2019 Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon

October 04, 2019

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Join us for The Family Place's Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon on October 4, 2019! The Texas Trailblazer Awards honor those who create positive change and contribute to the quality of life in our community. These individuals lead by example, embody a positive spirit, work tirelessly to help others, and go above and beyond the call of duty to make North Texas a better place. 

Keynote Speaker: Laura Linney

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Laura Linney’s respect and gratitude for creative expression is limitless. After graduating from The Juilliard School, Linney went on to appear in leading roles across film, television, and theatre. 

Linney knows what it means to be a working woman in Hollywood and has witnessed the operative gender inequality within the film industry. She carefully exposes the isolation, insecurity, and competition between actresses that have resulted from this inequality. In a program that challenges gender prejudice, Linney shatters common misconceptions about Hollywood life and reminds us that anyone is at risk of discrimination. 

Laura Linney has been nominated three times for the Academy Award, three times for the Tony Award, once for a BAFTA Award, and five times for the Golden Globe. She has won one SAG Award, one National Board of Review Award, two Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards. She holds two honorary Doctorates from her alma maters, Brown University and The Juilliard School.

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Real Life Hero Award: Lavinia Masters


Victim advocate Lavinia B. Masters is a native of Waco, Texas and a survivor. A writer, life coach, inspirational speaker and entrepreneur, her tireless efforts resulted in landmark legislation being passed in Texas protecting sexual assault victims. Authored by Texas Representative Victoria Neave (D-Dallas), the law seeks to tackle the state’s backlog of sexual assault forensic exams. It is named after Lavinia, whose exam sat on a shelf for more than 21 years.

Event Chairs
Marjon Henderson, Samantha Wortley and Marisa Howard

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