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Empowering Women to be Strong, Savvy and Bold

Savvy WomenComing this June, Ability Connection will host Savvy Women, an event focused on mothers and women caretakers of those with special needs. Our motto is, “it’s okay to be selfish, take two”. You give so much of yourself and now Ability Connection wants to provide the opportunity for you to have two hours to sip signature cocktails, enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres, and create a stronger bond within the disability community of mothers and women caregivers. Our fantastic guest speaker, Dawn Neufeld, will talk about how she’s learned to balance being a fulltime working mother of a child with special needs and how important it is to “take two”.

Dawn NeufeldDawn Neufeld is a multi-faceted woman with a heart for her family and children. A native Californian, Dawn was bitten by the acting bug at a young age. Her early training with the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble and Kevin McDermott’s Center Stage L.A. helped her land roles in several television shows and plays. Although Dawn took a break from the industry during junior high and high school to focus on academics and sports, her love for acting never went away.

During college, Dawn balanced her academic pursuits with modeling and acting. She developed an interest in media and journalism and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a Women’s Studies minor from UCLA. She went on to earn a law degree from the UC Davis School of Law and is licensed to practice in both California (2002) and Texas (2009). Dawn practiced law at the Los Angeles firm Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt for a year before moving to Buffalo, New York where her husband Ryan played for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. While in Buffalo, Dawn reconnected with her love for all things acting when she joined the Frank Rossi Studio and began taking acting lessons. When the Neufelds moved home to Frisco, Texas in 2008, Dawn dove head first into the local television waters while re-establishing her legal career. She recently left the law firm of Graham, Bright & Smith after four years to pursue a solo practice.

Dawn’s “happy place” is in front of the camera. She was a former cast member of Texas’ The Broadcast and VH1’s Football Wives (2010). Dawn also hosts Take Charge Parenting – a weekly half-hour parenting show featuring the “Kid’s Doctor” Sue Hubbard. She previously hosted D210 TV, a show featuring the latest in Dallas entertainment and sports, and also co-hosted The Bite, a weekly cutting-edge entertainment show broadcast in high-volume restaurant chains nation-wide. Dawn was also featured in a series of Smart Tips on The Food Network. She has appeared on The Today Show, CNN Headline News and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell addressing various hot topics and legal issues. Dawn has graced the covers of several publications including Thrive magazine and Blitz Weekly. In 2013, she was featured on the cover of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram’s “Hot Issue.” She also frequently emcees charity and community events.

Dawn is the reigning Mrs. Frisco and recently competed in the Mrs. Texas America pageant for the sixth time. She enjoys competing in the pageant because it gives her a platform to promote autism awareness. Her son Will was diagnosed with the spectrum disorder when he was three years old.

During her spare time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, Will and Bryn, and participating in her favorite charities – Autism Speaks, Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation and the Layla Grace Foundation. Dawn is also a board member of the Dallas Theater Center and is a member of the Junior League of Dallas. She is an active participant and former board member of Off the Field, the national football wives association.

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Location: The Tower Club – 1601 Elm Street – Dallas, TX 75201
Date:  June 18th, 2015
Time:  Registration begins at 5:30 PM
Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 PM
Event ends at 8:00 PM...   Read More>>

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