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Wednesday, December 6, 2023 | 10:30 AM - Noon

Honoring Jolie Newman, The Gertrude Shelburne Humanitarian Award Recipient

We are overjoyed to invite you to the 33rd Annual Dallas Awards on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.

Join us as we gather for a memorable morning at the Annual Dallas Awards in support of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. The morning will feature an array of breakfast bites, brunch cocktails, and a mission-driven program. We are thrilled to share that award-winning, acclaimed actress Connie Britton will join Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas on stage for a conversation moderated by Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, that you will not want to miss!

Together on December 6th, we'll take strides toward a world in which everyone can access quality healthcare and information to live their lives fully, without judgment.

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Connie Britton | Featured Speaker

Connie Britton is an actress known for the iconic role of “Tammi Taylor” in the critically acclaimed drama Friday Night Lights, for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She also garnered Emmy Award nominations for her work in ABC’s Nashville, and FX’s hit series American Horror Story.

She can more recently be seen in the Apple TV+ series Dear Edward and the Netflix feature Luckiest Girl Alive, alongside Mila Kunis and Finn Wittrock. Previously, she starred in the Emmy Award-winning HBO series The White Lotus, for which she also received an Emmy Award nomination.

In film, she starred in Jay Roach’s Bombshell, alongside Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman. She also starred in Emerald Fennell’s Academy Award-nominated feature Promising Young Woman, alongside Carey Mulligan, as well as Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You, opposite Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, and Tina Fey. 

Connie’s production company Deep Blue Productions, has a first-look deal at Amazon Studios. Its mission is to create thoughtful, provocative, female-driven, and inclusive programming.

Connie is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme, helping lend visibility and mobilize support for their efforts to fight poverty, empower women, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals. Connie speaks about women-led storytelling as well as the importance of women leading the way to solve the issues she is most passionate about - ending hunger and poverty and protecting our planet. 

Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks | Moderator

CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, President & CEO, Marshalling Resources Consulting, Retired AT&T Executive Officer and Author

Cynt Marshall has been a dynamic force for inclusion and diversity within the Mavericks organization and over a 36-year career at AT&T.  When Cynt was hired as the CEO of the Mavs in March 2018, she set her sights on a culture transformation.  Her vision was for the Mavericks organization to become the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity. Cynt brought transparency, trust and her values-based leadership style that evolved the company culture.

Prior to her joining the Mavs, Cynt founded Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm specializing in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture Transformation and overall optimization of people resources. Upon the company naming its first Chief Inclusion Officer in June 2017, Cynt worked with The Dow Chemical Company to develop and implement a strategy for institutionalizing an inclusive culture. Dow was named to DiversityIncs Top 50 list in 2018 and has consistently climbed the rankings. The company is also now recognized on Fortunes Great Place to Work lists.

Cynts notoriety began many years ago as a young Officer at AT&T and grew exponentially when she served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T.  Cynt led the team that created a world class Diversity and Inclusion culture, landing AT&T in the top 3 on Diversity Incs Top 50 list of companies.  She also spearheaded the work that for the first time placed AT&T on Fortunes 100 Best Companies to Work For list in 2017, one of only two Fortune 50 companies.

Before her SVP-Human Resources and Chief Diversity Office roles, Cynt served as President-AT&T North Carolina where she became the first African-American chair of the North Carolina State Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her North Carolina appointment, Cynt held a variety of executive positions in California.

Widely recognized for her visionary leadership and ability to get things done, Cynt is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the 2022 Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Hope for Humanity award. In 2021, Forbes named Cynt one of 15 of the worlds most inspiring female leaders. Cynt received the 2020 Girl Scouts of America Lifetime Achievement award and was touted as one of Adweeks 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports. The Dallas Mavericks have twice received the NBA’s Inclusion Leadership award.

Cynt graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources Management.  She currently serves on four corporate boards including BGSF Staffing, JELD-WEN, Chime Financial, Inc. and Yahoo. She also serves on several non-profit boards, including, but not limited to, Dallas CASA (board chair), Dallas Regional Chamber, Texas Womens Foundation, T.D. Jakes Foundation, Pro Sports Assembly, and Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and is a member of the University of California at Berkeley Board of Visitors.

Cynt’s first book, You’ve Been Chosen, was released in September 2022 and nominated for an NAACP Image award. She grew up in Richmond, California and lives in Dallas, Texas. Cynt and her husband, Kenneth Marshall, have four adult children.  

Averie Bishop | Guest Speaker

Averie Bishop is a native Texan, legal advocate, and international nonprofit director. Averie made history when she became the very first Asian American woman to win the title of Miss Texas. During her year of service, she travelled over 70,000 miles, taught more than 100,000 students the importance of diversity and inclusion, and fought for reproductive healthcare. With a combined following of more than a million followers, Averie leverages her social media platform to inspire the next generation of leaders.


Annual Dallas Awards Co-Chairs, Joanne Teichman and Alysa Teichman. (left to right)

The 2022 Gertrude Shelburne Humanitarian Award Honoree, Debbie Barnes receives her award. 

President and CEO, Ken Lambrecht addressing guests.

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