Local Female Movers & Shakers

Meet Six Local Women Impacting the Community

The Educator

Amanda Drinkwater, LISD Director of Fine Arts

What inspires you?

I have been privileged to have been surrounded by individuals who have given of themselves freely and passionately, and I am indelibly imprinted and inspired by the students and families I have served during my tenure as band director at Marcus High School.

What challenges you?

Hearing that something can’t be done really ignites my warrior spirit! In almost all cases this means it just hasn’t been done yet. Every challenge yields opportunity for creativity and growth.

 

The Leader

Charlotte Wilcox, Mayor of Highland Village

What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from my parents. They both led by example and, while very different, they recognized their strengths and weaknesses and were very inspirational to so many.

What challenges you?

My challenge comes from people not willing to think outside the box when it comes to issues. My strength is to bring a group together and respectfully work through the differences until we have created a positive outcome.

 

The Networker

Christi Beca, Real Estate Agent, Founder of Flower Mound Women in Business

What inspires you?

My children inspire me. I know it sounds cliché, but as a single mom, I wake up daily driven to succeed, to lead by example, and instill in my children that anything is possible if they set their mind to it, regardless of what life throws at them.

What challenges you?

My fear of being average. Life’s too short to play it safe. I thrive on taking risks. Not all my risks work out, but you never know until you try. Don’t fear failure, fear never trying.

 

The CEO

Kristen Howell, CEO of Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County

What inspires you?

Every day, I see the best and worst of humanity. But each day, I also spend time with the most incredible people who are in the fight against abuse. Words can’t describe how inspired I am by the professionals, volunteers and donors who stand up for children.

What challenges you?

I’m challenged by a sense of urgency to ensure that every child who has a crime committed against them has a safe place to tell their truth and that we can deliver on our promise to secure justice and healing for those children.

 

The Relationship Builder

Mary Jacoby, DATCU Credit Union Community Relations Coordinator Southern Denton County

What inspires you?

Watching my daughter grow and mature into the person she is now. You become such a different person watching your child navigate life, trying to give them support where needed and having the strength to let them try things on their own.

What challenges you?

Living in the moment and not trying to juggle too much at once. It’s always important for me to stay focused and prioritize tasks. I’m also blessed with a great support system at home and work, allowing me to get it all done.

 

The Entrepreneur

Megan Condrack, Owner of Megan’s Lifestyle Boutique

What inspires you?

What inspires me the most are the people connections made through the store. Lifelong friendships are made here. There is a lot of laughter, sometimes tears and always a lot of hugs. Life is hectic, and I hope I provide a small getaway for my customers.

What challenges you?

As a small-business owner, you wear many hats trying to keep everything going—home, family, friends, business—and still have a little “me time.” The challenge is balancing it all because I love being at the store!