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