AT&T Performing Arts Center Hosts Third Annual Young Women’s Leadership Conference

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

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 live theater, opera, pop, ballet, comedy, speakers from pointe and, through its partner TITAS/Dance Unbound, the best dance companies around the world.

“There’s no better place to explore and experience the performing arts than the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District.”

With artistic pursuits and passions embraced by the AT&T Performing Arts Center for years, spreading the message of diversity and strength in this field is crucial to inspiring and encouraging future generations of artists and leaders. Specifically, the conferences are known for inviting speakers who teach leadership skills through the arts, such as leadership lessons learned through improvisation, the art of storytelling, and effective communication through voice and body. This year’s keynote speaker for the conference is award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, entrepreneur, speaker, author and philanthropist, Soledad O’Brien.

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

The Center also announced at the conference that it had established a special fund to honor its outgoing President and CEO, Debbie Storey. Money raised for the fund will help offset costs associated with bringing in key creative speakers and branding The Debbie Storey Keynote Address. Storey has been the Center’s Chief since 2018 and has helped guide the Center through the financially devastating COVID pandemic. Storey helped form a groundbreaking partnership between the Center and Broadway Dallas (formerly known as Dallas Summer Musicals) and oversaw the expansion of the Center’s educational and community programming and has a long history of support and mentorship for young women leaders.

In honor of commemorating Storey’s service and achievements, 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 about contributing to the fund, email Vice President of Development, Kendall Purpura at [email protected].


Aleira Martin, Publicity Manager

AT&T Performing Arts Center


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