2022 Fort Worth Women in Leadership Symposium
November 15, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CT)
Paragon of Womanhood: Restoration, Reintegration, and Reemergence
The purpose of this event is to bring together female leaders who will address topics regarding leadership, professional development, and career advancement.
Dr. Tamara L. Brown joined The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs on August 1, 2022. Dr. Brown leads the 10 colleges/schools at UTA as well as a number of other units including Faculty Affairs, the Division of Student Success, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Global Educational Outreach, Libraries, and others. She is committed to promoting and achieving academic excellence at one of the most diverse campus populations in the nation, consisting of almost 60,000 students each year. Dr. Brown has had an active and interesting career path. After earning her doctorate and master’s degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Longwood College, she also earned a master’s of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Starting her career as an assistant professor and then associate professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Brown later served as dean and professor at Prairie View’s College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology and executive director of the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center. After transitioning to interim dean of graduate studies at Prairie View A&M University, she became executive dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of North Texas, where she was responsible for the largest college on campus, consisting of 9,000 students and more than 22 academic departments and programs. She now joins UTA to guide UTA into a new era with renewed vision and experience.
Castro, MBA, CHFP
Dawn Castro serves as Vice President of Revenue Cycle for Conifer Health Solutions. In this role, she has responsibility for various activities such as; leading key strategic initiatives within our Client Systems Integration and
supporting Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures. Dawn joined Tenet in 1991, then was a vital part of the launch of Conifer Health Solutions in 2008, bringing with her more than 25 years of healthcare industry experience.
Dawn’s expertise in front, middle and back-end RCM operations has enabled her to contribute to Conifer Health’s success in multiple capacities. In one of her earliest roles, Dawn was responsible for developing the Company’s Centralized Patient Access Service Center, which today services more than 100+ hospitals to enable improved Patient Throughput and lesson the burden on our front line staff.
Masters of Business Administration and Finance from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia
Member of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
Member of HFMA Large Health System Forum
Member of the California Health Association (CHA). Held various positons including a Board Member
30+ years of experience in hospital and physician revenue cycle management and operations
Proven track record in client relationship management
Developed and led large-scale operations management
Developed one of Conifers Captive BPO entities in Manila serving over 130 clients with multiple service lines
Has successfully led many of our clients M&A, system conversions and transformation Initiatives
Cauthorn, MSHRM, CDP, SPHR
Kim Cummings, SCP, SPHR is senior vice president, Human Resources, Talent and Workforce Planning at Children’s Health based in Dallas, Texas. In this role, Kim leads HR and Talent strategy including workforce/people transformation initiatives, succession, and supports cross-market enterprise-wide talent development initiatives for the Dallas market.
Kim has over 25 years of HR experience in a variety of leadership roles encouraging and promoting employee engagement in companies that include BNSF Railway, BELO Broadcasting, Burger King Corporation, Dell and Target Corporation. Kim is a thought leader in the space of Diversity & Inclusion receiving numerous community service and business awards that include “HR Professional of the Year” designation by Ogletree Deakins Law Firm and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, DiversityFIRST™ Award, Top women in Healthcare recognition from the National Diversity Council, Texas Most Powerful Business Women by Texas Diversity Magazine and the SWJC Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women Southwest award.
Kim received her Bachelor degree in Social Work from Texas State University graduating from the University’s Emerging Leader program and was inducted into Who’s Who in College & Universities students. Kim received her Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Human Resource Development & Leadership. She holds a Senior Professional designation in Human Resources and certified employee relations credentials. Kim is a professional member of the Fort Worth Human Resources Group and National Society of Human Resource Management.
-Child Care Associates Board Member: Personnel Committee Chair
-Dallas Dinner Table Facilitator
-DisabilityIN: North Texas Board Member
-Girls Inc. of Tarrant County Advisory Board – Board Chair
-Grapevine/Colleyville ISD Diversity Advisory Council
-Hispanic100/Texas Women’s Association: Board Member at Large
-Multicultural Alliance: Board Member at Large
-National Association of Asian American Professionals: Board Member
-Orchid Giving Circle – Dallas Women’s Foundation: Founding Member
-The Source of Hope Advisory Board
-University of Texas Arlington Human Resources Advisory Board
Dr. Chloe Lemelle is the Assistant Vice President of Workforce Diversity at AT&T. In this role, Chloe and her team are responsible for strengthening AT&T’s culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Prior to re-joining AT&T’s Human Resources department in 2022, Dr. Lemelle served as the Director of Cultural Transformation within AT&T Consumer and the Director of Ethical Culture in the Chief Compliance Office. In these roles, her team’s primary focus was on cultural evolution and enhancement. Chloe joined AT&T in 2013, working on the Organizational Performance team in Human Resources. Before AT&T, Chloe served as an Executive Consultant at a consulting firm now owned by IBM and was responsible for executive-level assessment, selection, and coaching.
Chloe’s areas of focus and expertise include:
• Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging
• Organizational Culture
• Mental health & Wellness
• Employee Engagement & Ethics
• Organizational Surveys and Focus Groups
• Leadership Assessment and Selection
• Individual Development and Coaching
Chloe earned both a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University (LSU). Chloe is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas and an active member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists (SIOP). Dr. Lemelle also serves on UTA’s College of Science Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors for Dallas Dinner Table. Chloe’s most rewarding role, by far, is that of mother to her two children: Bronx (6) and Boston (4)
Laura is responsible for building out the Diversity & Inclusion strategic roadmap at Trinity – leading all aspects of Diversity & Inclusion. She is deeply committed to serving people. She is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity & inclusion, her commitment drives innovation and enhances the overall employee experience. She is a leader with proven results for driving change in corporate culture. In her current role, she is creating the D&I function. She leads enterprise-wide D&I initiatives and training. Her efforts around D&I help to elevate employee engagement, employee experience, company reputation, talent attraction, fostering an inclusive company culture, and retaining talent. Laura partners closely with all internal stakeholders. She is privileged to lead all eight Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and two Employee Networks (ENs) at Trinity. Prior to joining Trinity, Laura worked at Invitation Homes where she constructed the DE&I function. She created a 3 year strategy, implemented anti-discrimination policy, ERG framework and launched six ERGs. Invitation Homes received various Comparably D&I recognitions. Preceding Invitation Homes, Laura successfully built out the D&I function from scratch for Ericsson North America. She helped Ericsson gain recognitions such as Forbes List of “2019 Top Employers of Choice for Diversity”, US Veterans Magazine, and ranked in “Top 100 for Diversity” by Mavens. During her time at Ericsson, she also launched several new ERGs and co-created their first talent acceleration program R.I.S.E. Before Ericsson, Laura spent 17 years at AT&T. At AT&T, she held numerous roles within various organizations at AT&T. Her work experience is both extensive and diverse within Human Resources, Finance, Business Marketing, working directly with former Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson. She began her career as a frontline employee, originally hired in as a service representative. She has a broad work experience, her responsibilities ranged from talent development, managed global corporate D&I sponsorships at AT&T. Laura led the Women’s and Hispanic/Latino segments, in this role she created corporate strategies which influenced the company’s direction on efforts for both segments. She administered diversity metrics, corporate diversity awards, and reporting. She managed quarterly diversity scorecards and reporting for the CEO and his direct reports as well as supported various D&I governance councils. She was program administrator for the ABS Six Sigma program. She led process improvement for customer escalations by collaborating with the Office of the President. Laura has deep expertise in the telecommunications/technology industry, over 19 years serving in the telecom/tech industry. Laura is a TEDx speaker, she is considered a thought leader in her field. In 2022, she was awarded the Community Champion of Diversity Award by University of Texas at Dallas. In 2020, Laura was recognized as one of D CEO Magazine Dallas 500, one of Dallas – FT Worth’s “Most Powerful Business Leaders”. In April 2019, she was featured in the Latina Style Magazine “Latinas in STEM on a Mission to Empower the Future”. In September 2018, Laura was featured in D Magazine DCEO “A Day in the Life of”. In September 2016, Laura was included in the “Room at the Top” article in USA Today – Hispanic Living Magazine. In 2017, she was selected to participate in the first Dallas cohort for Mujeres de HACE Women’s Leadership Development 12-week program. Laura gives back to her community. She serves on the University of Texas at Dallas Diversity Advisory Council and serves on the Board of Directors for Bryan’s House and Latinas in Tech (Dallas Chapter). She is co-founder of DFW Alliance of Latino Leaders (ALL). She mentors several people in her free time, she believes in the power of mentorship and giving back to her community. She is a former Guinness World Record Holder and has received the President’s Volunteer. Laura resides in Dallas, TX with her two children Lily and Diego. She enjoys spending time with her kids going to the movies, volunteering, cheering for her kids during marching band and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and going on family vacations.
Tasby, CPA, CIA
Ann Tasby, CPA CIA Director, TCU Neeley School Office of Inclusive Excellence Accounting Faculty To enhance the TCU Neeley academic experience and culture of connection, Ann leads the design and implementation of the school-wide Inclusive Excellence Strategy, framework, activation and accountability system that incorporates a recruitment and retention plan for diverse students, faculty and staff as well as embedding cultural competency development into the core curriculum and co-curricular experiences for all Neeley students. Ann is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. She joined TCU in 2017 as an Accounting Faculty member with more than 20 years of professional experience helping Fortune 500 companies successfully mitigate business risk, reduce operating costs and improve business processes. Ann has worked extensively in Latin America, Europe, Australia and Africa serving a global client base for Big 4 accounting firms. Concurrently, she has served as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) leader throughout her career and served on non-profit boards with a DEI focus.
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