Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 30, Ed. 1 Friday, November 21, 1997 Page: 16 of 80
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Rapid growth pushes Women’s
Business Network in new directions
270 North Texas women participate in monthly meetings,
other functions as group experiences growing diversity
By Tammye Nash
Some five years ago, a small group of
women in Dallas, led by Kay Christian
and Marti Malliton, formed an organi-
zation dedicated specifically to provid-
ing networking opportunities for busi-
ness and professional women in the
Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Today that organization, the
Women's Business Network, has grown
to encompass some 270 members, and
is directed by a 13-member board. The
growth, according to public relations
officer Pam Whatley, is taking the WBN
in some new directions.
"Initially, the organizers wanted to
promote women in business, and most
of the members were business owners.
Then the vision began to change,"
Networking is, of course, still a big
part of WBN. "One of our most impor-
tant functions, I think, is giving women
the opportunity to promote their own
business and to support other women
in business," Whatley said. "But we
have a lot of diverse kinds of activities,
and we have a very diverse member-
ship. I am a teacher. We have attorneys,
therapists, financial advisors, printers,
pharmacists, chiropractors, florists, a
lot of people in the telecommunications
field. We even have a member who
owns a Limousine service."
Many of WBN's events fall within
the range of what would be considered
"social" activities, Whatley said, with
mixers each month at different loca-
tions around the metroplex, and quar-
terly socials that are growing in size
"We're in the process of planning our
holiday social right now," she contin-
ued, explaining that the annual event
previously has been held in a member's
home each year, but this year is being
moved to the Dallas Horticulture
Center in Fair Park. This year's party
will include a silent auction, a live band
and "a real dance floor," Whatley
enthused, adding, "I thin,k the growth
of the holiday social is a very tangible,
very visual example of our growth as
In addition to the monthly mixers,
WBN holds monthly membership
meetings, Whatley said, and each meet-
ing features a different program topic.
Recent programs have included a
presentation by Rene Syler, a news
anchor with local CBS affiliate KTVT-
TV Channel 11, who spoke on getting
back on the career track after leaving
her job to be a full-time mom, and a pre-
sentation by several WBN members
who talked about organizing gay and
lesbian employee groups.
Whatley said other WBN activities
have included participating in the Alan
Ross Texas Freedom Parade in
September, working a pledge night for
local public television station KERA,
wine tastings, bowling nights and
more. The group also is initiating a
mentor program teaming WBN mem-
bers with lesbians in their early 20s, she
Members chat at last year’s holiday party of the Women’s Business Network.
This year’s party is coming up soon. The group welcomes new members.
NOVEMBER 21, 1997 DALLAS VOICE
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