Casey Rodriguez, Manager, Leadership Programs
The LEAD YP Class of 2021 advocated for issues affecting the Dallas Region community while growing both personally and professionally. As business leaders, class members were uniquely positioned to advocate for improvement in the Dallas Region and support other businesses that are doing the same. Class community improvement projects incorporated the DRC’s mission to make the Dallas Region the best place in the United States for all people to live, work, and do business, and created plans to solve real-life issues in economic development, education and workforce, public policy, quality of life, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Philip Arsenis, Hilti North America
Dominique Haskett, Capital Asset Advisors
McKenna Lehman, Children’s Health
Victoria Lopez, Arcosa
The DEI group project focused on “building the pipeline of the future” and expounded on the glaring need for diversity in the workforce. Their solution to this issue? Shift the focus to leveling the playing field earlier in education and empower students with the tools they need to succeed, summarized with the project’s tagline: “To Win. To Rise.”
The project shares personal stories to give a deeper understanding of Dallas Region institutions combatting institutional racism and gender bias head on, resulting in a diverse and sustainable talent pool.
The group highlighted organizations that are challenging diversity in the workplace statistics and giving underrepresented individuals proper education and career development:
Read the complete DEI group research paper and watch their full project video here.
We encourage you to learn more about these organizations and see how you can impact change in the Dallas Region.
About Dallas Regional Chamber LEAD YP
LEAD YP is a six-month leadership development program designed to help young professionals gain a better understanding of their personal leadership styles and gain new insight on leading and inspiring others throughout their careers.