Nancy E. Jones to Speak at Women’s Leadership Luncheon at McMurry

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:12 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Nancy E. Jones, President/CEO of the North Texas Community Foundation and a nationally-prominent leader in the development of community foundations across the United States, will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon at McMurry University. The luncheon will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the Garrison Campus Center Mabee Room.  Approximately 300 people are expected to attend the event.

Proceeds from the luncheon support the Dr. Sandra S. Harper Women’s Leadership Scholarship program, and the 2017 recipients of the Dr. Sandra S. Harper Women’s Leadership Scholarship will be announced during the luncheon. 

Following the luncheon, Jones will attend a student forum to participate in a panel discussion with Linda Egle, founder of Eternal Threads, and Katie Browning, philanthropist and community volunteer.

Prior to her move to Fort Worth, Jones was the founding president of the Community Foundation of Abilene, building that foundation from an initial base of $750,000 to $80 million in endowed assets.  She also served as a business professor at McMurry University.

The North Texas Community Foundation – a vehicle to carry out donors’ charitable wishes and to provide a means for legacies to be left for the area – currently has assets over $218 million and awarded grants and scholarships of $14.7 million in 2015. The foundation is based in Tarrant County and serves 11 counties in the North Texas region.

Jones has a doctorate in business administration from the University of Kentucky at Lexington and masters and bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the University of Southern California. Jones has served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C. as well as the Conference of Southwest Foundations; she served several terms on the Community Foundation Leadership Team and its predecessor, the Community Foundation Committee. She presently serves on the board of the Center for Nonprofit Management for DFW, the Fort Worth ISD Education Foundation, and Women Influencing Business – a member group of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

She and her husband Ross have 3 children and 12 grandchildren. They enjoy spending free time at their ranch in Coleman County.

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