Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO of The Ebby Halliday Companies was the featured speaker last night for the March meeting of the Dallas Chapter of Executive Women International.

Held at the beautiful Hunt Consolidated building in Downtown Dallas, the meeting was attended by representatives from various companies including the Four Seasons Resort & Club, Jones Lang LaSalle, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Ernst & Young LLP, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Sewell Automotive Companies and more. Ebby Halliday is the only residential real estate member of the EWI Dallas Chapter.

Mary Frances speech topic was Women in Today s Market Place . She shared with the audience how she came to Ebby Halliday, Realtors more than 50 years ago as Ebby s secretary and how her rise through the management ranks has mirrored the growth of the company. Today, she oversees the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas, which is also ranked among the top 10 nationwide out of all real estate companies.

Her advice to women in today s business world was to seek an individual to serve as a professional mentor as well as to give back to the business community by serving as a mentor to others. She also stressed the importance of hard work and dedication and ended with her signature piece of advice:

Get up, suit up and show up .

Pictured above are Sherry Adams, Human Resources Director for The Ebby Halliday Companies and Ebby EWI Representative, Betty Turner, Assistant to Ebby Halliday and Ebby EWI Representative, Sheryl Pickle, President of EWI Dallas Chapter, Mary Frances and Laura Crowl, Ebby Associate.

Executive Women International is an organization that brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development and encouraging community involvement.

Ebby Halliday is serving as the Title Sponsor for the 2010 EWI Gayle Rose Scholarship Golf Classic on Friday, June 18 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and range from $300 to $2,500. Proceeds benefit the EWI Dallas scholarship programs and philanthropic community initiatives. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Sherry Adams at 972-980-6612 or sherryadams@ebby.com.

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