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Ascend North Texas Women’s Forum
Executive Leadership Series: Strategically Standing Out


Event Details:

Date: Monday, September 25, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT

Venue: The Constellation Club - 5215 N O'Connor Blvd Suite 2600, Irving, TX 75039

Admission: Members: $35 I Non-Members: $50


Ascend North Texas invites you to pre-register for the inaugural Executive Women’s Leadership dinner. Join us for a thought provoking discussion with three extraordinary leaders who will share insights and advice on creating impact. Award-winning speaker, author, and executive coach, Neena Newberry will facilitate the discussion.  Seating limited. Valet Parking included.



Sheila Enriquez

Partner and Texas Market Leader


Sheila Enriquez is a partner and the Texas Market Leader for Crowe, a global Public Accounting, Consulting, and Technology Firm. She was the CEO/Managing Partner for Briggs & Veselka Co, Houston's largest independent CPA firm, before she and her team joined Crowe in January 2022. As a CPA and an attorney with over 27 years of experience, Sheila offers a powerful blend of financial expertise and legal perspective to her clients. Sheila also carries the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) designation and is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Her vast expertise includes audit services, agreed-upon procedures, forensic accounting and litigation support, and mergers and acquisitions due diligence. Sheila’s passion is education, which has been guided by her individual journey. Born and raised in the Philippines, she received a full scholarship in 1990 and completed her A.S. in Business with High Honors at SUNY/SCCC’s Toyama, Japan and Loch Sheldrake, New York campuses. Sheila later graduated summa cum laude from Mercy College with a B.S. Degree in Public Accounting, and received her M.B.A. with Distinction from Long Island University, and her J.D. from University of Houston Law Center. As a first generation immigrant, Sheila understands the power of education and hard work. She believes in servant leadership and is passionate in developing and mentoring professionals within the firm and the profession. Sheila credits the firm’s leaders over the years for fostering a culture in which anyone who demonstrates the desire can rise, and for mentoring and providing her opportunities that ultimately prepared her to assume impactful leadership roles. Sheila is a member of the AICPA and is serving a term on the AICPA Governing Council. She is also a member of the State Bar of Texas and Texas Society of CPAs (TXCPA), where she is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors and is a past president of the Houston Chapter. She believes in the power of the CPA designation and is committed to furthering the profession by helping build a pipeline of future CPAs and increasing the general public’s awareness of the value that CPAs bring to businesses and communities.

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Caren Lock

Regional Vice President and Associate General Counsel




Neena Newberry


Newberry Solutions

An award-winning speaker, author, and executive coach, Neena Newberry launched Newberry Solutions in 2008 to focus on her passion for developing strong leaders. She left a more than 16-year management consulting and human resources career, and a role on Deloitte’s U.S. HR Executive Team supporting 34,000 employees – not knowing the economy would tank just three months later, teaching her invaluable leadership lessons. Grounded in years of experience developing business strategies, improving business operations and leading teams, Neena develops leaders through Purpose, Presence & Power. She is known for her practical, high-impact approach and her ability to help her clients get results they couldn’t before. The result: rave reviews about her company’s products and services from Fortune 500 clients such as AT&T, PepsiCo, Shell, and Sysco, and organizations like the United Way and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Not to mention Neena’s New Lens® app recognized with a 2020 Stevie Award for Best New Product, her book Show Up. Step Up. Step Out. — written up by Southwest Airlines President Emeritus Colleen Barrett — and a Leadership Excellence Award-winning program called WOW! Women On the Way to Peak Performance ProgramSM. Neena was honored by DCEO Magazine as one of the 2023 Dallas 500, the most powerful business leaders in Dallas. She is also an official member of the invitation- only Forbes Coaches Council and has been honored by the Dallas Business Journal twice, as a Minority Business Leader Honoree and as a Women in Business Honoree. In 2021, she was recognized as one of the Top 20 Coaches in Dallas and won four Stevie Awards for Women in Business: Mentor or Coach of the Year – Business, Women Helping Women, Social Change Maker of the Year – Gender, and Female Thought Leader of the Year – Business Services. Neena’s expertise is regularly sought out, with several features in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fast Company in 2022. Newberry’s credentials include more than 25 years of advising and coaching business leaders, an MBA, a Professional in Human Resources Certification, and a Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential from the International Coach Federation. Neena’s volunteer work has been recognized by United Way with the Advocate of the Year Award. She has also worked with the George W. Bush Presidential Center on programs to empower women in the Middle East to catalyze change. Neena’s other endeavors include an adjunct professorship in executive education at the SMU Cox School of Business, serving as an inaugural Advisory Council member of the TWU Institute for Women’s Leadership and the United Way Fund for Women and Children, and as a board member of the Texas Women’s Foundation; coaching digital health startups at the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute; and writing leadership articles for her alma mater, the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Safety of our guests is paramount to Ascend. Attendees are responsible for monitoring their own condition and agree to comply with the safety, hygiene and CDC identified pandemic level communicable illnesses (including COVID-19) guidelines established by relevant health authorities. We request that attendees not attend an event should they test positive or if they experience COVID symptoms prior to the event.

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