by Andrew LeGrand – Gibson, Dunn & Krutcher 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.
by Jenny King, LD ’16
In late August, as Hurricane Harvey was heading toward the Texas Gulf Coast, individuals, businesses and nonprofits in Dallas were already preparing to respond with support after the storm. A number of Leadership Dallas alumni have served as critical leaders for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Here is a profile of several such alumni who continue to make us proud.
Gulf Coast Response with Oncor’s Mutual Assistance Teams
Lawrence Ward, LD ’16, directed Oncor’s work to help repair the electric infrastructure of the Gulf Coast region. His team of 184 employees and contractors was deployed to Rockport-Fulton, near Corpus Christi, from August 28 to September 11, and provided mutual assistance (MA) to the local electric utility by clearing debris, and repairing transmission and distribution lines, utility power poles, and related equipment. The goal was power restoration to approximately 5,200 customers in their assigned repair area. Power allowed critical emergency response agencies and businesses, including FEMA, Homeland Security, local law enforcement, water plants, gas stations and grocery stores, to better support displaced residents.
Among the safety challenges his team faced were driving routes/conditions, storm debris, snakes, alligators, staging area traffic, mosquitoes, ants and high water, just to name a few. Lawrence left Dallas early on Sunday, August 27, to establish the logistics for his team, which joined him two days later. They worked 16-18 hour days as the repair needs were so extensive.
“The destruction down there was unbelievable… continue to include these residents on your prayers list,” says Lawrence.
Because infrastructure damage varies per storm, Oncor’s MA teams are self-sustaining. They deploy with trailers of generators and supplies to help with repairs, and can refill as needed. They also deploy with support trailers containing bunk beds, showers/bathrooms, and food/eating space until local hotel space and restaurant service can be procured. Harvey’s impact was so great that on day two of repairs Oncor flew big rig drivers overnight to Dallas so they could drive down 18 wheelers full of additional supplies to support repairs.
Mass Care Task Force: Food, Shelter, Volunteers and Operations for Hurricane Evacuees at the Dallas Convention Center
In Dallas, preparation for serving evacuees from a massive weather disaster, such as Hurricane Harvey, has been in place via the Mass Care Task Force (MCTF) since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita 12 years ago.
Leadership Dallas alumni serve as half of the CEO leadership of this unique collective impact initiative. VolunteerNow CEO Tammy Richards, LD ’08, and North Texas Food Bank CEO Trisha Cunningham, LD ’09, work with their peers at the Red Cross and Salvation Army on disaster preparation and response planning with philanthropic support from the Caruth Foundation/Communities Foundation of Texas and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, other sponsors, and the resources of each organization. Together, these four nonprofits have created an emergency response plan approved and supported by law enforcement to feed, house, care for and deploy volunteers to support those who may come to Dallas after being displaced by weather events.
Since August 27, the MCTF has worked nonstop to coordinate with the City of Dallas, various law enforcement agencies, pet shelters and pet foster groups, and area nonprofits to support Harvey evacuees in the main convention center shelter and several satellite shelters.
“Through the Mass Care Task Force, we were ready for a catastrophic weather event such as this, and it is gratifying to know the nourishment and social services we provided directly helped those displaced by Hurricane Harvey,” says Trisha.
The MCTF has distributed some 200,000 pounds of ready-to-eat meals, snacks and beverages, and its social services staff helped hundreds of evacuees apply for food benefits. It has also coordinated more than 1,500 background-checked volunteers to serve individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Harvey and has fielded inquiries from many thousands more.
Imagine setting up a temporary town in the convention center and providing it with food, supplies and support services for thousands of newly homeless people, families and pets.
“The greater Dallas community has responded with such heart and soul to help our neighbors to the south. It is hard work to run shelters and these volunteers have been critical to our successful operations,” says Tammy.
North Texas has a heart for service, as shown by the volunteers, resources rallied, and our community response to welcoming those displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: Funding and Donations with National Help from The Today Show
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas continues to be creative in identifying and responding to community needs, including those created by Hurricane Harvey. Led by McDermott-Templeton President and CEO Jennifer Hilton Sampson, LD ’03, the organization established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to raise money to support storm evacuees in North Texas seeking shelter and long-term assistance.
In addition, United Way teamed with The Today Show to kick off a week of Harvey relief efforts.
“We were honored to work with Jeff Rossen and ‘The Today Show’ team to help our Texas neighbors in need,” says Sampson. “North Texans responded with their hands and hearts as volunteers were able to collect, sort and load donations that filled two moving trucks full of much-needed supplies sent to Houston that same day.”
United Way has also created a comprehensive resources page on its website that identifies the many ways North Texans can volunteer, donate, and otherwise support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts at www.unitedwaydallas.org/harveyrelief/.
Emerging business and community leaders selected for the
Dallas Region’s premier leadership development program.
DALLAS (August 8, 2017) – The Dallas Regional Chamber today announced the 43rd 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 catalytic 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 2018 has been selected based on their commitment to the Dallas community as well as their high potential for leadership,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. “We are proud to welcome these talented, committed individuals into the program, and look forward to working with them so they can contribute even more to making Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business.”
During the rigorous 10-month educational program, participants develop leadership capabilities as they build strong relationships with fellow classmates and community leaders. Through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations, class projects, and other service 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 Kari Nelson, Managing 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 produced more than 2,000 graduates who continue to provide leadership in the region. Many alumni have become top executives in their 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.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the upcoming class,” said Cindy Masters, Manager of Leadership Dallas. “They have proven to be smart, capable and passionate leaders, who are committed to improving the region.”
The members of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2018 are:
|Adrian Killebrew||Axxess||Business Development Executive|
|Alicia Hall||Junior League of Dallas, Inc.||President-Elect|
|Alysa Teichman||Ylang 23||Vice President, Business Development|
|Amanda Austin||Dallas Comedy House||Owner|
|Andrew LeGrand||Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP||Attorney|
|Asheya Warren||PRAXIS Marketing & Communications||Founder/Principal|
|Audrey Decherd||Baylor Scott & White Health||Critical Care RN|
|Ben Leal||Jubilee Park||Chief Executive Officer|
|Benjamin Espino||City of Dallas||General Manager, Latino Cultural Center|
|Blair Nelson||WFAA-TV||Brand Manager|
|Brittany Barnett||Girls Embracing Mothers||Executive Director|
|Christopher Schafer||ESRP||Vice President,
National Account Services
|Claudia Sandoval||Saxony Partners||Senior Consultant|
|Curtis Hazelbaker||YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas||President/CEO|
|Danica Mathes||Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP||Branding & Creativity Partner|
|Dilen Kumar||Winston & Strawn LLP||Associate|
|Emily M. Gossett||Gensler||Senior Design Manager|
|Eric Brewer||Pepsico – Frito Lay||Director of Strategy|
|Erin England||Haynes and Boone, LLP||Attorney|
|Jennifer Massey||Baylor Scott & White Health||Vice President of Administration,
Baylor Health Care System Foundation
|Jeremy Falke||Tenet Healthcare||Vice President,
Talent Management and Development
|Jessica Baker||Halff Associates, Inc.||Vice President|
|Jessie Quick||Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas||Division Director,
Sales and Account Management
|Joanna Ridgway||Fifth Third Bank||Director,
International Corporate Banking
|Joe Ruzicka||ATS||Account Executive|
|John Ofenloch||Ranger Wireless Holdings||President & CEO|
|Juan Cedillo||Dallas ISD Police||Lieutenant of Police|
|Julia Harman||SunTrust Bank||Market President,
Dallas-Fort Worth Region
|Kezia Stegemoeller||Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy||Executive Director|
|Kimberly Manns||Early Matters Dallas||Senior Director|
|Kristy Romo||PricewaterhouseCoopers||Assurance Managing Director|
|Kyle Cavin||Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children||Assistant Administrator, Patient Services|
|Lance Currie||Carrington Coleman||Partner|
|Linda Rivas||SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc.||Executive Vice President|
|Lisa Tran||SMU Cox School of Business||Executive Director|
|Marnese Barksdale Elder||Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce||President|
|Matt Garcia||U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-32)||Chief of Staff – Texas|
|Maurice West||Paul Quinn College||Dean of Men/External Affairs Manager|
|Megan Penney-Hughet||Nasher Sculpture Center||Director of Institutional Giving|
|Melodie Craft||Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest employment law firm||Shareholder|
|Michael Quinn||Oncor Electric Delivery||Vice President,
Strategy and Technology
|Michael Considine||Jones Day||Partner|
|Mitzi Chollampel||DFW International Airport||Senior Manager,
International Marketing & PR
|Nathaniel St.Clair||Jackson Walker LLP||Partner, IP Litigation|
|Nick Barker||Turner Construction||Division Manager|
|Peter Loh||Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP||Trial Section Partner|
|Renae Perry||The Senior Source||Chief Operating Officer|
|Renee Karp||National Council of Jewish Women||President Elect|
|Rick Baumeister||CliftonLarsonAllen LLP||Managing Principal, Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Sal Dhanani||The Boston Consulting Group||Project Leader|
|Scott Ewert||HKS Inc.||Associate, Manager of Global Talent Acquisition|
|Stephen Green||Office of the Federal Public Defender||Assistant Federal Public Defender,
|Tobias Smith||Strasburger & Price, LLP||Partner|
|Ty Bledsoe||AT&T||Vice President,
External & Legislative Affairs
|William McDaniel||Bank of America Merrill Lynch||Senior Vice President|
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. For more information, please contact the Dallas Regional Chamber at 214.746.6600 or visit www.dallaschamber.org.
by Dave Moore, Staff Writer
Health care thought leaders in the Dallas Region convened March 3 to discuss challenges, perils and promises facing the industry, at a Leadership Dallas forum at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
More than 50 members of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas 2017 class attended a daylong discussion that ranged from political wranglings over the Affordable Care Act, to a short history of chronic disease outbreaks in North Texas, to lessons learned from the July 7 police shootings in Downtown Dallas.
Some of the highlights:
Innovations and Technology in Health Care
The health care sector, noted for its sometimes-conservative adoption of technology, is turning the corner on its use of data to help patients and caregivers better manage their health care, to more precisely target what’s ailing patients, and to offer them the easier access found in other industries.
“Millennials have never been to a bank; they’re used to convenience,” said Julie Hall-Barrow, Vice President of Virtual Health & Innovation at Children’s Health. Hall-Barrow, a leader in tech innovation and telemedicine at the hospital, said that younger mothers expect answers to their health care questions immediately, and if their primary care provider isn’t available, they’ll move on to the next provider.
Continuing the bank analogy, Nick Reddy, Chief Digital Officer Baylor Scott & White, said the average bank customer might represent 3,000 to 4,000 data elements, compared to the average hospital patient’s 80,000 data elements. He said that information-rich fields such as health care readily lend themselves to computer analysis, for tasks ranging from reviewing images resulting from scans, to eventually offering diagnoses.
“It’s not a trend,” Reddy said of data-related health care breakthroughs, particularly involving repetitious tasks. “This will happen.”
Handling Infectious Diseases in the Dallas Region
The Dallas Region has been on the front line for defending against the spread of infectious diseases, handing everything from cryptosporidium outbreaks to receiving the first U.S.-diagnosed case of Ebola, said Dr. Wendy Chung, Chief Epidemiologist for the Acute Communicable Disease Division, Dallas County Department of Health & Human Services. Chung said each outbreak that the Dallas Region has seen – from crypto, to swine flu, to West Nile virus, to Ebola, to the Zika virus, to – most recently, the mumps, has served as a lesson for health care providers.
“Two adjectives used to describe the global Ebola epidemic were ‘humbling’ and ‘transformative,’ ” Chung shared with the members of Leadership Dallas. “I think … those same adjectives apply to many of outbreaks we’ve had in Dallas. We need to learn from each one of them.”
Chung added, “Someone asked me what were the odds that the first reported U.S. case of Ebola would be in Dallas,” she said. “That was a good question.”
Chung said that at the time Dallas became the first U.S. city affected by Ebola, many people were not aware of the number of international travelers that arrived in the Dallas Region.
She added that the cooperation from local politicians – Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins – were crucial in handling both Dallas’ Ebola diagnosis, and in making the decision to deploy aerial spraying for mosquitoes, during Dallas’ 2016 West Nile outbreak.
The July 7, 2016, Police Shootings in Downtown Dallas
Three of the panelists at the March 3 “Crisis and Care” discussion – Dr. Brian H. Williams, Dr. Mike Foreman and Supervisor of Nursing Sherry Garner Sutton – were frontline caregivers of the victims wounded during the July 7 shooting rampage in downtown Dallas. Members of the panel struggled with their emotions when they recalled the day.
“That was probably one of the highlights of my career, and it was probably the darkest day I’ve ever seen,” said Baylor University Medical Center’s Dr. Foreman, adding that the day started like any other. Foreman said many of the emergency department workers had the added strain of being married to police officers, who were literally in the line of fire.
“This made it very personal,” he said.
Dr. Williams, an associate professor of surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, said communications broke down in the first few minutes of the crisis.
“Police officers were being shot so rapidly, that they were just showing up at our door,” said Williams.
Reforms for the Affordable Care Act, or Its Replacement
Amidst the discussion of repeal or the reform of the Affordable Care Act, W. Stephen Love spoke to the Leadership Dallas class of suggested changes to the Act, or its replacement, including:
Love said those measures would be especially effective for the United States, which ranks as the most unhealthy nation among 17 countries, based on a report issued by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine in 2013.
The survey also stated that the U.S. has the most obese children, with more than 35 percent of the population between age 5-17.
The March 3 Leadership Dallas health care forum is one of many discussions and activities offered to members of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2017. Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas is the DRC’s flagship leadership development program, aimed at providing the Dallas Region 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. Interested individuals may apply for the Leadership Dallas Class from April 3 to May 12. For more information about Leadership Dallas, about the application process, and attending an information session, visit www.dallaschamber.org/ld.
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