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Texas Women’s Foundation Announces Allyson Felix, America’s Most Decorated Track and Field Athlete, as Speaker for 37th Annual Luncheon Oct. 6

The Dallas Mavericks will be the main sponsor

DALLAS, July 26, 2022 – The Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) was quick to reveal its keynote speaker for the 37e Annual lunch: Allyson Felixwho reigns as America’s most decorated track and field athlete of all time after winning her bronze and gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. of this year will take place on October 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas.

A world record holder, Felix holds 13 world titles, 20 championship medals and 11 Olympic medals. Off the track, she’s a passionate advocate for maternity rights for all women and founder and president of Saysh, which designs and manufactures athletic-inspired shoes made for and by women. (See below for full biography*).

Additionally, the organization secured The Dallas Mavericks as the presenting sponsor of the luncheon with its President and CEO, Cynt Marshall, as moderator. Marshall is also a board member of TXWF.

TXWF Board Members and Business Leaders, Laura Nieto and Rachel Vinson, are luncheon co-chairs. Nieto is director of community outreach for Southwest Airlines. Vinson is president of US Debt & Structured Finance for CBRE.

Miki Woodard, President and CEO of the Texas Women’s Foundation, said, “We are excited about this all-star team, Allyson and Cynt, who will elevate the conversation about transforming communities with systems that support everyone, while sharing sports and personal stories. We are also grateful to the team of Laura and Rachel, co-chairs of our largest fundraiser, who are transforming their working communities. So run, don’t walk, to reserve your spot at our event!”

Along with Marshall, Felix will participate in a moderated conversation discussing his work transforming communities around the world, fighting inequality by leading initiatives advocating for maternal policies, access to education, and aiding next generation of mothers and athletes. Felix may be retiring from competitive athletics, but she’s amplifying her voice for women’s rights and launching her new women’s brand, run by women, which attendees will hear more about over lunch.

About the Texas Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon:

The annual luncheon is the Foundation’s primary fundraiser to support its work to advance economic security, leadership, education, health and safety for women in Texas through research, advocacy, programs and grantmaking. Sponsorship For those wishing to support the event through sponsorship, contact Breanna Khorrami at [email protected] Visit for details.

About the Texas Women’s Foundation:

The Texas Women’s Foundation transforms Texas for women and girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the largest women’s foundations in the world, the Foundation raises funds from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7 million in investments that advance the economic security and leadership of Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants, and programs. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $57 million in women and girls, including $43 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls girls provide policy makers and legislators with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking, and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. Additionally, the Texas Women’s Foundation is a recognized leader and advocate of the gender-lens investing movement and has deployed 100% of its assets – endowments, operating investments, and donor-advised funds – in a portfolio to gender impact that generates strong financial returns and social benefits. to women and girls. For more information, visit, Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

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Allyson Felix reigns as the most decorated U.S. track and field Olympian of all time after winning her bronze and gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, her fifth and final Olympics. Felix closes this chapter of her life with a staggering twenty-seven world medals at the Olympics and World Championships and World Record Holder and World Masters Record Holder titles. This year marks her last season, during which she dedicated herself to other female athletes, especially mothers.

Felix continued to make history in Tokyo, wearing running cleats created by his company – the lifestyle brand Saysh – becoming the first athlete to run in his own cleat. Launched after the Games in June 2021, Saysh not only aims to create an encouraging and supportive community for women, but it also designs and manufactures athletic-inspired shoes made for and by women, unlike most brands, including shoes are created from men’s feet. and shoes. Running with her own spikes on the biggest stage in the world, Felix showed that she wasn’t just about medals – she was running for change, equity and acceptance for women and girls everywhere. In line with its mission to empower and serve women, Saysh sought out female-led, female-funded partners for the brand’s recent Series A fundraising round, which raised $8 million and was led by the Athleta brand, owned by Gap Inc.

Off track, Felix is ​​a strong advocate for maternity rights for all women. In 2019, she wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times who called out former sponsor Nike for not providing guaranteed protections to pregnant athletes and new moms. (Felix gave birth to daughter Camryn in 2018.) Public reaction to the article highlighted pregnancy-related discrimination in athletics, and the practice was heavily criticized. More female athletes came alongside Felix, offering their stories. During the 2020 Olympics, Felix, alongside his new sponsor Athleta, created the Power of She Fund: Child Care Grant – a fund to help mom-athletes look after their children while attending the games.

Felix has always been passionate about children and serves on the board of directors of Right To Play in hopes of reaching out to underserved children in developing regions.

Felix currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.