Southwest Jewish Congress 

Texas Sized Event - Inspiring Women of the Southwest Awards

Thursday, September 19, 2019 
Eddie Deen's Ranch, 944 S. Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas  75202
 Contribution information

Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Dedicated to mentoring young people and to working with the local, national, and International Planetarium Society

  • American Field Service (AFS): Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter;

  • Highland Park High School Sponsor and Liaison

  • A major woman of science and a Fellow of the International Planetarium Society

  • Guest of the Jet Propulsion Lab of Voyager II in 1977; received the Distinguished Service Award by the Dallas Health and Science Museum (1968-72)

  • Past President Architect Wives Club, North Texas High School Golf Coaches Association, Southwestern Association of Planetariums

  • Girl Scouts of North East Texas: active SU 160 Team member

  • Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge Counselor

2018 Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women of the Southwest Award Recipients


  • Business Director for Communities Foundation of Texas, involving over 100 companies in philanthropic and educational events

  • Co-founder, Orchid Giving Circle; founder SevaYatra, social enterprise offering volunteerism and voluntourism opportunities in India

  • Prior Principal at MHT Partners, investment bank in Dallas, championing US/India business mergers and acquisitions

  • Leading Board, Advisory, membership or volunteer roles at: North Texas Food Bank, DFW South Asian Film Festival, Opportunity Plus, Dallas Assembly, StewPot, Hunger Busters, Think India Foundation, Texas Credit Union, Leadership Richardson

  • Master/Liberal Studies, SMU; MBA at UT Dallas; Chartered Accountant at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India 


  • Partner and Head of Healthcare Transactions, Dallas at Norton, Rose Fulbright; Fellow, American Bar Association

  • Volunteer at Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas; Board Member, Vice Chair (2014-2017), Chair of Lawyers Division, Lawyers, Pacesetters and Young Leadership

  • Chair and Co-chair of several committees and Member of the Council of the American Bar Association Health Law Section (ABAHLS); Co-founder, Center for Women in Law at UTAustin School of Law

  • Past leadership roles: Diversity Coordinating Committee and editorial board of ABAHLS

  • Designations: “Lawyer of the Year, Dallas Healthcare Law," 2018, Top 50 most powerful Women in Law in Dallas (by the National Diversity Council; Who’s Who in Healthcare 2013 named by the Dallas Business Journal; Texas Super Lawyers; America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and winner of the Bill Finkelstein Award of the Cardoza Society


  • Registered nurse, “The Blanket Lady,” advocate for the homeless

  • Founder, Operation Care International

  • Addresses homeless issues in 10 countries, from Brazil to Taiwan/China Cambodia

  • Has had featured stories of her work in 10 publications, including The Dallas Morning News

  • Global Humanitarian Award, Continental “Who’s Who”, nine other awards  for philanthropy


  • Real Estate top producer and relocation industry expert for Virginia Cook Realtors

  • Bilingual, former Spanish teacher, Highland Park High School

  • Leadership roles as Director of Girls, Inc of Metropolitan Dallas, Senior Source, Habitat for Humanity, Dallas Women’s Foundation, DISD Realtor Task Force, and Association of Women Executives

  • Volunteer at Dallas Museum of Art, Trinity River Mission Housing Authority, and Center for Non-profit ManagementGoodwill Ambassador for the realty profession at local, state and national levels


  • Distinguished Fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists (Dental Honor Societies)

  • Facilitator with “Rite of Passage, Inc.” a Character Centered Youth Program

  • First STEM Program Coordinator, Dallas Chapter of The Links, Inc. and an integral part of  "Linkage to Life National Program for Wellness" for Links, Incorporated

  • Volunteer for National Dental Association HEALTH NOW™, Colgate ® Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™ Community Outreach Initiatives

  • Past Chairman, Board of Trustees, National Dental Association; Past President, Gulf State Dental Association of Texas, and The Texas Association of Women Dentists 

 Future Inspiring Women

(ages 14-21)


  • Senior, Greenhill School, completed her term at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, D.C. and will attend American University in the Fall

  • Gave over 100 hours of community service at McShan Elementary School in Dallas, working with Girl Scouts to help immigrant students learn English

  • Awarded Bronze Presidential Service Award, Theater Pin, Girl Scout Gold Award, Duke TJP Scholar, and Hermes Society Member

  • Volunteer roles as Hill Guide, Adoption Counselor, Animal Handler, Teen Attorney and Juror at Plano Teen Court

  • Participant in Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Youth Musical


  • Freshman at the University of North Texas in Denton; Majoring in radio, television and film, minor in journalism

  • Member of the Top Teens of America, under leadership of Top Lady of Distinction, Inc., where she is editor of the Top Teens Times and Statues of Women Chair

  • Member of the Alzheimer and Beautification committee

  • Volunteer at March for Babies, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 2016 AIDS Walk for the Cure, and Community Clean-up at St. Phillip’s School

  • Assists with feeding the homeless, mentors middle school debaters and works for beautification projects for St. Paul Church, where she is a member




   Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women of the Southwest Awards

   The Inspiring Women of the Southwest Awards is named in loving memory of the founder, past recipient

    and our dear friend, Audrey Kaplan.  Audrey’s passion and generosity for women’s issues and progressive causes

    led to the establishment of this award. 

   The Inspiring Women of the Southwest Awards are presented to women from diverse disciplines and backgrounds.

   They have been diligent in the pursuit of positive social change, and who, as role models, have made an impact

   on our communities, either local or regionally. These inspiring women advocate for inclusiveness in our society

   and support positions consistent with the mission of SWJC.

   Inaugurated in 2014, the Future Inspiring Women of the Southwest Awards are presented to young women

   (ages 14-21) who have completed exemplary achievements in  community service.

   These young women are the face of the future and are aligned with the mission of SWJC.

   For a list of former recipients, click here