May 232017

Communication. Collaboration. Connection.

“We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for State Conference on June 9-10. Learn the skills and tools you need to be successful in your career and business. Gain the confidence to be an effective leader. Join fellow TBW members and guests from across the state for workshops, discussions and networking. It’s time to connect! Register at by May 25, 2017! ($25.00 Late Fee After Deadline) You do not have to be a member to attend!

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Communicating with Confidence – Marti Cason
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Running an Effective Meeting – Regina Johnson
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Conflict Resolution – Pat Bell
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch – Networking
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM The Power of Self-Talk – Tracy Oswald
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 10 Habits of a Good Manager – Kendra Kinnison
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Growing Leaders – Silvia Pendleton

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM TBW Conference Registration
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Past State Presidents’ Dinner
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM TBW Reception – hors d’oeuvres

8:00 AM –   8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM –   9:30 AM Opening Session
9:30 AM – 11:00 PM Business Session
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Luncheon with Guest Speaker – Burton Gilliam
1:30 PM –   4:00 PM Business Session
5:30 PM –   8:00 PM President’s Dinner and Officer Installations

Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Allen
704 Central Expy S. Allen TX
Special Room Rate is $89 + Tax/Fees

To reserve a hotel room call Hilton Garden Inn at 214-547-1700.

Mention Texas Business Women in order to get discounted rate.
Hotel Reservation Deadline is May 25, 2017
(The TBW Room Discount Expires)

Vendor Booths
Advertise at State Conference! If you have services or products to promote, take advantage of our state-wide network of professional women. Reserve a table to build brand awareness and reach your audience.
1-Day Vendor Table: $25
2-Days Vendor Table: $40
Contact us at to reserve a vendor table.


Communicating with Confidence
Marti Cason

Marti Cason has been an educator for over a decade, teaching at all levels from primary grades to post-secondary. She is working as a graduate assistant at the University of North Texas while working toward a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Marti’s research interests currently include numeracy development, a dialectic perspective of mathematics concepts, and developing hip-hop pedagogy for mathematics classrooms. As an educator, she challenges both students and fellow educators to be innovative in their approach to mathematics. Marti has been a member of TBW for the past two years and is part of the team that developed the Communicating with Confidence workshop. She currently resides in Denton with her husband, Randy, and two dogs, Holli and Cricket; they are all enthusiastic fans of the Texas Rangers!

Running an Effective Meeting
Regina Johnson

Regina Johnson is currently serving as Secretary of the Texas Business Women’s Board of Directors.  Regina has been a member since 1977.  She has served as a Local Organization President, District Director and in many other Local Organization, District/Regional and State committee chairs and offices.  She is a former chair of the Texas Business & Professional Women’s Foundation.  Regina is a former Texas Young Careerist, representing Texas at the 1978 BPW/USA National Convention. Professionally, Regina earned a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Texas, Austin in 1975.  Since receiving her degree, she was employed at The Dow Chemical Company.  Regina held many leadership positions in Research & Development, Manufacturing and in Marketing.  She is now retired from Dow after 37 years of service.

Serving on the TBW Board of Directors, Regina is anxious to contribute her business and development skills to this great organization.  Having worked in a non-traditional female career for almost 35 years, she has seen the impact of education on women.  She would like to assist more women to benefit from increased training and education, giving them improved life skills for them and a greater economic benefit for them and their families.

Conflict Resolution
Pat Bell

Pat Bell has been a member of BPW/TBW since 2003.  Employed as a Virtual Project Lead for ManpowerGroup RPO, she takes time to deliver leadership development training sessions and coaching to keep her entrepreneurial spirit alive.

A proud mother of three adults, Pat is enjoying her 50’s and the new discoveries of life with women full of destiny.  Forever grateful to BPW/TBW for the rich experiences, friendships and privilege to serve as State President for 2014 – 2016.

The Power of Self-Talk
Tracy Oswald

Tracy Oswald is a Business leader, speaker and expert executive coach who helps smart, successful high achievers live extraordinary lives. Creator of the 12 Houses of Leadership, a leadership development strategy, she’s helped hundreds of executives and entrepreneurs achieve things they never thought possible.

Unlike many other speakers and coaches, Tracy’s unique blend of emotional intelligence, warm humor and bold delivery allows her to scale the walls we’ve all put up around ourselves, win the hearts and minds of her clients and audiences and allows them to access powerful parts of themselves they never knew existed.

Habits of a Good Manager
Kendra Kinnison
Kendra L. Kinnison, MBA, CPA, is the General Manager for Port Royal Ocean Resort and President of PRexcel, a consulting firm serving the hospitality industry. She also provides leadership coaching to help others achieve excellence through habits. Kendra is Chair of the Texas Business and Professional Women’s Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Travel Industry Association, the Advisory Board of the College of Business at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and the Island Strategic Action Committee for the City of Corpus Christi. Over the last two decades, Kendra has served in leadership positions in a number of community service organizations.
Holding an MBA and BBA from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Kendra is the youngest MBA graduate in the school’s history. She is also a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class XXX and was the Steering Committee Chair for Class XXXV. Kendra was an inaugural selection to Corpus Christi’s Top 40 Under 40 list in 2006 and was a Y Women in Careers Honoree in 2005.

Growing Leaders
Silvia Pendleton

Silvia Pendleton has been a manager, business owner, entrepreneur, volunteer leader, board member, meeting planner, job placement counselor, community coordinator, association executive, and several other titles during her career.

In addition to her current role with the Success Kit 4 Managers, her recent experience includes working for the Texas Self Storage Association as Director of Operations, Marketing & Membership and launching her own consulting business Arcadia Management Services. She’s worked with The National Center for Victims of Crime in New York and Washington, D.C. for several years. She served as President of Texas Business Women from 2010-2011 and is an active member of the Austin Local Organization.

She received recognition for activities in the organization including the 2002 Outstanding Region Director, and the 2008 Woman of the Year award. She was recognized in 2002 Who’s Who in Association Management, and achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2014.

So You Want to Be an Actor
Burton Gilliam
Actor/Motivational Speaker

Talk About a Hollywood Success Story! Imagine being plucked from the relatively obscure but satisfying life of a 14-year veteran Dallas firefighter/Golden Gloves boxing champion and being cast in two Academy Award-winning films in a row! Incredible… and that is exactly how you would describe the acting career of Burton Gilliam… INCREDIBLE! From Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, Honeymoon In Vegas, Fletch, Back to the Future Ill, and 46 other films, Burton has worked with heavyweights Mel Brooks, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, James Stewart, Roy Rogers, Nicolas Cage, Burt Reynolds, Andy Griffith, Jeff Bridges, Hilary Swank, Chevy Chase, Richard Chamberlain, Blythe Danner, Alan Arkin, Patty Duke, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alec Baldwin, Michael J. Fox, Willie Nelson, James Caan, Charles Bronson and many more.Numerous TV credits and commercial work has kept him busy, too.

You’ll recognize his face and voice from commercials for major products such as Ford Motor Company, Coco-Cola, Chrysler, Hyundai. Quaker StateMotor Oil, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and local car dealerships. He was the national spokesperson for Pace Picante(“Hey, that stuff’smade in New York City!”) for twelve years.

Burton and his wife Susan now reside in Allen, Texas. They have two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who live in the Dallas area.”

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