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07/18/2019 Norris Conference Center - Austin, TX

2019 Austin Insights

Texas Women Overcoming Obstacles

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Obstacles & Opportunities

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Women Entrepreneurs in Banking

Learn first-hand how to do business in the financial industry from Nina Nelms, Senior VP of Procurement Strategy at Bank of America.The keynote presentation will go in-depth about how to engage financial institutions as a potential vendor and the importance of supplier diversity in the procurement process.

Economic Status of Texas Women
Dena Jackson, Ph.D, Chief Operating Officer of the Texas Women's Foundation, will present the latest research on the state of women-owned businesses in Central Texas. This discussion will provide key takeaways to prepare you for the ever-changing business landscape of Austin.
Following the keynote, network with fellow women-business owners and the WBCS Board of Directors including representation from: Dell Technologies, American Airlines, Baylor Scott & White Health, BNSF Railway, Ericsson, IBM, JCPenney, Fluor, Lockheed Martin, Oncor, PepsiCo, Texas Instruments, Toyota, UPS, and Vistra Energy.

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July 18, 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm
The Women's Business Council - Southwest brings you a hands-on workshop focused on how you can utilize working capital to reach your long-term goals, no matter the stage of your business. A panel of financial experts will discuss the various types of capital, how to access it, and when and how to use it to scale your business. After the presentation, there will be a Q&A session.
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Dena Jackson Ph.D
Chief Operating Officer
Texas Women's Foundation

Dena joined Texas Women’s Foundation (formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation) in February 2012 as Senior Vice President – Grants and Research directing the organization’s research, advocacy and grantmaking. As Chief Operating Officer, Dena oversees the effective business operations, ensuring a strong and capable team is in place to transform the lives of women, girls and their families across Texas. Dena’s leadership in producing groundbreaking research has helped to position the Foundation as a catalyst for statewide social and economic change. Programs such as the Foundation’s signature series of Gender Matters® Reports – which provides comprehensive insights into the progress of women in employment, earnings, health insurance, education, poverty and leadership opportunity – are valued as credible, objective, collaborative knowledge resources. This timely and targeted research helps donors, grantees, lawmakers and community leaders come together around a common understanding of the issues, and fuels efforts to raise the collective voices of women, girls and their families. Before joining the Texas Women’s Foundation, Dena was vice president of education at the Dallas Regional Chamber where she oversaw the initial development of The Commit Partnership, a coalition of more than 200 public and private partners. The group was formed to work collaboratively to help solve the region’s biggest systemic challenges in education, including improving early childhood education, preparing and retaining effective educators, and increasing postsecondary completion rates. Prior to the Chamber, Dena worked for 10 years in the nonprofit sector, including five years with The University of Texas at Dallas where she served as the organization’s first foundation relations professional. There she designed and launched a new Office of Research Development, providing proposal assistance services to deans, center directors and professors seeking federal and state grants for the University. During Dena’s tenure, the University secured a $2.5 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to found the UTeach program. Previously, Dena worked as a consultant helping nonprofit agencies throughout Florida to develop sustainable fundraising plans, and served as affiliate grants manager for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Before making the jump to the nonprofit arena, Dena spent 12 years in health care administration, working with physicians, insurers and hospitals, primarily focused on women’s health and managed care process improvement. A native Texan, Dena earned a doctoral degree in Health Studies at Texas Women’s University. She spends her free time cooking, reading and traveling with husband, Bob. The couple shares their home with two cats and a dog.

Nina Nelms
Senior VP, Procurement Strategy
Bank of America

Nina Nelms is a proven Senior Executive with 28 years of success across finance, entertainment, education, technology, and engineering. Leveraging extensive experience in financial operations and process improvement, she is a valuable asset for higher education, entertainment, or organizations looking for strategic insights, growth, cash flow, and mergers and acquisitions. Her broad areas of expertise include change management, high performance team building and development, cost-reduction strategy, supplier negotiations, purchasing and procurement, supplier diversity, Six Sigma, supply chain management, supplier sustainability and new technology implementation, including robotics.
Throughout her executive career, Nina has held leadership positions at Bank of America, Dell and The Coca-Cola Company. She has been responsible for creating enterprise-wide strategies for environmental, social responsibility and governance (ESG), robotics process automation (RPA), offshoring and supplier diversity for Bank of America, generating $20M in first year cost-savings at Dell using global sourcing initiatives, leading a category management team with $8B of spend, about 20% of third-party spend for the entire global banking enterprise, driving 8 LOB category strategies to hit business objectives and delivering a supplier rationalization analysis reducing Dell’s supply base >90% with $11M savings.
Nina earned a B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.B.A. from University of Phoenix and is Certified Six Sigma. She also proudly serves as Lead Faculty Area Chair since 2012 and an Adjunct Professor since 2010 with University of Phoenix, School of Business, teaching graduate courses in Management, Supply Chain, Critical Thinking and Organizational Behavior and Development. She coaches and mentor’s faculty and students in other official university roles.
Nina currently lives in Austin, Texas where she is active with the Austin Community Volunteers, Junior Achievement, and National Black MBA Association’s Leaders of Tomorrow. She mentors others via Bank of America’s CFO Mentoring Program and LEAD. Nina is a member of the Order of Eastern Stars (OES), the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) and is on the Advisory Board of Huston–Tillotson University’s School of Business and Technology.

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This event is open to everyone.

The last day to register online is Monday, July 15.

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Austin Insights Only


Austin Insights + Workshop Bundle


On-site pricing increases by $5

A member is a woman-owned business certified by WBCS or a supporting corporation or government entity.


Austin Insights Only


Austin Insights + Workshop Bundle


On-site pricing increases by $5

A non-member is a company not (yet) a member of WBCS.

Workshop Only


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