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.
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.
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