Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to make the Parade of Stars Awards Gala a successful event? In addition to the hard work by our event staff, we have a committee of 9 outstanding WBEs who help make it all happen:

  • Susan Bryant, Principal, Accounting Services, MB Group
  • Mary Gano, Sr. Manager, Supply Chain Diversity & Sustainability, Vistra
  • Cherie Gordon, Development Director, Software Professionals, Inc
  • Rayna Handelman, President & CEO, Angstrom Energy Solutions
  • Adrienne Ivery-Brooks, Owner, Advance Insurance Benefits
  • Tia Nayar, Founder, Wildflower Insight
  • Jolene Risch, President & Founder, Risch Results
  • LaShante Williams, Director of Operations & Compliance, Davis Davis & Harmon LLC
  • Sam Worrell, Founder, The Gift Tailor

I just recently got certified as a WBE, and I knew I wanted to get involved. One of my goals for 2022 was to get connected within the DFW community.  Being involved with the Gala committee has allowed me to meet some incredible women, and I’ve had a blast in the process! -    Tia Nayar, Founder, Wildflower Insight

The Gala committee meets the event for several brainstorming meetings on how to make the night memorable for attendees and award winners. In addition, this year they helped solicit donations the night's fundraisers. We are exciting to be launching a live and silent auction - check out the complete list of prizes here.

It is important to celebrate and publicly recognize those women who are working to achieve new heights with their businesses and the contributions they are making to help other businesses. It continues to motivate them to do great work as well as inspires others to follow in their footsteps. - Susan Bryant, Principal, Accounting Services, MB Group

Thank you to this incredible committee of women for all they have done to make the 2022 Parade of Stars Awards Gala a memorable evening of celebration, connection, and recognition of those who go above and beyond to help women-owned businesses succeed!

What gets me excited about the Gala is seeing all the GREAT women in the organization and all the women helping each other to succeed. - Rayna Handelman, President & CEO, Angstrom Energy Solutions