DALLAS (August 11, 2016) – The Dallas Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the 42nd class of Leadership Dallas, the premier leadership development program in the Dallas Region.
Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas prepares diverse leaders to serve as catalysts and sustainers of positive change for the quality of life in the Dallas Region. The program is not a starting point, but rather a professional development opportunity for men and women who are both acknowledged and aspiring leaders. The individuals selected for Leadership Dallas have already demonstrated a commitment to the serving the community.
“The Leadership Dallas Class of 2017 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 helping make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business.”
Throughout the ten-month educational program, participants develop their leadership capabilities as they build strong relationships with fellow classmates and current community leaders. Through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations, class projects, and other leadership development activities, participants gain a deeper understanding of the critical issues facing the community 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 is able to use the knowledge and enhanced leadership skills gained through the program to influence positive change for the Dallas Region.”
Leadership Dallas has graduated more than 1,900 men and women who continue to provide leadership in the region. Many alumni have achieved the top executive role at their current 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.
The members of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2017 are:
Patty Arellano, Texas Instruments
Blake Barfield, HollyFrontier Corporation
Keith Berry, Hazel’s Hot Shot
Eric Boon, Tenet Healthcare
Stacy Bowers, BBVA Compass Bank
Kelly Chen, Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
Nate Christensen, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
Justin Coppedge, Dallas ISD
Grace Daniels, Oncor Electric Delivery
Travis Dent, Holmes Murphy & Associates
Sagar Desai, The Commit! Partnership
Deborah Diercks, UT Southwestern
Lacy Durham, Deloitte
Allison Eidson, ORIX USA
Isaac Faz, Dallas County Community College District
Jessica Filante, AT&T
Brannon Fitch, BB&T
Dean Galvin, Turner Construction
James Garner, BKD, LLP
Rhonda Green, JPMorgan Chase
Risa Gross, Leland Fikes Foundation
Maureen Gutierrez, Dallas Comprehensive Medical Care
Christina Hanger, Dallas Afterschool
Emily Hargrove, Tacky Box, LLC
Ron Harrison, Wells Fargo
Jeremy Hawpe, Littler Mendelson
McKay Heim, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Lenny Hughes, Halff Associates Inc.
Tierney Kaufman Hutchins, The Trinity Trust Foundation
Doug Lawson, Baylor University Medical Center
Stephanie Lucero, Dallas Can Academies
Marney MacKenna, EY
Tim Maiden, Frost Bank
Shara McClure, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
Lori McMahon, Office of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson
Jodi McShan, McShan Florist, Inc.
Wendy Messmann, U.S. Trust
Javier Montemayor, Children’s Health
Cassy Nack, Grant Thornton LLP
Brad Nitschke, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Nkem Okafor, Methodist Health System
Stefanie Olson, Axxess
John Pelletier, ESmith Realty
Zachary Porter, Royal Blue Grocery & Viceroy Realty Advisors
Daniel Roby, Austin Street Center
Jason Rodriguez, Dallas ISD Police Department
Albert Rota, Jones Day
Damian Sanders, Department of the Navy
Scot Sanders, JACOBS
Katy Slade, Gables Residential
Liji Thomas, Southwest Airlines
Jennifer Tobin, The Junior League of Dallas, Inc. and Geary, Porter & Donovan, P.C.
Jacob Walter, Hillwood Urban
Laura Weis, AECOM
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.
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