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2022 Chick Lit Luncheon featured speaker, Tyra Banks

Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) announces entrepreneur, supermodel and Emmy Award-winner Tyra Banksas the featured speaker of the 16thannual Chick Lit Luncheon, presented by Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel, on Friday, September 30, 2022, at the Hilton Anatole Dallas.


In addition, CPD will celebrate Crystal Charity Ball for 70 years of transforming the lives of Dallas County children. Through their decades of service, the women of Crystal Charity Ball have raised more than $3.3 million to help the abused and neglected children served by Community Partners of Dallas take their first steps toward healing.  


Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall will serve as the 2022 Chick Lit Luncheon honorary chair.  As the NBA’s first Black female CEO, influential business leader and a longtime advocate for children, Marshall’s memoir, “You’ve Been Chosen: Thriving Through the Unexpected,” will release in September.


“Community Partners of Dallas is delighted to host our annual Chick Lit Luncheon with the amazing Tyra Banks as our speaker. A woman who defines the term ‘girl power,’ she is the CEO of her own company, an executive producer, an award-winning talk show host, and perhaps most importantly a mentor to young women,” remarked Paige McDaniel, president and CEO, Community Partners of Dallas. 


Added McDaniel, “It will also be our honor to celebrate the women of Crystal Charity Ball and their impressive milestone anniversary. These phenomenal, committed volunteers have championed our children as event chairs, board members, auxiliary leaders and agency friends. We are forever grateful for all they’ve done to help our agency grow, and more importantly to ensure that the children we serve have their needs met.  And then to put a bow on this extraordinary day of powerhouse women, we are thrilled that Cynt Marshall has agreed to serve as our honorary chair!”


Tyra Banks, the supermodel turned super businesswoman, created and executive produced “America’s Next Top Model,” the second longest-running, competition-based reality television series. She also headlined her own Emmy Award-winning talk show, and she currently serves as CEO of her own entertainment company Bankable Productions. 


Banks was twice named by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people.  As an original Victoria’s Secret angel, Banks was also the first female model to grace the cover of GQ magazine and the first African-American model to be featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated magazine’s swimsuit issue, which featured her for two consecutive years, and the Victoria’s Secret catalogue. 


She is the CEO of the Tyra Banks Company, a 2012 graduate of Harvard Business School’s owner/president management program, and developed Fierce Capital, the investment arm of the Tyra Banks Company, which invests in early-stage companies, including firms that are female-led or female-focused. Her passion is the TZONE Foundation, a non-profit organization that invests in young women to help them realize their ambitions and approach life’s challenges with fierce determination. 


From 2017 – 2020, Banks taught Branding at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She serves as executive producer and host of ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Her latest venture, SMiZE Cream, is a super-premium, innovative and global ice cream company with an edible surprise in every serving, called the SMiZE Surprize.


The 2022 Chick Lit Luncheon will be held on Friday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Anatole. The event will include a wine reception followed by a seated luncheon, recognition of Crystal Charity Ball’s 70 years of service and a conversation with Banks.


Chick Lit Luncheon sponsorships begin at $2,750 and are available now, with a limited number of tickets available in September if space permits. For more information, visit our website


About Community Partners of Dallas

Since 1989, Community Partners of Dallas has ensured safety and restored dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing crucial resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.  Community Partners of Dallas provides items such as winter coats, diapers and formula, holiday gifts, school uniforms, personal hygiene products, food and more,  to send the abused children in our community the message that someone does care.  Please visit www.communitypartnersdallas.orgfor more information.

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