2019 September

Upcoming Foundation Events

Mark Your Calendars!

Join us for these upcoming events hosted by the Foundation for YWLA.

Education Is A Girl’s Best Friend™ 
777 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you mingle with the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth class of 2020 at this unique fundraiser. RSVP to the event here.

Spring 2020 Breakfast Tour
YWLA Commons
401 E 8th St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 

Sip coffee and learn more about YWLA on a student-led tour of the school with other community supporters like you. RSVP to the event here.

Signing Day 2020
Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom
1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Celebrate the success and college selections of our senior class of 2020 at this energetic fundraising event, dubbed “The Ultimate Pep Rally.”

For more information, contact Courtney Radcliffe at courtney@ywlafortworth.foundation.

Foundation for YWLA Participates in North Texas Giving Day 2019

The next generation of women in STEM fields starts right here…

This North Texas Giving Day, September 19, support the robotics students at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) as they explore futures in science, technology, engineering, and math.

These girls are the real deal. Last year, the YWLA robotics team, The Dork Side, advanced to the world championship competition in Austin. Your gift matters to these girls — and their futures in STEM.

Help us raise $13,000 for the YWLA robotics program so we can not only send these hardworking students to Worlds again this year, but also set them up for success in their future STEM-related careers.

Donate here:


Your generosity provides these necessary things:

  • $1,500 provides a robot building kit for the team
  • $250 sends a team of 15 girls to competition
  • $150 covers 1 student’s competition travel
  • $50 buys 1 replacement motor for competition
  • $25 gives 1 student school spirit attire

Thank you for your generosity and support! 

Foundation for YWLA Announces New, Returning Board Members

The Foundation provides financial support to Fort Worth ISD’s only single-gender school for girls, which focuses on STEM and visual arts and empowers young women typically from low socioeconomic households to excel in traditionally male-dominated fields.

The Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth (YWLA) welcomes six new community members and two new partner representatives to its board of directors in 2019. The Foundation board consists of 22 members — 17 community members and 5 members representing the Foundation’s partners: Fort Worth ISD and Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN). 

“We have an amazing board comprised of local industry and community leaders,” said Courtney Radcliffe, Executive Director of the Foundation for YWLA. “These incredible men and women bring diverse perspectives, expertise, backgrounds and passions to the table. I look forward to what the future holds for the Foundation as we continue to foster relationships with people and businesses in the local community and spread our mission of empowering our future female leaders through academic and leadership excellence.”

New Foundation board members in their first year of service include:

Ashleigh Blaylock serves as Deputy General Counsel – Litigation, Investigations and Restructuring for TPG Capital. As chief litigator, Ashleigh oversees litigation matters and investigations involving the firm and is the legal lead for restructuring involving TPG’s portfolio companies. She also co-leads TPG’s Fort Worth Women’s Affinity Network and is a member of TPG’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Lane Borrello is the Vice President of Public Affairs at GM Financial, responsible for the company’s public affairs and media relations. Lane previously served in a leadership capacity at 2e Creative, an award-winning healthcare agency, where she worked with clients like Alcon, Abbott Medical Optics and Siemens Healthcare on PR, employee communication, social media and patient advocacy campaigns.

Brittyn Brender serves as Director, Client Advisory Team at Tolleson Wealth Management. With 14 years of experience in wealth management, she was previously Sr. Vice President & Wealth Advisor for Argent Financial Group, and Sr. Vice President/Director of Private Trust at Tolleson prior to that. Brittyn also serves on the board of Junior League of Fort Worth as Assistant Finance Vice President.

Jeanelle Davis is the Regional Public Affairs Director of BNSF Railway, where she manages community, media and local government affairs for the company’s southeastern region. Previously, she served as an American diplomat, including assignments in Indonesia and Guinea. Jeanelle has extensive experience promoting education and advocating the inclusion of women in economic development. 

Tricia Elliott, M.D., serves as Sr. Vice President, Medical, Academic, and Research Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, Designated Institutional Official at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth. She is also Professor of Family Medicine at the TCU/UNT Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and Affiliate Professor at UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Berta Fogerson is the Chief Academic & Accountability Officer for Young Women’s Preparatory Network. A 36-year veteran of education, Berta has 24 years of administrative experience, including serving as an assistant principal, middle school and high school principal, and as assistant superintendent. Previously, Berta served for six years as principal of a single-gender, public, all-girls school.

Keonna Roberts, Ed.D, serves as Director of Operations for Albert Roberts Law, PLLC in Fort Worth. Previously, she thrived as an elementary educator for 11 years in Fort Worth ISD and Birdville ISD. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) and Fort Worth Alliance of Black School Educators.

David Saenz is the Senior Officer for the Office of Innovation and Transformation at FWISD. A leader with more than 17 years of experience in public education at both the campus and district levels, David spent his first 12 years in Irving ISD serving as a middle school science teacher, middle school Assistant Principal and Middle School Principal. 

Returning board members:

The Foundation for YWLA Congratulates the School’s First Alumna to Graduate College

The Foundation for YWLA supports educating and empowering young women.

Redmond Wortham, a member of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth’s first graduating class in 2016, became the first YWLA alumna to earn a college degree. Wortham earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas A&M University in just three years — effectively bringing full circle the mission of both YWLA and its Foundation.

Wortham chose YWLA because of the unique opportunities it offers beyond classroom instruction. “I never thought an all-girls school was in the plan until a teacher told me about the hands-on learning and college bound advising at YWLA,” Wortham said in an interview. “I’m thankful for all the support and unique opportunities YWLA offered me.”

Since she was a child, Wortham has dreamed of becoming a judge. To that end, she has interned at the Tarrant County Administration Office for the past two summers and continues to work there after graduation. Now that Wortham has earned her bachelor’s degree, as well as minors in history and communication, Wortham plans to apply to law school for fall 2020. With the assistance of Foundation’s alumnae support program, Wortham will soon take the LSAT.

“We’re incredibly proud of Redmond and all she’s accomplished since graduating from YWLA just three short years ago,” said Courtney Radcliffe, Executive Director of the Foundation for YWLA. “This isn’t the end of the Foundation’s involvement in Redmond’s future; it’s a new beginning. Even now that she’s graduated college, we will be here for Redmond, supporting her in her future academic and career pursuits. We don’t just invest in the students of YWLA so they attend college; we invest in them for the women they will become.”

YWLA was made possible through a public-private partnership between Fort Worth ISD and Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN) in 2010. The first and only all-girls public school in Fort Worth ISD, YWLA focuses on STEM and visual arts and provides a rigorous college-preparatory education to its 6th-12th grade students.

Beyond its educational mission, YWLA empowers young women from typically lower socioeconomic backgrounds to excel in traditionally male-dominated fields. 77% of the school’s students qualify for free-and-reduced lunch.

In 2014, the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth was formed as a 501(c)3 to financially support and secure resources for YWLA, as well as offer leadership opportunities to the school’s students, teachers and staff, to enhance academic achievement and promote the success of every student in college, career and life.

Clearly, the mission is working. Each of YWLA’s four graduating classes, 2016–2019, has achieved 100 percent acceptance to a four-year college or university. And now, blazing her own trail, Wortham has become the first of her peers to graduate from college.

The Foundation doesn’t just support YWLA’s current students. Through grants and corporate partnerships, the Foundation expanded its mission to include supporting the 133 YWLA alumnae currently in college by providing gap funding, hosting networking events and facilitating internship and job shadowing opportunities with local businesses.

The Foundation continues to provide YWLA students, teachers, staff and alumnae academic and leadership resources and opportunities — all to serve our mission of educating and empowering young women to have a voice and be leaders in their communities.

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