Texas Women Ventures is proud to have more than 70 dynamic entreprenuers, professionals and executives as investors in our family of funds. Our key investors include well-known Texas business leaders who recognize the value of investing in women-led companies. These investors have applied considerable resources to help our portfolio companies grow and prosper.
In the past few years, we have recognized a few of our key investors with the following awards.
Dallas business leaders Garrett and Cecilia Boone were the recipients of TWV's 2010 Breakthrough Award. Cecilia Boone calls TWV "one of our most important investments."
We are proud to have added The Boone Family Foundation as a Lead Investor in 2009. The Boone family believes in using the Foundation's endowment to achieve both economic and social returns and make a positive impact on society.
Through his firm Hunt Equities, Dallas business executive Ray Hunt has committed $4 million to Texas Women Ventures. Here, he receives TWV's 2008 Breakthrough Award. This award honors individuals whom we regard as "breakthrough" thinkers when it comes to supporting women in business.
The award itself was designed by local artist Larry Whiteley of Whiteley Metal Works who makes extraordinarily beautiful sculptures, inspired by Giacometti, in stainless steel and using minerals. We feel his work embodies the elegance, artistry and spirit of the concept we want to communicate. In keeping with our theme of "breakthrough," we selected one of his organically beautiful flowers. The design is a pounded tempered steel, representing strength and endurance. A flower symbolizes the seeding, nurturing, and blossoming that are a part of all business endeavors. The center of the flower features an amethyst crystal, which gives the piece a dazzling charm.
We also honored Caren Prothro (above), a Dallas business executive and community leader, and Don Williams (not pictured), Chairman Emeritus of Trammell Crow Co. with Whiteley sculptures for being "Early Charter Investors" and lending their names and support to get the fund started, at a time when few others had the foresight and courage to do so.