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The Women's Museum Announces Speakers for 8th Annual Stories from the Top

The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future announces today the honored guest speakers for the 8th annual Stories from the Top program, on Thursday, August 18, 2011: Kellie Fischer, CFO and EVP, Texas Rangers; Kathleen Mason, President and CEO, Tuesday Morning Corporation; and, Catherine J. Rodewald, President, Prudential Asset Resources. The luncheon, moderated by Karen Borta, CBS 11 News Anchor, will engage these leading women in a candid conversation focusing on their respective personal and professional journeys.

According to the nonprofit research firm, Catalyst Inc., women held about 14.4 percent of the executive officer positions at Fortune 500 companies in 2010, and women make up only 25.4 percent of chief executives nationwide according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Stories from the Top offers a rare chance to see these trailblazing women share the trials, challenges and triumphs that have led them to top level positions.

Stories from the Top is always exciting,” said Lyn Scott, COO of The Women’s Museum.  “This year, the rare treat of hearing from three women who have reached the pinnacle of their careers in our community. These three women will give us a glimpse behind the scenes of their personal journeys to success.”

Stories from the Top is the premier event hosted by The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future. The purpose of this program is to recognize and applaud the achievements and contributions of our nation’s most outstanding women while raising funds for the mission of The Women’s Museum. The August 18 program begins at 11:15 a.m., tickets/tables available for purchase at www.thewomensmuseum.org/stories.

Past guest speakers include: Former Texas Governor Ann Richards, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Major General Kathryn Front, Brigadier General Toreaser Steele, Heloise, Lesley Harris, Shelly S. Stein, Nina G. Vaca, Elaine Agather, Linda Dillman, Melissa Reiff, Gloria Campos, Clarice Tinsley, Karen Borta.

The Women’s Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation’s only comprehensive women’s history museum that chronicles the lives of American women through interactive exhibits. The Women’s Museum is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays). For more information, please visit www.thewomensmuseum.org.

Speaker Biographies

Kellie Fischer
Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Texas Rangers

Kellie Fischer was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Texas Rangers in March of 2005.  She oversees all financial matters, human resources, information technology and legal operations for the Texas Rangers.  Kellie joined the Rangers in 1999 and has served in many roles for the Rangers former parent company, Southwest Sports Group and the Dallas Stars.

Prior to joining the Rangers, Kellie spent four years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the audit division of the Dallas office.  She earned her B.A. in accounting from Baylor University in 1995 and is a Texas CPA.  Kellie serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, and the Baylor Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board.  In addition, Kellie recently served on the Baylor Accounting Department Advisory Board.

In October 2010, Kellie was awarded Chief Financial Officer of the year for private mid-size companies by the Dallas Business Journal.

Kellie and her husband Scott reside in Dallas and are active in promoting cancer awareness for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Kathleen Mason
President and Chief Executive Officer
Tuesday Morning Corporation

Kathleen Mason is a retail executive with more than 25 years successful merchandising, marketing and management experience in department, chain and specialty stores.

She is currently President and CEO of Tuesday Morning Corporation (NASDAQ:TUES), North America’s largest operator of first quality, deep discount and closeout home furnishings and gift stores. Previously, she was President of HomeGoods, Inc., which sells off-price, brand names for the home.  The company is a subsidiary of TJX Companies that also owns TJMaxx and Marshalls.

Kathleen spent 10 years at Cherry & Webb, a well-known New England regional chain specializing in women’s apparel and cosmetics, where she was Executive Vice President before becoming President, Chairman and CEO in 1992 and leading the company to five profitable years.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, she began her career with the Kaufmanns Division of the May Company where she became one of the youngest vice president/divisional merchandise managers in the company’s history.  She also has held senior management positions with May Department Stores, Mervyn’s division of Target, and The Limited Stores.

Her many affiliations include: The Executive Committee, an international organization of CEO’s, The Committee of 200, Executive Women’s Roundtable, Charter 100, CERT, the Board of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Merchandising Board of Governors at the University of North Texas, and IWF, the International Women’s Forum.  Kathleen is a Director of Genesco, Inc. (NYSE:GCO), manufacturer of Johnston & Murphy and Dockers Shoes; the Office Depot (NYSE:ODP); and a former Director of The Men’s Wearhouse (NYSE:MW); and Hot Topic (NASDAQ:HOTT).

Kathleen’s many Awards include Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest in 2003, the Corporate Growth named Tuesday Morning as the winner of the Corporate Growth Award for 2004/2005.  She was recognized in 2008 by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in business in the DFW metroplex.  Kathleen is the recipient of the Texas Woman’s University, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award for 2010.  This is presented annually to a Dallas resident who exemplifies a caring commitment to leadership and to furthering the importance of education.  Some previous recipients have been Caroline Rose Hunt, and T. Boone Pickens.  The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas honored Kathleen with the Texas Business Woman of the Year Award in 2010.

Catherine J. Rodewald
Managing Director – Prudential Mortgage Capital Company
President – Prudential Asset Resources

Catherine Rodewald is responsible for the servicing and asset management operations associated with Prudential Mortgage Capital Company’s commercial real estate loan portfolios valued in excess of $65 billion, as well as the organization’s technology strategy and business systems. Prior to joining Prudential in 2002, Catherine served as the First Chief Information Officer for Hunt Consolidated, Inc., a privately held, international organization with holdings in oil and gas, utilities, real estate, and financial services.  Earlier in her career, Catherine served as Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer for AMRESCO, Inc.

Catherine graduated magna cum laude from Northwood University. She is vice-chair of the MBA Commercial Technology Committee, vice-chair of the MBA Servicers’ Council, and past chair of the Board of Directors of MISMO, the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization.  Catherine serves as a board member and sits on the Executive Rules and Licensing Committees for the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. She is on the board of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, is past president of the Board of the Dallas County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and a member of the International Women’s Forum, where she sits on the board of the Dallas chapter. Catherine also serves on the board of the Parkland Foundation, where she chairs the Audit Committee.

Karen Borta – MODERATOR

Veteran journalist Karen Borta joined CBS 11 News in 1995.  Prior to that, she was an anchor and reporter at then-CBS affiliate WTVT-TV in Tampa, KRBK-TV in Sacramento and KCEN-TV in Waco.

Her work has been honored by organizations including the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, the Press Club of Dallas, the Association of Women Journalists and by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Along with her CBS 11 News at 10 colleagues, she received a 2010 Lone Star Emmy for best evening newscast.  She was also part of the CBS 11 News team honored by the Radio-Television News Directors Association with a 2006 Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence.

Karen is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and is a member of the UTA Alumni Association, as well as the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.   In 2003, Karen received UTA’s “Distinguished Alumni Service Award.”  In addition, she has been honored by numerous charitable and civic organizations including Mi Escuelita, Cook Children’s Medical Center, and the Baylor Sammons Breast Center.

Karen is deeply devoted to the cause of finding a cure for breast cancer. Her mother and both grandmothers had breast cancer, and one of her grandmothers died from the disease. Because Karen has two daughters of her own, finding a cure is especially important to her. Karen was an Honorary Co-Chair for the 2000 Komen Dallas Race for the Cure and that same year she received a Macy’s “Heart and Soul Award” for her work in the fight against breast cancer. In 2005, she received the inaugural “Commitment to the Cure” award.  Karen has also supported, since their inception, the survivors’ luncheon sponsored by the Joanie Hatcher Memorial Survivors Endowment Fund and the Celebrating Women luncheon presented by the Baylor Sammons Breast Center.

She and her husband Jim have three children, Jake, Katie and Kylie.  Karen is a soccer mom and is actively involved at her children’s school.  She also enjoys playing tennis and reading.

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