Women in the World founder and CEO Tina Brown brought her signature conference series to the heart of Texas on Monday night for an evening of scintillating conversation with inspiring leaders, groundbreakers and otherwise strong women. The event took place at the Dallas Museum of Art and featured panels with Dallas’ own Ulysha Renee Hall, the city’s first female police chief, Amy McGrath, the first female Marine to fly a fighter jet, Dr. Jen Welter, the first woman to coach in the NFL, Iasia Sweeting, who was held in captivity by cult members in Atlanta for more than four years, and Hannah Song, a bold young woman who runs a modern-day underground railroad that rescues North Korean refugees.
Maxeme Tuchman, who invented an innovative way for parents and grandparents who aren’t at home to read bedtime and other stories to children, was named the new Toyota Mother of Invention. And the evening was capped off with a discussion between Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, and Tina Brown.
Brown kicked off the event with opening remarks which you can watch above. “We all know that you don’t mess with Texas,” she told the crowd at the outset. “But I assure you, we won’t mess with any of the Texas women you’re going to see on the stage tonight. Or indeed any of the women you’re going to see on the stage tonight.” And with that, the evening was off and running.
Brown closed out the evening with some brief remarks thanking the sponsors, congratulating Tuchman on being named a Mother of Invention, and saying that it was moving to hear from “women who are living examples of both resistance and persistence.” Watch her closing remarks below.