Dallas Women’s Forum Gives Insight On Providing Leadership, Influence

By Meara Isenberg
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Jen Welter, who became the first female coach in the NFL joined a supercharged panel of fantastic females at the third annual Women Ambassador’s Forum. Welter, whose life has been filled with firsts, offered some advice to women, “Being the first is great, but what is most important is not being the last.”

The Dallas Morning News

The first time Jen Welter was offered the opportunity to get on the field with professional male football players, she considered it to be a publicity stunt. She promptly turned down the offer.

“I told them absolutely not,” Welter said. “If you want to do anything with me, it’s step for step, hit for hit, or I do nothing at all. In that moment I said, this is going to happen. It was a defining moment.”

Though Welter rejected that initial opportunity to play professional football, it would later help propel her to become the first ever female coach in the National Football League.

She talked about her experiences Wednesday during a panel discussion at the third annual Women Ambassador’s Forum at Southern Methodist University.

Welter was joined on the Women in Leadership panel by Maria Cramer, a vice president with Hitachi Consulting; Carrie Tharp, chief marketing officer of the Neiman Marcus Group; and Carla Eboli, chief marketing officer at Dieste Inc.

The panelists spoke to about 40 young women from 15 countries who are attending the four-day forum, which concludes Friday. They addressed issues ranging from how the pathways to leadership for men and women differ to how women need to prepare to be successful.

“Be brave about what you are bringing to the table,” Eboli told the group. “Be knowledgeable about what you’re bringing to the table, and the differences that you are bringing will make the conversation bigger and better.”

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