Letter from the President

Jennifer Burk headshotMany thanks to all who turned out for the Nebraska Furniture Mart luncheon at Maggiano’s NorthPark and the very interesting presentation by Dallas-Fort Worth store manager, Ed Lipsett.  The Spring opening date is top secret and we can’t wait to experience a visit to the new location on 121, just west of the Tollway, to see its magnitude and all it has to offer.  Thank you to Nebraska Furniture Mart and Fox Sports for providing the door prizes and to Greg Heitzman and Jan Burress for coordinating the details of the luncheon! 

AND The Nominees are...
Congratulations to all of the 2014 Awards of Excellence Nominees (click here for list)!! Thank you to all who made nominations!

Click here for the updated list of categories
Click here for the revised voting procedures
Members Only voting will begin week of March 16th.  Make sure your AWM membership is current as only AWM members will receive the ballot to vote for the Awards of Excellence winners.
To vote in the "Members Only" Round, you must be a current AWM member.
Now is the time to join or renew your membership to the Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media Foundation!
The final date to join or renew your membership and be eligible to vote is Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Piland or Jodie Warner.


The Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media
Cordially invites you to the 32nd Annual Awards of Excellence Gala
Thursday, April 16th 2015 at The Omni Dallas

Doors Open at 6pm
Cocktail Hour - 6pm to 7:15pm
Dinner - 7:30pm

After Party to Follow at Omni immediately after event

Individual - $95
Tables of 10 - $950

After 3/26 - $110 per person


(All Credit Card payments will incur a 4.0% fee)

*Priority seating is not available unless you are a sponsor. Please contact Ann Marie Bevin at abevan@moroch.com or Adella Fremstad at afremstad@radio-one.com if you would like to be a sponsor.
Reservations should be sent via e-mail with payment information to AWM DFW Gala 2015 awmgala2015@gmail.com 
• Please specify if purchasing individual tickets, table, or an individual ticket as part of a table
• Allow 24 hours M-F to receive your invoice
• Reservations are first come first serve
The deadline for reservations and payment is: April 3, 2015

Thank you to our sponsors:

 gala 2015 sponsors

AWM Application for $5,000 Scholarship
In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational foundation. Our mission is to utilize the media to create positive change. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the media and allied fields.
The Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, Inc. will award a scholarship in the amount of $5,000 in the names of Irene Runnels, a distinguished and respected Dallas broadcaster and Paula McStay, a former Fort Worth advertising executive. This scholarship, available in early 2015, will be administered through the University Financial Aid Office and must be applied toward undergraduate or graduate tuition only.

The Irene Runnels-Paula McStay scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a Texas public or private university that offers radio, television, film, public relations, advertising/communications or broadcasting as the major emphasis of study.

Applicants will be considered on the basis of educational and career goals in their major field of study, activities and honors, service to community and references. The scholarship will be acknowledged at the Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Awards of Excellence Gala on April 16, 2015.

Application deadline is Friday March 6th.

Please forward the following link to candidates who you know: 

AWM Student Media Tour
The Student Media Tour will be on March 27th and will provide an opportunity for up to 75 students in our industry to tour major employers in the area.  This year, we are adding a tour to cover the North Dallas/Frisco area.  Registration will be open in mid-February, so stay tuned if you know of a student who would like to participate.

If your company is offering internships for students or if you have items you would like to donate to the goodie bags we hand out to the students at the end of the tour, please contact Vivian Unger, veunger@swbell.net

Member Spotlight

Visit our Member Spotlight and learn more about Student Media Tour Committee member and former AWM President Sherri Gardner!

If you are not currently a member of AWM DFW, we hope you’ll consider joining for only $60.  This entitles you to discount prices to our events and the ability to participate in the final voting process of the Awards of Excellence, when we recognize the best in our industry.

Membership link:

Don't forget to check out our News and Blogs on the website for the latest happenings in the DFW market!

Career Corner
Looking for a new job?  Visit the Career Corner!

If you need to fill a position, we’ll be glad to post it to the AWM website for free.  Send details to:  Nancy Schell at nschell@thecompany.com

Don’t forget to check out our News and Blogs on the website for the latest happenings in the DFW market! 

Warmest Regards,
Jennifer Burk
2014-2015 President
Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, Inc.


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