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10th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon


10th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award


Dynamic mother/daughter duo will be honored at special
10th anniversary luncheon in February

Dallas, Texas - Myrna D. Schlegel and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman have been named the recipients of the 10th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, presented by Bank of Texas and Texas Woman's University and the Texas Woman's University Foundation. The announcement was made at a private reception in the home of Jan Miller and Jeff Rich on October 19. Texas Woman's University Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart will present the award at the Virginia Chandler Dykes luncheon event Feb. 16, 2012, at the Belo Mansion and Pavilion, 2101 Ross Ave.

"Texas Woman's University is so pleased to honor two such dynamic individuals, businesswomen and community leaders," said TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart. "This outstanding duo is known for their numerous leadership roles and ongoing support of nonprofit organizations and charitable causes, ensuring their continued excellence for years to come."

Established in 2002, the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award is given annually to Dallas leaders with a life-long commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and to furthering the importance of education. The award recognizes the life work of Virginia Chandler Dykes as an outstanding health care provider, who's professional and civic achievements represent a lifetime committed to helping others. Past award recipients are Joel Allision, 2011; Kathleen Mason, 2010; Caroline Rose Hunt, 2009; T. Boone Pickens, 2008; Lindalyn Adams, 2007; Dr. and Mrs. Kern Wildenthal, 2006; Gretchen Minyard Williams and J.L. "Sonny" Williams, 2005; Geraldine "Tincy" Miller, 2004; and Susan and Charles Cooper, 2003.

Myrna D. Schlegel and her daughter Kimberly Schlegel Whitman are a dynamic Dallas mother/daughter duo whose work within the community and beyond does not go unnoticed. From serving in community leadership roles to supporting charitable and nonprofit organizations with their time and resources, to furthering education, they live by the family philosophy, "'To whom much has been given, much will be required."

"Kimberly and I are truly humbled and honored to be the recipients of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award on this special 10th anniversary," said Myrna D. Schlegel. "It's so very special to share this honor with Kimberly and to be associated with TWU, whose faculty works each day ensuring that our future health care professionals are not only receiving a top education but also learning the importance of research, teaching, and leadership."

Myrna serves as chairman of the Schlegel Horizon Foundation, established by the Schlegel family in 1994 to promote education and entrepreneurship. The many grants they have awarded include financial support to build a new high school for Trinity Christian Academy and major sponsorship of capital campaigns benefiting Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. They also established the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where Myrna received an honorary Doctorate of Law. Additionally, Myrna Schlegel currently serves as director of Pavestone Company; president of pC Corporate Management Group, L.P.; and president of Health Care Financial Corporation. A registered nurse, Myrna is also a licensed long-term care administrator in both Texas and Ontario, having specialized in health administration programs. Additionally, she has been a published columnist, addressing topics of concern for the elderly. Her true love is the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she served as chairman of the board for two years and is currently on the executive board. She is a member of the advisory board of Crystal Charity Ball and is also active with the George W. Bush Institute Women's Initiative; Chief Executive Organization; and World Presidents' Organization. She recently served as honorary chair of fundraising events for Big Brothers Big Sisters, New Friends New Life and Wednesday's Child. Previously she has been involved with the AFI Dallas International Film Festival Board; United Way of Metro Dallas Board; Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute Board; YPO; TACA; SMU Meadows Board; Girls Inc.; and The Family Place. She has served as president of AWARE (Alzheimer's Women's Auxiliary for Research & Education) and on the local and national Alzheimer Board. In 1998, Alzheimer's A.W.A.R.E. established
The Myrna D. Schlegel Scholarship, which is awarded to
students in medicine.

Myrna has been honored with the Jewish Hospital Humanitarian Award; the Tom Landry Award for Excellence in Volunteerism; and has been named Outstanding Philanthropist by the Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Myrna and her husband Bob reside in Dallas and have
four children and one grandchild.

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman is a noted author, community leader and lifestyle entrepreneur who was recently named Editor-at-Large for Southern Living, the nation's sixth-largest monthly consumer magazine, reaching nearly 16 million readers. Kimberly represents Southern Living as a lifestyle expert on national and local television.

An active community volunteer, Kimberly donates her time to many charitable organizations including The Tiffany Circle and the board of the American Red Cross, The President's Council of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts; Best Buddies; and the North Texas Food Bank. She has been honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award by the American Heart Association, The Little Flower Rose Award for Women Who Make a Difference; and the Women That Soar Award.

Kimberly has built an entrepreneurial empire around her flair for entertaining. She launched and sold her event company, RSVP Soiree Luxury Event Rentals; took RSVP Social Calendar online in 1999 and continues to maintain this comprehensive list of Dallas' finest charitable events at  . She has published five books: her newest is The Party Planner: An Expert Organizing Guide for Entertaining, Tablescapes: Setting the Table with Style, The Wedding Workbook: A Time Saving Guide for the Busy Bride, Dog Parties: Entertaining Your Party Animal and The Pleasure of Your Company: Entertaining in High Style. Kimberly and her businesses have been featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Town & Country, Modern Bride, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and on The Early Show and HGTV to name a few. She was an event planner on the Style network's hit show "Whose Wedding is it Anyway?" Kimberly currently has a daily radio segment on Dallas' number one morning show, The Gene & Julie Show on KVIL 103.7 Lite FM

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Kimberly resides in Dallas with her husband, Justin, and their son.

"What a very special honor to receive this distinguished award with my mother who has been a wonderful role model for me over the years," said Kimberly Schlegel Whitman. "We both appreciate all that Texas Woman's University means to this community and beyond and are humbled to join the list of outstanding previous recipients."

The Virginia Chandler Dykes Award namesake, Virginia Chandler Dykes, is known internationally for her work in occupational therapy. Locally, she is known for her leadership in many cultural and charitable organizations. In 2005 she was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents.

Mrs. Dykes completed the graduate occupational therapy program at TWU in 1954 after earning her bachelor of arts in art and psychology from Southern Methodist University. She was the director of the Occupational and Recreational Therapy Department at Baylor University Medical Center for 25 years. She also founded the Boomerang Club, the first support group for stroke patients and their families. In 2002, she established The Virginia Chandler Dykes endowed scholarship fund at TWU for occupational therapy students, which includes all four colleges: College of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy), Nursing, Professional Education (COPE), and Arts and Sciences. Mrs. Dykes and her husband Roland also helped to establish the Fanny B. Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship for the School of Occupational Therapy at TWU, which has grown to be one of the premier continuing education offerings in Texas. She is also well known for her leadership in organizations such as
The Dallas Opera, the Dallas Arboretum's Women's Council and the Fort Worth Opera.

The 2011 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon Advisory Committee members are: Ebby Halliday Acers, Joel Allison, Lana and Barry Andrews, Norm Bagwell, Barbara Bradfield, Mary M. Brinegar, April Box Chamberlain, Arlene and John Dayton, John Falldine, Louise Gartner, Suzy Gekiere, Sharon McCullough, Bill Patterson, Dee Collins Torbert, Amy Turner, and Dee Wyly.

"In addition to honoring outstanding individuals in the community, the Virginia Chandler Dykes luncheon provides scholarships for four outstanding graduate students, while continuing to grow the Virginia Chandler Dykes Endowment and helping the Dallas community better understand the value of TWU graduates to Dallas' professional workforce," added Dr. Stuart.

The following four graduate students from all four colleges will be honored at the luncheon as recipients of scholarship funds: Heather Roberts, College of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy), sponsored by Edgemere Dallas; Kathleen Shannon-McAdams, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, College of Nursing, sponsored by CIGNA; Hannah Mills, College of Professional Education (COPE), sponsored by Geraldine "Tincy" Miller; and Tiffany Smith, College of Arts and Sciences, sponsored by Sis Carr.

Tickets for the February 16 luncheon are $175 for silver patron; $250 for gold patron. For more information, call 940-898-3878 or email .

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Texas Woman's University is a public university that occupies a notable position in higher education as the nation's largest university primarily for women. Its campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston are joined by an e-learning campus offering innovative online degree programs in business, education and general studies. Ten consecutive years of growth have produced a record enrollment of 14,740. TWU serves the citizens of Texas in many important ways, including: graduating more new healthcare professionals than any other university in Texas; easing the teacher shortage by placing highly qualified professionals in the classroom; offering a liberal arts-based curriculum that prepares students for success in a global society; and conducting research that impacts the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, osteoporosis, stroke and diabetes. For more information, visit  


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