When Dallas Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall first arrived at the Dallas Mavs office in Dallas, the organization was rocked by headlines that it was a hostile workplace.
She went straight to work, interviewing employees, with the intention of learning the truth, so she could help fixing the organization’s culture.
“I was surprised that it still had the mentality of a startup,” observed Marshall. “I said, this company started 38 years ago. But it’s still run like it’s operating in a garage.”
A gathering of more than 300 attended the December 13th Leadership Dallas Alumni Annual Leadership Luncheon, which featured Marshall as keynote, who took over as Mavs CEO in February. During her on stage conversation, led by Sunwest Communications CEO Crayton Webb, Marshall also opened up about her upbringing, and her work trying to bring not only diversity, but inclusion into organizational cultures.
Marshall worked to create a four-point action plan to change the Mavs’ culture, which has been adopted as a model by other NBA organizations and is being considered by the NFL. Marshall – who retired in 2017 as AT&T’s Senior Vice President of Human resources and the Chief Diversity Officer – said she took the job after she was convinced that team owner Mark Cuban was sincere in his desire to change the environment at the organization.
“There is a difference between diversity and inclusion,” Marshall told the crowd. Diversity is … is being invited to the party, so you can have representation. You can have all the right people at the table. Inclusion … is being asked to dance.”
Marshall said the Mavs organization has fully adopted the inclusion approach, and now has diverse leadership to the lead it forward.
Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas is the DRC’s flagship leadership development program, aimed at providing our city with an ongoing source of diverse leaders who are prepared and committed to serve as catalysts and sustainers of positive change for the quality of life in the greater Dallas area.
Receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award was Beverley Alridge Wright – from the LD Class of 1999; the honor of Outstanding Service of a Class Representative honor went to Chad Prochaska of the Class of 2014; the Special Service to Leadership Dallas honor went to Pete DeLisle.
The annual leadership luncheon was held at the Weston Galleria Dallas. Event sponsors included Munck Wilson Mandala LLP; Roland Parrish; and TDIndustries.
By Gail Chandler, LDA Community Day Co-Chair
Each January Leadership Dallas Alumni come together on a Saturday morning to serve the community, and, when these volunteers show they care, great things happen.
Since Community Day began in 2014, more than 850 volunteers have given 3,000+ hours to more than 40 agencies. One section of the city is chosen as the focus each year, and this year’s annual LDA in the Community Day on January 26, 2019 will target needs in Northeast Dallas.
About 150 LD alums and their family members will engage in a variety of activities at eight sites, working alongside the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Young Professionals, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Dallas Police, the Lake Highlands Exchange Club and other community partners.
Chad Prochaska and I serve as co-chairs and are joined by these enthusiastic site captains from many LD classes who will lead the projects. All volunteers will begin at Sam Tasby Middle School and fan out to other sites after breakfast. Kristine Schwope and Cindy Masters will coordinate all hub site logistics. Work will conclude by noon, so everyone can gather back at Tasby for lunch and reports on the day’s achievements.
At the Dallas Police Department Northeast Substation, Jeff Forbes (LD ’15) and Bruce Rideaux (Affiliate Member) will lead volunteers in repairing and improving the work environment for officers at this site.
Chris Thompson (LD ‘07) and Steve Harris (LD ‘07) will take the lead at Healing Hands Ministry, painting and decorating the behavior health offices and waiting area.
Jennifer Bartkowski (LD ‘16) and Krissy Barker (LD ‘12) will lead activities at Literacy Achieves, organizing supplies, assembling reading packets, as well as painting murals and preparing raised garden beds in outdoor areas.
At Northwest Community Center, John Roppolo (LD ‘76), Sally Rosenberg (LD ‘06) and David Steinfield (LD ‘94) will lead volunteers in compiling and handing out resource packages to approximately 250 refugee families. Volunteers will also organize games with refugee children whose families are waiting.
At Richardson ISD’s Thurgood Marshall Elementary Suzanne Massey (LD ‘15) and Prentis Murphy (LD ‘14) will lead volunteers in improving student spaces through painting and décor, including creating a mock college dorm room for collaborating and coaching students and building an outdoor classroom.
Community Day offers so many ways to serve our community while reconnecting with classmates or networking with others, and the one thing we learn in Leadership Dallas class days above all is that leaders show they care. Please commit to community service on this day and year-round.
Please register to participate in Community Day here. Please also consider your financial support and make a donation or watch for an Amazon Wish List for needed supplies (coming soon!).
Emerging business and community leaders selected to participate in Leadership Dallas,
the Dallas Region’s premier leadership development program.
DALLAS (August 6, 2018) – The Dallas Regional Chamber today announced the 44th class of Leadership Dallas, the premier leadership development program in the Dallas Region.
Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas prepares a diverse group of leaders to serve as agents and sustainers of positive change for the quality of life in the Dallas Region. The program serves as a opportunity for individuals who are both acknowledged and aspiring leaders to continue their professional development and further cultivate a demonstrated commitment to the serving the community.
“The Leadership Dallas Class of 2019 was selected based on each individual’s commitment to community and high potential for leadership within their organizations and in the Dallas Region,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. “It is an honor to welcome this new class, and we at the DRC look forward to continued collaboration as we help make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business.”
During the 10-month educational program, participants develop leadership capabilities as they build strong relationships with fellow classmates and current community leaders. Through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations, class projects, and other leadership development activities, participants gain a deeper understanding of the critical issues facing the Dallas Region and are challenged to apply their talents towards addressing these issues in the future.
“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 Cindy Masters, Director of Leadership Programs for the Dallas Regional Chamber. “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 to the Dallas Region.”
Leadership Dallas has more than 2,200 graduates who continue to provide positive change in 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 2019 are:
|Michelle Reed||Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP||Partner|
|Sara Kite||AT&T||Director of Executive Communications|
|Billy Turner||Axxess||Director of Human Resources|
|Samir Bhavsar||Baker Botts, LLP||Intellectual Property Partner|
|Jaime Walkowiak||Baylor Scott & White Research Institute||COO Baylor Scott & White Research Institute,
SVP Baylor Scott & White Health
|Ben Riemer||Bell Nunnally||Partner|
|Troy Ashby||Benchmark Search||President and Founder|
|Greg MacPherson||Big Thought||Senior Director of Research,
Evaluation & Design
|Bharath Thankavel||Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas||Medical Director of Value Based Care|
|Jimmy Tran||CBRE||Vice President of Strategy and
|Jadd Masso||Clark Hill Strasburger||Partner|
|Will Haynes II||Colliers International||Associate|
|Andy Scripps||Communities Foundation of Texas /
|Deputy Director, Strategy|
|Leah Williams||Dala Communications||President & CEO|
|Patrick Dougherty||Dougherty Wealth Management, LLC||President|
|Jayda Batchelder||Education Opens Doors||Founding Executive Director|
|Andrea Carter||Ernst & Young||Partner|
|Elizabeth Sobel Blum||Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas||Senior Advisor of Community Development|
|Jason Freeman||Freeman Law, PLLC||Founding Member|
|Jonathan Hall||Frost Bank||Vice President|
|Maria Gomez||GFF Architects||Principal|
|Matt Shem||Hill & Wilkinson, General Contractors||Vice President|
|Brooks Quinlan||Hope Cottage, Inc.||Chief Executive Officer|
|Chauncey Lane||Husch Blackwell LLP||Partner|
|Molly Lang||J.P. Morgan||Vice President|
|Joanna Singleton||Jackson Spalding||Partner|
|Kyle Masters||JE Dunn Construction||Vice President|
|Brooke Bailey||Junior League of Dallas, Inc.||President-Elect|
|Michael Horne||KIPP Texas Public Schools –
|Greg McAllister||Littler||Employment Defense Attorney|
|Elliotte’ Dunlap||Microsoft||Senior Partner Solution Sales Executive|
|Jessica Spaniol||Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP||Senior Associate|
|Justin Parscale||Perkins+Will||Associate Principal|
|Amber Scanlan||PNC||Senior Vice President & Director of Client &
|Tisha Vaidya||Presidium||Director, Acquisitions & Development|
|Crystal Wright||PwC||Managing Director|
|LaurieGrace Bouldin||Rethink Results LLC||CEO & Founder|
|Renita Joyce Garrett||Sendero||Senior Manager|
|Angela Zambrano||Sidley Austin LLP||Partner|
|Monica del Rio||Southwest Airlines||Senior Regional Leader, Airport Affairs|
|Heather Bonfield||Talent Suite||Vice President, Client Engagement|
|Rea Foster||Teach For America –
|Chief Operating Officer|
|Paul Howell||Texas Capital Bank||Executive Vice President,
Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking
|Ashleigh Kinney||Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children||Director of Patient Experience|
|Gabrielle Madison||Thomson Reuters||Director, Community Relations|
|Ana Meade||Toyota Motor North America||Senior Manager, Social Innovation|
|Damion Pourciau||Turner Construction Company||Project Executive|
|Leandre Johns||Uber Technologies||External Affairs Manager|
|Ashley Brundage||United Way of Metropolitan Dallas||Senior Vice President of Community Impact|
|Cynthia Perez Vadillo||University of North Texas at Dallas||Assistant Director of External Relations
|Colbey Walker||UT Southwestern Medical Center||Administrator of Emergency Medicine|
|Shan Zaidi||VF Partners||Principal|
|Stephanie Wilcox||WFAA||Director of Community Marketing|
|Lillian Jersa||Willis Towers Watson||Director, Retirement|
For more Leadership Dallas information visit: www.dallaschamber.org/leadership.
About the Dallas Regional Chamber
The Dallas Regional Chamber is the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our 1,200 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 America to live, work, and do business.
The Dallas Regional Chamber is proud to announce the new 2018 board members for its leadership development programs: Leadership Dallas Alumni Association (LDAA), Young Professionals (YP), and Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR).
“We are thrilled to work alongside such committed individuals who share our mission to serve the Dallas Region,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. “These executives embody the mission of the DRC’s leadership programs to drive positive change for all who live and work here. We appreciate their leadership and are excited for the year ahead.”
The DRC’s leadership programs are focused on talent development across all industries and career levels. Through education, community awareness, and hands-on experiences, participants strengthen their abilities to positively impact the quality of life in our region.
Leadership Dallas Alumni Association
LDAA focuses on educating the alumni of the Leadership Dallas program about significant issues facing the Dallas Region and encouraging activism and engagement in the community.
Jennifer Chandler, Managing Director/Market Executive at U.S. Trust (LD ’11), is Chair of the Board. Brian Farragut, Managing Principal at Stravis Consulting (LD ’09), has been selected as the 2018 Chair-Elect.
LDAA is welcoming four new leaders to its board:
Executive Women’s Roundtable
EWR is a professional development and relationship-building organization for executive-level women to discuss the challenges and opportunities in their industries and broaden professional perspectives.
Donna German, Chief Operating Officer, Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center, is EWR’s 2018 President. Julia Buthman, Managing Director, Prudential Capital Group, has been selected as the President-Elect. EWR’s new Board Members for 2018 are:
The DRC’s Young Professionals develops the region’s future leaders by providing ambitious young professionals (ages 22-40) with the opportunity to build relationships, serve the community, and engage with political, civic, and business leaders.
This group of more than 400 leaders named Ben Halliday, Commercial Banker – Middle Market Banking at Chase, as its 2018 Chair, and Arielle Andres, Personalization Senior Analyst at Hilton, as the 2018 Chair-Elect. YP also welcomes seven new Board Members:
For more information on the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, Executive Women’s Roundtable, or Young Professionals, please visit www.dallaschamber.org/leadership.
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 1,200 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 America to live, work, and do business. For more information, please contact the Dallas Regional Chamber at 214.746.6600 or visit www.dallaschamber.org.
by Stephen Green, Office of the Federal Public Defender
The Leadership Dallas Class of 2018 recently hosted its Criminal Justice Day at Dallas Police Department Headquarters. The day was full of engaging speakers that educated the class on a complex system, filled with many opportunities for improvement. The planning committee constructed the content around the trial process, from pre-trial to trial to life after prison. The storyline aimed to shine light on some of the more challenging aspects of the criminal justice system and concluded the day with a personal story.
The morning commenced by recognizing a sometimes overlooked truth: every single person in our community plays a role in our criminal justice system. While some LD class members have tragically been the victims of crime, others have sat in courtrooms as their loved ones were sentenced to time in prison. Some LD class members have been selected for jury service, and others are in charge of hiring at their firms where they must determine the extent to which an applicant’s criminal history should play a role in hiring decisions. At a minimum, LD class members vote, and by doing so, they elect representatives who create the system we have in place today. In short, our collective experiences with the criminal justice system gives everyone a voice, and LD class members were encouraged to make their voices heard.
Paul Genender and Glenn West started our leadership discussion with the importance of diversity in the workplace — a theme that would continue to arise during discussions about our criminal justice system. Chief U. Renee Hall, the first woman to be named Chief of the Dallas Police Department (DPD) in its 120-year history, explained how she seeks to create stronger ties between the DPD and the community, despite working with a force that is down 400 officers.
Before transitioning into panels, the criminal justice committee had class members walk around the room and record their impressions about different statistics regarding the criminal justice system. The difficult questions and conversations that flowed from those statistics laid a factual foundation for discussions to come.
The day’s first panel included three law enforcement officers, FBI Special Agent Miguel Clarke, DPD Corporal Ruben Lozano, and Jason Rodriguez, Assistant Chief of Police with the Dallas ISD Police Department. Rebecca Lopez, the Senior Crime and Justice Reporter for WFAA, moderated the day’s panels. The panelists discussed the challenges of modern police work, and each speaker highlighted the importance of forming relationships with the community to create a culture of mutual trust. Officer Lozano shared his perspective of the tragic events of July 7, 2017, when three members of his unit were killed in the line of duty.
The class discussion then shifted from pre-trial investigations to trial work, and a second panel included Judge Amber Givens-Davis of the 282nd District Court in Dallas County, Assistant Federal Public Defender Lauren Woods, and Aaron Wiley, a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas. Judge Givens underscored how she tries to keep the community safe by incorporating wrap-around services into her sentences so that offenders are given the resources needed to reduce recidivism. Woods shared that she defends indigent defendants accused of federal crimes because she wants to be a voice for individuals who rarely have a voice. Wiley talked about the extraordinary power that prosecutors wield in our system, and he described how excellent prosecutors exercise that power with great responsibility.
Judge Givens’ emphasis on rehabilitation programs segued nicely into Christina Melton Crain’s presentation about Unlocking DOORS, a Dallas-based reentry organization that aims to advance public safety by reducing repeat crime. The day culminated with a powerful presentation by Jason Hernandez — a man who was sentenced to life without parole at the age of 21 for committing a non-violent drug offense, and whose sentence was commuted to 20 years imprisonment by President Obama in 2015.
Hernandez’s experience brought the day’s themes full circle. His story challenged LD members to consider the valuable perspectives of all the voices in the criminal justice system, including those of both victims and offenders. It also challenged LD members to consider some of the weighty systemic issues underlying our system, including the degree to which race, class, and access to power have the potential to create disparate outcomes.
The Criminal Justice Committee doesn’t pretend to have all of the answers. But making Dallas’ leaders aware of major issues facing the criminal justice system, and then having difficult conversations about those issues, is perhaps a good start.
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