Leadership Awards Co-Chairs and Host Committee


Cheryl Alston

Cheryl D. Alston


Cheryl D. Alston is the Executive Director for the Employees’ Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas, Texas (“ERF”), a $2.9 billion pension plan for the City’s civilian employees. Cheryl began her term as Executive Director in October 2004 and provides leadership for the Fund’s staff in implementing the programs necessary to achieve the mission, goals and objectives established by the Board of Trustees.  Cheryl also serves as Board member and Chair of the Investment Committee for CHRISTUS Health, a health system providing care to the under-insured in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and in Mexico and Board Vice-President of the Volunteer Center of North Texas.

In 2011, Cheryl was appointed by Presdient Barack Obama to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Advisory Committee, which protects the retirement incomes of over 44 million American workers.

Cheryl serves as the Investment Advisory Chair on the board of Dallas Women's Foundation in addition to serving on many other boards and volunteer positions.

Laura Estrada

Laura V. Estrada

Laura V. Estrada is President and Owner of Garza Business Services, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in corporate, legal and financial printing.

Estrada is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, with a degree in Radio and Television.  She was recognized as “Distinguished Alumna” by TWU and also served as Chairman of the TWU Foundation. 

Her current community involvement includes serving on the board of directors of Dallas Summer Musicals, Theatre Three, Latino Cultural Center, Transformance, and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network.  She is an active member of The Dallas Summit, Hispanic 100 and The Dallas Assembly.

Past volunteer service includes president of Dallas Women’s Foundation and Chairman of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as many others. She has received numerious awards for her extensive work supporting women and girls. 

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