A Virtual Panel Event Empowering Women in Dallas, North Texas and the Democratic Republic of Congo

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North Texans from Ntarupt, Texas Women’s Foundation, the Young Women’s Advisory Council, 97.9 The Beat, and an author & childhood trauma survivor join forces with a Democratic Republic of Congo women’s empowerment organization for global virtual panel event on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 12 – 1:30 pm. You don’t want to miss this!


After the virtual panel, we’ll host a Q&A for you to ask the panelists questions! We will randomly select two participants engaging in the Q&A to WIN these amazing prizes:

Panel Topics

✓ Issues that many young women face that could interrupt their futures
✓ Educating and supporting young women creates a positive ripple effect that strengthens cities and countries
✓ Empowering women through reproductive health resources and education
✓ Power of women supporting women and leadership training
✓ Surviving trauma and STIs and how parents can have open sexual health conversations with their youth

Panelists include:

Terry Greenberg Ntarupt headshot

Terry Greenberg

CEO of NTARUPT, the leading teen pregnancy prevention non-profit in North Texas & Founder of TALKABOUTITDALLAS.com, A Reproductive Health Resource Hub Powered By Ntarupt

Terry is the CEO of North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens or Ntarupt, an alliance of over 50 organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for children, families and communities by reducing unintended teen pregnancy. She received her BA at UT Austin and her JD at the University of Houston Law Center. She began her employment law career at the U.S. Department of Labor. Later, and continued in private practice at Littler Mendelson and then at Fulbright & Jaworski. Terry got her start in teen pregnancy prevention while leading a coalition – S.A.Y. What? (Sound Advice for Youth) for the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). The coalition advocated for comprehensive sex education. In 2013, she planned a Dallas Forum for the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy – culminating in the founding of Ntarupt.



Neema Namadamu, Hero Women Rising

Neema Namadamu

Founder and Executive Director of Hero Women Rising 

Neema was born in a small mountain village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the age of 2 years, she contracted polio, which her tribe deemed a curse from God. But Neema says on the contrary, Polio saved her from a life of servitude to oppressive gender norms that would have had her married off at 14 years of age, with a 3rd grade education at most, raising 10 children, her daughters inheriting the same potential-stealing fate. Neema persevered to become the first handicapped woman from her tribe to graduate university. She was soon drafted into public service which culminated in serving as chief advisor to Congo’s Minister of Gender and Family. In 2014 Neema founded Hero Women Rising, to enable and empower the same future of endless possibilities for her Congolese sisters and their daughters. Neema’s heart is to live among her community. Through Hero Women Rising, her work has spawned a number of transformative programs to lift and build women, elevating their understanding, capacity, and ability to be the women they were created to be, for themselves, their families, and their communities and beyond. 



Mary Valadez

Associate Vice President Grants at the Texas Women’s Foundation

Mary Valadez joined the Texas Women’s Foundation in 2005 and is currently Associate Vice President for Grants.  In addition to her work supporting all facets of the Foundation’s grant making efforts, Mary also leads the Foundation’s Young Women’s Initiative.  The purpose of the Young Women’s Initiative is to amplify the collective power of young women to identify and address core issues, and create solutions toward meaningful systemic change. Prior to joining Texas Women’s Foundation, Mary focused her energy on the public sector including the Dallas Independent School District and the City of Dallas and various state agencies.  Because public service is at the heart of her interests and because of her own lived experience as a Latina, working at the intersection of gender and race is where she gravitates.   Mary has served on numerous community boards and advisory boards supporting social services, education, community health care, and women’s leadership.  She is originally from Central Texas, attended the University of Texas at Austin and has been a resident of Dallas, Texas for over 30 years.  


Byrdy Lynn

Author of “Through the Storm of Early Trauma: Healing and Overcoming” and Motivational Speaker

Don’t miss hearing from the woman who is sharing her story of survival and inspiring teens and young women to ‘Power Through & Level Up’! Byrdy Lynn is the proud mother of one son, who is attending college for industrial engineering. She is also CEO and Founder of REAME LLC, a real estate technology company, Melan Property Management LLC, a real estate management firm and BYRDYLYNN LLC, a private publishing company. Byrdy sits on the national IREM Foundation Board and actively volunteers with the Real Estate Associate Program. She holds a BA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Byrdy enjoys entrepreneurship and strategizing new ways to make a positive difference in people’s lives. She attends Alfred Street Baptist Church virtually and has been a member since 2013. Her greatest joy lies in seeing others become happy and self-sufficient, finding peace in their own stories. 



Andrea Devora

Alumna of the Texas Women’s Foundation’s Young Women’s Initiative (YWAC) and Ntarupt board member

Andrea Devora is an alumna of the Texas Women’s Foundation’s Young Women’s Initiative and now serves as a board member for Ntarupt. Andrea is a proud graduate of UNT Dallas with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Management. Currently, she holds the role of Lead Assessor on the Research and Evaluation team at Dallas Afterschool. 



“Jazze” Goodspeed Maxie

Community Affairs Director & On-Air Personality – Radio 1 Dallas & 97.9 Tha Beat

Jazze was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She obtained an Associate’s Degree from Tarrant County College in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Management with a minor in Business from the University Of Texas At Arlington (UTA). While attending the UTA, Jazze fell in love with the radio and soon received her own radio show on the weekends. During college, she received an internship at 97.9 the Beat and the rest is history! 11 years later Jazze is currently the PD Assistant, Community Affairs Director, Internship Coordinator and On-Air personality! You can hear Jazze every Saturday at 8 am – 11. Every Saturday Jazze highlights a woman with her “She Represents”. Her Community Calendar Program is every Sunday morning on 97.9 The Beat from 6 am-6:30 am and on Majic 94.5 from 6 – 6:30 am where Jazze  interviews community leaders regarding informative topics including Education, Health, Domestic Violence, Arts and Community Events. One of Jazze’s many passions is helping people and changing lives.