Dallas Regional Chamber Announces Leadership Dallas Class of 2021

Business and community leaders selected to participate in Leadership Dallas, the Dallas Region’s premier leadership development program

DALLAS (August 13, 2020) – The Dallas Regional Chamber today announced the 46th class of Leadership Dallas, the premier leadership development program in the Dallas Region.

Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas prepares a diverse group of leaders through intensive curriculum that explores critical issues and creates positive change. The program serves as an opportunity for acknowledged and aspiring leaders to continue their professional development and cultivate a demonstrated commitment to serving the community.

“The challenges we face today, namely the global pandemic and the fight for racial justice, highlight just how critical it is that we develop the next generation of talented leaders committed to the Dallas Region and our country,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. “The 2021 Leadership Dallas Class has the potential to be special and transformative. We at the DRC are honored to welcome this new class, and we look forward to working closely with each class member to help make the Dallas Region the best place in the United States for all people to live, work, and do business.”

During the nine-month educational program, participants develop leadership capabilities as they build relationships with fellow classmates and community leaders. Through lectures, discussion groups, class projects, and other leadership development activities, participants gain a deeper understanding of the critical issues facing the Dallas Region. They are challenged to apply their talents towards addressing these issues in the future. The 2021 program will begin virtually and may scale to in-person class programming in accordance with public health guidelines.

“Leadership Dallas participants are immersed in the history and current affairs of the Dallas Region to identify the challenges we face as a community,” said Sarah Carabias-Rush, SVP of Economic Development and Leadership Programs. “It is our hope that each Leadership Dallas graduate will use the knowledge and enhanced leadership skills gained through the program to bring positive change.”

Leadership Dallas has more than 2,200 graduates who continue to impact the region. Many alumni have achieved the top executive role at their current organizations, founded their own businesses, or gone on to a career in public service. Leadership Dallas alumni include former police chiefs, former U.S. Ambassadors, and elected officials at the city, state, and national levels.

The members of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2021.

First Name Last Name Organization
Stephen Angelette Polsinelli
Dustin Anthamatten Methodist Charlton Medical Center
Ivy Awino Dallas Mavericks
Jessica Baldwin The Dallas Morning News
Alison Battiste Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
Vanessa Salinas Beckstrom PwC
Gary Burke Ernst & Young LLP
Rachel Capps Capital One Bank
Stephanie Carlton McKinsey & Company
Molly Casey Axxess
Ashley Cottone Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Clark Donat Reed Smith LLP
Frank Dyer T.D. Jakes Ministries
Daniel Ellis Hillwood – A Perot Company
Laura Farber KIPP Texas Public Schools
Toria Frederick Hatch Venture Group
Mary Gano Vistra Energy
Riley Greer JPMorgan Chase
Mike Hansen Options Clearing Corporation
Dahlia Hassani Beacon Emergency Services Team
Allen Hawkins Atmos Energy Corporation
Christopher Kang Haynes and Boone, LLP
Nicholas Kapral Wells Fargo
Alan Kramer UT Southwestern Medical Center
Kerri Lai Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Jack Leech JRB Glass Service LLC
Priscilla Lewis Santander
Clayton Lougee Thomson Reuters
Hudson Marshall Bank of Texas
James Carlos McFall Jackson Walker LLP
Archie Nettles The University of Texas at Dallas
Neil Pithadia Baylor Scott & White
Susan Rainey Locke Lord LLP
Peter Ramstedt Turner Construction
Silvia Salinas Dallas Independent School District
Christa Sanford Baker Botts LLP; Junior League of Dallas, Inc.
Stuart Sides BGSF
Jared Slade Alston & Bird LLP
Brenda Snitzer The Stewpot; First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
Ted Stafford AlixPartners LLP
Clay Stamson Comerica Bank
Kyle Turbitt Bank of America
Jamie Watson Toyota Motor North America
Sheri Crosby Wheeler Mr. Cooper

For more Leadership Dallas information visit: www.dallaschamber.org/ld.


About the Dallas Regional Chamber

The Dallas Regional Chamber is one of the most established business organizations in the nation and serves as the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make Dallas the best place in the United States for all people to live, work, and do business. For more information, please contact the DRC at 214.746.6600 or visit www.dallaschamber.org.