LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from the Lubbock Women’s Club:
The Lubbock Women’s Club Historical Foundation and Welborn-Payne Endowment will welcome talented designer, loving mom, passionate philanthropist and driven entrepreneur Kendra Scott as a speaker for the Fall Speaker Series. Scott will speak on Sunday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion on the Texas Tech University campus, 2680 Drive of Champions. Tickets will be available to the public on Thursday, August 12th, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. These will be sold on a first come, first served basis at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway.
As a creative mind with a love of natural gemstones, Kendra designed her first collection of jewelry in 2002 with just $500. Determined to maintain growth and preserve the vision of her business, Kendra waited over 10 years to accept outside investments. She has since grown the company to a billion-dollar valuation with over 100 stores nationwide and a thriving e-commerce and wholesale business.
Inspired by the guidance she received during the early days of her business, Kendra actively seeks out opportunities to mentor and support other entrepreneurs, especially women leaders. Beginning September 2019, she is proud to give new life to this passion through a program at the University of Texas at Austin: The Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute. Uniquely positioned to address the challenges women often face in business, this program is committed to building a pipeline of courageous, creative female leaders who will change the world – in business and beyond.
Sue St. Clair, President of the Lubbock Women’s Club said, “We are thrilled to welcome Kendra Scott to Lubbock. If you want to be inspired by a new generation of female leaders, then join us for a fun evening with the Lubbock Women’s Club.”
With Family and Fashion as two core pillars of her business, Kendra maintains a focus on her other core pillar of Philanthropy in all she does. Since 2010, the company has given back over $40 million to local, national and international causes. In 2018 alone, the company gave over $5 million in monetary donations, almost $10 million in in-kind donations, over 2,000 volunteer hours to philanthropic organizations, and partnered with more than 8,000 philanthropic organizations nationwide.
The Women’s Club was established in 1945 to promote, maintain, and support the common good and social welfare of the people of the Lubbock Community, and to bring about civil betterment and social improvements. The Lubbock Women’s Club Historical Foundation was established to preserve, protect and promote the historic and architectural character of the building at 2020 Broadway, and was organized for charitable and educational purposes. In 1979 the building was designated a historical landmark by the City of Lubbock.
In 2006 Ernestine Payne Welborn established upon her death a trust that provides funding to bring in notable speakers for the membership and the community. Speakers who have been part of Welborn-Payne Endowment Community Speaker Series include Barbara Pierce Bush (2021), Texas Country Reporter Bob Phillips (2017), Chef Stephan Pyles (2016), Hoda Kotb (2015), former Dallas Cowboys player Daryl Johnston (2015), Zach Thomas, former Texas Tech All-American and Miami Dolphins football player (2014), Jenna Bush Hager (2014), Joan Lunden (2013), Captain Chesley Sullenberger (2013), Heloise (2012), Former First Lady Barbara Bush (2011), William Shawcross, Official Biographer of the Queen Mother (2010), Former United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (2009), David Gaschen, star of Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera (2009) and Carmen bin Laden, former sister-in-law of Osama bin Laden (2007).
(Press release from the Lubbock Women’s Club)