2nd Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies

Hosted by SOS Leadership and The Concordia MBA, the 2nd Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies is for women leaders who are committed to bringing their leadership to life! Featuring dynamic keynote presentations by Dina Dwyer-Owens, Executive Chairwoman of The Dwyer Group, and Amber Fogarty, Partner and Chief People Officer of SOS Leadership, this evening is all about empowering and equipping women to take their leadership to the next level!

Event hashtag is #AustinLL

You will be challenged to reflect on your leadership style and commitment to growth, while connecting with other strong, passionate leaders who are striving to answer the call to leadership in their lives, just as you are. Austin Leading Ladies is a movement of women leaders who are gathering for a powerful evening of inspiration and relationship building!

This Event Will:

  • Bring women leaders together to inspire each other to embrace their leadership roles at work, home, and in the community.
  • Empower women to make a commitment to learning with the understanding that, “Leadership and Learning are indispensable to each other.”
  • Challenge women to think about their professional development goals and how they will intentionally focus on growing their leadership.

About the Speakers:

 Dina Dwyer-Owens is the Executive Chairwoman of The Dwyer Group®. America also knows her for participating in CBS’s Emmy-winning hit reality show “Undercover Boss” with a second appearance on their 1st Epic Bosses special episode. Dina leads by example and credits a growing team for the franchise family she presides over today.

Dina is a certified franchise executive with more than 30 years of industry experience, having grown up in The Dwyer Group. That business now includes seven franchise brands and more than 1,600 franchisees around the world through direct franchising and master license agreements operating as Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Rooter (Drain Doctor in the UK and Portugal), Rainbow International and The Grounds Guys. Collectively, those service brands make more than 2 million customer calls a year and account for more than $800 million in system-wide sales.

Amber Fogarty is a Partner and Chief People Officer for SOS Leadership Institute, an organization committed to developing leaders that make a difference. Her primary area of focus is women’s leadership development, guiding women leaders through the process of understanding and owning their unique leadership style. Amber created the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program, a thriving year-long leadership program designed specifically for women who are committed to personal and professional growth, goal achievement, and learning. She also founded Austin Leading Ladies, a movement of dynamic, driven women who meet monthly to bring their leadership to life.

Amber has also served as an Adjunct Faculty Member for the School of Management and Business and the New College Program at St. Edward’s University, as well as the College of Business at Concordia University Texas. She is a Specialty Coach for the MBA+ Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin, which serves MBA students in the McCombs School of Business.  Amber is the co-author of Retreat to Success: Living Your Life on Purpose (2012), a book she wrote with her father and brother about seeking and finding clarity about your life’s purpose.  She resides in Austin with her husband, Martin, and their two children, Grace and Colin, who are the light of her life.

About The Kate Voth Award

In 2013 at the 1st Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies, SOS Leadership presented the Leading Lady of Inspiration Award to Kate Voth. Kate was an incredible leader, a woman of optimism, strength, and courage. She was a leader in every sense of the word, and she inspired every person who met her.

On June 1, 2013, less than three months after we honored her and were moved by her emotional speech, Kate died at age 27 after a valient battle with cancer. There is a hole in all of our hearts, and yet her powerful leadership legacy lives on. Thus, the Leading Lady of Inspiration Award is now the Kate Voth Award, and we are looking forward to announcing the first winner of this award at the 2nd Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies. We are accepting nominations through March 1st, and you can request a nomination form by emailing Shane Montoya (shane@sosleadership.com).

About the Learning to Lead Panel

The theme for the 2014 Evening for Austin Leading Ladies is Bring Your Leadership to Life. The central idea that will direct the Learning to Lead Panel is: EVERY leader is on a journey to learn how to lead. The panelists will share what they have learned and are continuing to learn as they strive to bring their leadership to life!

Panel Moderator: Courtney Clark


  • Alexis Ferguson, Executive Consultant, Rodan + Fields
  • Jennifer Foery, Human Resources Manager, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative
  • Melinda O’Canas, Diabetes Care Associate, Novo Nordisk

Register now (before tickets sell out): www.austinleadingladies.com


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