Lubbock’s Little Black Dress

Lubbock’s Little Black Dress

The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health in Lubbock will launch its premier fundraising event with dresses, drinks and desserts.

Written by Beth Phillips

Proceeds from the event benefit women's health research in Lubbock.

Proceeds from the event benefit women’s health research in Lubbock.

Just as Chanel’s timeless little black dress is essential to any woman’s wardrobe, research and outreach conducted by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health (LWBIWH) is fundamental to the well-being of women and their families.

Lubbock’s Little Black Dress, the signature LWBIWH Lubbock fundraising event, will debut at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center, 2322 Mac Davis Lane, with dresses, drinks and desserts, as well as a presentation by Neiman Marcus President and CEO Karen W. Katz titled, “Neiman Marcus: Past, Present and Future.”

Katz will be accompanied by distinguished former Red Raider James E. Skinner, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of The Neiman Marcus Group Inc. Skinner earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas Tech in 1974.

The Neiman Marcus Group Inc. is recognized as the premier retailer of luxury and fashion merchandise in the U.S. Founded in 1907 in Dallas, the company is known for its commitment to merchandising excellence and customer service.

“Health is not only about feeling good; it’s also about looking good,” Katz said. “Fashion may change with the seasons; yet, to look good, you also have to feel good. Looking after your health is always in style.”

The LWBIWH focuses on emerging trends in gender medicine to improve women’s health, said Regional LWBIWH Director Betsy Goebel Jones, Ed.D.

More than 90 percent of national medical recommendations are based on a majority of research performed on men. For example, although aspirin is effective at preventing heart attacks in men, studies show the medication is more effective at preventing strokes in women.

“We support research and educational initiatives that will improve methods for delivering care in the coming years,” Goebel Jones said. “However, we also celebrate the past and sustain the present, building on Mrs. Bush’s legacy of support for women’s health around the world. Therefore, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to feature the past, present and future of Neiman Marcus at the Little Black Dress event — a company that has a legacy of support for women, wellness and personal development.”

Little Black Dress tickets are $75 per person and $150 per couple. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Heather Johnson at (806) 743-6000 ext. 243 or email

Because differences matter, the LWBIWH improves the lives of women and girls through research supporting scientific discoveries unique to women’s health and gender differences, education advancing the knowledge of health care professionals through evidence-based resources and outreach connecting with communities for healthier lives. For more information about the LWBIWH, call (806) 356-4617.


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Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health
Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health

Established in 2007, the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health (LWBIWH) provides women's health education, research and outreach in Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock, San Angelo and the Permian Basin.

The institute has brought together the expertise of many TTUHSC entities including the schools of Medicine, Allied Health Sciences, Pharmacy and Nursing.

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