FLOW’s Herstory

FLOW is the unlikely product of a feminist book club, a coffee house community hub, six innovative women, a few bottles of wine, and the unmistakable desire millennials have for social justice.

Despite their varying stories, when the Leadership Team came together to dream about what FLOW might bring to Dallas, there was an instantaneous place of connection: women. The team believed that if they could share their unyielding passion for gender equity with the community, real advancement of women would be achieved in their lifetime.

FLOW seeks to introduce an inclusive and success-focused feminism to Dallas’ rising generation by providing a place that acts as an intersection between all genders, sexual identities, and races so that they might come together and build their vision of true equality.

Where to Find Us

Union Coffee House is devoted to making a difference in its surrounding community, and as such, we are proud to call Union home. From our meetings to our monthly sessions, Union gives us the space to plan and grow. FLOW couldn’t be happier to have Union’s encouragement and financial support as we write this first chapter in our story.

Meet Our Leaders

Lauren Manza

Founder + Program Director

Lauren Manza is the Founder and Program Director of FLOW. Manza was Michigan-born but proudly Texas-raised. She attended Southern Methodist University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. Working in churches, hospitals, and now, a school for children with developmental delays, Manza has always had a passion for the promotion of human welfare. She helped create and now serves on the planning team for one of Union’s communities of faith, Studio. Manza resides in Oak Lawn with her dog, Eloise.

Keisha Whaley

Keisha Whaley came to Dallas after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2009. Armed with a BFA in Visual Communication, she entered into her career in advertising and marketing. After many years of working to build intern programs within the agencies she worked, she ventured out on her own to start the Brass Tacks Collective. Keisha also serves as a board member for Union Coffee, which lead to her introduction to Lauren and involvement in FLOW. She resides in Bishop Arts District with her dog, Jack, and continues to build an Imelda Marcos inspired shoe collection.

Mary Kate Powers

Mary Kate Powers graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, Advertising, and Public Relations. Mary Kate is the Project Manager for Brass Tacks Collective, and she has a natural ability for building and nurturing relationships. On the weekends, you can find Mary Kate binge-watching TV shows and independent films on Netflix, eating all the tacos, and spending time with those closest to her. She is excited to be a part of the FLOW team and to contribute to a new generation of strong, female leaders.

Carlee Cagle

Carlee Cagle is the Young Women’s Advocate of FLOW. Cagle graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BFA in Theatre and a minor in education.  Carlee is the founder and head director of the theatre department at Young Junior High in Arlington.  She is passionate about education and mentorship.