Shades of Success: Dallas’ Successful Women

87196_1054216_1389133154The 2014 Shades of Success event will feature a luncheon, private runway show by designer Linda Rowe Thomas of Romás , motivational speaker , and a live performance by Letitia Calhoun-Smith. Proceeds will go to benefit  Women Called Moses.

The event is prepared with intentions of bringing awareness to abused women. Therefore, this will be an outstanding opportunity for these women to embrace,educate, and empower other women through their success.


When: Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:00am
Where: Rosewood Crescent Club 17th floor, 200 Crescent Court Dallas, TX 75201
Cost:  Individual tickets will be available for $45. There is limited seating.

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Natalie Tastle

Natalie Tastle

Natalie’s career has been spent entirely in the magazine publishing industry. After receiving an Advertising degree from Southern Methodist University, she started her career with Dallas Child, a local children’s publication. After leading the company in sales, she was recruited away to Modern Luxury.

Upon explosive growth, she was tasked to help build two new magazines for them, Interiors and Dallas Bride. She was instrumental in driving revenues for both publications. After 3 years with Modern Luxury, she was again recruited away to Luxe Home and Interiors as Advertising Director. It was during her time at Luxe where she saw a need to bring to market a publication for men in Dallas. A year and a half later, DAPPER was born.


LeeAnne Locken

LeeAnne Locken

If you’ve watched TV, gone to the movies, or opened a magazine or newspaper over the past 20 years… chances are, you’ve seen LeeAnne Locken. 

LeeAnne is a natural in front of the camera — one of those talents that leaves a lasting impression on the audience’s life. She truly cares about each of her followers on Social Media and considers them to be friends, and she’s as warm and personable off the camera as she conveys while on it. That gift has translated not only into broadcasting and spokesperson relationships with fortune 500 companies and some of the top advertising agencies on the globe, but also may help to explain the tens of thousands that she engages and influences through social media platforms on a daily basis. Ever the consummate professional, this bright light’s smooth delivery, mixed with occasional comedic flair, is fueled by passion… and insures that any message she is sharing is both heard — and trusted.

And this passion doesn’t stop rolling when the camera’s do. LeeAnne’s ongoing role as host/hostess or emcee of numerous non-profit fundraisers and charity events keep her in the press — and in front of the public’s eye. They also keep this native Texan’s heart full and content.

 In 2013 she published her first book and served as both a DIFFA Style Council Member and an FGI Fashion Police. In 2014 you will find her Co-Chairing “Art From the Heart” benefiting Dallas Challenge and serving as the Honorary Chair of “No Tie Dinner” benefiting Aids Services Dallas.


Karen Michelle

Karen Michelle

Karen Michelle is best known for her spunky, outgoing personality and foremost her involvement in fashion industry.

Karen stole the hearts of many when she produced the Celebrity Fashion Experience in Dallas in 2010, along with some familiar fashion reality show faces. After only one year of producing the show, Karen began working with designers during New York Fashion Week, which Karen is a regular attendee of.

Established in 2010, FHM PR has developed strategies to meet the needs of every client by developing local and national media campaigns for a variety of lifestyles. FHM is home-based in Dallas, Texas to provide brands with worldwide capabilities, yet, specializes in giving individualized attention to her clientele. Karen Michelle is also the brain child behind one of the largest fashion runway productions in Dallas, Texas.

After much consideration, In 2010 Karen Michelle embarked upon one of the greatest opportunities of her life; going back to school to obtain a degree in Fashion Marketing. Her fascination with marketing, public relations, and fashion production birthed Front House Management (FHM).

She recently collaborated with “Tents” film director James Belzer, on a fashion documentary film in 2013 in Dallas, Texas, which earned her a spot in the fashion world. Karen’s work has been featured with Telemundo, CW33, Dallas Voice, Haute Living, Fashion News Live, Acceso Total, and more.


Dede McGuire

Dede McGuire

In a predominantly male-dominated business industry, there is a phenomenal woman by the name of DeDe McGuire that manages to successfully compete with her male counterparts in the radio business.  DeDe McGuire is one of the few women in the United States to have her own morning show in a major market city.  “DeDe in the Morning” airs on K104FM (KKDA) in Dallas, Texas.  DeDe McGuire started her journey in broadcasting communications as a receptionist at KOOV-FM, a popular country western station located in Central Texas.  A native of Seattle, Washington, DeDe McGuire’s passion and determination to make it in the radio business was an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.  Her undeniable quick wit, charm, beauty, and distinctive voice quickly made her the stand out nationally recognized multi-media personality and specialist that she is today.

DeDe’s career took off when she was recognized by radio entrepreneur Doug Banks.  Before you know it, DeDe was blessed with the title as Doug Banks Co-host on the top-rated nationally syndicated “Doug Banks Radio Show” which is based in Dallas, Texas. With Doug, each week, millions of listeners tune in to hear them in the afternoons in markets such as, Chicago, DC, Augusta, Charlotte, Charlotte, Birmingham, and Tulsa, to name a few.

DeDe McGuire is radio’s wonder woman.  She works dual drives in the AM and in the Afternoons on the radio and still finds time to serve the community, make weekly TV appearances, host events, in addition to being a spokesperson representing several corporate brands.  In June 2013, DeDe McGuire was honored and given a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in Atlanta, Georgia by the International Black Broadcasters Association (IBBA).  Even with this busy schedule, DeDe still makes time to be a dedicated wife to her new husband, Chris Allen.  DeDe is a proud member of AFTRA, NAACP, and the Association of Black Journalists.  In her spare time, she enjoys giving back to the community and spending time with her family and new husband.


Veronica Torres

Veronica Torres

Veronica Torres currently works for the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau as the  Director of Business Development. In this role Ms. Torres is charged with market strategies and campaigns that connect Dallas to the overall marketing strategies of conventions, increasing attendance and participation. She designs unique and relevant experiences for organizations and participates throughout the sales process in order to help secure new large group business. Prior to her new role, Ms. Torres worked as the Director of Diversity Marketing and community relations focusing on diverse conventions and events and developing partnerships in the local Dallas community. 

Ms. Torres is a Latina originally from Austin, Texas, a graduate of Johnson and Wales University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.  Veronica currently serves on for the following boards: North Texas GLBT Chamber, Hispanic 100, Social Latino Professional Network, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, St. Jude “Noche de Esperanza” and American Heart Association Passion Committee.

She is also a member of the following Associations: Hispanic 100, Social Media Club of Dallas, Mayor Star Council Advisory Board, Hispanic Women’s Network of North Texas, Greater Dallas planning council and LATISM (Latinos in Social Media- Dallas Chapter).

Veronica is very passionate and considers herself an advocate for health and wellness programming along with young professional leadership development. She received her Yoga Teaching Certification from the APY institute in Dallas and does Marketing and community engagement for her husbands company Rock Star Fitness Camps. The couple  built a Fit Couple brand while advocating for Latinos and African Americans in the world of healthy lifestyle and exercise.  Their five year goals include operating fitness/ yoga facilities and public advocacy as a Fit Couple. She is truly a connector and Young Executive adviser.

Veronica and her husband will be opening their V12 Yoga Studio in May of 2014 in the Dallas Farmers Market.


Tiffiny Luong

Over the past 30 years Tiffiny Luong has gathered a wealth of business and professional knowledge in the beauty, wellness and fashion industry. She currently owns and operates several thriving businesses. Her obvious tenacity is never more evident than when working to coordinate and/or performing in various healthy lifestyle, hair, makeup, fashion and beauty shows for civic, social and professional product workshop alike.

Tiffiny possesses a unique commitment and love of her profession. She demonstrates her true passion and talent in each class setting as she mentors her students individually. Dedications to her crafts and superior skills have garnered her credentials which allow her not only to teach others but to help them learn and how to be an entrepreneur.


Meko King

Meko King

Meko King is a style and fashion educator who has spent the past 8 years working with clients just like you to help them define and develop their approach to personal style. An avid consultant, Meko has cultivated a simple, effective, timeless approach to style that transcends all shapes, sizes and lifestyles.

Tempering fashion into attractive, smart, and comfortable reality individual clients, Meko has consistently delivered dramatic results for her customers. In addition to working with individual clients, Meko spends her time with organizations such as the Dallas NAACP, Dallas NAACP Youth Council, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, DFII, South Western Bell, Ccasi’ Inc, Trinity Model Management, D210.TV, Girlfriends Inc, and many more.

Her consulting firm and on-line accessory boutique, Flair for Fashion is a fashion company brought to life by founders Angel Burrell (no longer w/company) and Meko King. Meko has a unique gift and passion for fashion and enjoy the opportunity to share that gift with others. It’s through a variety of services that she intends to make a huge impact on the fashion world. Flair services include, but are not limited to; fashion styling, image consulting, fashion coordinating, fashion show production, personal shopping, wardrobe development and closet organization.

Flair for Fashion provides the solution to that day old question “What is being Fashionable”!!! Ever wonder how certain people always look put together? It’s because they’re dressing fashionably and have their own sense of style!

 Meko embarked on a new brand – Accessory in the Nude (AIN) is an altruistic project that was embraced in 2008. AIN simulates an eclectic range of fashion, art and business.  It will highlight the hottest apparel from new, established, and celebrity designers.


Susy Solis

Susy Solis

Susy Solis joined CBS 11 in January of 2011. Prior to that, she spent four years at KXAS, where she produced an Emmy-nominated series about her hometown, El Paso, Texas. “My El Paso” examined the effects of drug war violence from neighboring Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on the city of El Paso, its people and even Susy’s own family.

Before moving to Dallas, Susy was a morning anchor at NBC affiliate KTSM in El Paso. She began her career in broadcasting as a morning co-host of a radio show called “Mike and Susy Mornings” before she made the switch to television news. She was named one of El Paso’s “Top 30 under 30” during her time on the radio.

Susy earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Texas El Paso. She’s the product of a close-knit family, and when she’s not digging for stories, Susy enjoys spending time with friends playing trivia or kickball. (Her parents, brother and sister and their families all reside in North Texas.) She feels it is important to invest in the next generation, which is why she mentors minority teens. You can also often find Susy playing soccer, doing yoga or watching North Texas sports teams in action.


Porsha Kimble

Porsha Kimble

A 33 year old originating from Big Spring, Texas knows her way around the kitchen. Porsha Kimble can be found armed with a mixer, mixing bowls, a spatula, some great recipes and hands that can design and sculpt. This young lady is so amazing when it comes to baking that she is known in the business world as Your Cake Diva for seven years now. She has a home business that has flourished to the unimaginable. From local to celebrity clients, she makes sure that each design is not duplicated and is customized to the clients’ personality. She constantly sponsors charitable events and has no problems giving back.



LeTitia Calhoun-Smith

What is homelessness? LeTitia didn’t know the answer to this question until she actually became homeless. For the first time in her life, her eyes were opened to a community of people who went largely unnoticed and misunderstood by society. Questions began to arise in her mind as she saw groups of individuals walking with bags in the middle of the night. She saw this from a front row view in her car (while Homeless). Her number one question was, “Where are they going? “How do people live like this?” This question birthed the words for her single Where Are You?


During this difficult but awakening process, she experienced the physical and emotional challenges of not having a place to go; however, she felt the presence of God through it all. She became keenly aware that you can be homeless your whole life…searching for your place, purpose, and living unstable day to day. As her circumstances shifted, the opportunity came for her to redesign a recording studio and then complete the writing and production process of her song with national Gospel recording artist, Fred Hammond.

She is committed to standing against people not having a place to go. Her passion to reach this group of people flowed out of her as she could not contain her desire to speak out with the song and find shelter for the homeless. She knew this was her purpose. Doors began to open for her to spread the word on how to help. She is also committed to using her gifts and her voice to draw awareness to these people who feel abandoned and alone daily, people who need hope and a hand.


The organization naturally sprung forth after the completion of the song and the regular Homeless events. She has been on this mission at full speed ever since, hosting events like baby showers for pregnant Homeless women, a pajama drive, and a back-to-school rally for Homeless youth. She desires to raise awareness and hope for this invisible group of people while collecting necessities and building resources of help for them. She realizes she may not be able to eliminate Homelessness, but she is willing to shake the world and get others involved in addressing the needs of the Homeless. She is in the process of finding locations to create a place for the Homeless to go at anytime all over the world.


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