2021 VIRTUAL ELLY AWARDS

June 14, 2021 (12:00 pm - 12:45 pm)

Honoring Cynt Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks and moderated by Willow Bay, Dean of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.

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Cynt Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks

Willow Bay, Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Educate a Woman, Impact Generations

Join us on Monday, June 14th to once again honor women who lead and inspire. Since 2011, the Elly Awards, named for Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, has honored women leaders who have exemplified the Women’s Forum credo, most importantly “women helping women, never gets old”.

The annual Elly Awards benefit the Education Fund which provides unrestricted financial awards to women 35 and over whose education and life path have been disrupted. Over 34 years, the Education Fund of the Women’s Forum has raised over $2 million, enabling us to help over 280 women. Learn more about The Education Fund, past Elly Awards and past recipients of our financial awards by clicking HERE.

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2021 Honorees/Speakers

Cynt Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks

Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, has been a dynamic force for inclusion and diversity within the Mavericks organization and over a 36-year career at AT&T.  When Cynt was hired as the new CEO of the Mavs in March 2018, she set her sights on a culture transformation. Her vision was for the Mavericks organization to become the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity, and brought transparency, trust and her values-based leadership style that evolved the company culture in her first 100 days.

Prior to her joining the Mavs, Cynt founded Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm specializing in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture Transformation and overall optimization of people resources. Upon the company naming its first Chief Inclusion Officer in June 2017, Cynt worked with The Dow Chemical Company to develop and implement a strategy for institutionalizing an inclusive culture.

Cynt’s career began many years ago as a young Officer at AT&T where she then went on to serve as Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T. Before her SVP-Human Resources and Chief Diversity Office roles, Cynt served as President-AT&T North Carolina where she became the first African-American chair of the North Carolina State Chamber of Commerce.

Widely recognized for her visionary leadership and ability to get things done Cynt is the recipient of several honors and awards. In 2021, Forbes named Cynt as one of “15 of the World’s Most Inspiring Female Leaders”.

Cynt graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources Management and holds four honorary Doctorate degrees. She has chaired a variety of non-profit boards and is currently on the board of Dallas CASA, Dallas Regional Chamber, Texas Women’s Foundation, Texas 2036, T.D. Jakes Foundation, and a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). She is also on the Board of Directors of BGSF Staffing and Blinktbi, Inc.

The fourth of six children, Cynt grew up in Richmond, California, and lives in the Dallas area. She and her husband, Kenneth Marshall, have four adult children.

Willow Bay, Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

A broadcast journalist, media pioneer and digital communication leader, Willow Bay is the dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The first female dean of USC Annenberg, Bay oversees more than 200 faculty and staff, and more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students across the fields of communication, journalism, public relations and public diplomacy.

Bay came to USC Annenberg from her post as senior editor and senior strategic advisor of The Huffington Post, where she managed editorial content and growth initiatives for the pioneering online news site. Her prominent broadcast experience includes reporting and anchoring for ABC News’ Good Morning America/Sunday and serving as a correspondent for Good Morning America and World News Weekend. She was the first woman to co-anchor CNN’s flagship daily financial news program Moneyline. At NBC, she co-hosted NBA Inside Stuff, the NBA’s weekly magazine show, and served as a correspondent for the Today Show. In addition, she was a special correspondent for Bloomberg TV and host of Women to Watch, a primetime program that profiled the next generation of women leaders.

Prior to her role as dean, Bay spent three years as director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, guiding the launch of the school’s state-of-the-art media center and introducing new Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree program.

SPONSOR LIST (in formation)

PLATINUM $50,000

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SILVER $15,000

AIG

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Bloomberg Philanthropies

CIT

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BRONZE $10,000

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Barbara Marcus

Morgan Stanley

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Wilmington Trust

SPONSOR A SCHOLAR $10,000

Mary T. McDowell

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COPPER $7,500

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Transit Wireless

DISTINGUISHED DONORS $5,000

Dr. Georgette Bennett

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BENEFACTOR $1,500

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Courtney Kelso

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Carin Muhlbaum

Joan Price

Sapna Shah

Bonita C. Stewart

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

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Anita Volz Wien

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

PATRON $750

Susan Davenport Austin

Paula Bennett

Barbara Biben

Dr. Joyce F. Brown

Carolyn Carter

Jane Chesnutt

Rita B. Crotty

Gloria Feldt

Gina Gibney

Elizabeth Grayer

Jane Guggenheimer

Suzanne Handal

Carol Hochman

Anuradha T. Jayanti

Amy Dorn Kopelan

Lafayette 148 New York

Ilene H. Lang

Loretta McCarthy

Stephanie Mehta

Elizabeth Nieto

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Linda Sanford

Janice Weinman Shorenstein

Alison Smith

Kathryn Swintek

Kay Unger

Edie Weiner

Sponsorship Levels

PLATINUM SPONSOR $50,000

  • Event attendance and Virtual Tables for 20 guests
  • At home, Scholar Box* for 20 guests
  • Sponsorship of a 2021 Women’s Forum Scholar
  • Live Recognition during the event
  • Prime placement of logo on-screen during the entire event
  • Premier Logo Recognition on all event material and social media

GOLD SPONSOR $25,000

  • Event attendance and Virtual Tables for 15 guests
  • At home, Scholar Box* for 15 guests
  • Sponsorship of a 2021 Women’s Forum Scholar
  • Live Recognition during the event
  • Logo prominently displayed on all event materials, social media

SILVER SPONSOR $15,000

  • Event attendance and Virtual Table for 10 guests
  • At home, Scholar Box* for 10 guests
  • Sponsorship of a 2021 Women’s Forum Scholar
  • Prime recognition on all event materials and social media

BRONZE SPONSOR $10,000

  • Event attendance and Virtual Table for 10 guests
  • At home, Scholar Box* for 10 guests
  • Sponsorship of a 2021 Women’s Forum Scholar
  • Recognition on all event materials

SPONSOR A SCHOLAR TICKET $10,000

  • Sponsorship of a 2021 Women’s Forum Scholar
  • Recognition on all event materials
  • At home, Scholar Box*

COPPER SPONSOR $7,500

  • Event Attendance at a Virtual Table for 5 guests
  • At home, Scholar Box* for 5 guests
  • Recognition on all event materials

BENEFACTOR SPONSOR $1,500

  • Event attendance at a Virtual Table for 2 guests
  • At home, Scholar Box* for 2 guests
  • Recognition on all event materials

PATRON SPONSOR $750

  • Event attendance at a Virtual Table for 1 guest
  • At home, Scholar Box* for 1 guest
  • Recognition on all event materials

100% of donations are tax-deductible.

Ticket Levels

NON-MEMBER TICKET $500

  • Event attendance at a Virtual Table for 1 guest
  • At home, Scholar Box* for 1 guest

MEMBER TICKET (ONLY Available to Women’s Forum Members) $350

  • Event attendance at a Virtual Table for 1 member
  • At home, Scholar Box* for 1 member

*Scholar boxes are non-perishable.

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