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.
Consuls general representing countries from Angola to Vietnam gathered in the Dallas Region on Jan. 22-23, as part of the 2018 Mayor’s Consular Corps Summit, hosted by the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth.
About 70 consuls general and diplomatic staff visited some of the region’s standout destinations while learning of business and cultural opportunities Dallas-Fort Worth has to offer.
“Many attendees toured the Sixth Floor Museum, observed a cattle drive at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and observed presentations by the Kimbell Art Museum and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport,” said Sarah Carabias-Rush, DRC Vice President of International Economic Development, who helped organize the summit with the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
The Dallas Regional Chamber and Fort Worth Chamber presented a regional economic overview to summit attendees. Participants also heard presentations at and toured the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Both Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings hosted a welcome reception at the Kimbell Museum on Jan. 22.
“The summit provided fantastic opportunities for business and community leaders in the Dallas Region to meet representatives from international diplomatic offices across the U.S., including Houston, New Orleans and Miami,” Carabias-Rush said. In turn, members of the diplomatic corps have the opportunity to learn about the Dallas Region’s business climate first-hand from some of our area’s most outstanding business leaders.
Sponsors for the summit included Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Bell Helicopter, Haynes and Boone, Lockheed Martin, Texas Central Partners, American Airlines, Chavez & Valko LLP, Civitas Capital Group, Dallas County Community College District, Dyno Corp, Fujitsu, and Smith Limousine.
Trade Mission to Europe Registration Open
The Dallas Regional Chamber will join Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, DFW International Airport leadership, the Fort Worth Chamber, Visit Dallas, and the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau on a mission to Europe.
The DRC will lead a business pillar of activities. Those interested in joining the contingent must confirm their interest by Monday, April 20.
The goal of the June 17-23 Dallas-Fort Worth mission to Europe is to raise the region’s international profile in a handful of target markets, including London, Paris and Brussels.
Key focus areas include:
The group will also help promote Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s air service, the Dallas Region’s strength as a business destination for European companies, and tourism’s role in the region.
Those interested in learning more about the mission should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forum with OPIC’s Ray Washburne
Monday, Feb. 26 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM
U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation CEO and President Ray Washburne will discuss how development finance fights global poverty, and creates Texas jobs. The luncheon forum will be held at Magnolia Hotel Dallas, 1401 Commerce St., Dallas 75201. To learn more and to RSVP, click here: http://www.usglc.org/events/americas-global-leadership-development-finance-forum-tx/
U.S.-Japan Relations Update
Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Keio University Professor of Policy Management Dr. Toshihero Kakayama and Council on Foreign Relations Dr. Sheila A. Smith discuss recent developments in U.S.-Japan relations one year into the Trump administration. Their discussion, and a panel conversation, will focus on how changes might affect North Texas. The event will be held at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel, 900 East Lookout, Richardson, 75082. Please read more and register by Feb. 22 at http://jasdfw.org/event/japan-update-symposium/
Address by His Excellency Armando Varriccio, Ambassador of Italy to the U.S.
Wednesday, March 7 | 12:00 PM
Italy’s ambassador to the U.S. will speak at a luncheon and program presented by the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth. The location is TBD; contact email@example.com to learn more.
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.
The global economic outlook is strong, according to recent information from Goldman Sachs. The firm predicts that global growth will reach 4 percent in the next year. The U.S. economy as we head into the new year is showing strong momentum and the unemployment rate is already below what the Federal Reserve deems as sustainable. Overall, the current economic environment is about “as good as it gets,” according to Jan Hatzius, Goldman Sachs’ chief economist.
The Dallas Regional Chamber joined leaders of 25 metropolitan chambers of commerce from Canada, the United States and Mexico in Montreal this week in anticipation of the next round of NAFTA negotiations. The goal of this meeting was to clearly identify the issues surrounding the renewal of NAFTA, to understand the risks for businesses in the event of the current negotiations’ failure, and to send a clear message to the three governments on the importance of an updated agreement and maintaining open access to the entire North American market.
(video courtesy of Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain)
This event brought together the eight largest Canadian metropolitan chambers of commerce as well as ten American and eight Mexican metropolitan chambers of commerce. Collectively, these chambers represent economic zones with a combined GDP of almost $3.5 trillion.
“No state benefits more from the NAFTA relationship than Texas, and no state has contributed more to the overall positive economic condition of the U.S. than Texas,” said Priscilla Camacho, senior vice president for public policy at the Dallas Regional Chamber. “Nearly 1 million Texas jobs depend on trade with Canada and Mexico. Our hope is that the result of the negotiations will be a modernized NAFTA that will further strengthen the economy of Texas and the United States.”
According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, trade with Canada and Mexico supports nearly 14 million American jobs, and nearly 5 million of these jobs are supported by the increase in trade generated by NAFTA. The United States ran a cumulative trade surplus in manufactured goods with Canada and Mexico of more than $79 billion over the past seven years (2008-2014). For services, the U.S. surplus was $41.8 billion in 2014 alone.
At the end of this meeting, all chambers present signed a joint statement stressing the importance of maintaining the North American Free Trade Agreement for the economies of the three countries and their cities.
You can consult the signatories’ joint statement below.
JOINT DECLARATION OF METROPOLITAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE FROM THE UNITED STATES, MEXICO AND CANADA
We, the undersigned representatives of Metropolitan Cities Chambers of Commerce, agree to the following key facts regarding the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA):
Whereas: NAFTA has created major economic ties between Canada, the United States and Mexico, helping to quadruple trade between our three nations since its inception, now reaching $1.5 trillion USD annually.
Whereas: NAFTA has stimulated cross-border investments in the region. Canadian foreign direct investments in the US have risen from less than $40 billion USD to nearly $400 billion USD, and Mexican Foreign direct investment holdings in the United States have also increased by a factor of ten over the same period.
Whereas: 14 million jobs in the United States, 2 million jobs in Canada, and 3 million jobs in Mexico are dependent on trade between the three NAFTA member countries. Of the 14 million American jobs, 5 million are directly related to the growth of NAFTA.
Whereas: Value chains have become integrated through NAFTA, and many products cross our borders multiple times while becoming a finished product. For example, 40% of the content of all US imports from Mexico is produced in the United States. This integration severely increases the cost of breaking a free-trade zone in North America, both at the national and firm level.
Whereas: NAFTA has provided consumers in our metropolitan areas and across our three nations with access to more abundant and affordable products and services, including both high-quality manufactured goods and a wide variety of agricultural products throughout the year.
Whereas: Many of the companies that we represent would be adversely affected by a non-renewal of NAFTA, or a substantial departure from NAFTA’s core principles.
Thus, on the eve of the 6th round of negotiations for the renewal of NAFTA, we the undersigned:
Therefore, we jointly sign this Declaration,
Montreal, January 22nd, 2018
The leaders of the following chambers and boards of trade attended the meeting in Montreal: Albany, Boston, Brampton, Calgary, Chihuahua, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Halifax, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mérida, Mexico City, Minneapolis, Monterrey, Montreal, Querétaro, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tijuana, Toronto, Vancouver, Veracruz, Winnipeg.
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