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Dena Miller is the Dallas Editor for Miss A. She has been described by Style Network as a "Queen Bee". Formerly a glam rock scene Diva, Dena is now a Socialite on the Dallas philanthropy scene, specializing in Polo events that benefit women's and children's causes.

While never forgetting her small town roots from a Midwestern farming community in rural Missouri, she’s fit right in the “Big D” since coming here in 1984. After 11 years of promoting the music scene, hobnobbing with the most popular bands from coast to coast, she switched gears after meeting her husband at the first Polo match she ever attended. Always one for excitement, Polo became her new rock n roll.
With her marriage and new found passion for polo, came Philanthropy. Miller founded the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas in 2005 with the goal of promoting the Sport of Kings in north Texas via charity events for causes that are close to her heart. To date the LPA has raised over $500,000 for causes such as domestic violence, children with serious medical needs, therapeutic horsemanship, the Polo Training Foundation, children’s advocacy and food drives for north Texas food Bank. When not working on her own events she is attending Charity luncheons and balls as well as volunteering at golf tournaments and Special Olympics events. She is a member of the USPA Equine Welfare committee and on Board of Dress For Succes Dallas.

Writing has been a lifetime passion of Dena’s. Besides working on a book that proceeds will benefit domestic violence organizations, and writing for two national polo magazines, is a frequent contributor to Dallas area publications, winning Best Contributor Award from Dallas Morning News Neighborsgo, she is co-authoring a book on the phenomenon of cyber bullying by adult women, referred to as Cyber Harrassment.

Jerry Jones Awarded 2012 Murphy Award For Lifetime Achievement In Entrepreneurship

Tony Mendes, Director of the MCE presents Jerry Jones with the Lifetime Achievment in Entrepreneurship Award.

Tony Mendes, Director of the MCE presents Jerry Jones with the Lifetime Achievment in Entrepreneurship Award. (Photo Credit: MCE)

On Friday, November 9, the 11th Annual Leadership Luncheon benefiting the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship was held in the Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole. Cowboy’s football franchise owner Jerry Jones was honored as this year’s Murphy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship. He joins the impressive list of honorees that include Craig Hall, Mark Speese, Nolan Ryan, F Trammell Crow, H. Ross Perot, Ebby Halliday, Sam Wyly and Bill Winspear.

This year’s ambassador was Karen Hughes, whose credits include being a past executive director of the Republican Party of Texas, former television news reporter for NBC DFW affiliate, serving as undersecretary of state for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, counselor to President George W.Bush and author of Ten Minutes from Normal, a memoir of her experiences working with the president. She shared some very humorous and serious stories with the captive audience.

Bill Wallace, Karen Hughes and Dena Miller

Bill Wallace, Karen Hughes and Dena Miller (Photo Credit: MCE)

On October 26, nine finalists in the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship’s New Venture Creation Contest presented their business plans to a panel of judges on the University of North Texas campus. The students had been working on the business plans for close to one year and were the finalists selected from 27 students who applied in May. The Murphy Center supported the development of the business plans through individual consultation sessions, the Entrepreneurs Boot Camp (offered during the summer of 2012) and mentoring from local entrepreneurs.

Students among the finalists in the competition were from diverse majors including: history, film, communication, marketing, TAMS and entrepreneurship. Four winners were selected and received a total of $40,000 in prize money. They included a first place winner, Brian Ivanchan of Avant Solutions, awarded $20,000, second place Wesley Kirk of Click Clack was awarded $10,000, while third place went to Brian Cheatham and Cory Pung of Growin Green EcoFarm who received $5,000. An award of $5,000 was also granted to the business plan with the greatest social impact (the Social Enterprise Venture Competition) with PCs2Prosper the winner in that category.

Funding for the New Venture Creation Contest comes from proceeds of the Murphy Center Annual Leadership Luncheon, where the scholarship winners were presented.

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