DRC announces 49th Leadership Dallas class

The Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) has announced the 49th class of Leadership Dallas (LD), the Dallas Region’s premier leadership program and flagship program of the DRC. The 56 members of the LD Class of 2024 represent a diverse group of companies and industries and were selected through a rigorous, competitive application process based on their proven leadership potential within their organization and community.

Since 1975, LD has provided one-of-a-kind professional development to up-and-coming leaders in the Dallas Region. The intense nine-month curriculum positions class members to address the challenges and opportunities facing the region with the goal of improving the quality of life for all people.

“The Dallas Region is in the midst of an unprecedented period of economic prosperity, and the business community – including our emerging leaders – has a golden opportunity to use this sweet moment in time to drive positive change that makes tomorrow better than today,” said Dale Petroskey, DRC President and CEO. “The Leadership Dallas Class of 2024 is filled with lots of highly motivated leaders who will learn skills and what they need to know about our community to join the DRC in making the Dallas Region the best place for all people to live, work, and do business.”

LD curriculum is designed to help class members foster a greater understanding of issues most important to the Dallas Region through class days focused on education and workforce, public policy, economic mobility, health care, criminal justice, and regionalism.

Each LD class undertakes a service-oriented project. The LD Class of 2023 piloted a new approach to the class project by leveraging their skills and expertise to create a sustainable positive impact for Bonton Farms’ Food Desert Action Plan. The DRC plans to continue the new model with the LD Class of 2024 and beyond.

The LD Class of 2024 will select a community organization to partner with for the class project. Class project applications are open through Friday, Aug. 11.

“We have seen time and again the impact members of Leadership Dallas have on our community while in the program and as alumni,” said Megan Miers, Director of Leadership Programs at the DRC. “The Class of 2024 is joining an impressive legacy, and we are excited to welcome them on this journey and see what they accomplish in serving our region over the next nine months and beyond.”

The Leadership Dallas Alumni network includes over 2,300 individuals, including police chiefs, revered business leaders, U.S. Ambassadors, and elected officials at the city, state, and national levels.

The members of the LD Class of 2024 are:

First Name Last Name Company/Organization:
Ambika Cheruvu GS Dallas LP
Ashley McConkey Texas Instruments
Brett Jackson Comerica Bank
Brian Kenjarski, MD Methodist Health System
Chase Proctor Haynes and Boone, LLP
Christie Newkirk Carrington Coleman
Christina Goodman Baylor Scott & White Health
Christopher P. Bacala Bare Roots Landscape Solutions
Claudia B. Coleman Thomson Reuters
Crystal Cantu Lerman The Beck Group
Dallas Stark American Airlines Center
DeVon Lang Truist
Emily Redfield BCG
Herschel Acosta Jacobs
Hiral Shah Grant Thornton
Hussain Manjee DHD Films
James Brownson McKesson
James George Toyota Motor North America
Jamika Doakes AT&T Inc.
Jani Lotz Locke Lord LLP
Jennifer Federici YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Jennifer Stimpson Hattie Hill Enterprises
Jessica Watts Axxess
John Lawrence Baker Botts L.L.P.
John Sidorek The Boeing Company
Kay Shelton Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
Kayla Welsch Hillwood, a Perot Company
Kelly Biegler Atmos Energy Corporation
Kim Cummings Children’s Health
LaKia Ross BGSF
Lamont Hill Oncor
Laura Klempay Health Care Service Corporation
Linda Braddy American Red Cross
Liz Schaab JPMorgan Chase
Maricarmen Tamez Turner Construction Company
Mario Perez Dolan Jackson Walker LLP
Marissa Eddings 7-Eleven, Inc.
Marjorie Murat Dallas Afterschool
Mary Perrotta PwC
Melody Bell UT Southwestern Medical Center
Michelle Alden Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
Nicole Fox Southwest Airlines
Perla Molina Dallas College
Prashant Karanam Ernst & Young LLP
Renee Castillo CBRE
Ryan Schutt HKS, Inc.
Stephen Tigh Regions
Steven Schulman Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
Tandra Allen Junior League of Dallas
Taylor Vaught Frost
TianEn Stephenson Accenture
Tiffany Northern Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Dallas Hospital
Todd Westerburg Bank of America
Tyler Kleinert Hunt Realty Investments, Inc.
Yolanda Bevill The University of Texas at Arlington

For more information on LD, visit www.dallaschamber.org/ld.