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.
by Jenny King, LD ’16
The sixth annual LDA in the Community Day on Saturday, January 27 is just around the corner, and we hope you will join us to volunteer. The 2018 focus of our service is Dallas’ southern sector.
As you know, our Leadership Dallas Alumni Association engages LD graduates in the community, keeping us informed about current issues and encouraging active leadership in volunteer and civic work. LDAA continues the great exploration and deep dive that each LD class experienced — learning about community challenges, strategies for improvement and potential solutions.
LDA in the Community Day is a fun volunteer experience and a terrific opportunity for LD alumni to come together, network and meet other alumni, as well as learn about community issues and make a difference. We are excited to partner with Leadership Southwest and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, and appreciate their support. Please click here to register today.
“LDA in the Community Day represents an opportunity to see, volunteer within and make a difference in the southern sector of Dallas,” says Cynthia Mickens Ross, LDA in the Community Day Co-Chair. “While the addition of a Starbucks at Southwest Center Mall was in the news recently, not everyone knows about the area’s topographical bliss of beautiful hillsides, lush landscapes and amazing homes. There’s nothing like it and you’ll have to see it to believe it.”
“There is so much happening in the southern sector of Dallas,” says Tim Maiden, Mickens Ross’ Co-Chair. “Join us and see what all of the buzz is about.”
We are volunteering with six agencies that are strengthening this vibrant community through their unique education and social services programs. With exciting economic redevelopment projects underway at and around Southwest Center Mall — soon to be renamed Red Bird Mall, its original moniker — it is an ideal opportunity to volunteer, hear from mall developer and civic leader Peter Brodsky, and work for a few hours to help these agencies.
“Projects are fun, impactful, and nearly all sites accommodate children ages 10+,” says Jennifer Chandler, President of LDAA. “We know this is a wonderful opportunity for Leadership Dallas alumni to bring our family members to serve alongside us.”
Donations for the Agencies
To help at two of our project sites, we are requesting that LDAA members bring new or gently used children’s books, appropriate for ages 0-13, to the welcome reception for LDA in the Community Day. In addition, we are hoping for donations of kitty litter, the animal shelter’s biggest donation need. Click here if you’d like to drop off your book or litter donations in advance of the day.
Community Day projects include:
While we aim to keep costs low for each project, there remains a basic supplies cost for LDAA to cover. We are seeking additional corporate support to help offset costs. Sponsorships range from Presenting sponsors at $2,500, Gold sponsors at $1,000, and Silver sponsors at $500, as well as opportunities for individual contributions. Please contact Brian Farragut at 214.882.1540 or email@example.com for more details. The LDA in the Community Day team appreciates your consideration. Your support will enable LDAA to make a Big D impact in the southern sector.
Register for LDA in the Community Day
Again, click here to register today! (If you are bringing family members to serve with you, be sure to include them in your registration count.) This day of service is a close-up, hands-on opportunity to learn more about redevelopment efforts underway in the southern sector of Dallas while making a positive impact on our six vetted and deserving agencies. Thanks for your support.
For additional information on the work of these nonprofit organizations, visit their respective websites:
If you have any questions, please contact your LDA in the Community Day 2018 Co-Chairs: Cynthia Mickens Ross at 972.979.1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Tim Maiden at 214.515.4058 or Tim.Maiden@frostbank.com.
Thank you for being a member of LDAA and for supporting our collective work to engage with and positively impact our community.
We look forward to seeing you January 27 at LDA in the Community Day 2018.
LDA IN THE COMMUNITY DAY
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Meet at Red Bird Mall
· Welcome Remarks, LDAA Leadership
· Brief Remarks about the Mall and Southern Sector Redevelopment by Peter Brodsky, Mall Owner and Real Estate Developer
· Breakfast served
Teams Depart for Agencies
8:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Jenny King is an LDAA Volunteerism and Community Outreach Committee and Co-Site Captain with Christina Hanger, LD ’17, for the Head Start Agency.
by Andrew LeGrand – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
“A bridge is just a wall turned sideways,” Ambassador Ron Kirk told the Leadership Dallas Class of 2018 during the Government, Politics, and Media Day held on Friday, December 1 at Dallas City Hall. The former United States Trade Representative described a time when some viewed the Trinity River as the city’s Berlin Wall, and he detailed his determination, as Dallas’ first African American mayor, to build bridges to connect the regions of the city that have long been racially and economically segregated. Kirk, a Leadership Dallas alumnus, exhorted the LD class of current and future leaders to embrace this challenge and others still facing the city; to get and stay engaged both politically and civically, and to find a way to silence cynical critics while also working to find common ground with those who might have a different view.
Common ground emerged as a theme for the day as a panel of elected officials, including State Senator Royce West, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and Dallas City Council Member Sandy Greyson, detailed the joys and challenges of serving in public office and how they have worked collaboratively with colleagues on different sides of the aisle to resolve some of the most difficult issues facing our region. Senator West, for example, described his work with State Senator Don Huffines and others to save the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System from insolvency. The panel, moderated by NBC 5’s Julie Fine, challenged the LD class to focus on service, rather than power, when considering whether to run for elected office.
The LD class then received full briefings on two issues yearning for leadership and a commitment to finding common ground: housing and immigration.
First, Mike Koprowski provided an overview of the city’s segregated housing patterns and moderated a discussion with Troy Broussard and Myriam Igoufe regarding the correlation between economic and racial segregation and opportunity in Dallas. Then, Liz Cedillo-Pereira moderated a discussion with Rep. Rafael Anchia, Sarah Saldana, and Jose Montoya Santoyo regarding immigration policy and enforcement. The LD class learned that net immigration from Mexico is at its lowest level since 1970, and the roughly 240,000 annual unauthorized crossings at the Texas-Mexico border constitutes a tiny fraction — roughly 2.3% — of all crossings there.
The takeaway from these two substantive policy discussions seemed to be that the leaders in this town, and those across the country, need to listen to each other, speak truthfully, and redouble their efforts to find workable solutions to these pressing problems. And although the government undoubtedly has an important role to play, some solutions will have to be forged out of public-private partnerships.
Indeed, a few days earlier, the LD class had the opportunity to tour Red Bird Mall and hear from private equity investor Peter Brodsky, another alumnus of Leadership Dallas, on the investment opportunity and the role that the private sector can play in reviving Southern Dallas, an area of the city that encompasses 185 square miles (roughly 54% of the Dallas area) but provides only 15% of the city’s tax base.
The Government, Politics, and Media day wrapped up with a conversation between Ken Benson, Roy Bailey, and Marc Stanley about fundraising and finance in politics, as well as a town-hall style conversation with Reed Galen and Gromer Jeffers about the role that media — in all of its forms — plays in framing and shaping our political discourse.
The day ended in a manner similar to the way it began. Echoing a message delivered at the day’s outset by Kimberly Bizor Tolbert, Benson charged the LD class to find a passion and get involved in our local communities and our local politics. Benson pointed to statistics showing Dallas’ low rankings in terms of political involvement and civic engagement. He told the class to be collaborative, and also to be intentional about learning things that we do not already know. The goal, as Tolbert mentioned in the morning, is not just to be present, but to be impactful.
On a day organized by eight LD class members, including co-chairs Kezia Stegemoeller and Jessica Baker, the LD class learned that we must not only commit to building bridges to close the widening gap between black and white, immigrant and non-immigrant, conservative and progressive, we must also be willing to actually cross those bridges ourselves to see real change.
by Danica Mathes, Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP, and Chair of Leadership Dallas Class of 2018 Education Day Planning Committee
UNT Dallas President Bob Mong detailed his school’s innovative approach, followed by an inspiring leadership conversation about social responsibility with Paul Quinn College President Dr. Michael Sorrell.
We proceeded to discuss some of the biggest challenges Dallas is facing from cradle to career in our quest to make all learners future ready. For example:
After getting an overview of many of these and other issues from Commit!, we touched on specific issues related to early childhood education, school choice and workforce readiness. Our ultimate goal is to make sure all students have the tools and opportunities to make them successful – starting with setting the foundation for kindergarten readiness as well as achieving success throughout school and beyond to creative productive members of society.
It quickly became clear that issues affecting education are interdisciplinary and interdependent – ranging from poverty and safety to transportation and housing – and that there is no lightning bolt or magic bullet that will easily solve these problems. However, as more and more individuals and organizations collaborate and combine their efforts, these problems are being addressed in meaningful and impactful ways.
The highlight of the day was taking a third grade math class with distinguished teacher Eric Hale and 14 of his students from David G. Burnet Elementary. The LD class and Mr. Hale’s students also had the opportunity to tour the Big Thought Dallas City of Learning Mobile Tech XPerience rolling STEM classroom.
Prior to Education Day, the LD class had the opportunity to tour the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy and the Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy. We were so moved by these amazing schools that we displayed our own school spirit and raised more than $1,250 for much-needed supplies at these schools. LD ’18 is also collecting donations and providing experiences to benefit the Burnet Elementary students.
The Leadership Dallas Class of 2018 was deeply impacted by the fact that educational opportunities lack equity, leaving many students unprepared for the future and ultimately harming the Dallas Region. However, we left with the knowledge that real solutions – both traditional and progressive – exist to address these issues. We are inspired and committed to contribute individually, as well as through our companies and nonprofit organizations, to help advance a more equitable system to make all students ready for the future and able to contribute to our region.
Leadership Dallas class days are planned by LD class members. The members of the LD Education Planning Committee are Alicia Hall, Danica Mathes (Committee Chair), Jeremy Falke, Joanna Ridgway, John Ofenloch, Kyle Cavin, Lance Currie and Lisa Tran. The committee was also supported by LD Curriculum Advisors Christina Hanger, Damian Sanders and Justin Coppedge.
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