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Texas Business Woman Trailblazer

Doris Sweeney Bowens was one of the first Black self-made millionaires in Dallas, TX.  She founded and operated several businesses in Oak Cliff and in Irving, TX.  

Doris started her career working at the Baker Hotel downtown Dallas.  She used her food-service background to open a cafe' in Lufkin, Texas which led her to open the Penthouse Restaurant in Dallas. It soon became a meeting place for civil rights activists and organizations that helped the poor.  The Penthouse hosted such notables as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Julian Bond, the late President George H. W. Bush, Congressman Martin Frost, and it was the host to the first Dallas People's Convention.

Doris was elected a board member of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.  She was an active member of the Dallas minority community and opened bingo halls and game rooms in Dallas and Irving.  She ventured into commercial real estate by opening and managing single family apartments and town homes.  Doris was an inspiration and trail blazer for other Black women business owners. She had a penchant for creating non-traditional businesses in North Texas in the civil rights era when Black business ownership required tremendous stamina, sacrifice, and knowledge.

Business Women Trailblazers

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Eva Hunter Johnson

Radio Show Co-host

Houston, TX

 

Eva Hunter-Johnson is author of Chronicles of Life After Death, the gripping and insightful story of the author’s life transition from young widowhood to self rediscovery. Eva is the Co-host of the Loss Recovery show Author of "Chronicles of Life after Death."

Motivational Speaker whose passion is to see people develop into their highest potential and achieve all they were created for. She believes there is a seed of greatness in everyone. Speaking in small to large settings she is successful in igniting passion in those she speaks to.   Eva is the editor of Dreamers Arise Publishing and founder of EMarie Publishing in Houston, TX.

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Amber Jenkins

President-COO

SNAP Event Productions

Dallas, TX

 

Amber Jenkins is the President-Chief Operating Officer of Snap Event Productions.  She has been an executive event producer since 2005 with proven ability to plan, develop and strategically produce corporate, public and private events. Amber is a fiscally responsible and results driven 
event professional with unique ability to adapt quickly to challenges and changing environments.

Specialties: Live Event Production, Event Management, Video Production, Production Coordination, Talent Procurement, Contract Negotiation, Vendor Selection & Management.  Snap! brings spirited energy and vigorous discipline to the design, planning and execution of all types of events. The company is a full service event production company owned and managed by industry veterans. 

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Dr. Froswa'

Booker-Drew

VP, Community Affairs, Strategic Alliances at State Fair of Texas® Co-Founder, HERitage Giving Circle

Grand Prairie, TX

Dr. Booker-Drew has an extensive background in leadership, nonprofit management, partnership development, training and education. She's been quoted in Forbes, Ozy, Bustle, Thrive Global, Huffington Post and other media outlets around the world. As Vice President of Community Affairs for the State Fair of Texas, she led a department focused on community initiatives, educational programming, partnerships and philanthropy.

Dr. Booker-Drew was as a workshop presenter at the United Nations in 2013 on the Access to Power and a part of the documentary, Friendly Captivity, a film that followed a cast of 7 women from Dallas to India.  She received the 2019 Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Award, Semi-finalist for the SMU TEDx in 2012, 2012 Outstanding African American Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Arlington, and Diversity Ambassador for the Red Cross.

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