Business Insider has published its list of “The Most High-Tech Cities in the World,” a compilation of 25 cities that are doing the best at using technology and creating opportunities for the development of new ones. Dallas-Fort Worth came it at No. 11, a major jump from last year when it came in at No. 28. As the world population grows and people continue to move to urban areas, the cities on the list are leading the way in using cutting-edge technologies and facilitating the development of new ones that can help deal with urbanization and the critical issues facing the world.
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 John Olajide
No one succeeds on their own.
That’s why when I was given the opportunity to be “Principal for a Day” at Kennedy-Curry Middle School more than three years ago, I took it without hesitation.
By the end of that demanding day, after learning what it takes to run a school in Southern Dallas with an enrollment of about 800 students, I came away with a profound respect for the tremendous responsibilities shouldered by principals every day.
I was so inspired that I agreed to literally open the doors of Axxess to these students, so they could get a firsthand look at what can be possible in their futures – and our doors have remained open.
Every year, we invite dozens of the school’s students into our North Dallas office, where they can get hands-on experience in various fields and test their skills as engineers, app developers, healthcare professionals, graphic designers, human resource professionals and more. Our team members talk with students about what courses they took, their career journey and what they did to eventually earn a place at Axxess.
Our company is an especially good place for students to visit because they are exposed to professionals in healthcare, computing, human resources, law, engineering, marketing, public relations, finance and more. This is so much better than the traditional career day, where adults just tell students about where they work – the students get to experience the work it firsthand.
More importantly, students get to see how our employees work and play as a team. They see who we are – a diverse group of people just like them, who get excited about doing great things. Visiting our office gives students something to aspire to beyond the classroom. In fact, more than a few Kennedy-Curry Middle School students have told us that the time they spent at Axxess made them think differently about their schoolwork and that they now take it more seriously.
You might be wondering what Axxess gets out of this. In short, our employees get to be an inspiration to others. We get to spend time with a lot of students who just need a chance, and I have no doubt they will be the future leaders of tomorrow. Playing a role in inspiring them to dream big makes what we do every year seem that much more important.
I encourage all business and community leaders to take part in the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Principal for a Day program.
John Olajide is President and CEO of Axxess, the fastest growing home healthcare technology company, which has partnered with DISD’s Kennedy-Curry Middle School since fall 2014. Enrollment for the DRC’s Principal for a Day program begins Wednesday, August 9. If you are interested in participating, please contact email@example.com.
Treveon Washington, a senior at South Oak Cliff High School, is one of several high school seniors participating in Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program. To learn more about the program, click here.
by Treveon Washington, Mayor’s Intern
Starting my first two weeks in the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program, I thought I would start in an office. But instead, I started off in a camp. This isn’t just any camp: it’s Future Focus!
What is Future Focus? Well, it’s a career-readiness camp that helps young scholars plan for their future after high school and college. During these two weeks, I learned how to never give up, to keep going, to always have faith, and how to work in the big business world.
I met students who attended other schools, grew up in different parts of the state and some of whom weren’t born in the U.S. I also had the opportunity to meet CEOs, CFOs, presidents, and vice presidents of six companies. Among the businesses and organizations I toured were Dallas City Hall, JPMorgan Chase, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, TD Industries, GEICO, and AT&T.
During my tour of Dallas City Hall, I had the chance to meet defense attorneys who work hard to win each case on behalf of the City of Dallas. At Methodist Hospital Dallas, I learned that the health care system has a lot to offer. I had the chance to meet one of the health care system’s surgeons, a pharmacist, a radiologist, and several other health care professionals. Visiting GEICO was amazing. My time at the company’s Dallas corporate office gave me a better understanding about insurance policies and insurance fraud.
The thing that stands out most to me about the leaders I met from each of these organizations is the way that they all encouraged us to be great, to not give up in life, and to always go the extra mile. It’s great to realize that there are people in this world who genuinely care about my success.
Future Focus was an amazing experience for campers. In addition to the company visits, my favorite part of Future Focus was the college fair, which gave me a chance to expand my college choices and get more information about those colleges.
The opportunity to meet new, successful people at a variety of companies was a great experience; I would gladly experience Future Focus again just to relive those moments. Future Focus didn’t just give me something to do for two weeks, it gave me something that I will cherish for life.
by Dave Moore, Staff Writer
More than 125 business leaders, policy experts and politicians from the Dallas Region and Japan gathered July 7 to celebrate and reinforce their mutual affinity toward building connections and expanding trade.
Leaders from Toyota, OkiData, the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, and more than a dozen other Japanese companies and trade organizations met as part of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Japan Summit, to recognize current business collaborations between North Texas and Japan, and to foster more deals going forward.
The summit came a day after the grand opening of the billion-dollar Toyota Motor North America facility in Plano, which brought more than 4,000 jobs and the promise of a total of $10 billion invested into the community, over the next five years.
Toyota CFO Osamu Nagata spoke at the summit about the lengthy history his company has in Texas and in other states around the country; Nagata said Japanese automakers have spent $45 billion in their operations across the U.S., creating 1.5 million jobs. More important, Nagata said, is that Toyota also works to be a good corporate citizen.
Nagata’s discussion included a video that showed how his firm used its non-profit arm – the Toyota Production Support Center (TSSC) – to incorporate Toyota’s production efficiencies into the workings of the North Texas Food Bank. Under the TSSC’s guidance, the Southern Dallas food pantry serves 60 percent more clients than before, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Hastings said Bell’s first international helicopter sale was to Japan, and the relationship has been growing steadily.
“Larry Bell himself went to Japan to deliver that,” Hastings said. “For 55 years, we’ve had a longtime partner with Fuji Heavy Industries, which has been rebranded as Subaru. Our partnership to Japan goes way back. And if there’s a learned, we’ve learned about doing business in Japan – it’s about relationships. Probably more than anywhere else in the world, we have found you do business with people who you trust, value and love. And who trust, value and love you in return. That’s the key to success there.”
Other speakers included Texas Central Managing Director of External Affairs Holly Reed, who spoke of the Japanese technology that will serve as the core for the high-speed rail line slated to connect Dallas to Houston as early as 2023, and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan J. Thomas Schieffer, who underscored the economic importance of growing trade relations between Texas and Japan.
“Much of the reason for being here today, to celebrate Toyota’s opening of its North American headquarters, comes from the fact that Texas has become the de facto capital of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement,” Schieffer said. (For a full transcript of the ambassador’s remarks, click here.)
Last November, a trade delegation from Dallas Region traveled to Japan to fortify existing and grow new relationships. A return trip is expected in 2018.
Other Japanese companies and organizations with operations in the Dallas Region represented at the summit included Daiwa House Texas, Central Japan Railway subsidiary HTeC, Japan Airways, Kubota Credit Corporation, Mizuho, NEC Corporation of America, and ORIX USA. U.S. companies represented included Jones Day, JLL, KPMG, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Bank of Texas.
The Japan Summit was sponsored by PwC; event partners included Keizai Koho Center, Japan America Society of Dallas-Fort Worth, Honorary Consulate-General of Japan in Dallas, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston.
The Dallas Region’s trade delegation returned from Canada on June 17, after having spent six days meeting with business and political leaders in Toronto and Montreal. The group, which included Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, focused on trade, tourism and the use of smart city tech to improve the quality of life for fast-growing metro areas such as the Dallas Region, Toronto and Montreal. The trip has yielded a variety of leads, which will be developed in coming weeks and months. For a summary of media coverage of the trip, click here.
The Dallas Regional Chamber is now firming up plans for its next international business mission, this time to China and South Korea. To learn more, contact Melissa Maguire.
The Dallas Regional Chamber’s International Task Force met for the first time on July 29. Chaired by Shin Takahashi, President and CEO of NEC Corporation of America, the group will guide the DRC’s international strategy, assist in developing relationships intended to recruit new corporate facilities to the Dallas Region, develop plans to raise this region’s profile in key markets overseas, and improve our rankings in reputable global city reports relevant to corporate location decision-making. Members of the Chamber should contact Melissa Maguire to learn more.
Upcoming International Events
September 9-13, 2017
Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to organize a trade mission to Hong Kong September 9-13, 2017. To learn more, click here.
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