Andrea Bednar – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, PoP Associates, LLC
Andrea’s passion is transformation – provoking new thinking, leading to new insights, translating insights into action and action to impact. That passion has led to a varied and multi-layered career and life. She started off in nursing, but with the birth of her ﬁrst child she moved into the business world – quickly realizing that businesses were the best access to making the biggest difference and never left. Now, with more than twenty years in executive coaching and performance consulting, Andrea Bednar has designed and delivered leadership development programs worldwide to thousands of executives and entrepreneurs.
Some of Andrea’s projects have included transforming the trauma and measurable performance of 9,000 employees and contractors at a reﬁnery after a tragic accident; moving an established R&D group from an academic worldview to an effective marketing group for forestry products; the refocus and repurpose of an oil & gas major in Alaska after a spill; bringing leadership development and performance to mining in Malaysia; bringing together contractors, engineers and management for the safe, on-time delivery of a $1 billion construction project in Canada; creating effective communication between Aboriginals and a mineral-harvesting company in Australia; designing a pathway forward for an Iraqi company and an American company to jointly and effectively run a $20 billion project in Iraq.
As a volunteer, Andrea has led conversations all over the world to open up dialogues about our most provocative human topics. She is a board member for PASS LLC; and she is Vice President, SIBF Leadership Academy Development for the executive committee of the Society of International Business Fellows.
Andrea is a certiﬁed Master Integral Coach; a certiﬁed practitioner of the Leadership Circle 360º Feedback tool; and the author of the Values Proﬁle Assessment instrument. She considers herself a student for life. Andrea lives in North Texas with her husband Tim, their seven grandchildren, their beloved Great Pyr, Hewbie, and Morty, the one-legged parrot.
Michelle Frymire – Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Risk
Michelle Frymire joined U.S. Risk Insurance Group, a Kohlberg portfolio company and one of the top five wholesale insurance, in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for Finance, M&A, Corporate Strategy, and Human Resources. Ms. Frymire’s previous roles have included Vice President of Finance at Delta Air Lines, Chief Financial Officer of Starwood Vacation Ownership, CFO for TruGreen Lawncare at The ServiceMaster Companies, and VP of Financial Planning & Analysis at ServiceMaster, where she played a key role in ServiceMaster’s successful IPO in 2014. Most recently, she served as CFO for Service King Collision Repair, a Blackstone portfolio company. She has been recognized D CEO Magazine as the Large Private Company CFO of the year, and named to the Dallas 500, a list of the most influential business people in the metroplex. Frymire holds a degree in Economics from Austin College and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. She lives in Dallas with her husband, Rich, and their four children, where she is also actively involved in the Economic Leadership Council for the Dallas Women’s Foundation, as well as other community related organizations.
Mary Hager – Co-Founder & Partner, Thackeray Partners
Mary Hager is the co-founder and owner of Thackeray Partners, a diversified private equity real estate company based in Dallas, Texas. She has over 28 years of experience in the real estate industry. As co-owner, Mary is responsible for setting firm strategy, sourcing and financing real estate transactions, marketing investment partnerships to institutional investors and supervising the overall operations of the portfolio and the company.
Thackeray invests nationally in industrial and rental housing investments through a series of private equity funds. The firm has closed over 185 transactions representing $4.3 billion in real estate since formation in 2005. Capital relationships include university and hospital endowments, charitable foundations, corporate pension funds and high net worth family offices. Prior to Thackeray, Mary spent over sixteen years at Trammell Crow Company and subsequently Crow Holdings. She started her career at Price Waterhouse.
Mary graduated from the University of Texas. She currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Real Estate Center at the University of Texas. She is an active member in the Urban Land Institute, serving on a national product council and as Co-Chair of the North Texas District Council.
Mary and her husband Scott live in Dallas and have a daughter living in Fort Worth and a son living in Austin.
Michele Jones – Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Corporate Client Banking Energy Group
Michele Jones is a Managing Director for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate Client Energy Group. The Energy practice provides traditional corporate and investment banking products and services to clients in the U.S. and Canada. Michele focuses on clients operating in the Exploration and Production sector of the Energy industry.
Michele joined J.P. Morgan in September 2014. Prior to that, she served as Global Head of Energy Lending at UBS Securities and was responsible for a team that managed over $7 billion in loans. Michele was with UBS for five years. She was previously a Managing Director at Fortis Capital Corporation from May 2005 to October 2009 and was responsible for delivering corporate and investment banking services to Exploration, Production, and Midstream clients. From March 2000 to May 2005, Michele was with Comerica Bank and was Alternate Group Manager of the Energy Finance Group. Michele was with Bank of America Securities for nine years and was involved in Energy Corporate and Investment Banking activities. She started her career at Prudential Capital Corporation in 1988 where her focus was on private debt placements and direct equity investments into energy limited partnerships.
Michele earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Baylor University in 1988 where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Michele teaches a Junior High Leadership Class at her church on Sunday mornings.
Lynn McBee – Chief Executive Officer, Young Women’s Preparatory Network
Lynn McBee is a seventh-generation Texan and Great, Great, Great, Great-Granddaughter of Emily Austin, sister to Stephen F. Austin, The Father of Texas.
She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She worked as a consultant with a privately held Biotech firm for 23 years. In January of 2014 she was named the Chief Executive Officer of Young Women’s Preparatory Network.
Lynn is best known for her leadership roles in the Dallas community and for her philanthropic endeavors. Currently, she is Chairman of the Board of the Bridge Homeless Shelter; Chairman Emeritus and Life Member of the Board of the Visiting Nurse Association; Chairman of the Board of The Family Place Foundation; AT&T Performing Arts Center Board of Directors; The Salvation Army Board of Directors; The Trinity Park Conservancy Board; The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Board; The Dallas Opera Executive Board; Texas Ballet Theater Board of Governors; Dallas County Community College District Foundation Executive Board; Dedman College Executive Board at Southern Methodist University; the Dallas Women’s Foundation Advisory Board; Chi Omega Foundation National Trustee; Letot Center Foundation Trustee; Children’s Medical Center Foundation Trustee; Texas Historical Commission Board and the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum Board. She is past Chairman of the Board of The Arts Community Alliance (TACA), the Dallas Historical Society Board of Trustees and the Dallas Film Society.
Lynn is a member of The Crystal Charity Ball, Charter 100, Dallas Woman’s Club and the Sweetheart Ball. She is also a past President and Ball Chairman for the Junior League of Dallas and past Ball Chairman of the Cattle Baron’s Ball.
Additionally she is a graduate of Leadership Dallas and was a 2006 finalist for the Texas Trailblazer Award. The Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce named Lynn one of “Five Outstanding Young Dallasites” for 2007. Additionally, she won a 2007 NorthStar award for her leadership and work with TACA. She also received the 2008 “Rising Star” award given out by The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. She was the “Honored Philanthropist” at the 2008 Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon. She was given the Diamond Award for outstanding volunteer service in June of 2011 by RSVP Calendar. In the fall of 2011, she was honored at the Presbyterian Foundation Luncheon with an “Each Moment Matters” Award, Leadership Dallas Hero Award for their 35th Anniversary and with the “Real Women, Real Girls “Award from the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. She recently received the Partners for Children Award from Community Partners of Dallas and was named one of the “Ten Best Dressed” Women of Dallas for her work in the Community by The Crystal Charity Ball. She was honored as “Woman of the Year” by Les Femme Du Monde in 2014 and the Fashion Group International awarded her with “Arts Patron of the Year” in the fall of 2016. In the fall of 2017 she received the Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award and was also honored with the Texas Trailblazer Award for her work with The Family Place.
Lynn is an avid runner, a former oboist, and a classically trained pianist. Lynn loves going to the movies and attending film festivals, running, spinning, traveling, reading, and spending time with her nieces. She has been married to her husband Allan for 18 years.
Janice Sharry – Partner, Haynes & Boone
Jan Sharry has been recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, 2008-2017, as a leading corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer. Over the course of her distinguished career, Jan has served as a trusted advisor to numerous corporations (public and privately held) and private equity firms navigating complex multi-national transactions and capital raises. For more than 35 years, her straightforward, common sense approach to difficult negotiations and legal issues has provided executives and their boards with creative and workable solutions aimed at achieving timely, cost-effective results.
Whether Jan is negotiating large transactions for companies such as American Airlines Group, Inc., WhiteWave Foods or Rise Energy, advising a Board of Directors or one of its committees on fiduciary duty or conflicts issues, assisting in an initial public offering for companies such as Matador Resources Corporation, providing counsel for the issuance of new debt or equity securities, advising public companies on their SEC filings and press releases, counseling companies dealing with disgruntled shareholders, or assisting private equity firms in their acquisition, divestiture or restructurings of portfolio companies, Jan is regularly sought after by clients seeking guidance on some of their most important matters and transactions.
Jan’s value to her clients is evident in the way she approaches their matters. Jan recognizes that project management and communication skills are essential in delivering the best possible work product to clients at the lowest possible price point. Jan is never interested in promoting a viewpoint or position that does not further the end result desired by her clients. As a result, Jan knows that the first step in any successful representation is to listen to clients in order to gain an understanding of their goals and strategy. Armed with this understanding, Jan is able to devise a plan and a team tailored to meet a client’s particular business needs and objectives. Once a plan is formulated, Jan communicates frequently with her clients in order to make any necessary adjustments to strategy and approach called for by the situation.
Jan’s legal talents are bolstered by her impressive resume of experience across a wide array of industries including experience in the energy, aviation, healthcare and food industries. Jan’s experience includes work on many transactions having a value in excess of $1.0 billion and others which involve crisis situations or “bet the company” type issues. Not surprisingly, Jan is well-known by many in the C-suite and on the Boards of some of the country’s most successful businesses. Jan’s experience with the issues faced by these businesses has made Jan a sought after author and speaker on issues such as crisis management, negotiating tactics, achieving win-win situations, women in the boardroom, and issues relating to fiduciary duties and securities compliance. Jan is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post on leadership issues.
Outside of the firm, Jan is an active member of the Executive Women’s Roundtable (having served as their chair for a number of years) and serves on the Steering Committee of the Women of Tocqueville for the United Way and the Executive Leadership Team for the Go Red for Women Luncheon. Jan also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, is the Chair of the Dallas chapter of the International Women’s Forum, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Knox College.
Julie Silcock – Managing Director, Co-Head of Southwest Investment Banking, Houlihan Lokey
Ms. Silcock has more than 25 years of experience advising companies on M&A, equity and debt capital market transactions, private debt and equity placements, and high-yield offerings for growth-oriented companies across industries. She joined Houlihan Lokey in March 2009 to expand its client coverage through her broad and deep relationships with CEOs and business leaders.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Silcock was Founder, Managing Director, and Head of Southwest Investment Banking for Citigroup Global Markets Inc. from 2000 to early 2009, which was initially established as a Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice. From 1997 to 2000, she was a Managing Director with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s Investment Banking Practice in Dallas, where she executed the full range of transactions for clients in the technology, media, telecom, consumer, industrial and business service sectors. From 1989 to 1997, she was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co. in Dallas, where she focused on growth-oriented companies in the Southwest and Southeast.
Ms. Silcock holds her BA from Princeton University and MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Kellie Stark – Executive Vice President, Westwood
Ms. Stark joined Westwood in 1992 and currently leads the Risk and Performance Analytics and Oversight team. She is also a member of various committees in the firm including: Business Management, Trade Order Management, Performance Evaluation, Valuation and GIPS and also chairs the ESG and Liquidity committees. She began her investment career in 1988 at Marshall Davis, Inc. before joining Mortgage Bankers Investment Corporation. Ms. Stark graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she earned her BS degree in Finance and an MBA with an emphasis in Accounting. During her career with Westwood, she worked in Trading, Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Client Service roles prior to founding the Risk and Performance Analytics and Oversight team. She has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst and Financial Risk Manager designations and is a member of the CFA Institute, CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth and the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Carol Womack – Principal, Diversified Trust
Carol oversees private equity strategies and is a member of the investment team at Diversified Trust, an independently owned, comprehensive wealth management company with 4 offices in the Southeast and over $6 billion AUM. She is responsible for a diversified global portfolio of private equity investments totaling approximately $600 million. Prior to joining the company, Carol spent 23 years at Vanderbilt University and most recently served as the Managing Director of Private Markets. She began her career in public accounting at KPMG. Carol graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University and received a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. She is a member of the Steering Committee for Private Equity Women Investor Network and was appointed to the Investment Advisory Council for Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System.