• Monday, February 26, 2024 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Member Update

    Hello WPF members,

    We want to take this opportunity to update all of you on our 2024 Symposium. Scheduled for Wednesday, November 13, 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 pm).

    Thanks to Vicky's connections, this year's symposium will be held at Tarrant Area Food Bank ( The venue has a large, well-appointed meeting facility with an adjacent lounge area. There is plenty of free parking, and the facility can provide breakfast and coffee service. 

    Our keynote speaker is Dr. Valerie Martinez-Ebers:

    Dr. Valerie Martinez-Ebers (Ph.D. from Ohio State University) is an expert on the political behavior of women and persons of color. A Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science and Director of the Latina/o and Mexican American Studies Program at the University of North Texas, Dr. Martinez-Ebers is a former Vice-President of the American Political Science Association and a former President of the Western Political Science Association.  From 2012-2016, she served as Co-Editor of the American Political Science Review, the flagship journal in political science. Dr. Martinez-Ebers has published widely on various topics, including six books and articles in all the top journals of her discipline. She also edited Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Religion: Identity Politics in America, an anthology that examines the history, dynamics, and policy issues of minority groups in the United States.  

    She will speak on Women's Voting Behaviors over the previous three election cycles. Learn about key issues driving women's political behavior, including issues impacting women of color and women's issues.

    Save the date: Wednesday, November 13, 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

    Price: $50 for members and $60 for non-members
    (Registration link coming soon)

    Sponsorship Opportunities: We are seeking event sponsors.
    (More details coming next month!)


    Dr. Di Ann Sanchez - Chair
    & Vicky Martinez - Co-chair

  • Thursday, February 01, 2024 7:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy February! 

    We’re already into the second month of the year where we celebrate Black History Month, along with National Cancer Prevention Month, American Heart Month, and Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. I hope your 2024 is off to a positive start!

    Join us on February 14 where you will LOVE the program featuring Tamara Payne, founder, and president of Ensemble Coworking and who is now is the operational force behind Sparkyard, a platform with resources designed to launch and grow businesses. Tamara is a community builder, a connector, a business strategist and consultant, and describes herself as a serial entrepreneur and a mentor.

    Our Membership is Growing

    As I write this column, I’m pleased to share that we’ve already had seven new applications for membership! I’m often asked about this group and why I belong. There are many reasons, but a few include:

    • Timely insights on relevant community issues
    • Connections to other female leaders
    • Commitment to seeing positive change for Tarrant County

    Whether you are a new member or have been involved for years, let me know why you joined and have stayed connected to Women’s Policy Forum.

    History of Women’s Policy Forum

    We were founded in 1987 by Karen Perkins and Peg Knapp, as a way to bring together Tarrant County women who are leaders in the home, in business, in government, and in nonprofit agencies. Our first general membership meeting was held in January 1987, and we published our first membership directory in July 1988. Over 37 years later, Women’s Policy Forum continues as a thriving organization of women leaders who support policies and initiatives that will create positive change for Tarrant County women and our community. Women's Policy Forum is a non-partisan educational and networking organization. 

    Program Sponsorships Available – NEW

    Want to promote your business or nonprofit at one of our monthly meetings? Starting at $500, sponsorships allow for your organization to be featured prior to and during a monthly meeting. Click HEREfor details.

    Let’s have a great year TOGETHER!

    See you soon!


    Michelle Crim
    Women’s Policy Forum Chair

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2024 5:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you ever wonder if you've registered for a Women's Policy Forum meeting? Would you like to register for the entire year and not ever need to wonder again?

    Meeting Bundles are now available and will entitle you to all monthly membership meeting with one quick registration. (Note: The November Emerging Issues Symposium is not included.) You receive a small discount as well as calendar invites for each meeting. You'll still receive information about the monthly meetings, but there's no need for you to register.

    Please note that the Meeting Bundle is available for members only and meetings are not transferable or refundable.  

    Sign Up Here
  • Tuesday, January 02, 2024 6:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! Welcome to 2024, the year of the dragon according to the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese mythology, the Dragon is a symbol of strength, courage, creativity and innovation. 2024 is expected to be a year of potential and opportunity. I’m looking forward to an amazing year for Women’s Policy Forum and am excited to start my term as Board President.

    We’re starting the year with an important program, Living Well, Perceptions of Aging and Why They Matter, from Dr. Cheryl Harding, President/CEO of James L. West Center for Dementia Care. Thank you, Amy Rasor, for serving as Program Chair and President-Elect. I appreciate your dedication to this organization and know you have a wonderful lineup planned for 2024.

    Our Mission and Vision

    Women’s Policy Forum of Tarrant County is an organization of influential women who investigate and support policies and initiatives that will create positive change for Tarrant County women and our community. Our vision is women leaders building a better Tarrant County. By attending our monthly programs and learning about the needs and resources in Tarrant County, you are better equipped to make an impact in our community.

    Membership in Women’s Policy Forum is designed for individuals who have the desire to effect positive change for women and girls with the passion, energy and commitment to advocate for women and our community.

    Women’s Policy Forum Foundation

    Along with being a catalyst for women leaders in Tarrant County, did you know Women’s Policy Forum has a charitable arm focused on helping women and girls? The Women’s Policy Forum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to positive change for women and girls in our community.

    Our goals:

    • To raise community awareness of issues impacting women and children.
    • To raise and distribute funds to organizations that impact women and children.
    • To raise and distribute funds to support the mission of Women's Policy Forum.

    Stay tuned as we are launching a new initiative to help empower women-owned small businesses and nonprofits focusing on women and girls. We look forward to the impact Women’s Policy Forum can make in Tarrant County to enable other women to be their best.

    Program Sponsorships Available – NEW

    Want to promote your business or nonprofit at one of our monthly meetings? Starting at $500, sponsorships allow for your organization to be featured prior to and during a monthly meeting. Click HEREfor details.

    Michelle Crim
    Women’s Policy Forum Chair

  • Monday, November 27, 2023 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obituary for Flora Alexandra Brewer

    MAY 31, 1957 - NOVEMBER 27, 2023

    Flora Alexandra (Paulos) Brewer, MPA, PhD died on Monday, November 27th, 2023, at her home of thirty-two years in Fort Worth, TX after a two-year battle with metastatic bile duct cancer. She was sixty-six years old. She will be remembered always as a generous friend and neighbor, a dedicated community-developer, a devoted daughter, and a loving wife and mother. She is survived by her mother, her husband, her sons, her brothers, as well as many nephews, nieces, and beloved in-laws.

    In her community, Flora is perhaps best known for her tireless work to improve the quality of life for those experiencing homelessness in Fort Worth. Building on the work and philanthropy of her father, James J. Paulos (d. 1999), Flora used her position as a respected small business leader to lift up the work of the city’s homeless shelters, many of which were located near her businesses in what would eventually come to be known as Fort Worth’s Near East Side. Collaborating with these existing organizations allowed her to develop skills and build relationships that would eventually enable her to help bring many of her neighbors out of shelters and into permanent homes. Flora’s work included gathering shelter leaders and property-owners to form a neighborhood association; winning grants for street improvements; working closely with police, traffic, and code personnel to improve security for all; and purchasing vacant buildings and repurposing them for the benefit of those already in the neighborhood.

    Her first major development in 2004 was repurposing a 1920s four-story warehouse into the Lancaster Lofts and artist studios. Over a decade later, in 2015, Flora realized a long-term goal to provide housing for the people she saw daily living in Fort Worth’s homeless district. She took an opportunity to purchase and rehab the Palm Tree Apartments, a 1955 twenty-four-unit complex that had fallen into severe disrepair. By 2016, the property officially opened its arms to the community’s chronically homeless neighbors.

    Flora’s example led to a new focus in the city’s Directions Home program and served as the inspiration for major financial commitments to building housing for homeless people at First Presbyterian Church and other organizations. Flora helped develop a new nonprofit, New Leaf Community Services, to produce more housing modeled after the Palm Tree Program, now embarking on its second project.

    Her work earned recognition both for herself and the neighborhood from Southeast Fort Worth, Inc., the East Fort Worth Business Association, and the City of Fort Worth. Flora would eventually serve on the city’s Homelessness Task Force, the Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness, and Fort Worth’s Supportive Housing Task Force, and ultimately earn a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Texas at Arlington (2015-2021) cementing her status as a recognized expert in housing and homelessness. In the final months of her life, Flora was recognized with the inaugural North Texas Community Foundation’s Pioneer Award and Every Texan’s (formerly Center for Public Policy Priorities) Texas Legacy Award.

    But Flora was so much more than simply her career.

    From the time Flora could walk, she danced. From the time she could talk, she sang. Music accompanied her every step. Growing up in the close-knit Greek communities of Detroit, MI (where she was born) and Pittsburgh, PA, Flora’s childhood home afforded endless opportunities to dance at family parties. Washing the dishes was a daily opportunity to harmonize with her mother, Angela (Skentzos) Paulos. Years later, a mother herself, she never missed the chance to sing with her equally musical sons, Evan and Matthew, constantly introducing fresh music into their lives, whether through the piano at home or tickets to a musical or an opera. Even her laugh was music, a fluting sound that never failed to delight all around her.

    She met her husband, Michael Brewer, working as a counselor and music coordinator at a summer camp for young adults and children with physical disabilities. The two were married in 1979, the year before Flora earned a degree in music therapy and vocal performance and pedagogy from Michigan State University (1980). Then it was off to Texas where she found time to sing with Fort Worth’s Schola Cantorum and the Renaissance Consort when she wasn’t busy working at Lockheed Martin as one of the first female division heads in the company’s history.

    Her passion for music fueled a desire to share beauty and art with all those around her. With colleagues at Bass Hall’s children’s program and the Fort Worth Chamber, she formed the Fort Worth Arts Education Partnership, developing and promoting a platform of basic, high-quality arts education for all children in public schools. Flora and her friends led a successful campaign to return art and music teachers to all FWISD elementary schools, raise funds for teacher development, and establish the first Fine Arts Director position.

    Flora left her life with gratitude for all the opportunities, friends, and family she was given that filled her life with love and joy and empowered her to accomplish so much. She left with confidence that the work will continue through her wonderful children and the next generation of Americans committed to caring for their fellow human beings and sharing the abundance that is all around us.

    These organizations were important to Flora. Please consider honoring her with a donation.

    The Flora Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation

    Center for Transforming Lives

    DRC Solutions For Homelessness

    Helping Restore Ability

    Recovery Resource Council

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