LW Staff

Linda Crompton

Linda Crompton

Chief Executive Officer

Linda Crompton (Dallas, Texas) is an international thought leader with a passion for helping women advance personally, financially and professionally. With more than 25 years experience in leading organizations to achieve both profitability and mission-driven objectives in various markets, she has served as senior executive, consultant and strategy advisor in nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Linda began her career in the Canadian banking industry in 1987, where she advocated for organizational and regulatory change. In less than 10 years, she made history, becoming Canada’s first female bank president. Linda served as Founding President/CEO of Citizens Bank of Canada in Vancouver from 1996 through 2001. Since 2001, she has called the U.S. home, when she was named President and CEO of the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute. From 2007 to 2013, Linda was named President/CEO of BoardSource. A lifelong advocate for women, she has used a gender lens in her work to ensure equality and leadership opportunities for women. In the banking industry, Linda spearheaded the creation of Return to Work, a program designed to encourage women to stay engaged with their work while taking maternity leave. As CEO of Citizens Trust, the predecessor to Citizens Bank of Canada, she revised loan criteria in order to level the playing field for female entrepreneurs.

Linda has also been a columnist for Woman to Woman magazine and, in more recent years, advocated for more women candidates in corporate board roles. Since 2013, she has been an adviser to organizations wanting to expand their capacity and respond to new market demands. In summer 2015, Linda was named CEO of Leadership Women, where her experience will help the organization expand its role in preparing women to lead in an increasingly global environment.

Heidi K. Murray

Chief Operating Officer

Heidi Murray (Dallas, Texas) began her career in programming and special events at the John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., working with logistics for international touring companies. From the performing arts arena, she began her 11-year career with Omni Hotels in various events management positions, including Director of Catering and Conference Planning at Omni’s flagship hotel, the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Heidi has also served as the National Director of Sales for a destination management company, producing conventions, meetings, and a variety of special events throughout the U.S.

Heidi’s work in the hotel business introduced her to Leadership Women and she has remained involved with the organization since graduating from the Leadership Pipeline Class of 2004. She first served as a member of the Leadership Pipeline Committee of the board and was a part-time contractor for Leadership Women before joining the team as the Director of Logistics and Alliances. Now she serves as the program director for Leadership Texas and Leadership International while also providing operational and logistics management for the Leadership America program.

Heidi has been a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) since 2001 and is active in the meeting planning community, regularly lecturing for Meeting Planners International. She was part of the 2010 Leadership Arts Class in Dallas and serves as a board member of the Dallas Black Dance Theater, Leadership Arts Alumni Association, and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Heidi is a graduate of the 2015 class of Leadership Dallas and holds an honors degree in communications with a minor in psychology from the University of North Florida.

Laura Logan

Laura L. Logan

Director of Communications

Laura Logan (Dallas, Texas) began her career with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS), starting as an assistant to the Executive Director and eventually working her way up to the position of Director of Office Operations and Legislative Affairs. In addition to overseeing office operations, Laura served as the staff liaison to the board of directors, bylaws committee, and legislative committee. As Director of Legislative Affairs, Laura was responsible for tracking state legislation and HCFA regulations that affected ultrasound and was instrumental in organizing volunteers to help testify for or against those statutes.

After her seven years tenure with SDMS, she began an 11-year career with the Association of Blockbuster Franchisees (ABF) as Associate Director, working with over 127 Blockbuster franchise owner groups representing over 1,200 stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico. Laura began her career with Leadership Women in 2010 in a contract position and officially joined the staff in 2012. With her 18 years of experience in association management, she brings such skills as database management, meeting planning, event registration, and accounting. Laura holds a degree from the University of North Dakota in political science.

Martha Farmer

Martha P. Farmer

Founding/Executive Director
Leadership America

Martha P. Farmer (Austell, Georgia) is the Founding/Executive Director of Leadership America. In 1982, Martha was named as the Founding Director of Leadership Women, where she rapidly translated LW’s vision and commitment. She consulted in the creation of women’s leadership programs across the nation. From 2000–09, as President of Martha P. Farmer & Associates, Martha provided consultation to a national client base that included A Presidential Classroom for Young Americans; KLRU public television, Austin; College of Communications, University of Texas; the American Shakespeare Center and United Ways of Texas. As a founding member of the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Executive Nurse Fellows Program, she was instrumental in the development of this leadership program for the nation’s top executive nurse leaders. Martha, a Founding Consultant to The Women’s Museum, served as National Director of the original capital campaign and as a National Consultant. In 2009, Martha returned as Leadership America’s Executive Director.

In addition, Martha has served as Interim Executive of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Interim VP for Institutional Advancement, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Her commitment to volunteer service and leadership extends to regional and nationals roles. Martha is a member of the Georgia Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and was the recipient of IWF’s “A Woman Who Makes a Difference” award. Leadership California recognized Martha with their organization’s Service Award. Martha is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Lexington, Kentucky and a member of the Kentucky Women’s Forum.

2017 Board Officers

Lana Porter

Lana Porter – Board President
(Leadership America ’95)
CEO
L&M Enterprises
Eola, Illinois

Trisha Cunningham

Trisha Cunningham – Board Treasurer
(Leadership Texas ’10, International ’14)
Chief Citizenship Officer
Texas Instruments
Fairview, Texas 

Freda Wright

Freda Wright – Board Vice President
(Leadership Texas ’09)
VP, Enterprise Network Management
Health Care Services Corporation
Dallas, Texas

Mercy Murguia

Mercy Murguia – Board Secretary
(Leadership America ’14, Pipeline ’11, Launch ’10)
Implementation Consultant
The SCI Solutions, Inc.
Amarillo, Texas 

2017 Board Members

Lee Ellen Banks
(Leadership Texas ’11)
Controller
Lone Tree Strategic Operations, LLC
El Paso, Texas
Joleen Chambers
Joleen Chambers
(Leadership Texas ’04, Leadership America ’10)
Patient Advocate/Community Volunteer
Dallas, Texas
Fran Dillard

Fran Dillard
(Leadership America ’15)
Diversity and Inclusion Director
Texas Instruments
Lantana, Texas

Hattie Hill

Hattie Hill 
(Leadership Texas ’90, Leadership America ’98)
CEO
Hattie Hill Enterprises
Garland, Texas

Becky Powell
Becky Powell-Schwartz
(Leadership Texas ’99, Leadership America ’07)
Founder and CEO
The Powell Group
Dallas, Texas 
 Alice Reinharz

Alice Reinarz
(Leadership Texas ’96, America ’97, International ’14)
Assistant Provost and Clinical Professor
Texas A&M University
Austin, Texas

Helen Dale Simons

Helen Dale Simons
(Leadership Texas ’93, Leadership America ’12)
Community Volunteer
Driftwood, Texas

Anette Carlisle
Anette Carlisle
(Leadership Texas ’03, Leadership America ’13, ’15)
President
The Carlisle Collective
Amarillo, Texas
Sheilah Clay

Sheilah Clay
(Leadership America ’14)
President and CEO
Neighborhood Services Organization
Detroit, Michigan

Laura Douglas
Laura Douglas
Vice President
Corporate Responsibility & Community Affairs
LG&E and KU
Louisville, Kentucky
Pilar Oates
Pilar Oates
(Leadership Texas ’00, Leadership America ’12)
Independent Consultant
San Antonio, Texas
LaShanda Reed Larry
LaShanda Reed-Larry
(Leadership Texas ’13)
Manager, Diversity and Inclusion
Essilor
Mansfield, Texas
Mary Evans Sias

Mary Evans Sias
(Leadership Texas ’87, Leadership America ’90)
Past President
Kentucky State University
Dallas, Texas