrepreneurship, and breaking down barriers to women in leadership.

The theme of this year’s summit is “Reemerged, Restored, Refocused and Reimagined.”

Keynote speakers will include McKissackwho founded her architectural and construction firm in 1990, along with Vanessa Gilmorea retired US district judge for Texas’ Southern District, and Sharon Weston Broome, the mayor-president of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“We know that the obstacles that we come across as Blacks and as women in this country, and especially being in an all-male dominated business, so every morning I get up on my purpose,” McKissack told NBC 5 DFW.

McKissack’s company has offices in Dallas, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, and currently has contracts with both Dallas and Fort Worth independent school districts. She can speak to breaking barriers as she led the first Black woman-owned construction firm to become a prime contractor for the city of Fort Worth, NBC 5 DFW reports.

One sign of the summit’s success: It’s sold out, and registration is closed.

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