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.
By Gail Chandler ’11, LDAA Communications Committee, Texas Instruments
The City of Dallas’ future was the focus of Leadership Dallas Alumni’s Breakfast with Mayor Mike Rawlings January 24. LDA members gathered at Dallas City Hall to reconnect with classmates, network with others, and hear the Mayor’s perspective priorities for the city.
Mayor Rawlings spoke about a number of important key issues, including:
The Mayor also cited the critical need to address education at the pre-kindergarten level. He said a citizen survey showed residents are most concerned about education and noted that Dallas has the highest rate of childhood poverty of any U.S. city with a population greater than 1 million people (38 percent). In addition, Mayor Rawlings said a high rate of teenage pregnancy for some zip codes equals that of some third-world countries.
Ending on a positive note, Mayor Rawlings said Dallas remains strong and growing with an estimated property tax base valued at more than $110 billion in 2017. He said new building permit valuations are up considerably, adding the equivalent of Addison’s or Rockwall’s tax base annually, and that downtown’s employment and residential populations have exceeded expectations.
By Dave Moore, Data Journalist and Staff Writer
Skype, Snapchat and text messaging allow instant, global communications with colleagues. Yet no known technology resolves a fear that has hamstrung generations of business professionals: How do you talk to that stranger in front of you?
Topics discussed at this year’s Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals Summit at Westin Dallas Downtown on Oct. 13 included tearing down barriers (such as the fear of networking in a room full of strangers), and getting back to the basics of building strong face-to-face relationships.
More than 300 young professionals took a day away from their regular jobs to hear 21 business leaders describe their views on not only how to be better business people, but how to be better people. The event was kicked off by Cary Evert, CEO and President of Hilti North America, the 2016 YP presenting sponsor.
“This year’s summit was 100 percent about developing young leaders,” said YP Summit co-chair Mike Smith, who helped organize the event. Smith, a YP board member, said that while many young professionals have mastered business technologies of all sorts, many need help relating directly with people. Through their year-round involvement in YP, members focus on personal growth, career advancement, civic involvement, and service to the Dallas Region.
“This event allows professionals to work on their interpersonal skills,” he said, adding that many professionals who attended the Summit and other YP functions do so at the urging from their C-suite executives, who realize the value of the organization and its work.
Topics at this year’s Summit included maintaining a work-life balance, developing an entrepreneurial approach to work, tips on becoming a more effective leader, a discussion about how politics can shape public policies, and of course, networking.
In a one-hour presentation, conference speaker and human resources/networking expert Cindy Lu – who came to Dallas by way of Milwaukee – changed how YP Summit attendee JaLeesa Sims-Smith views networking. Her initial understanding of networking led to her believe that she needed to use others for her personal gain, which is why she hesitated at networking.
Lu, CEO and co-founder of Plano-based CHRO Partners and CindyLu.Net, told the audience that one key in successful networking is asking a new contact intelligent questions, and then in the process, identifying ways to help. See the slideshow for her discussion here.
“I really liked this because the message was about how I could serve someone,” said Sims-Smith, who moved from her home in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Dallas to work as an intern architect at HKS, Inc. “I’m still deciding on my strategy for networking; I’m encouraged to learn that making business connections is a process and doesn’t need to be figured out immediately.”
Lesley Thompson, a senior director in the office of the CEO at Children’s Health, said the speakers were all very effective, but the Leadership Dallas Alumni Panel discussion that addressed leading with empathy made the biggest impression on her.
“As an empathic leader, the more you listen to people, the better you can understand how to lead them more effectively,” she said.
Keynote speakers at this year’s YP Summit were JPMorgan Chase South Segment Manager Anne Motsenbocker, and Dallas Cowboys legend and Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Executive Chairman Roger Staubach.
The Dallas Regional Chamber’s Young Professionals organization engages with more than 400 future leaders from a diverse range of industries, backgrounds and mindsets. Through their involvement in YP, members focus on personal growth, career advancement, civic involvement and service to the Dallas region. For more information, please visit the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Young Professionals page.
The Dallas Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the 42nd class of Leadership Dallas, the premier leadership development program in the Dallas Region.
Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas prepares diverse leaders to serve as catalysts and sustainers of positive change for the quality of life in the Dallas Region. The program is not a starting point, but rather a professional development opportunity for men and women who are both acknowledged and aspiring leaders. The individuals selected for Leadership Dallas have already demonstrated a commitment to the serving the community.
“The Leadership Dallas Class of 2017 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 helping make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business.”
Throughout the ten-month educational program, participants develop their 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 community 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 is able to use the knowledge and enhanced leadership skills gained through the program to influence positive change for the Dallas Region.”
Leadership Dallas has graduated more than 1,900 men and women who continue to provide leadership 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 2017 are:
Patty Arellano, Texas Instruments
Blake Barfield, HollyFrontier Corporation
Keith Berry, Hazel’s Hot Shot
Eric Boon, Tenet Healthcare
Stacy Bowers, BBVA Compass Bank
Kelly Chen, Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
Nate Christensen, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
Justin Coppedge, Dallas ISD
Grace Daniels, Oncor Electric Delivery
Travis Dent, Holmes Murphy & Associates
Sagar Desai, The Commit! Partnership
Deborah Diercks, UT Southwestern
Lacy Durham, Deloitte
Allison Eidson, ORIX USA
Isaac Faz, Dallas County Community College District
Jessica Filante, AT&T
Brannon Fitch, BB&T
Dean Galvin, Turner Construction
James Garner, BKD, LLP
Rhonda Green, JPMorgan Chase
Risa Gross, Leland Fikes Foundation
Maureen Gutierrez, Dallas Comprehensive Medical Care
Christina Hanger, Dallas Afterschool
Emily Hargrove, Tacky Box, LLC
Ron Harrison, Wells Fargo
Jeremy Hawpe, Littler Mendelson
McKay Heim, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Lenny Hughes, Halff Associates Inc.
Tierney Kaufman Hutchins, The Trinity Trust Foundation
Doug Lawson, Baylor University Medical Center
Stephanie Lucero, Dallas Can Academies
Marney MacKenna, EY
Tim Maiden, Frost Bank
Shara McClure, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
Lori McMahon, Office of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson
Jodi McShan, McShan Florist, Inc.
Wendy Messmann, U.S. Trust
Javier Montemayor, Children’s Health
Cassy Nack, Grant Thornton LLP
Brad Nitschke, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Nkem Okafor, Methodist Health System
Stefanie Olson, Axxess
John Pelletier, ESmith Realty
Zachary Porter, Royal Blue Grocery & Viceroy Realty Advisors
Daniel Roby, Austin Street Center
Jason Rodriguez, Dallas ISD Police Department
Albert Rota, Jones Day
Damian Sanders, Department of the Navy
Scot Sanders, JACOBS
Katy Slade, Gables Residential
Liji Thomas, Southwest Airlines
Jennifer Tobin, The Junior League of Dallas, Inc. and Geary, Porter & Donovan, P.C.
Jacob Walter, Hillwood Urban
Laura Weis, AECOM
For more Leadership Dallas information visit: www.dallaschamber.org/leadership
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