Julia Cheek is the CEO and Founder of EverlyWell, the next-generation health testing platform that provides at-home lab testing kits with easy to read results sent directly to you through their secure online platform. With over 30,000 customers around the country, EverlyWell has become a market leader in the at-home health testing space, and is one of the fastest-growing consumer healthcare start-ups in recent history.
EverlyWell is based in Austin, TX, and has 15 employees. In addition to garnering awards from TechCrunch and RockHealth, Julia was recently featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, where she landed one of the largest deals in the show’s history.
Julia is a Dallas native, and after attending Vanderbilt University for college, she started her career in management consulting at Deloitte. She went on to earn her MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar with high distinction. She also is a former multiple World Champion equestrian, officially retiring in 2009.
Suzy has been featured in national ads for Nike, Reebok, Pert Plus Shampoo, Nordic Track, Clairol, Oakley, Kikkoman Foods, and Viactiv. She has been featured in magazines such as People, Elle, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, Runner’s World, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Journal, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated & Outside Magazine and was profiled on ABC’s 20/20 in September 2015. Her memoir, Fast Girl, A life Spent Running From Madness, was #3 on the New York Times Best Seller List and documents her unique journey, from child phenom, to Olympian, to top Las Vegas Escort. Suzy now focuses on recovery and a healthy lifestyle managing her bipolar disorder. Her interests include running, yoga, hiking, cycling & creating artwork. Suzy is married to Mark Hamilton and the couple has an 11-year-old daughter, Kylie.
An ambassador for healthy living, Shemane Nugent is an International fitness presenter and has been a group exercise instructor for more than 35 years. She is an award-winning TV producer and host. She has a bachelor’s degree in radio/TV & Film and a master’s degree in metaphysics. She has appeared on MTV, Vh1, Discovery, Entertainment Tonight, C-Span, FOX news, CMT, MSNBC and many other national and international radio and TV shows.
Shemane and her husband, legendary guitarist Ted Nugent, discovered their home, which was once featured on MTV Cribs, was contaminated with toxic mold between the walls. Shemane, Ted and their son Rocco were all gravely ill.
In her new book, “4 Minutes a Day, Rock ’n Roll Your Way to Happy”, which became a best-seller the day it launched on amazon.com, Shemane shares her journey from illness to wellness. She also provides tips on how people can become happier and healthier in just a few minutes a day.
Shemane is actively involved in several charities including Operation Finally Home, which provides mortgage-free homes to veterans, K9s for Warriors, which pairs shelter dogs with veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress, and Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids, which teaches kids about the great outdoors.
Currently, Shemane is developing a feature film she wrote, interacting with more than 75,00 people daily on Facebook Live, and spoiling her dogs, Happy and Sadie.
Cynthia Smoot is a North Texas native who grew up in Denison, Texas. She left the University of North Texas with a degree in Clothing & Textiles and fell into sales for New Times Media as an Account Executive for the Dallas Observer. Cynthia started with local sales efforts and within a few years was specializing in Regional and National sales for 17 markets Village Voice Media represented across the country. After 12 years with New Times/Village Voice Media, Cynthia left to work with D Magazine Partners, specifically to launch their new business magazine, D CEO. Cynthia spent 3 years with D Magazine Partners developing D CEO, selling advertising and event sponsorships for D Magazine publications.
Cynthia’s personal passion for Social Media and digital marketing led her to leave the publishing world and join her husband’s marketing agency, Gangway Advertising. As the self-appointed “Coordinator of Chaos” at Gangway, Smoot uses her skills to communicate and connect to oversee social media and public relations for clients. Through her work at Gangway she has helped create buzz and build brand awareness for some of Dallas’ most iconic brands, like Bread Winners Café & Bakery, Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, Jane McGarry, Café Brazil, Wells Fargo Advisors, 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House, Larry North Fitness, Ese Azenabor, SHŌNA jewelry and Urban Taco. Smoot was also a founding Board Member for the Social Media Club/Dallas Chapter.
In 2008, Cynthia created Oh So Cynthia.com. Initially, the site was more of a “Mommy blog” talking about her life as a parent in Dallas and spotlighting the places and events her family experienced around town. Over the years, this popular website has morphed into a lifestyle blog and now features the “hottest events and coolest people in Dallas”. OhSoCynthia.com has become the go-to website for those who have a passion for fashion, food, philanthropy, events and reality TV! Cynthia describes her blog as “a love letter to the city of Dallas” and enjoys taking readers along for the ride as she experiences all that our city has to offer. Smoot is a sought-after expert on Dallas events and celebrity happenings and has been featured on KTXD’s The Broadcast, FOX 4, WFAA, KVIL, CBS, CultureMap, D Magazine and other media outlets looking to feature current happenings around Big D. 2016 looks to be a banner year with the launch of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Dallas, and rest assured, Cynthia will be your one-stop resource for all the behind-the-scenes gossip and insider information on this dynamic cast.
Lara Logan is the chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News and a correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes. On February 15, 2011, CBS News released a statement that Lara had been beaten and sexually assaulted on February 11th while covering the celebrations in Tahrir Square. Lara later spoke out because of the prevalence of sexual assault in Egypt and to break the silence about the sexual violence women reporters are reluctant to report in case it prevents them from doing their jobs.Click here to see Lara’s 7-minute Sizzle Reel.
Janine Turner is an Emmy and three-time Golden Globe nominated actress known to millions of fans for her role in the hit CBS TV show, "Northern Exposure." Most recently, Janine just completed filming the movie, "Solace," starring opposite Anthony Hopkins which is to be released in 2014.
Janine's lustrous career includes starring in NBC's "Friday Night Lights," Lifetimes' "Strong Medicine" and feature films such as "Steel Magnolias," "Cliffhanger" with Sylvester Stallone, Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women" with Richard Gere, and Universal Pictures' "Leave it to Beaver," as June Cleaver.
Janine is multi-faceted, an entrepreneur. She is an actress, radio talk show host, public speaker, political commenter, director, published author, singer, yoga enthusiast and active patriot - founder of "Constituting America."
As a radio talk show host, Janine has won a whole new following. Her show, "The Janine Turner Show," was named the Best Talk Radio Show for 2011-2012 by the Dallas Observer.
This year, Clear Channel launched Janine's new nationally syndicated radio show, "The Janine Turner Show, All American Common Sense," heard on Sirius XM 244, iHeart radio/KPRC and Houston's KPRC AM 950, Monday through Friday, 5pm-7pm Central.
As an author, Janine wrote the Washington Post bestseller, "Holding Her Head High: 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History."
As a director, Janine won "Best New Director" at the Deep Ellum Film Festival in Dallas, TX for her short film, "Trip in a Summer Dress."
As a Christian, yoga enthusiast and singer, her Christian Yoga DVD and soundtrack, plus her singing album debut with her daughter, "Mockingbird Hill," are unique and highly regarded.
As a patriot, Janine is founder and co-chair of "Constituting America," the only organization that utilizes arts (movies, song, and television), culture, social media and the internet to inspire students and adults to learn about the U.S. Constitution.
For her work with "Constituting America," Janine was recently awarded the prestigious "Daughters of the American Revolution's National Founder's Award, The Mary Smith Lockwood Medal for Education."
Janine's 15 year-old daughter, Juliette, has served as National Youth Director of "Constituting America," since she was 12 and is the author of the book, "Our Constitution Rocks," published by HarperCollins/Zondervan. Juliette wrote the book when she was 12. "Our Constitution Rocks" was released in September, 2012 and is already in its second printing.
As a political commentator, Janine appears regularly on such shows as "The O'Reilly Factor," the nation's highest-rated cable news show. She has also appeared on Hannity, Glenn Beck, Neil Cavuto, and Megyn Kelly, amongst many others. She is a columnist for Pajamas Media and has published columns in "The Washington Examiner," "Politico," "The Daily Caller," and the "Fox Opinion." Janine wrote 85 essays on the "Federalist Papers" in 2010.
As a public speaker, Janine Turner is a highly acclaimed and sought-after public speaker as these testimonials will attest:
Janine is also an acclaimed director. She won "Best New Director" at the Deep Ellum Film Festival in Dallas, TX for her short film, "Trip in a Summer Dress."
Interior designer and lifestyle expert Tracy Hutson possesses a positive energy that's helped establish her as one of the most sought after talents in the business. The Texas native began her design career as a carpenter's apprentice. In 1999, Tracy launched her own business, Tracy Hutson Designs, Inc. in Los Angeles. Known for her savvy style and eco-conscious sensibility, Tracy effortlessly transforms interiors for her wide range of clientele across the country.
In 2003, Tracy became part of the design team on a new ABC series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". The show focuses on renovating and rebuilding homes for families in need and became a highly rated, cultural phenomenon. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition aired for ten seasons and won numerous awards, including two Emmys. Through her involvement with the show, Tracy witnessed firsthand the dramatic impact that living spaces have on the lives of the people who occupy them. Every episode stimulated her natural philanthropic spirit and responded to each families needs with compassion and enthusiasm. Given her particular zeal for designing children's spaces, she lovingly customized rooms for many of the shows younger family members, adding personal touches that enchanted the children.
During the third season of the show, Tracy gave birth to her son Oliver. Having a child of her own changed her career and knowledge of design in inspiring ways. She and Oliver hit the road traveling to help families in need, the presence of her son adding a new dimension to her work and expanding her love of designing spaces for children. Two years later, Tracy gave birth to her second son, Felix. She wanted to create a space for them both that was not only fun and enjoyable, but environmentally safe as well. Designing green and eco-friendly spaces became her passion.
Having two young children gave Tracy an idea for a book, where she could combine her love for design and her commitment to the environment. In 2009, "Feathering the Nest: Tracy Hutson's Eco-Friendly Guide to Decorating Your Baby's Room" hit stores across the country. The book showed families how easy and rewarding it can be to create a green space for their kids.
Tracy produced and co-hosted another series called "Picker Sisters" which aired on Lifetime in 2010 and 2011. Hutson hit the road and found old furniture and items to restore and sell in her trendy Melrose Avenue shop in Los Angeles. This continued Tracy's passion for up-cycling, the process of restoring used items and turning them into new pieces.
In 2010, Tracy launched a home accessory line on QVC called "Nest by Tracy Hutson", as well as becoming the face for Latitude Tool Company and a spokesperson for Valspar Paint Company, and their line of Guardsman furniture care products.
Tracy has been featured in numerous publications including Redbook, Self, Family Circle, Pregnancy, Quick and Simple, and Four Seasons, as well as popular websites People.com, Mommy.com, Cosmogirl, Mommytracked, Café Mom, and Style Mom's.
Tracy's work on Extreme was a profound learning experience and she felt it was an honor helping deserving families in need. She continues to work with a variety of charities that focus on children, animals and soldiers. These causes are something she holds very close to her heart.
Currently, Tracy is developing numerous television and digital series including "Mom Rescue", "Retro-Fit", "Barn Rescue", among others. Tracy is also working with some brands on branded content projects and continues to work with her clients across the country on various home design projects.
Executive Vice President Brand Management
President of Charities
President of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President of Brand Management, oversees all strategies
and applications surrounding the team’s brand as it is presented to fans world-wide. Working in the front office
since 1989, Anderson’s experience has enabled her to become one of the National Football League’s most innovative and versatile front office executives among women in professional sports.
Her vision and direction guides the Cowboys in stadium design, fan engagement, entertainment, licensed apparel, cause marketing, and community service. Anderson also serves as President of the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities and the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation.
Anderson plays a prominent role in shaping the design, décor, sponsor integration and overall presentation of Cowboys Stadium, the state-of-the-art venue that opened in Arlington, Texas in 2009. The stadium’s signature element is one of the most prominent public art collections, the Art at Cowboys Stadium. Consisting of 50 pieces of contemporary art from an international array of curated artists, the collection is displayed on the walls and in the grand public spaces of the stadium.
Under her guidance, the venue has played host to some of highest profile sports and entertainment events in the world – among those are Super Bowl XLV, the 2010 NBA All Star Game and the annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. As Chair of the North Texas Local Organizing Committee, Anderson will direct the group spearheading the region’s efforts to host the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball championship at Cowboys Stadium.
Anderson is also President of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and is responsible for supervising the fortunes and travels of what is considered to be the most prominent organization of its kind in the world. In the late 1990s, the Cowboys Cheerleaders surpassed the legendary Bob Hope in total number of USO visits made to U.S. military installations around the world.
Most recently, Anderson was named Chairman of the NFL Foundation and is responsible for spearheading the NFL efforts in youth football participation, health and safety, and community outreach. She is the first woman to serve in this capacity for an NFL charitable institution and the first woman to represent club ownership as leader of a major professional sports league foundation.
Anderson has served as the Chairman of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board in 2010 and is the first woman to serve in that role. In 1997 she introduced a groundbreaking approach to fund-raising on the world-wide stage by focusing a Thanksgiving Day national television audience during the Dallas Cowboys halftime and the unique opportunity to kick off the Salvation Army’s National Red Kettle Campaign. Anderson set the wheels in motion, helping the Army raise over 1.6 billion dollars and touch lives across the globe by combining the Dallas Cowboys and popular musical entertainers featured on network television during one of the most watched NFL games of the season annually.
Since that initial halftime presentation which featured the musical talents of Reba McEntire, entertainers such as Randy Travis, Clint Black, Toby Keith, Destiny’s Child, Cheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, the Jonas Brothers, Keith Urban, Enrique Iglesias with Pit Bull, and Kenny Chesney have performed in the halftime show.
Anderson’s spirit of involvement in the local community extends far beyond the realm of professional football. Since coming to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in 1989 she has been actively involved with leadership roles in a wide range of organizations that include: The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Southwestern Medical Foundation, the President’s Advisory Council for The Dallas Center for Performing Arts Foundation, Dallas Center for Performing Arts Foundation, TACA board of governors; The Salvation Army, The Rise School Shelton School, Dallas Symphony and the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors for Hilltop Corporation.
Anderson travels across the country speaking on philanthropic initiatives and brand
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Charlotte Jones Anderson is a 1988 graduate of Stanford University where she earned a B.S. degree in human biology. She is married to Shy Anderson. The Anderson’s live in Dallas with their three children: daughter Haley and sons Shy and Paxton.
Joy Weaver, president of PROTOCOL Enterprises, Inc., and Just Ask Joy specializes in corporate and social etiquette training. Ms. Weaver develops and teaches programs that lead to business and social success. She conducts classes for major corporations, non-profit and civic organizations, as well as individuals ranging from children to Fortune 500 executives.
In addition to her regular segments on ABC's Good Morning Texas ad NBC5i, Ms. Weaver is nationally published and appears regularly to discuss etiquette issues on numerous television and radio shows. Ms Weaver has also been featured nationally on ABC's “The View,” and The Early Show, Family Net, in the Associated Press, Southern Living Magazine, and USA Today.
Ms. Weaver is also the author of the book, Just Ask Joy . . . How to be Socially Savvy in All Situations.” Her book, which is highly endorsed by Zig Ziglar, provides easy to read lists of “Power Tips and Faux Pas to Avoid” for a wide variety of common social and business situations. If you have an etiquette question, “Just Ask Joy. . . The Etiquette Expert.”
Ms. Weaver is a corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant certified by the Protocol School of Washington DC. Her training also includes years of research and study as well as certification from Letitia Baldrige's Business Etiquette Program.
Protocol Enterprises Inc./Just Ask Joy is based in Dallas, Texas. The company has been serving clients across the country since 1999.
Joy D. Kirsch founded Kirsch & Associates in 1990 to provide comprehensive wealth management services to retirees and pre-retirees. She specializes in women in transition (widows, divorcees, and entrepreneurs selling their businesses), helping them address their emotions, make smart financial decisions, and transition to their new paradigms with confidence. Joy believes that true wealth is not just a measure of one’s financial assets, but the sum of a person’s health, wealth and personal relationships. She has devoted her professional career to helping others define their values, dream new dreams and align their wealth accordingly.
Joy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and has been featured as a Top Financial Planner in the DFW area by D Magazine in 2009 and 2010. She is former chair of the Ft. Worth Business & Estate planning Section of the Ft. Worth Bar Association, and active in the Dallas Financial Planning Association. She offers securities, advisory and financial planning services through LPL Financial, where she is a member of the Chairman’s Club. Joy graduated cum laude from the University of Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Although Joy has won several industry awards, she is most proud of her twenty-four talented, beautiful and exceptional nieces and nephews.
Julie Hersh is Board President of the Dallas Children's Theater and active supporter of the Suicide and Crisis Center, CONTACT, Mental Health America, Empower African Children and other non-profit organizations. Julie?s Struck by Living blog is featured on the Psychology Today website.
After earning her BBA at the University of Notre Dame, Hersh worked in high-tech product development and marketing/sales in Silicon Valley. She “retired” from a lucrative sales management position after the birth of her first child. A long-time member of the Cooper Center, Hersh ran her first marathon at age 48. She lives with her husband and two children in Dallas.
Born into a fashion family, Becca Bowen spent over 15 years as an upscale wholesale fashion showroom owner. Her clients included the finest luxury department stores and boutiques across the U.S.
A full-time wardrobe planner since 1998, Becca has been fulfilling the needs of college-to-career dressers through Baby Boomers, from the budget conscious to couture-wearers.
She creates and presents personalized seminars for companies and government agencies who need to provide easy, "real world" wardrobe information for their executives and team members.
Joanne Teichman graduated from the University of Texas with a Journalism and Marketing Degree. She earned her Masters of Journalism degree from Northwestern University.
Following a four year career in marketing at Proctor & Gamble, she served as vice president at three major advertising firms in New York working on national accounts such as Breck Shampoo, Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans and Certs Breath Mints.
While in New York, she met the love of her life, Charles, who had recently emigrated from Paris, France. After living in New York for five years, they moved to Dallas to open Ylang-Ylang, then the hottest jewelry concept which was on Madison Avenue and featured regularly in People Magazine.
In their 25 years in Dallas, they have made their mark in the luxury jewelry world. Several years ago, they renamed their business Ylang 23 after their favorite number as they met on the 23rd, were engaged on the 23rd and married on the 23rd.
Joanne is a community leader. She is currently fulfilling the 2nd year of a two-year commitment with Charles as co-chairs of the Food4Kids Drive for the North Texas Food Bank for which they have set two consecutive fund-raising records. Joanne and Charles are also committed to the Jewish Federation, The Dallas Holocaust Museum, Vogel Alcove and The Jewish Family Place.
Christine Rossi’s life is rich with a balance of successful career achievements, family and fulfilling personal accomplishments.
Her vivacious personality is exemplified by the memory of her interview on the Today Show by Al Roker. She was wearing an orange foam UT Longhorn hat with a sign that said, “I just got engaged to the cheesesteak king of Texas” referring to her husband, Mike, who owned Texadelphia restaurants in Dallas in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. Her hobby is making jewelry.
Her advertising career spans fifteen years working with several of the largest advertising companies in the world.
After working with a Chicago advertising agency, she moved to Dallas in 1996 when she was hired as a media planner for DDB Needham. She also worked at NEXTMedia as Associate Media Director and at Temerlin McClain.
In 2007, she decided to spend more time focused on her daughters, six-year-old Kathryn and three-year-old Lauren.
Today, she sits on the PTA Board and the University Park Preschool Association (UPPA) heading up Membership for the UPPA. And, she is a consultant to NexBank and NEXTMedia on special adverting projects.
Christine has dedicated years as an active volunteer for the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Christine graduated from the University of Texas in 1995 with a double major in Spanish Language and Speech Communications and a minor in business.
A native of Austin, Texas, Christine lives in Dallas with husband Mike, who is NexBank’s CFO, her daughters and a sweet yellow lab named Abby.
In her position as National Prudential Fine Home Specialist, Dona Timm is the expert of luxury real estate with a hard-earned list of clients who she has represented for years and now takes care of their children‘s housing needs.
“These are the kids my husband and I fed dinner to and drove carpool, in fact, one of them just won the John Stemmons award and another is married to the founder of one of the largest computer companies. We really love our past and enjoy our present; real estate is hard and experience makes a defining difference,” she said.
“I know how far reaching the right floor plan and community are to the growth and development of a family and the interaction they have to one another,” she continued.
She is featured regularly on the KRLD Radio Show, “The Real Estate Hour,” is a mediator for Collin County and member of the Dallas Board of Realtors. She also teaches real estate at Prudential University.
Prior to her role as National Prudential Fine Home Specialist, she worked with several of the country’s most famous real estate companies including Merrill Lynch Commercial Real Estate and Prudential Texas Properties Real Estate.
In addition to her incredible career path, Dona was on the formation team of the first Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders when they played at the Cotton Bowl. She smiles when she thinks back to her cheerleader days reminiscing about marching in many downtown Dallas parades.
Born in Highland Park, Dona and her family moved to North Dallas in the 50s. She attended Hillcrest High School and the University of Texas majoring in sociology and real estate. She earned a Master of Real Estate theory and earned her real estate license in 1979.
She and her husband, Terry Timm, work in partnership and have raised three children that attended Greenhill School, University of Texas, Arizona State, American University Law school and John Hopkins. In addition, Dona and Terry have four grandchildren.
When asked what she dedicates her Essential Energy to, she replies, “I dedicate my Essential Energy to helping families create a home environment so that individuals have a great life and make lasting memories of what “home” means to them. Their children will then be able to draw upon how they lived when it is their turn to make a home.”
Carol Orr has worked in publishing for most of her life.
After 7 years with D Magazine, Carol opened her own company representing national magazines in 1986.
She’s worked with the publishers of some of the country’s greatest magazines including Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, Martha Stewart Living, Cooking Light, and AARP. Carol and her team generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue from clients
and advertising agencies throughout the southwest for the titles and websites she represents.
Carol and her husband Bruce are both long-time members of Dallas’ advertising community. They’ve been married for 25 years, collect and actively support the arts in Dallas and spend a lot of time traveling, primarily to their home in Vail, Colorado and to Cabo San Lucas.
Carol also works on behalf of underpriviledged children as a long-time Board member of Youth Believing in Change.
Carol is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and was educated at the University of West Georgia.
I dedicate my Essential Energy to trying to do the right thing every day in business and in life.
Yvette Feiger is often described as a modern day Renaissance Woman.
Growing up in Paris, she is fluent in six languages. Spending every summer in Casablanca Morocco and in Costa Del Sol Spain she grew up speaking French, Spanish and Arabic. Studied Latin Italian and Portuguese. Mother to two sons in Ivy League schools one just graduated Law School and one soon to start Medical school. An athlete who has ran 3 marathons with a rigid exercise schedule, admired wife and business owner. She is also an accomplished artist and paints watercolor scenes of nature.
With a nickname of Frenchy and extremely outgoing, her friends say that she is a “connector” known for her innate ability to bring the right people together. Because of her passion for animals, she supports Operation Kindness and the SPCA and is known for personally rescuing many stray dogs.
Yvette translated the Fina Oil Company manual book from French to English. She also tutors students in French and Spanish.
As a professional organizer, she founded her own company, “You, Me & Your Space,” a business focused on restoring beauty and peaceful surroundings to personal space and getting rid of clutter for her select clientele. The company’s services range from personal shopping reevaluating your wardrobe and reorganizing closets as well as remodeling multi-million dollar from the ground up. Using her creativity and photographic talent Yvette also loves to create memory books and organize photographs for friends and clients.
The idea for her “You, Me & Your Space” business concept was inspired from her 30 years in retail. Prior to launching “You, Me & Your Space,” Yvette owned several successful high fashion clothing stores on the East coast.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Yvette grew in up in Paris, France with two brothers and two sisters. She attended an all girl school similar to Hockaday. She and her family moved to the United States in 1971 with her vision to master the English language so she could return to France and teach English in the South of France. She lived in New York, Miami and now in Dallas..
However, her journey changed when she was accepted by the prestigious Fashion Institute Technology in New York City in 1976. With a passion for fashion, she was hired as a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. She was an instant success and is credited with being the first person to bring “Marilyn Monroe jeans” to Saks. She is also responsible for launching for the first time Donna Karan, George Marciano, and several other designers.
In 1979, she launched her own high-end fashion boutiques named West 57 in Miami, Coconut Grove and Georgetown and grew her business to seven sophisticated stores.
In 1985, she moved to Dallas and met a prominent attorney Robert Feiger, a partner at Friedman & Feiger Attorneys At Law. She married Robert in 1986 and together they raised sons Jared who is 25 years old and Chase who is 21 years old.
When asked what she dedicates her “Essential Energy” to, she responds:
“Because I genuinely care what people need, my Essential Energy is devoted to being a caring person good listener. Also my Essential Energy is channeled at staying very spiritual, though not in a religious way, but in a way I feel is more important: a real sense of spirituality that comes from within that I share with others. I am a person of great depth and feel that we all deserve great successes so no one should be discriminated against because of status, beliefs, color or religion.”
Michele Axley is a freelance journalist and community volunteer.
Ms. Axley’s journalist experience includes: Coordinator, 2001 Zagat Survey, Dallas/Ft. Worth; Zagat America’s Top Restaurants, 2003; restaurant review team for the Dallas Morning News; restaurant editor/writer, the Dining Book, Dallas/Ft. Worth (awarded the Greater Dallas Restaurant Assn. 2001 Journalism Award); WHERE Dallas Magazine; Dallas/Ft. Worth Lifestyle Magazine; IACP (International Assn. of Culinary Professionals) Food Forum; and Today’s Dallas Woman Magazine.
PAST PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY SERVICE BACKGROUND
Ms. Axley lives in Pebble Beach, CA and in Dallas, TX with her husband, Bob. They have two sons and three grandchildren. Her hobbies are golf, bridge, reading and cooking, and of course, dining out.
JANELLE FRIEDMAN manages the day-to-day business operations of Friedman & Feiger, an award-winning, Dallas-based law firm. She has been the law firm’s Director of Operations & Administrator since 1986 and is also a certified paralegal. Specifically, Janelle handles all business aspects of the company from marketing and new business development to revenue and finances as well as personal and day-to-day problem solving.
Being one of the few women in Texas to run a large firm of this size, she has also raised six children. While many of her peers call her “the modern-day Wonder Woman;” she describes herself as “a modern-day hard-working mother, business woman, civic leader, my children’s confident and CEO of the Friedman household.”
According to a quote published about her in the Wall Street Journal, “she’s very hip and in touch with fashion.” According to Janelle, “over the years, my shopping has become defined from meeting people in my professional life, charitable events, museums, and living my life to the fullest. I won’t buy an outfit that doesn’t make me feel sexy and confident. When I put on an outfit that feels right, I know I can accomplish anything that I set out to do.”
She is founder of a professional group of a hundred women business leaders called Essential Energy. Essential Energy’s mission statement is to share wisdom between successful women through personal friendships and business networking with a spirit of fellowship, enthusiasm, harmony and devotion to the power (essential energy) of our group to unite in pursuit of our common purpose.
Janelle is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators and the Dallas Legal Assistants Association. She has also served as the Coordinator for the Campaign of Dallas Republican County Chairman and is also an active fundraiser for judges and political figures most recently hosting a reception honoring District Attorney Craig Watkins.
NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin recently bestowed the Playmaker Community Service Award on Janelle for giving back to a long list of charitable causes. She commits her time, talent and monetary donations to the Salvation Army’s Gene and Jerry Jones Center For Children, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Kidney Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Emmitt and Pat Smith Charities, Women That Soar, the Dallas Jewish Federation, the Dallas Jewish Community Center, Paws Cause, the Fur Ball, the Epilepsy Research Foundation, and Playmaker Charities among many others. She has served on the Boards of the Dallas Opera and as a Stradivarius member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Dallas, Janelle was raised in a family in which “good manners, great style and the highest integrity were our most important values.” She attended Hillcrest High School and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. Today, Janelle lives in Dallas with her husband, Larry, six children, one son-in-law and her granddaughter, Ava.