2018 Inaugural Dallas Power 50 Award

The Texas Diversity Magazine takes pride in announcing our inaugural Dallas Power 50 award. In celebration of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, we want to honor women in the C-Suite from top companies such as PepsiCo, AT&T, and Wells Fargo, to name a few, who endeavor to improve not just their departments and companies, but their communities as well. Now we celebrate their hard work and progressive initiatives that serve to make the gender gap in the C-suite just that much smaller.

Selection for this distinction was based on each individual’s contribution to business growth and strategic direction, proven record of innovation and accomplishments in their area of expertise, and their ability to serve as an active role model by mentoring the next generation of professionals in their industry. Each awardee stands atop their field in several industries, such as oil & gas, healthcare, technology, financial services, government, and retail. The wide range of industries represented in this group of distinguished executives speaks to the distinctive importance their role plays in the new corporate arena.

“The Inaugural 2018 Power 50 award honors a diverse range of executive leaders of the highest caliber,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chairman of the Texas Diversity Magazine. “Our team takes great pride in honoring this group of accomplished women that continue to push innovation in business and beyond.”

Women in these positions must be championed and honored so that they can serve as a standard by which other aspiring women might aim to achieve, or even surpass. They are examples that women can, and do, have sustainable roles in the C-Suite. So, please, join us in celebration of all the women below for their past, present, and future success.

Cynthia “Cyndi” Giles
Executive Vice President, Head of Lender Finance
Wells Fargo

Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall
Dallas Mavericks

Denise McWatters
SVP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer
Holly Frontier Corporation

Denise A. Paulonis
The Michaels Companies

Elaine Agather
CEO, Dallas Region
JPMorgan Chase

Ellen Barker
SVP, Chief Information Officer- IT Services
Texas Instruments

Evelyn Henry-Miller
CFO/Board Director
TD Industries

Janet DeBerardinis
Chief Information Officer
Caliber Collision Centers

Jaxie Alt
Executive Vice President-HR
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

Joann Chatfield
Chief Marketing Officer
Moneygram International

Jody Mocedonio
Executive Vice President, CFO
Dean Foods

Julie Piggott
EVP, Chief Financial Officer
BNSF Railway

Katherine Adkins
Group Vice President, General Counsel

Kelli Valade
EVP, President of Chili’s® Grill & Bar
Brinker International

Kim Noltemy
CEO and President
Dallas Symphony

Kim Underhill
President, North America Consumer Business
Kimberly Clark

Kim Dixon
FedEx Office

Kristina Witmer
Online Marketing, SEO, Content Management & Social Marketing
Witmer Group

Laura Maxwell
SVP, Supply Chain Optimization
PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division

Lesley Harris
VP, Global Service Delivery & Support
Sabre Hospitality

Linda Valdez Thompson
EVP, Administration & Strategy
DFW Airport

Lori Lee
CEO, AT&T International & Global Marketing Officer

Mandy Ginsberg
Match Group

Melissa Reiff
Container Store

Melody Lenox
Vice President of Operations
Axxess Technology Solutions

Muneera Carr
Chief Financial Officer

Neelu Sethi
Chief Information Officer
Reddy Ice

Nicole Weeldreyer
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

Roslyn Dawson Thompson 
President and CEO
Dallas Women’s Foundation

Sandra Broderick
EVP, Head of Operations
Santander Consumer USA

Shannon Jurecka
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Sharon Anderson Wright
President and CEO
Half Price Books

Sherianne James
Chief Marketing Officer
Essilor of America, Inc.

Sheryl Adkins-Green
Chief Marketing Officer
Mary Kay

Stephanie Stewart
VP, Chief Information Officer
Pioneer Natural Resources

Tammy Romo
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Southwest Airlines

Tanya Little
Founder and CEO
Hart Advisors

Valerie Freeman
The Imprimis Group

Angelina Pelham
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Dave & Busters

Annika Cail
Managing Director
Deal Value

Ashley Glover
EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Real Page

Barbara Smith
Chairman, President and CEO
Commercial Metals

Betty Ungerman
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
Lennox International

Carrie S. McDermott
Sally Beauty Holdings

Casey Shilling
Chief Marketing Officer
Zoës Kitchen

Chandra Dhandapani
Chief Digital & Technology Officer

Chandra McCormack
Grey Hound

Cheryl Alston
Executive Director & Chief Investment Officer
Employees’ Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas

Claudia Mirza
Founder and CEO

Cole Brown
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
Conifer Health Solutions