Lorie is a Dallas attorney who primarily focuses on comprehensive
estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and probate. In May of 2017, Lorie announced that she is running for the United States House of Representatives, the 3rd Congressional District of Texas.
Lorie served on the Lambda Legal Dallas Leadership Committee in 2017. From 2014-2016, Lorie served on the Black Tie Dinner Board, a charitable dinner board that raises money for local beneficiaries and the Human Rights Foundation. Lorie served as the 2013-2014 National President for the Board of Directors of the American Business Women’s Association. From 2011-2013, she served on the ABWA National Board as well as on the Board of Trustees for the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund. She is also the past Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and was formally the Co-Chair of the DFW Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee.
Lorie was honored by the Dallas Business Journal as a 2013 Women in Business. She was recognized as one of the 2010 Top Ten Business Women for the American Business Women’s Association. Also for 2010, Lorie was selected as Woman of the Year for the Outlook Positive Express Network for ABWA. In 2007, Lorie was awarded the North Texas GLBT Chamber Business Person of the Year.
Yolanda is passionate about seeing people operate in their personal power. Her energizing and connecting engagement style has a way of captivating the audiences attention while making them feel like long lost friends reunited. She has a way of evoking thought provoking emotions and asking self-reflective questions that will leave the audience wanting more. With her strong presence and dynamic delivery, you can expect to be entertained and inspired. Her overall goal is to Impact, Influence and Ignite something within you that will make you BETTER. Her signature statement of, “Its imperative that you leave my presence better than you came! If not, our time was wasted!” She supports this by sharing small bits of impactful information that you can take and use along life’s journey. These are referred to as, “Yolanda’s Nuggets.” Her presentations are filled with them and it’s up to you to grab as many as you need.
She’s dedicated to hosting sessions and development workshops in the physical, personal and professional areas. She’s operated Fit&40 Crew® an outdoor fitness boot camp since 2009 and in the planning stages of launching a workshop titled, “My B.A.D. #unapologetic.” An acronym for my brand, attitude and destiny, it’s designed to provoke next level thoughts and behaviors.
Her first book, Achieving Peace, a 31 day fitness devotional was released in 2013 with plans of releasing Achieving Power, 31 nuggets to optimal personal performance in 2018. In the meantime, she’s busy penning and have several ebooks in the pipeline.
Although she recently started her own business, Alpha Discovery Group LLC, Yolanda’s day job as a Relationship Consultant with Blue Zones Project allows her the opportunity to work with employers across the city of Fort Worth implementing researched best practices designed to lower healthcare cost and improve productivity. Yolanda is also a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist and will be continuing her education by pursuing her MBA at Texas Woman’s University.
Yolanda was recently selected to serve on the Fort Worth Task Force on Race and Culture, acknowledged for her contribution to business and community in the Fort Worth Business Press Top 21 Women to Watch in Fort Worth and Who’s Who in Black Dallas.
In her spare time, she enjoys a minimalist lifestyle, working out, an avid reader and watching documentaries.
Dr. Hind Jarrah
Hind Jarrah is co-founder and former President of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation (TMWF), a non-profit, educational, philanthropic, outreach and social service organization dedicated to empowering Muslim women and their families. The organization was established in order to end the widespread prevailing misconceptions about Islam and Muslim women. On its launch in August 2005, 300 Muslim women attended from 29 different countries and 22 different careers. Dr. Jarrah currently serves as the Outreach Chair.
Born in Beirut to Palestinian parents, Dr. Jarrah has been engaged in the promotion of understanding and respect for multicultural diversity since 1982, when she co-founded the Arabic Heritage Society, a non-profit, educational organization. After September 11, the widespread misconceptions about Islam and Muslims resulted in her becoming a frequent guest speaker on topics, such as the fundamentals of Islam, the peoples and cultures of the Muslim world, women in Islam, and Muslim non-Muslims relations. More recently, Dr. Jarrah has been the only Muslim woman participant in the pioneering ISNA/URJ Muslim –Jewish Dialogue being held in 6 cities nationwide. She has organized and participated in interfaith dialogue presentations and panel discussions in schools, colleges, churches, rotary, lions’ clubs and international societies.
Dr. Jarrah served on the Faith and Feminism Committee at the Dallas Women’s Foundation and on the Board of Trustees from 2006-2009. She was featured in Rana Pederson’s “What’s Missing: Inspiration for Women Seeking Faith and Joy in Their Lives.” She graduated from the American University of Beirut with a B.Sc. in Pharmacy (1974) and a PhD in Pharmacology from University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas (1980). She received her Master’s in Neuroscience and Cognition from University of Texas-Dallas in 2000.
Anette Soto is a Senior Auditor-in-Charge leading teams of federal auditors in evaluating program performance and regulatory compliance for the Office of Inspector General at the United States Department of Transportation. Anette has worked on award-winning reports that broadly impact the transportation industry including programs such as NAFTA international commercial trucking between the United States and Mexico, federal oversight of transit safety, and identifying top management challenges facing the Department of Transportation.
Anette is the State Chair for the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, an organization committed to the advancement of women in public, corporate, and civic arenas. In this role, Anette will lead the organization’s state-wide mission and provide direction for chapters located in 11 different cities throughout Texas. As the previous chairwoman for the Fort Worth Chapter of HWNT, Anette focused on creating new opportunities for women and the greater Latino community. Under her leadership the Hasta Los Muertos Bailan Día de los Muertos Scholarship Gala was established to increase fundraising for college scholarships and the Pláticas Sobre La Salud Latino Health Symposium spurred an open dialogue on topics of health, while simultaneously doubling the chapter’s membership. In addition Anette serves as a Board Member and Executive Committee Chairwoman for Toluca, Mexico, and is committed to promoting the importance and value of international citizen-to-citizen diplomacy.
Anette holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis from Indiana University and a masters degree in public affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin. Anette is a member of the Leadership Fort Worth organization, and alumnae of the Leading Edge Class of 2011. She was recognized by Telemundo as a “Heroe Hispana” and selected as one of HWNT’s Estrellas de Tejas in 2014. Most recently, she was featured as one of 2015 Women to Watch and 2016 Forty Under Forty by the Fort Worth Business Press, and as one of 12 national nominees for the 2016 Coors Light Lider of the Year award. Most recently, Anette will be accepting the recognition a 2017 Women of Distinction Award from the Girls Scouts of Texas and Oklahoma Greater Plans.