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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, 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.
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