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May 25, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Learn More about the organization Painting Pandas with Speakers Leslie Wingo and Jill Turner.
As the CEO, Leslie Wingo leads the Sanders\Wingo team, a Texas-based independent multicultural creative intelligence firm, delivering solutions for companies and their brands. Sanders\Wingo is focused on cultivating human connections through brand storytelling, strategy, and content development by partnering with brands like Pivotal Ventures, Q2, US Census, AT&T, and findhelp.
As a speaker, she confronts stereotypes, challenges labels, exposes bias, and has tough conversations around race and gender. Leslie works with companies to discover and strengthen their current practices around diversity and equity. Her goal is that every employee and culture is valued, their contribution is maximized, and the company’s organizational culture is inclusive.
Leslie also believes in philanthropy, and gives her time to organizations whose values align with her own, like the Texas Book Festival, the Mueller Foundation, and Painting Pandas.
Her most important role is raising her little humans (ages 6 and 10). They are her biggest gift (and sometimes the biggest challenge!).
Jill Turner founded Painting Pandas after meeting a public school teacher and learning of how little funds public school teachers are given for student art supplies. She kept in touch with the art educator and helped secure items on the teacher’s wish list for the classroom. When the pandemic hit, Turner reached out to the educator to see what her students needed. It was then that the idea for privately-funded art kits was developed and they were soon distributed to students from Pre-K through 5th grade. Turner believes that art is the avenue for creativity, problem-solving, and emotional expression and should be accessible to all.
She is currently the Co-Chair of Austin Humane Society’s $32 million-dollar Comprehensive Campaign. The Building Compassion Campaign aims to establish a state-of-the-art new facility and programs that are focused on compassionate animal welfare for Central Texas. She and her family have together served as Chairs for the Austin Humane Society’s annual signature fundraiser, Rags to Wags, which raises much-needed operational funding for thousands of vulnerable four-legged animal companions.
Ms. Turner also serves as a Trustee of The Contemporary Austin, a contemporary art museum, and serves as the chair of the Education Committee which is dedicated to bringing arts education to underserved communities in Austin and surrounding areas.
She has chaired many successful fundraising events for a variety of organizations including The Contemporary Austin, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center.
Ms. Turner earned a BS from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaig
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