On Thursday, June 16, The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center presented its third annual Young Women’s Leadership Conference (YWLC). The conference took place in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House with approximately 150 young women in attendance from a range of public and private North Texas high schools and organizations.

So what made this year’s YWLC a story worth sharing? For starters, The AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District is known for its vibrant 10-acre downtown campus and the live theater, opera, pop, ballet, comedy, cutting-edge speakers and, through its partner TITAS/Dance Unbound, the finest dance companies from across the globe.

“There is no better place to explore and experience live performing arts than the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District.”

With artistic pursuits and passions being embraced for years through the AT&T Performing Arts Center, it is crucial to spread the message of diversity and strength in this field to inspire and encourage the future generations of artists and leaders. More specifically, the conferences are known to invite speakers that teach leadership skills through the arts—like Leadership Lessons Learned Through Improvisation, The Art of Storytelling, and Effective Communication Through the Voice and Body. This year’s keynote speaker for the conference is an award-winning documentarian, journalist, entrepreneur, speaker, author, and philanthropist, Soledad O’Brien.

Anyone who attended the conference can have access to great connections to highly successful, local female leaders – all at no cost to the students. Not only does this conference help create an avenue for young female artists, it also empowers and encourages all kinds of women from any kind of background.

The Center also announced, at the conference, that it has established a special fund to honor its retiring president & CEO Debbie Storey. The money raised for the fund will help offset the costs of bringing in top creative women speakers, and branded The Debbie Storey Keynote Address. Storey has been the Center’s leader since 2018, and helped guide the Center through the financially devastating COVID pandemic. Storey helped reach a groundbreaking partnership between the Center and Broadway Dallas (formerly known as Dallas Summer Musicals) and has overseen the expansion of the Center’s education and community programming and has had a long history of supporting and mentoring young women leaders.

In the honor of commemorating Storey’s service and accomplishments, the Center will place a permanent plaque in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House near the Diane and Hal Brierley Encore Suite.

For more information on contributing to the fund, email the Vice President of Development, Kendall Purpura at kendall.purpura@attpac.org.


Aleira Martin, Publicity Manager

AT&T Performing Arts Center



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