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Prominent businesswomen to speak at Women in Commerce event at TWU Oct. 29



Due to a family emergency, Tuesday Morning CEO Kathleen Mason will be unable to speak at the Women in Commerce Conference at Texas Woman’s University Friday, Oct. 29. Ross Manning, senior vice president of marketing for Tuesday Morning, will replace her as a featured speaker.

Mr. Manning has served as Tuesday Morning’s senior vice president of marketing since November 2009 and previously served as the company’s senior vice president/general merchandise manager from June 2004 to November 2009. Prior to joining Tuesday Morning, Mr. Manning was managing partner of Retail Experiences Consulting, Inc. an international marketing and retail consulting firm. He also held several positions with Jaeger, the British apparel brand, including managing director, retail and marketing worldwide and president of Jaeger, North America. He also has held a variety of executive positions with Federated Department Stores and other upscale retailers.

DENTON — Business leaders Kathleen Mason, CEO of Tuesday Morning; Sandra Yancey, CEO of eWomen Network; and Joy D. Kirsch, CFP of Kirsch and Associates, are the featured speakers for the Women in Commerce Conference at Texas Woman’s University Friday, Oct. 29.

Professional women are encouraged to attend the conference, which is presented by the Denton Chamber of Commerce, the TWU School of Management and Sally Beauty Supply LLC. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Hubbard Hall on the TWU Denton campus. For a map of the Denton campus, visit

Registration, which includes lunch, is $30 for Denton Chamber members, $35 for non-members, $15 for students and $40 at the door. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register early. For more information or to register, visit

“Women who attend this conference will be able to connect with other area professional women and hear from successful business leaders, who will inspire, motivate and challenge participants to be their best in their careers and lives,” said Paula Ann Hughes, professor and chair of the TWU School of Management.

Kathleen Mason is a retail executive with more than 25 years of successful merchandising, marketing and management experience in department, chain and specialty stores. She is currently president and CEO of Tuesday Morning Corporation, North America’s largest operator of discount and closeout home furnishings and gift stores. Her numerous awards include Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest in 2003, and the Luminary Award for Corporate Innovation by the Committee of 200. The Association for Corporate Growth named Tuesday Morning as the winner of the Corporate Growth Award for 2004-2005. She was recognized in 2008 by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in business in the DFW metroplex and was the 2010 recipient of the TWU Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award.

Ms. Yancey is the founder and CEO of eWomenNetwork, which is ranked by the Business Women’s Network as the best online community for women business owners and professionals in North America and is the most visited women’s business website on the Internet, receiving more than 200,000 hits daily. Ms. Yancey is the recipient of numerous national business awards, including the 2007 Artemis Award from the Euro-American Women’s Council recognizing international business leadership, the 2005 Entrepreneur Star award from Business Women's Network and Microsoft, the 2005 Woman Advocate of the Year from the Women's Regional Publishing Association and the 2006 Enterprising Women Advocacy Award from Enterprising Women magazine.

Joy D. Kirsch founded Kirsch & Associates in 1990 to provide comprehensive financial services to retirees and pre-retirees. Widowed at age 30, she has spent the last 25 years helping others make good financial decisions. She is a Certified Financial Planner™, current chair of the Fort Worth Business and Estate Planning Section of the Fort Worth Bar Association and is active in the Dallas Financial Planning Association. She also has received a certificate of Specialization from the Grief Recovery Institute.

The Denton Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the TWU School of Management and Sally Beauty Supply to launch the annual Women in Commerce Conference to support the professional development of women and to strengthen and enhance the Denton Chamber and community. For more information, visit or become a fan on facebook at

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