Leadership Award Recipients

Maura Award Recipients

Arcilia C. Acosta

Arcilia C. Acosta 

A first-generation college student, Acosta took over her father's small business, CARCON Industries and Construction, and turned it into a leading construction company. Through her affiliation with the National Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, many company energy boards, and her work as the Governor's appointee to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, she has helped transform the mainly male-dominated construction industry.

Jocelyn D. Kidd, DDS

Jocelyn D. Kidd, DDS

Following in her father’s footsteps, Dr. Kidd is a respected community leader and dentist to countless individuals in the Dallas community. She serves on many professional and community boards. Through her leadership role with the Links, Inc., she led efforts to establish the chapter's Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Academy for girls to learn more about these career paths, along with healthy lifestyles and community service.

Cynthia Mickens Ross

Cynthia Mickens Ross

Mickens Ross, Director - Community Relations at Methodist Charlton, is a captivating speaker, teacher, coach and author. She authored and teaches a 12-week spiritual personal development course entitled Path-Way to Purpose®, helping individuals discover their natural talents and abilities. Last year, she released her first book, Path-Way to Purpose Stories of Victory. She is also founder of the Path-Way to Purpose Residential Housing program.

Gail Turner

Gail Turner

Turner is a civic-minded leader and a member of several nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of women. As a founding member of New Friends New Life (NFNL), she has successfully lobbied the  Texas Legislature on laws that help victims of human trafficking. She serves on the boards of Shelter Ministries and Genesis Women's Shelter, and as "First Lady of SMU," the boards of the Meadows School of the Arts and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development.

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