In Dallas, where social events and charity fundraisers occur in abundance, it takes a special cause and special people to stand out. My vote, although somewhat biased, goes to the 2016 Shades of Success: Dallas Influential Women Gala that took place on May 26th. As one of the recipients of this year’s award, I am both honored and humbled to be recognized amongst such a vibrant group of women.
10 Shades of Success Gala’s are produced and coordinated by Front House Management, and the power behind the business – Karen Michelle, well-known for her role as the producer behind “The Celebrity Fashion Experience”. The organization is designed as a platform to empower women and recognize those, who make a positive impact on the community. 2016 Ten Shades of Success: Successful Women Gala benefited organization “Women called Moses”, dedicated to stopping domestic violence and providing help to its victims.
Personally for me, it was an incredible experience. I found myself deeply affected by the stories of adversity, success and ferocious dedication to lead, inspire and produce factual, measurable change in this world. Often, we are so entrenched in our own lives that we stop seeing the big picture. Being part of this group opened my horizons and inspired to reach higher goals.
The evening was hosted by Comedian Fred Thomas and Cheryl “Action” Jackson, a philanthropist, a motivational speaker, a million dollar fundraiser and a recipient of Steve Harvey “Harvey’s Hero” award. The keynote speech was delivered by Anita Hawkins – lifestyle expert extraordinaire, entrepreneur, model, author and a philanthropist. Her poignant heart-felt address deeply touched the audience, and set the tone of the evening by skillfully combining the celebration of Life and Success with the obligation to produce change.
Entertainment was provided by Jasmine Arielle Barnes, a vocal and instrumental performer who has graced stages all over the world, including a special appearance at the White House, and Richmond Punch, a violinist extraordinaire.
For more information about the organization and to read about this year’s Honorees, please visit